Comfort Inn & Suites Kings Cross St. Pancras
31-33 Argyle Street
London, EN WC1H 8EP
Phone: (44) 207 8373109
Fax: (44) 207 2783870
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.
The Calthorpe Project is a community garden and center where members of the community can come exercise their green thumbs.
Mecklenburgh Square is a spectacular square situated in the King's Cross area of London. The square is named after King George III's Queen, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. The square is a designated English Heritage site and is flanked by many remarkable buildings and houses, and the Mecklenburgh Square Garden.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tucked away in the bustling King's Cross area, St Pancras Library is a 20th-century Library inaugurated by The Princess Anne. It features a lending library located on the ground floor, a children's library and a reference library located on the second floor. The library offers books, CDs and DVDs along with free internet access to the visitors.
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.
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.
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.