On Air

Mark Goodier

East Coast Trains

What better destination for a city break is there than our own capital? London boasts boundless scope for sightseeing and offers the visitor an array of opportunities for entertainment. The city’s culture is steeped in history and the monarchical heritage is embedded in the very landscape of London.

Whether you want to immerse yourself in times gone by or marvel at the modernity of London life, what better way to reach your destination than by rail? Trains to London are frequent, fast and flexible.

Rail travel is one of the most convenient means of accessing the city. You can avoid congestion and travel in comfort right to the heart of London. From the moment you exit your carriage, you’re in the centre of the city with every charm and convenience just around the corner.

London trains frequently alight at Kings Cross, an area of the city that’s undergone extensive development and continued regeneration. The opening of the development, Kings Place in 2008 has created continued cultural openings for the area and events are held there throughout the year.

So if you have an hour or two to spare before making an onward connection via St Pancras, the destination station for European travel, why not explore the area around Kings Cross? Situated next to St Pancras is the British Library, which plays proud host to the Magna Carta and Shakespeare’s First Folio.

The Brunswick is a shopping haven located in nearby Bloomsbury, offering the visitor an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants. If however you’ve decided to make Kings Cross the base for your break, there’s plenty to amuse and occupy for more than an hour.

The area is awash with vibrant and energetic eateries and bars. There are several fashionable hotspots, such as The Scala, offering the late-night reveller an enjoyable evening out. There’s an extensive range of accommodation to suit all budgets, so when you finally need a place to rest and to put up your party feet, you won’t be short of options for overnight stays.

There’s so much to see and do that a fleeting foray into London life will leave you wanting more. Yet the reasonable rates for rail fares mean that regular visits are by no means out of the question. The savings you make on your travel might allow you to splash the cash on a stay at the 5-star St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, which offers the guest Victorian splendour coupled with modern style and service.