Trains to London
London remains the tourism capital of the UK thanks to its many incredible attractions, world-renowned shops and huge selection of tempting restaurants. And regular rail services and public transport links means it’s never been easier for you to travel to – and around – this sprawling city. Whether you’re planning on star-spotting at Madam Tussauds, taking a ride on the London Eye or visiting Kensington Palace, our trains to London are always a great way to travel.
Our passengers enjoy a uniquely comfortable journey to the capital, and are guaranteed a warm welcome on board our trains to London from Hull, Brough, Howden, Selby, Doncaster, Retford, Grantham and Stevenage. Remember – you can save up to 60% on your cheap train tickets to London as well as collecting Nectar point, you can get 2 points for every £1 you spend, by booking in advance via our website.
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King’s Cross Station information
London King's Cross Station,
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Located in northeast Central London, King’s Cross is one of several major stations that serve London.
Built in 1852, this grand station has found international fame in recent years thanks to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books, in which the children begin their magical journey to Hogwarts from platform 9 ¾.
King’s Cross recently underwent an impressive £810 million renovation, which has quadrupled the size of the station and means that passengers can now gain direct access to the high-speed rail link at St. Pancras.
There’s also a large selection of shops and restaurants to explore while you wait to board your train home.
King’s Cross ticket office is open whenever trains are running to and from the station, so as per the station’s opening hours. Self-service machines are also available. Please note that you can save up to 60% on your train tickets to London by booking in advance via our website.
The nearest car park to King’s Cross is located behind St Pancras International station on Pancras Road (sat nav postcode: N1C 4TB). The car park is open 24/7. Season tickets are also available.
Car parking spaces can be booked in advance on the St. Pancras international website.
There is also a designated ‘pick up / drop off’ zone on Pancras Road. Cars cannot be left unattended in this zone.
The taxi rank is located on Pancras Road, on the west side of the station, and is clearly signposted. As is usually the case in London, you shouldn’t have any trouble getting a taxi!
Buses are available outside the station. For timetable information, visit the Traveline website.
The Tube is the quickest and most convenient way to travel around London.
King's Cross St. Pancras tube station, which serves both King's Cross and St Pancras main line stations, is actually the busiest station on the London Underground, and is in Travelcard Zone 1.
For more information on travelling via the London Underground, visit the Transport for London website.
See & do
Take a train to London with us and you can take advantage of First Hull Train’s amazing 2for1 offers on 150 of the city’s very best attractions. For more information, see our ‘Offers’ page, or visit the Days Out Guide website.
Nearest Tube stations: Victoria / St James's Park / Green Park
Surely one of the most iconic buildings in the whole of Great Britain, a visit to London’s simply not complete without a trip to her Majesty’s London residence. The Palace is only open to visitors during the summer and autumn months, but you can enjoy the splendid exterior all year round.
Houses of Parliament and Big Ben
Nearest Tube stations: Westminster / St James’s Park
Explore the country’s seat of political power by taking a guided tour inside the Commons, Lords Chambers and Westminster Hall, watching a real committee hearing, or climbing Big Ben’s 334 steps to see the inner workings of the world’s most famous clock (and, of course, the spectacular view). It’s free to take a tour, but early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.
Nearest Tube stations: High Street Kensington / Queensway
The official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Kensington Palace has recently re-opened to the public following a £12 million transformation. While away a pleasant afternoon taking a tour of the palace and wandering the beautiful landscaped gardens – and be sure to keep an eye out for William and Kate! Children under 16 go free.
Nearest Tube stations: Waterloo / Embankment / Charing Cross / Westminster
Got a head for heights? The Coca Cola London Eye is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe and officially London’s most popular tourist attraction, drawing in 3.5 million visitors every year. Enjoy unbeatable panoramic views over the entire cityscape from your enclosed glass capsule.
Nearest Tube stations: Baker Street / Marylebone / Regents Park
A host of famous faces wait to greet you at Madame Tussauds… From royalty and rock stars to Hollywood’s finest, see if you can spot your favourites amongst these incredibly lifelike waxworks. A must for star spotters, there’s photo opportunities galore!
Natural History Museum
Nearest Tube station: South Kensington
Home to 70 million fascinating individual exhibits, London’s Natural History Museum is particularly famous for its collection of dinosaur skeletons. There’s more than enough here to keep the whole family entertained for an entire day, so leave yourselves plenty of time to explore the many galleries. Entry is free.
Nearest Tube stations: Southwark / Mansion House / St Paul’s
Step inside the Tate Modern and you’ll immediately understand why it the most-visited modern art gallery in the world. Housed in the former Bankside Power Station, the unrivalled collection covers the finest contemporary art dating from 1900 right up to the present day.
Tower of London
Nearest Tube stations: Tower Hill / Tower Gateway
In its 900 year history, the Tower of London has acted as a Royal Palace, a fortress, a prison, the Royal Mint, and even the Royal Zoo. Nowadays, tourists can get up close to the Crown Jewels, say ‘hello’ to the resident ravens, explore the armour collection and find out all about the Tower’s bloody history.
Nearest Tube stations: Charing Cross / Leicester Square / Piccadilly Square
Nelson’s Column stands tall at the centre of London’s most popular and historic public space. Also home to the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square is a real hub of activity, particularly during major celebrations like St Patrick’s Day or New Year’s Eve.
The West End theatres
Nearest Tube stations: Leicester Square / Covent Garden
London’s Theatreland is famous the world over. Whether you’re a fan of enduring musicals like Les Misérables or want to catch the latest ground-breaking productions, there’s a huge selection of top quality shows to choose from every night of the week. And, if you’re prepared to queue, you can often snap up seats for a bargain price on the day of performance.
For more information on these and many other tourist attractions in London, you can visit one of the city’s numerous tourist information centres. For details, go to the Visit London website.
Label lover can’t afford to miss Mayfair’s historic Bond Street. As the London home of some of the world’s most luxurious brands, including Chanel, Prada and Louis Vuitton, shoppers have been flocking here to browse, buy and window shop for more than 300 years.
Lively Camden Town is packed with an eclectic selection of market stalls, from the arts and craft delights of the Lock Market to the fashion finds that crowd the main streets. Bustling with visitors every day of the week, all of the shopping areas are bunched together within easy walking distance of one another.
It was the ultimate fashion destination in the swinging Sixties, and Carnaby Street still boasts an enviable selection of both unique boutiques and big name brands today. There are also plenty of wonderful cafes and restaurants to drop into when you need a breather…
Hamleys London, the world’s largest toy store, has delighted and entertained droves of shoppers since its 1881 opening. Explore seven awesome floors of dolls, teddies, action figures and games – a must visit for the young (and the young at heart)!
What’s a trip to London without paying a visit to the ultimate luxury department store? From the jaw-dropping food hall to its incredible Egyptian staircase, Harrods offers a truly unique shopping experience – even if you don’t end up buying a thing.
With over 300 stores selling everything from the latest high street fashion to must-have gifts, London’s Oxford Street is Europe’s busiest shopping street and home to the flagship Selfridges store. Why not head there straight from your train to London? It’s just a few tube stops away from King’s Cross.
Food & Drink
22 Frith Street, W1D 4RP. Tel: 020 7437 4520
This family-run cafe if a firm London favourite. A great place to enjoy a spot of people watching at any time of day (it’s open until 5am, and then re-opens again at 7am for breakfast), Bar Italia is famed for its full flavoured, authentic coffees.
Hard Rock Cafe
150 Old Park Lane, W1K 1QZ. Tel: 0207 514 1700
One for the music lovers among you… This is the first-ever Hard Rock Café, originally opened in 1971. Chow down on tasty American-influenced dishes surrounded by one of the most impressive music memorabilia collections in the world.
Icebar by Icehotel
31-33 Heddon Street, W1B 4BN. Tel: 020 7478 8910
Get a slice of the -5°C experience! Everything here is made entirely from ice, from the wall to the glasses, but don’t worry – you’ll be provided with a thermal cape on arrival to keep you warm. Frankly, it’s worth taking a train to London just to give this truly unique bar a try... Advanced booking is essential.
4 Erskine Road, Primrose Hill, NW3 3AJ. Tel: 020 7722 8028
Veggies will love the innovative, healthy dishes on offer at Manna, one of the oldest vegetarian restaurants in the UK. With a varied menu on offer, as well as daily specials that make the most of what’s in season, it’s best to book ahead to avoid disappointment.
James Street, WC2E 8BH. Tel: 020 7836 0303
London institution Maxwell’s has been serving up the very best burgers, steaks and grills for the last 30 years. Family-friendly and located right in the heart of Covent Garden, it’s a popular eatery with an eclectic menu.
117 Rotherhithe Street, SE16 4NF. Tel: 020 7237 4088
Enjoy a pint of real ale, some hearty grub and fantastic river views at The Mayflower, which claims to be the oldest pub on the River Thames. The oak beams and wood panelling only add to the unique atmosphere at this traditional family pub.
87 Tower Bridge Road, SE1 4TW. Tel: 020 7407 2985
Want a taste of local flavour? All the time-honoured cockney favourites are available from M. Manze, London’s oldest pie and mash shop. The Tower Bridge Road branch is one of three shops that serve up authentic pie and liquor and jellied eels.
64 Battersea Rise, SW11 1EQ. Tel: 020 7228 3812
A traditional yet quirky Italian where the pizza is served by the metre rather than the slice. A great spot for fun group dining, the menu also offers up a fine selection of pasta, meat and fish dishes.
50 England's Lane, NW3 4UE. Tel: 020 7722 8842
Located within easy reach of Camden’s market, The Washington is a charming Victorian character pub. Serving up a great range of British food every day of the week, we highly recommend the Sunday lunch – it’s the best around!
15 Broadwich Street, W1F 0DL. Tel: 020 7494 8888
Offering hungry customers the chance to sample the tastiest Cantonese food in all of London, this chic restaurant is especially famous for its dim sum and wonderful dessert selection. Yauatcha is very popular, so be sure to reserve your table in advance.
There’s so much to discover in London that one day there is rarely enough. Good job the capital offers hundreds of choices when it comes to booking overnight accommodation, from some of the world’s best five-star hotels to more cheap and cheerful lodgings.
Here are just some of our favourite hotels and B&Bs in London. Don’t forget to visit the Hull Trains Superbreaks website to browse a wide selection of London accommodation and book your room.
81 Jermyn Street, St James, SW1Y 6JF. Tel: 020 7930 2111
Located directly across the street from Fortnum & Mason, this four-star gem is the ideal location from which to explore nearby attractions like Theatreland, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. The elegant, contemporary-style interior, intimate Lobby Bar and AA Rosette-awarded Petrichor restaurant ensure this wonderful hotel is a welcoming retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The DoubleTree by Hilton London – Marble Arch
4 Bryanston Street, W1H 7BY. Tel: 020 7935 2361
This striking four-star Georgian hotel is a charming place to base your London stay. Particularly great for shopaholics who want to hit nearby Oxford Street and also just a short walk from Hyde Park, the friendly staff, comfy rooms and choice of three excellent restaurants ensure you’ll enjoy a memorable stay.
Russell Square, WC1B 5BE. Tel: 0844 915 0027
Hotel Russell offers 373 en-suite bedrooms, all beautifully furnished and fully equipped to meet the hotel’s four-star standard, and the atmospheric Tempus Bar & Restaurant. Situated in leafy Bloomsbury, it’s just a 10-minute walk from King’s Cross, so it’s a particularly handy place to stay is you’re taking one of First Hull’s trains to London.
London Elizabeth Hotel
4 Lancaster Terrace, Hyde Park, W2 3PF. Tel: 020 7402 6641
Situated right beside London’s famous Hyde Park, this three-star hotel has real character. The comfortable and cosy en-suite rooms all boast a digital safe, a direct dial telephone and free wireless broadband access, and you can enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in the Rose restaurant – or even out on the garden terrace if the weather suits.
May Fair Hotel
Stratton Street, W1J 8LB. Tel: 020 7629 7777
Famous the world over, London’s May Fair hotel offers the ultimate in five-star luxury, and a stay here places you right in the heart of the city’s most prestigious district. Indulge at the incredible spa, try your luck at the Palm Beach casino, or even smoke a world-class cigar in the Cigar Room.
Premier Inn London King's Cross St Pancras
26-30 York Way, King’s Cross, N1 9AA. Tel: 0871 527 8672
If you’re looking for somewhere affordable to stay that’s also ultra-convenient, then this Premier Inn’s for you. Just around the corner from King’s Cross station, you can hop on the Tube to explore every corner of London, and then collapse in your extra comfy bed after a long day of sightseeing.
Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street
20 Mercer Street, WC2H 9HD. Tel: 020 7836 4300
Surely one of London’s trendiest hotels, the four-star Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street is set in eclectic Covent Garden. Relax in your stylishly decorated room and play around with all the impressive technology you’ll find at your fingertips, or head downstairs to the popular Dial Bar & Restaurant to enjoy a drink or a delicious dinner.
Sheraton Park Lane Hotel
Piccadilly, W1J 7BX. Tel: 020 7499 6321
Want to enjoy a distinctly sophisticated stay? Treat yourself to the five-star Sheraton Park Lane Hotel, located in prestigious Mayfair and overlooking the picturesque Green Park. The 303 opulent guest rooms are the ultimate in luxury, and each is equipped with an amazingly comfortable patented Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ bed.