Comfort Inn St Pancras - Kings Cross
2-5 St. Chad's Street
London, EN WC1H 8BD
Phone: (44) 20 78371940
Fax: (44) 20 72785033
The UK's national reference library is not a public library, and if you want to take advantage of what's stored in its halls, you'll have to obtain a reader's pass. This is granted to people doing research (primarily professional or post graduate) but if you can prove that you can't access the material elsewhere, a permission may be granted. Fortunately, the public is allowed into the three exhibition galleries for free (where the Magna Carta and Gutenberg Bible, among other items, are displayed), and there are events programs (mainly films and lectures), and public tours on Sundays and Tuesdays. The tours may incur a charge. Check the website for more details.
Built between 1934 and 1937, the Camden Town Hall shows the Neoclassical style of architecture. The magnificent building was designed by renowned architect A.J. Thomas and is a major landmark in Camden. Today, some parts of the town hall are available on rental basis for private events like weddings, receptions and parties. Call ahead for rental policies and details.
Built in 1865, the massive German Gymnasium on Pancras Road was an iconic structure meant for use by the German Gymnastics Society. The building is believed to be the first purpose-built gym in Britain and can claim a key role in the birth of the modern Olympics, hosting the indoor events of the 1866 National Olympic Games. Architecturally brilliant, the main exercise hall was a grand and elegant space with a floor to ceiling height of 57 feet (17.37 meters) and was home to long forgotten sports like Indian club swinging and broadsword practice. Today, the Gymnasium's spaces are used for exhibitions and events. However, there are talks of converting it into a glamorous restaurant and bar complex next to King's Cross station as per the latest stage of the area's gentrification.
The Calthorpe Project is a community garden and center where members of the community can come exercise their green thumbs.
This original museum houses artifacts and photographs of London's inland waterways, and is housed in what was previously an ice warehouse. It was constructed around 1862 for Carlo Gatti, the famous Swiss-Italian ice-cream manufacturer, and features the history of the ice trade and ice-cream as well as the canals. It's a rare museum of inland waterways in the capital, and has permanent exhibitions on the River Thames and 'Measham' pottery. Special prices for groups are available if booked in advance.
Although this park does get its regular supply of sunbathers, most of the visitors to this area tend to be from the hospitals and charities that surround the park. In addition, many students from the adjacent student halls make their appearance on the grass, keeping the area rife with life.
A public garden located in Islington, the Joseph Grimaldi Park was constructed as a tribute to St James and the 18th century actor Joseph Grimaldi. The park also serves as their burial ground. The park existed first as a simple burial ground. With consistent renovations, it was converted into a public garden by the 19th century. Apart from trees and shrubs, the park also has a musical piece in the memory of Joseph Grimaldi. Open to common public, the Joseph Grimaldi Park is a walk down the memory lane.
This beautiful outdoor space was opened in 1936, in honor of Captain Thomas Coram and his love for children. Coram's Fields include a swimming pool, areas for recreational sports, a farm, multiple playgrounds, and a nursery--all in the heart of London! The perfect place for an outdoor-getaway that doesn't require leaving the city, Coram's Fields is ideal for children 0-16, and hosts many fun, seasonal activities year-round.
Built in 1822, St Pancras Church is a beautiful work of architecture in London. The Anglican church welcomes all who believe in God irrespective of their race and ethnicity. A multicultural space, the area encompassing the church is often utilized for recitals and concerts. Various other events like exhibitions are also held here. Call for additional information.
Located on site of the historic railway goods yard from the 1850s, Granary Square is a major attraction for the residents of King's Cross area in London. This urban space, which is considered to be one of the largest in Europe, is decorated by a large water fountain that is powered by 1008 water jets that dance to melodious tunes, making it a visual splendor commanding attention. Granary Square is as large as the magnificent Trafalgar Square and also serves as a venue for concerts and other live events.
This public park is centered around a statue of Gandhi and the flower gardens surrounding it. Tavistock Square is also the former site of Charles Dickens's home, where many of his greatest writings were completed, and is commemorated by a plaque. A cherry tree has been planted to honor those lost in the bombing of Hiroshima and also a memorial garden signifying the 7/7 London Bombings.
An educational institution that has been a key leader in the enhancement of education in the city as well as the country, University College London was the first such university to allow learning to reach all, irrespective of their religion, caste, gender or status in society. This approach is crystal clear in its motto as well: 'Let all come who by merit deserve the most reward'. One of the most prominent universities in the world, University College London provides an extensive educational experience for students, and boasts being the Alma Mater of 21 Nobel Prize winners, including Rabindranath Tagore, Sir William Ramsey and Frederick Soddy. See the website for more information.