If you’ve chosen London as your place to study, it probably has something to do with the amazing diversity in a city that’s always got something going on. But, it’s handy to know where the best places to eat, party and hang out are for that much-needed downtime. Here are our top picks of places to visit in our guide to St Pancras.
Places to eat near St Pancras
Skip Garden & Kitchen
Run by educational charity Global Generation, this cute café is the perfect place for a veggie lunch. They use skips (hence the name) to grow their own vegetables and produce, meaning everything you eat is homegrown and locally sourced. You can also book afternoon tea, brunch or a group lunch – the perfect way to celebrate exam success with your course companions!
Location: 1 Tapper Walk, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AQ
Drink, Shop & Do
This is a café with a difference. By day, it’s a cosy and warming venue offering a daily interchanging menu including happy hour from 4-7. By night it’s a fully-fledged bar with fantastic cocktails, DJs and a cool vibe. And now for the difference – this café-cum-bar also has a classroom venue which hosts dance classes featuring Britney, Beyonce and Spice Girls and various other crafty workshops. Check out their events list here.
Location: 9 Caledonian Rd, London N1 9DX
Temple of Camden
Temple of Camden is a new restaurant which is located in urbanest St Pancras building, so you won’t have to venture far! This restaurant, which is a branch of Temple of Saitan, specialises in vegan junk food. Meaning you can still have bacon cheeseburgers even after giving up meat!
Location: 103a Camley Street, N1C 4PF
Nights out near St Pancras
No doubt you’ll soon be fully acquainted with this all-night warehouse-style club if you aren’t already. Egg London hosts a weekly student night every Wednesday boasting £1 drinks and a very reasonable £5 entry fee. They host events most evenings so you’re sure to find something that floats your boat.
Location: 200 York Way, London N7 9AX
Fancy yourself as a bit of a crooner? Lucky Voice might be the perfect bar for you with personal karaoke rooms including food and drinks service. You can have the ultimate girls (or lads) night in… while being out! There’s also a photo booth with plenty of props to make the most of. Become a pop star for the night and truly let your hair down while making brilliant memories.
Location: 173-174 Upper St, Islington, London N1 1RG
Music venues near St Pancras
This gorgeous venue – once a grand cinema from the 1920s – has a main auditorium with three separate bars. It became Scala in 1999 after a colourful history of film, music and bomb blasts which you can read all about here. There are live music events, club nights and occasional alternative events such as a Halloween ball. And the best part is, it’s less than a mile away from Urbanest St Pancras! Events run every weekend and some weeknights, but you can see their full calendar here.
Location: 275 Pentonville Rd, Kings Cross, London N1 9NL
Another venue packed with history, Electric Ballroom began as an Irish pub before turning into the music venue it is today. Over the years it’s been influential in the making of many artists such as The Clash, Snow Patrol, The Killers, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Blur. More recent artists have included The Vaccines, Alt-J, Future Islands, Interpol and even Sir Paul McCartney. They host both gigs and music event evenings. See their full listings here.
Location: 184 Camden High St, Camden Town, London NW1 8QP
Other things to do near St Pancras
Kings Place is an independently funded arts and conference centre which aims to ‘explore an idea from multiple perspectives, through a diverse offering of music, spoken word, festivals, comedy and visual art’. They have regularly-changing exhibitions including The Politics Festival, art, music and literary events. This culture hub is a place to hear opinions, learn new things and enjoy unique performances and it’s right on your doorstep. See what’s on here.
Location: 90 York Way, London N1 9AG
Just one of London’s amazing parks with a Grade II listed clock tower offering a panoramic view of north London and the city. This is also the perfect place to volunteer if you love being outdoors. Opportunities include gardening, clock tower stewarding, assisting with the park’s learning programmes and developing interpretation material.
If you can commit to two or more hours on an occasional or regular basis and would love to boost your CV while gaining some hands-on experience, email the council at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: 87 Clock View Crescent, London N7 9TP
Coal Drops Yard
Finally, a new bustling shopping street is set to open at Coal Drops Yard. From October 2018, you can expect even more shops, cafés, bars and restaurants in the heart of King’s Cross. For more information, click here.