London is the place to be for entertainment and pampering. It’s packed to the brim with art galleries, museums, restaurants and places to shop but its sheer vastness can be daunting to a person who isn’t used to it.
If you’re new to London and need to know how to get from Paddington to King’s Cross, there are lots of ways you can do this:
Best Foot Forward
If you want to travel the environmentally friendly way and get the chance to take in more of the sights and sounds of London, you could walk to King’s Cross. At around two and a half miles in distance, the walk will give you a cardiovascular workout.
From Paddington, walk North-East on Praed Street (A4205) towards Winsland Street and continue until you get to Chapel Street (A501) and follow the road for 1.3 miles and then take the exit on the right and turn left towards Euston Road. Then turn right into Euston Road and take the A501 slip road to ring road A1/A11/A10 Euston/King’s Cross. Merge onto Euston Road and turn left and you have arrived at your destination.
There are other ways to walk there, too. Once you reach Chapel Street, you can turn right into Old Marylebone Road and walk 49 feet until you come to a left turning into Homer Street. Go down Homer Street and then turn left into Crawford Street. Continue onto Paddington Street, then take a slight left onto Marylebone High Street and turn right into Marylebone Road. Follow the A501 for 0.4 miles and take the exit on the right and walk 79 feet , then turn left towards Euston Road for 0.1 miles and turn right onto Euston Road. Take the A501 slip road A1, A11, A10 Euston/King’s Cross and merge onto Euston Road and turn left.
Notable landmarks along the way include Park Square West, a section of Regent’s Park, Euston Square Gardens and the British Museum.
Some areas may not be ideally suited to walking so if you choose to go for a stroll, please take care and keep your eye out for traffic.
Hail a Cab
A quicker way to get there is by hailing a cab. Travelling in one of London’s famous black Hackney cabs might add to your experience, too. It’s a 20 minute ride or only 10 if the traffic is decent and London cab drivers are usually a wealth of knowledge and can tell you fascinating facts about London as well as the best routes to go for seeing the sights. They are a reassuring option for people who think they might get lost in London.
Using the Underground
If the base for your stay is Paddington you could stay at the Park Grand Hotel. As well as having excellent facilities it is situated conveniently near to Paddington Station where you can use the underground to go anywhere you want in London. It takes only 19 minutes to go from Paddington Station to King’s Cross, St. Pancras International.
There are lots of things to do in King’s Cross. If you’re fond of books, The British Library is located right next to the station and there are lots of museums and old buildings of interest like the St. Pancras Old Church or Sir John Sloane’s museum, the house of the architect of the Bank of England. There are also lots of places to eat and drink.
Travel on a London Bus
You could travel around London on a traditional double-decker London bus! If you are taking the family with you on your trip to the capital, the buses are a very economical way to get around because all children and teenagers are free up to the age of 17. Adults pre-pay at ticket machines, unless you have a pass due to disability. There are bus stops on Praed Street, near Paddington Station. To get to King’s Cross, find bus stop P (bus number 205). Line 205 will get you there in half an hour and you can catch a glimpse of some of London’s famous landmarks.
London River Services
If you’re fed up of the traffic around London and don’t want to sit in traffic queues or rack up huge taxi fares, you could travel Shakespeare style and take a river service around London. You can go from Paddington to King’s Cross via a river bus. To find the service, walk onto Praed Street and follow the Paddington Basin until you get to the Little Venice Waterbus Terminal. You can buy your ticket on board the vessel. Once you reach Camden Lock (after 45 minutes), get off and walk the rest of the way to King’s Cross, along Mornington Crescent. If you choose to stay on the boat, you could visit London Zoo. Tickets that include zoo entry are available.