The London terminal for Eurostar...

St Pancras International isn't a mere airport terminal for trains, it's a spectacularly-restored piece of history that will take your breath away.  It's been designed as a destination in its own right, with shops of all kinds, restaurants & cafes.  Dating from 1868, London's magnificent St Pancras station was beautifully restored and reopened on 14 November 2007 to become the London terminal for Eurostar trains to Paris and Brussels, taking over from Waterloo which had been Eurostar's London terminal since it started in 1994.  St Pancras still serves its original purpose as terminus for the Midland main line trains to Leicester, Derby, Nottingham & Sheffield, and it now also hosts domestic high-speed trains to and from Kent.  Underground platforms provide direct Thameslink trains south to Croydon, Gatwick Airport and Brighton.  The station is a London landmark, don't pass through without taking the time to look around...

On this page...

  Overview

  Which platform for your train?

  Luggage lockers, ticket office, ATMs, WiFi

  Restaurants & supermarkets

  Taxis, buses, underground

  Tips for using St Pancras

  A bit of history

  Hotels near the station

 

On other pages....

  Eurostar check-in procedure

  Guide to taking Eurostar to Paris or Brussels

  Trains from London to other European countries

  General information for European train travel

Station location...

Station overview...

Lower level:  You enter the station from the street, from the the Underground or from the taxi rank into the shopping arcade on the lower level of the station.  The Eurostar departures area with the row of ticket gates leading to the Eurostar departure lounge is located half way along the main arcade.  There are toilets off the main arcade, and at the end of the arcade is the domestic ticket office, more shops and the left luggage office.  Further beyond all this is the Eurostar Despatch office for sending bikes and parcels by Eurostar.

Upper level:  Trains, tracks, platforms, Searcy's restaurant & champagne bar, the Betjeman Arms pub, the statue of John Betjeman, and the huge statue of the embracing couple are all located on the upper level, which is usually much quieter than the busy lower level.  You reach the upper level by stairs, escalators or lifts from the lower level.  You can also access it from the forecourt by walking up the slope, past the big St Pancras Renaissance Hotel entrance arch and through the second large open archway just visible on the right of the photo below.

The gothic facade of London St Pancras

St Pancras' beautiful gothic facade...  The big archway is the entrance to the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.  The other archway just visible on the far right near the clock tower is the large open entrance from the forecourt onto the station's upper level.

Which platform for your train?

St Pancras upper level

St Pancras upper level, viewed from an upstairs window in the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.  In this photo you can see the Eurostar platforms 5-10 fenced off with glass security walls, the champagne bar (the row of lights to the left of the left-hand Eurostar on platform 5) and the John Betjeman statue (just visible centre left, looking like a person on the walkway).  The shopping arcade on the lower level is visible through the open parts of the upper level walkways.  Platforms 1-4 and 11-13 are in the very far distance outside the historic arched trainshed, on either side of the Eurostar tracks.

Left luggage, ticket offices, ATMs, WiFi...

Somewhere to eat or drink...

Supermarkets & shops...

Local transportWalking, taxis, buses, underground...

Tips for using St Pancras...

A bit of history...

More information...

Hotels near St Pancras...

Inexpensive hotels near the station...

The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel:  Pricey, but wow...

St Pancras station in London   A suite in the main building of the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

5 stars... The magnificently-restored St Pancras Renaissance HotelAbove left:  A Chambers room.

The Great Northern Hotel...

Great Northern Hotel, Kings Cross   Great Northern Hotel en suite


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