It can’t be denied that King’s Cross Station is one of the most visited stations in London. It’s evolved over the years since its existence back in the 18th Century.
Before entering the station, you will already feel the artistic vibe around and the Square is a perfect place for catching up with friends or enjoying your lunch break on a very sunny afternoon and appreciating the day ahead. King’s Cross Station is linked to its sister station, St. Pancras, which connects London to Mainland Europe via Lille, Paris, and Brussels on Eurostar.
Inside the Station, you will be in awe with the modern artistic ambience. It feels like an extension of an airport and has that relaxing feeling. There are places to eat, drink and to unwind, especially the Top level of the station has cafes and restaurants if you feel like having a quick bite or to enjoy the ambience while talking to friends or purely appreciating the beauty of the station. The Station itself is a gateway from London to the North East of England and Scotland.
But what makes King’s Cross Station the most visited and the most popular station for travellers, visitors and even Londoners like myself?… It’s definitelyPlatform 9 and 3/4!
What is Platform 9 and 3/4?!
Fans of JK Rowling’s “Harry Potter,” would know that Platform 9 and 3/4 is the gateway to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It is a platform that is invisible to the Muggles (Non-Wizard or Witch, unless they’ve practised Wizardry or Witchcraft) eye and is masked as a brick wall. Since the books and the movie franchise were released, this spot has been very popular with Potter’s fans (Me included!).
The best thing about Platform 9 and 3/4 is having that feel of the magical world of Harry Potter. When it’s your turn to have your photo opportunity, You will be asked to choose which scarf you’d like to wear from one of the Hogwarts House, as you pretend to push the trolley cart with one hand, and a wand on the other. Again for the Non-Harry Potter Fans, Hogwarts is comprised of Four Houses in honour of the Four Founders of Hogwarts. They are Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff. I chose Hufflepuff for my photo op. The queue can get very busy depending what time you get to King’s Cross. Try to get there as early as you can and also, bring your friends or family with you so someone can take a picture of you on this magical experience. If not, the staff would take a picture of you where you can purchase this in the shop.
A Visit to Platform 9 and 3/4 wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9 and 3/4.
The Harry Potter Shop and what Diagon Alley must have felt…
So you’ve had your photo opportunity at Platform 9 and 3/4, and you cannot wait to see how your picture looked. Then definitely visit the Harry Potter Shop at 9 and 3/4. In there, you have the option of purchasing your photo. One copy of the photo would cost £9.50 and £15 for Two. They also give you a digital copy where you can download it online. Be sure to wait for at least an hour before downloading it and your digital photo will be available for 14 days from the date of purchase. Visit their official online shop here.
The Shop is definitely a haven for every Harry Potter fans. Wands are all over the place, keyrings, stuff toys, scarves of the different Houses, books, posters, you name it! It’s a Diagon Alley in one setting. There are Three sections of the Shop. On the Far left is where you find, Ollivander’s collection of wands. The Second section has more stuff toys and merchandise. The Third Section is where you find the photo booth till. My advice is most people would normally queue at the Second section to pay. If that’s the case, try using the First section of the shop as this is usually overlooked (From experience).
Kings Cross Station is One of my favourite place in London. It’s a Two-in-One venue for those who love art and Fan Fiction Magic. What could be a better place to be in transit or waiting for your next train journey but Kings Cross Station.
If you would like to find out more about London King’s Cross Platform 9 and 3/4 and the Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9 3/4, visit their website here.
Getting to King’s Cross Station:
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