King's Cross is an inner-city area of Central London, several kilometres north of the major central landmarks like Oxford Circus and Leicester Square. With a rich and occasionally seedy history alongside major regeneration that has been occurring over the last several years, King's Cross makes for both an exciting present experience and an interesting historical one.
There are direct trains to King's Cross Station or Euston from many UK destinations.
There are so many places to eat and drink in King's Cross. The fantastic thing about the vibrant food culture in London is that, in an age of big brands and corporate facelessness, it's the restaurants that stay independent and full of character.
Chapel Market is a must-see. It has a daily market (of the same name) where numerous food-vendors set up stands offering cheap culinary experiences from around the world. The street itself is also lined with cafes and restaurants, including M. Manzes, a traditional pie and mash cafe. The brand was started in 1902.
There are lots of hidden gems. The King Charles 1st pub is located on the bottom of Calshot St. There's a real ale pub on the corner of Penton St. Also be sure to check out the Big Chill Bar and the Lexington, for a louder more party-like vibe.
For free Wi-Fi, check out the map maintained by Londonist. A number of bars and restaurants offer Wi-Fi service with a purchase, and will usually advertise this fact. You may need to get the security key from the service counter. McDonald's also offers free Wi-Fi connection in its restaurants across the UK. Internet cafés can be found throughout London, and charge from £1 to £2 per hour, usually payable in 30-minute segments.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The mobile network operators in the UK are O2, Vodafone, T-Mobile, Orange and 3; and often have store fronts in most shopping areas. There are also other "re-branded" mobile phone service using the infrastructure of the mobile network operators. The Carphone Warehouse is an independent mobile phone retailer with stores around the country.
Mobile phone service plans are usually packaged as Pay-Monthly for post-paid plans, and Pay-As-You-Go for pre-paid plans. Pay-monthly plans usually come with a 12- or 18- month contract, while Pay-As-You-Go plans require top up of credit, which can be done at ATMs, kiosks and convenience stores with a "Top-Up" logo displayed.
International telephone call centres can be found around London, allowing you to place calls using a land line and pay for the call. These are often co-located with internet cafés.
The Royal Mail provides postal services in the United Kingdom. The Royal Mail's store fronts are called Post Office and offer services ranging from sending letters and packages to foreign currency exchange. Use the branch locator to find the nearest Post Office branch. An alternative includes TNT Post.
It's common for a post office to be incorporated into a grocery store, where there will be a small counter located at the back of the store for dealing with post related matters. All post offices are marked with signs that say 'post office' in red lettering. Post boxes can be found at any post office and standalone large red post boxes on the streets or red boxes in the sides of public buildings.
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