The mural at Kings Cross, St Pancras (Tom Eckersley) is a pun and shows crowns in a cross shape. It manages to use the maroon, yellow, blue and black to symbolise the line colours of the other tube lines that serve King’s Cross, St Pancras.
The Victoria line threads its one of London’s busiest tube Interchanges at Kings Cross St Pancras. It is one of six Underground lines that cross here.
A Victorian Hotel
As the name indicates, the underground station actually serves two main line railway stations. Kings Cross station was built in 1851–1852 and is the terminus of the East Coast Main Line from Edinburgh.
St. Pancras was added in 1868 and whilst it originally served trains on the Midland Main line to Nottingham and Sheffield, today it is also the departure point of Eurostar trains heading for the continent. The Station was fronted by the magnificent Midland Grand Hotel.
The building, designed by George Gilbert Scott, was opened in 1873 contained many innovations and was widely praised for its beautiful architecture. It served as a luxury hotel until 1935 when its outdated facilities, notably its lack of bathrooms in the rooms, led to its closure.
It was used as railway offices until the late 1960s when British Rail threatened it with demolition. It was saved by the efforts of the Victorian Society and in 1967, along with the station itself, it became a Grade 1 listed building. Nevertheless, the building lay empty and unused for the last decade of the 20th century.
With the coming of Eurostar and the renaissance of St Pancras the building was finally redeveloped, with some new construction added at the back, into a luxury hotel again. It reopened as a Renaissance Hotel in the Marriot chain in May 2011. The interiors are as stunning as the exteriors.
The Dolphin (Tonbridge Street)
A lovely old-fashioned Irish local place located in a small side street just behind the station. They have a pool table in the public bar and serve Thai food every day but Saturday.