The Excelsior Hotel in London is close to Saint Pancras International train station, where the Eurostar departs for Paris; just a short distance away are bus and underground links which directly connect Kings Cross, with Heathrow, Luton and Gatwick airports.
Less than 0.4 miles from the Excelsior Hotel, easily reachable using the Underground, is the impressive British Museum, perhaps the most important history museum in existence, with its enormous glass dome which makes the Grand Court the largest covered square in Europe. Its splendid rooms preserve friezes from the Parthenon in Athens, Greek statues, prehistoric bones, Egyptian mummies, manuscripts and jewels; an incredibly large collection which attracts approximately 6 million visitors a year to 54,000 square metres of exhibits. The rooms dedicated to Greco-Roman civilization and the medieval era are extraordinary.
The British Museum is just 10 minutes walking distance from the hotel.
Shopping in London is a gratifying and exclusive experience, the shops display goods and clothes which are ahead of world fashion and offer possibilities for all budgets. Along Oxford Street there are over 300 shops alternated with cafès, pubs and restaurants: over the 1.4 miles which stretch from Hyde Park to Tottenham Court Road you will find large chain-stores and department stores such as Selfridges and Marks & Spencer. Heading south, towards Westminster, Regent Street is a cornerstone of English shopping with Liberty, and the largest toyshop in the world, Hamleys. If however you are looking for the latest fashions and the most unusual shoes, Carnaby Street is a paradise of alternative styles and secondhand shops, the heart of the ‘swinging London’ of the ’60s.
Oxford Street is 15 minutes walking distance from the hotel or 10 minutes by underground.
Heading west, the Regent Street stop takes you as far as Regent’s Park. This ancient game reserve explodes with the colour of its roses during the spring and contains a boating lake and various play areas. In North London you will find London Zoo; Regent’s Canal passes through this former and alongside it is a towpath which, in the summer, offers a splendid and pleasant walk over 7 miles long.
Regent's Park is 15 minutes walking distance from the hotel or 10 minutes by underground.
Heading north, you will find Camden, well-known for its markets: surrounding the orginal Lock Market a myriad of satellite markets have sprung up, such as Buck Street Market and Stables Market, famous for antiques and furniture. At the weekend, do not go without browsing the stalls of clothes, books and decidedly unusual objects. Excellent prices which attract multitudes of young people.
Camden Town is 15 minutes walking distance from the hotel or 10 minutes by underground.
Piccadilly Circus is in the heart of the city of Westminster, its advertising signs part of the collective immagination tied to London; busy, full of life, close to the theatres of Shaftesbury Avenue and the shops of Coventry Street and Haymarket, Piccadilly Circus is in the London West End before you get to Westminster where you can admire Westminster Bridge, the gothic profiles of the Houses of Parliament and the famous Big Ben reflected on the River Thames. Westminster Abbey, the tallest gothic church in the country, contains the tombs of English royalty and impressive fantail vaults whilst, going along Victoria Street, you will reach Westminster Cathedral with its Byzantine-Romanesque style, famous for its unusual red bricks.
Piccadilly Circus is 15 minutes walking distance from the hotel or 10 minutes by underground.
If you go to London, a visit to Buckingham Palace is a must. Queen Elizabeth's official residence is the seat of important public ceremonies and receptions with major heads of state; it is a point of reference for the English and a big tourist attraction which culminates in the famous changing of the guard. It is one of the few operative royal palaces and its State Rooms are furnished with some of the most extraordinary treasures in the Royal Collection: works by Rembrandt, Canaletto, Canova and splendid pieces of French and English furniture. An extraordinary and fascinating residence.
Buckingham Palace is 15 minutes walking distance from the hotel or 10 minutes by underground.
Kings Cross Station
Come out of the main terminal of Kings Cross station and onto the Euston Road, cross over the road. In between the Post Office and the Barclays Bank is Belgrove Road, follow the road to the top and this leads into Argyle Square. Excelsior Hotel London is at no.41-42.
Come out of the station and onto the Euston road, turn left and walk towards Kings Cross station, this about 5-8 minutes walk. Once you reach Kings Cross station cross over the Euston road and follow Belgrove road to the top of the street which leads into Argyle Square. Belgrove Road is situated in between the Post Office and Barclays Bank off the Euston Road.
This express train service takes you from Stansted Airport to Liverpool Street Station. You then need to take one of three options, either Metropolitan line, Circle line or Hammersmith and City line, all three of these lines will connect you between Liverpool Street Station and Kings Cross Station by tube.
From 6am -10pm there is an express service every 30 minutes. Journey time is up to 1 hour from Airport to Liverpool Street Station.
You can buy a ticket on arrival at Stansted Airport or Liverpool Street Station. Or to pre book the ticket call 08457 44 4422 or Non UK residents call National rail Enquiries on +44 (0) 139 220 220 62.
All major rental car companies have counters at Stansted.
First Capital Connect
There is a regular direct service from the Airport to Kings Cross Station. You need to take a First Capital Connect connection train from Luton Airport Parkway direct to Kings Cross Station.
Journey time is approx. 30 minutes. The best option would be to buy an all zone travelcard for £4.50. Services run from 06.10 - 21.00 Monday - Friday. Weekend trains run every 20 minutes.
All major rental car companies have counters at Luton Airport.
At last check cost of one way travel to Kings Cross was £3.20. We recommend you buy a system- wide travel card for £4.50, which allows unlimited travel for the rest of the day. The travel card is available after 9.30am. We are a 2 minute walk from Kings Cross station.
London's famous black cabs are available outside all terminals. If you have excess luggage, this is the best way to travel to the hotel.Trip to Kings Cross will set you back £35.00 - £40.00 and could take from 30 minutes to over an hour depending on traffic.
A less expensive option would be to take a minicab. This needs to be pre arranged. Please call us at the hotel on +44 207 837 0571 and we can help with these arrangements.
Follow signs to the central bus station for Heathrow Terminals 1, 2, 3. For Terminal 4 go to info desk in the arrivals area after customs. The hotel is only 10 minutes from Euston station by foot and 3 minutes by taxi.
All major rental car companies have counters at Heathrow.
First Capital Connect
Directly to Kings Cross. First Capital Connect provides good rail service from the Gatwick station to Kings Cross station. Trains leave from Gatwick around 5.45am until Midnight, with a travel time of around 35 minutes. Purchase a ticket at one of the ticket office before boarding. The one way fare is about £10.00. Check British Rail information office in the station.
The Gatwick Express train is the fastest way to get into London, but when going to Kings Cross you will have to change at Victoria.
British rail operates the Gatwick Express to VICTORIA station. The walk to the airport rail terminal in the south Terminal is convenient. From the North terminal, take the free shuttle service to the South Terminal which drops you off right by the airport rail station. Purchase tickets at the ticket office for about £10.00 one way, with travel time of 30 minutes. Trains leave every 15 minutes from 6.50am - 8.50pm.and every 30-60 minutes during the night.
From Victoria station take the Victoria line direct to Kings Cross station by tube, this will take approximately 8 minutes.
Jetlink operates an express bus to Victoria Coach station from Gatwick via Wandsworth and Chessington. The fare will be about £8.00 one way and journey time is 60 minutes. Coach/bus station on the ground floor of the South terminal provides service to many towns around the UK.
All major rental car companies have counters at Gatwick.