I am a medievalist in the process of completing a PhD (involving medieval medicine). I travel as much as possible at home (UK) and abroad. I'm always ready for new experiences!
Published July 7th 2014
Sights to see before catching a train
Extra time to spare while waiting for a train at St Pancras station is a common enough experience. Fortunately, there are many free destinations to explore within easy walking distance of the station.
St Pancras Old Church
About a ten minute walk from the station on St Pancras Road are the St Pancras Gardens. A church has been located on this site since the fourth century. Apart from being a picturesque church in a quiet city park, St Pancras Old Church is known for its famous graves, including those of Mary Wollstonecraft and Charles Dickens' headmaster, William Jones, who served as the inspiration for the evil Mr Creakle in David Copperfield.
On North Gower Street (just off Euston Road, about a fifteen minute walk from the station) is the house that serves as 221b Baker Street for the BBC's Sherlock. You can have a photo taken of yourself knocking on Sherlock's door or visit Speedy's Cafe (also featured in the series).
Address: 187 North Gower Street, Camden, London, NW1 2NJ Note this is a private residence. Photos are permitted, but there's nothing to see inside.
The Wellcome Collection
The Wellcome Collection is known as the 'free destination for the incurably curious.' The collection is devoted to exploring medicine, science, and medical humanities through artefacts, images, and special exhibitions. The current exhibition (closing 12 October 2014) is titled 'An Idiosyncratic A to Z of the Human Condition.' Using objects and interactive experiences, the exhibit displays the odd side of medicine from the past to the present.
The most famous library in London, if not the world, is just around the corner from St Pancras station. The library frequently hosts temporary exhibitions, such as 'Comics Unmasked,' which is running until the end of August 2014. There is also the permanent collection in The Sir John Ritblat Gallery, which contains over 200 rare items, including the earliest English Old Testament, the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, the Magna Carta and compositions by Shakespeare, Milton, Mozart, and Purcell.
Giant Bookcase, British Library. Photo by Erin Connelly
The Quaker Friends House on Euston is mainly used for events and meetings, but anyone is welcome to stop in for a quick coffee in their 'coffee with conscience' café. If the weather permits, there is also a courtyard area and a small garden outside, which is lined with roses and lavender bushes.
Roses at the Quaker Meeting House. Photo by Erin Connelly
The crypt of St Pancras Parish Church has served as an art gallery for twelve years now. The Crypt Gallery specialises in twenty-first century art and, particularly, works that are contemplative or provoke questioning. Multiple exhibitions run throughout the year. The most recent exhibition presented the works of fourteen current artists, which included sculpture, painting, mixed media, and illustrations.
Entrance to the Crypt Gallery. Photo by Erin Connelly