London Through the Looking Glass: An Afternoon in Euston

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London Euston is one of the Big Smoke’s biggest, busiest, and most important stations – connecting the Midlands and north-west with the capital. But contrary to popular belief, it’s an area as well as a transport hub.

Here’s something you might not know…

Euston was almost Chalk Farm. What, you say? Yes, Euston was the Smoke’s first mainline station and the first to connect London to another city – Birmingham. Initially, the local farmers disputed the planning permission to build the station where it stands today. So, developers moved the site to where Chalk Farm’s located, however, 1835; permission was granted back for the Euston terminal to be built in time for the opening of the railway in 1837.

Now, if you’re visiting the area, the station is well worth a look. Outside the main entrance to Euston station stands a piece of Eduardo Paolozzi artwork and it’s kind of cool. The artist is best-known for his iconic mosaics in Tottenham Court Road station, and this big statue at Euston is certainly one for the photo album.

Also, inside the station, you’ll find the grave under platform 15 (no, this isn’t loosely related to Harry Potter, Kings Cross is down the road).

It’s believed that the body of explorer Matthew Flinders – the first person to circumnavigate Australia – is buried somewhere beneath the platforms of Euston. The adventurer is commemorated with a life-size statue which you can find underneath the information screens in the main station concourse.

Venture outside the jurisdiction of the station and before you reach the main road, you’ll find The Doric Arch – a train themed Fuller’s pub with a quirky vibe and plenty of cosy seating. Here you’ll be able to kick back and enjoy a tipple or two after exploring the station (and, relax).

Now, right across the Euston Road  stands The Wellcome Collection, home to the Wellcome Trust.

The Wellcome Collection hosts regular free exhibitions which are inspiring, intriguing and cutting-edge. Whatever theme, whether it’s hallucinogens or forensics, you’ll have your mind blown from start to finish – and if you’re feeling peckish afterwards, the cafe serves a fine selection of homemade soups, sandwiches, pastries and cakes.

If you’re still in the mood for maximum culture, The British Museum is a mere 10 – 15 minutes walk from the Wellcome Collection – the perfect way to burn off those cakes and pastries.

The British Museum is home to one of the world’s finest collections of human art, artefacts, history, and culture. It really is a city marvel and no visit to the Euston area would be complete with exploring its many nooks and crannies.

Head back towards Euston station and you’ll deserve another pint after all that legwork. Shimmy down a few back roads and you’ll come across The Somers Town Coffee House – one of Euston’s best kept secrets. This pub, eatery, coffee house, and social space is one of the most unique places of its kind in the city and once you pull up a pew here, you may well stay until closing time. The perfect end to the perfect day.

We hope you enjoy our mini Euston guide and if you have any tips of your own, please do share them by leaving a comment below.

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