Visitors to the British capital can enjoy an array of options when it comes to transport. Cars, buses, trains, trams, taxis, cycling and walking are all popular options, and there’s even a cable car to get you from point A to point B. But if you want to travel the way most Londoners do, then you’ll probably want to hop on the Underground.
Also known as the Tube, the London Underground is a vast network of trains that (mostly) run underground, taking passengers to different locations all over the city. The Tube is easy to use, and straightforward maps are posted all over the network – and are also available as mobile apps, so you can figure out a route with ease.
About King’s Cross St Pancras
For visitors coming to London by train, one of the most commonly used arrival points is Kings Cross St Pancras. This is actually two train stations, but they are very close together, and they share a Tube station.
St Pancras is the arrivals point for the Eurostar, and the two stations also serve a variety of mainline routes to the north of England, as well as Scotland. (For fans of the Harry Potter series, King’s Cross is where characters from the books boarded the fictional Hogwarts Express.)
The King’s Cross St Pancras Tube station is a busy one and serves six lines: the Piccadilly, Victoria, Northern, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City.
Another nearby train station, Euston, is another terminus for many mainline routes from the North.
Kensington is a fashionable area in West London, known for its exclusive housing, high-end shopping, beautiful parks, gardens, museums and even a royal palace. It’s a popular spot for tourists to visit and it’s also a great place to book your accommodation, thanks to its transport links and stylish atmosphere.
There are several Tube stations in Kensington, including High Street Kensington (on the Circle and District lines), Gloucester Road and South Kensington (on the Circle, District and Piccadilly lines), and hotel near Earl’s Court (on the District and Piccadilly lines).
Travelling from King’s Cross St Pancras to Kensington on the Tube
There are many different routes that you might want to take to get from King’s Cross St Pancras to Kensington, but one of the easiest ways to get there is on the Piccadilly line.
From the mainline rail station, look for signs pointing to the Underground. Using your Oyster Card or a contactless payment card, go through the barriers and follow the signs to the Westbound Piccadilly line. Board the next train and watch out for your stop – the journey should take around 35 minutes.
If you’ve never taken a ride on the Tube before, the system can seem a little daunting, but if you have a plan and don’t rush, you’ll be fine. Here are some other tips to help make your journey better:
- Look for signs and listen for announcements – There are signs at the entrance to every station Tube station, and announcements will also be made to let you know of any delays or line closures.
- Mind the gap – The gap between the train and the platform edge can be quite wide, so pay attention as you’re boarding and exiting trains.
- Step-free access – For people with limited mobility, those in wheelchairs and parents with children in prams, both King’s Cross St Pancras and Earl’s Court stations offer step-free access from street level to the Piccadilly line, so keep an eye out for signs pointing to lifts and ramps.