Kings Cross has changed - if you’ve not seen this yet, your head has been in the sand (or somewhere else in London). Starting with the opening of St Pancras International, the surrounding area has become a thriving hub of new bars, restaurants and cool hang outs.

It helps of course that St Pancras International and the UK’s first high speed domestic train service from Kent to London has done brilliantly well in their brand new station. 

A destination in its own right, St Pancras has brought a lovely collection of shops, juice bars, and cafes -Fortnum & Mason, Hamleys, Gant, Thomas Pink, John Lewis and Benugo to name a few- all under one sleek, modern roof. ’St Pancras is a station for our times,’ said Will Gordon, Marketing Manager at HS1. ‘This station has become a retail, social and cultural destination in its own right’.

Used by about 48 million commuters and visitors each year, St Pancras has elevated the everyday travel experience into something extraordinary. The station is full of well-known high-street names and boutique independent retailers, all housed in a dramatic cathedral-like home.

There’s always a new installation or happening to act as a further draw to the station, not to mention all the places you can get to from the multiple platforms.

Used by Southeastern, St Pancras has also become a key destination for high-speed rail from Kent, with the train operator leveraging speed to offer maximum convenience. Trains travel at up to 140mph allowing passengers to travel from Ashford International to St Pancras in just 28 minutes. That’s pretty impressive. Not to mention if you want to do some Christmas shopping and you live outside of London you can stay right on the doorstep at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. A quick visit to their luxe spa will set you right after the long day. 

Whether you’re off on travels, your Christmas holidays or just fancy a little look around, we thoroughly recommend getting yourself to St Pancras for a bit of a shop, a coffee or cocktail (or two) for wherever Southeastern takes you!

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This is a sponsored post in partnership with Southeastern.