You’ve just pulled up in your Euston taxi and you’re standing in front of the station concourse. A thought crosses your mind but you don’t want to be rude. Let’s just say it – Euston Station isn’t exactly the prettiest of places – it’s OK, we all know that. But it hasn’t always been that way. Amazingly, the original building was actually something of a looker. Famous the world over for its ornate Doric arch and palatial Grand Hall. It wasn’t until the station fell foul of a vicious fire and some rather overzealous but uninspired developers that it came to look the way it does today. Leaving behind a place most of us are keen to quickly escape. A major presumption about Euston is that it’s a bit isolated – nowhere near anything good or fun. Most people don’t even realise it’s only a five minute walk from Kings Cross St. Pancras. Of course there’s the inter-city rail service to the North of England and even quick access to the Victoria line. But what many people forget is that Euston offers us so much more than just a portal out of the city, it has a few hidden gems of its own. Another commonly forgotten string to Euston’s bow is that it sits in the borough of Camden. Meaning that it’s pretty much surrounded with great stuff. All it takes is a little wander and you’ll soon discover dozens of terrific places to drink, eat and hang out. A short walk to Camden High St, The British Museum, Regent’s Canal and even glamorous Soho. Euston doesn’t have to just be an eyesore. For all the best hints and tips on how to make the most of the area, follow our Euston taxi driver’s guide. You’ll be amazed at the things you can do.
Where to drink
Somers Town Coffee House
Situated on Chalton St, This great little pub (don’t let the name fool you!) is incredibly popular with the locals and transients alike. Somers town is a surprisingly quiet neighbourhood, given its location but its ‘Coffee House’ rarely is. With an outdoor terrace and fantastic beers on tap, you’d be remiss to skip this local favourite.
60 Chalton St, NW1 1HS
The Bree Louise
If it’s a proper pub you’re after, you won’t get much more proper than this. The Bree Louise is hidden away on the backstreets behind Euston station, and offers a lovely warm hideaway on the inside with seating outdoors for those sunny afternoons. Good beer and grub are the hallmarks of this lesser known local. Get involved, you won’t regret it.
69 Cobourg Street, London NW1 2HH
Even the most adventurous drinker has taken one look at the Euston Tap and thought better of it. But we urge you to venture inside this odd looking tardis of a bar. Offering an incredible range of craft beer and robust ales, it is a true destination location. With heated seating spilling out onto Euston road, this one’s a great choice on those long summer nights waiting for a train.
190 Euston Rd, NW1 2EF
Where to eat
Real Sushi fans know that more often than not, the best Sushi joints are the ones that offer little in decorative glamour. Inconspicuous to a fault, you’d probably walk past Mai Sushi nine time out of ten. To the locals on the other hand, it’s a diamond in the rough. Their excellent handcrafted sushi can be enjoyed indoors or outside on the terrace (weather permitting).
19 Villiers St, WC2N 6NE
Granger & Co
Technically in King’s Cross but at a mere 10min walk away we’re forgiving ourselves this minor indiscretion. Anyway, once you try the food at this pan-Asian/Australasian restaurant, we’re certain you’ll forgive us too. The tall glass windows let the light flood in, and while the interior is simple but fresh, the food is simply the latter. Unquestionably worth a visit.
Unit 1 Stanley Building, 7 Pancras Square, N1C 4AG
York & Albany
Just a short cab ride away from Euston, on the border between Camden town and Regent’s Park sits one of Gordon Ramsay’s more laidback haunts. Looking altogether more like a Victorian pub from the outside (you can just stop by for a drink), York & Albany serves up a delicious blend of British and Mediterranean dishes. With a courtyard for soaking up those rays, this is a great place to let the world pass you by.
What to do
The British Library is more than just a national institution. It is also home to some of the most important and relevant books, exhibitions and films our great nation has ever produced. Featuring no less than 150m different documents. Literature nuts will delight at seeing Shakespeare’s first folio, the Magna Carta and a number of seasonal exhibitions.
96 Euston Rd, NW1 2DB
A museum of real intrigue. Established by Sir Henry Wellcome, a notoriously adventurous 19th-century pharmacist, his eponymous collection houses an incredible range of medical paraphernalia. Startling, captivating and often macabre, this museum is not for the fainthearted. Featuring a number of award winning temporary exhibitions too, this one’s always worth checking out.
183 Euston Rd, NW1 2BE
Again, we’re cheating a little bit here but just a quick taxi ride away is the iconic British Museum. And it’s well worth the cab fare. As one of the world’s oldest museums it is home to archeological rarities you won’t find anywhere else on earth. Including mummies and even the world famous Rosetta Stone. Plus, most Londoners have never ‘found the time’ to visit, so you’ll have one up one your native friends.
Great Russell St, WC1B 3DG