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 Calthorpe Project houses organic gardens open to visitors and offers a range of community based projects such as crafts and games sessions for young children, sports for older children, and adults education classes. People of all ages can be involved in the garden with sessions for preschoolers to adults. Produce from the garden is sold in a fortnightly organic box delivery scheme.
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.
Camley Street Natural Park was converted into a community park in 1984, from a former coal yard. The London Wildlife Trust, which aims at conserving the open spaces in the city, is responsible for the maintenance of this park. This park, stretched across acres of land, is nestled between the Regent's Canal and St. Pancras' Eurostar station. This reserve is home to a variety of flora and fauna, making it an ideal destination for a field trip. They have a team of professional who can arrange educational trips to the site. Enjoy a day among these lush greens and relax on the banks of the river at Camley Street Natural Park.
Strange name but a good place! This center is run by the Aquaterra Group and with their IZZ card you can use six other Islington sports and leisure clubs. Features include a small gym, large swimming pool and a sun booth at no extra charge.
The Dolphin Swimming Club helps aqua-phobic adults and kids overcome their fear of water, learn to swim or improve their style, regardless of age or standard. Instructors lead the classes alongside learners in the water and adopt a professional and sympathetic approach. Life saving, water skills, diving, synchronized swimming and the ASA Bronze, Silver and Gold Challenge Awards are a more advanced but equally worthwhile option for individuals or small groups. Free parking in the area is a plus point for Sunday morning classes.
A fantastic space for either weekend or evening events, the Gray's Inn Gardens is a beautiful place to spend the day at. The inn and gardens are over 600 years old, and have a calm and serene air to them. Check the website for further information.
London's smallest local reserve, Barnsbury Wood is quite a delight regardless of its size. It extends to an area of 0.35 hectares (0.87 acres) and is managed by the Isington Council. It was previously a 19th-Century garden which was abandoned to make way for the reserve. There are various ancient trees here and the woods are home to large number of birds. The reserve provides various fun activities especially for school groups.
The Oasis Sports Centre holds Central London's only public open-air swimming pool. It has a municipal, rough-around-the-edges feel, but as you swim up and down the chlorinated blue with the sun shining, or the rain splattering, or the wind lifting the water into small peaks, all under the watchful eye of the lifeguards, and the residents from the surrounding flats, you feel you are experiencing a real London one-off; urban outdoor swimming. The center also has an indoor pool, cafe, sauna and gym. On bright days, the sun deck on a raised area over looking Oasis Outdoor Swimming Pool gets well used, and very hot. Call for additional information.
Restaurants, historical sites and houses of different eras speckle the famous Greek Street in the SoHo district of London. Many businesses along the street are famous, or infamous, in their own right. The notorious pride of the landlord of The Coach and Horses pub attracts patrons to test his patience. Other notable attractions are Les Cousins (folk music club), Pillars of Hercules (pub dating back to 1733), and House of St Barnabas (inspiration and setting of the Dickens' classic, A Tale of Two Cities.)
Market Road Football Pitches is the first site in the city where artificial fields were placed in the 1970s. The pitches were spruced up in 2003, and are popular throughout the city for offering the players an excellent surface to play on. The pitches are used to host various national tournaments. Training sessions for children interested in the game as well as vacation football camps are conducted here. Apart from football, golf is also played here; kids can join the 'Tri Golf After School Club' that meets every Thursday.
Urban Golf Royal Smithfield is a brilliant sports venue. This indoor golf club offers recreation facilities for you and your family. The club features a bar offering an amazing drinks and local dishes menu. Apart from this, they also offer their venue for private events and functions. Check out the website for reservations and more information.
Soho is one of the most vibrant neighborhoods of London. Previously home to various sleazy sex shops and shady restaurants, Soho has shed its sordid image to become a popular attraction. It is now the entertainment capital of the city with many popular theaters, clubs, upscale restaurants, bars and a lot more. It also has a variety of shopping destinations. Keep Soho on top of the list, when visiting London.