In 1986, delegates from both the UK and France proposed the idea of creating a key train route between the two countries.
This first suggestion gave birth to the Eurostar and now thousands upon thousands of people use the service which connects London to Paris and Brussels in Belgium. It has made crossing over to mainland Europe hugely simple and means you can go travel between the centres of English and French capitals in just two hours.
Eurostar has taken the hassle out of international travel and having to deal with airports and connections. It has also given St Pancras railway station a new lease of life as this magnificent terminus is one of the first things people see when they cross through the Channel Tunnel and onto British soil.
Here is a brief guide to St Pancras International railway station.
History and location
Originally built in the 1860s, St Pancras was designed to provide a terminus for trains coming from south and west Yorkshire. At the time there was no such service into this part of London and trains needed to use the line of the London and North Western Railway, something which Midland Railway wanted to change.
Nowadays, the station is the main terminus for East Midlands Trains which serves Derby, Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield. In 2007, it became the home of the Eurostar after services were transferred from Waterloo. It sees huge passenger numbers with almost 30 million people passing through last year.
Situated on Euston Road, St Pancras sits next to King’s Cross and shares an Underground station with the East Coast Main Line station.
Parking at St Pancras
Driving around the King’s Cross area can be hectic and St Pancras recommends that you book a car parking space in advance. You can pre-book from 12 hours to a year but you can turn up on the day and pay at the gate.
Prices range from £6 for up to 20 minutes to £37 for 12 to 24 hours, motorbikes are charged at 24 hours.
Shopping at St Pancras
St Pancras is not too dissimilar to an airport in terms of retail and entertainment options. In terms of shopping there are plenty of stores including Accessorize, WH Smith, Boots and M&S for your last-minute essentials.
Or you can splurge a little at St Pancras Spa, MAC, John Lewis, Cath Kidston or Godiva to kick your holiday off with a bang.
Staying near St Pancras
While a little further away from the station, we recommend M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City. Either hop on the 214 bus towards Highgate School and get off at the station or catch the Northern line from Old Street heading towards Edgware and get off at King’s Cross St Pancras.