Things to do near Euston
Discover treasures from around the world
Just across the street from Euston station is the Wellcome Collection. Compiled by the well-travelled, curious and eccentric Henry Wellcome, it exists on the intersection between science and art. Its permanent exhibitions are on such subjects as the human condition, genetics and Henry Wellcome’s anthropological bric-a-brac. Temporary exhibitions have covered such topics as play, electricity and sex. Oscar Wilde may have written that ‘all art is quite useless’, but at the Wellcome collection you will encounter functional art and beautiful science. The gift shop is also worth a mention. Instead of the usual mugs and keyrings, you will find quaint and well-designed pieces that make a brilliant last-minute present to virtually anyone.
Inject some magic into your life
You may have never heard of the Magic Circle, even if you live in London. It’s a membership body for magicians with heardquarters in Euston. While there’s no come-when-you-like admittance, it’s possible to see the Circle and its museum if you book a ticket to a show from their public events programme. To join the Magic Circle, magicians have to go through a rigorous process, including an interview and auditioning, so the acts that you see on their programme are of high quality. During breaks, you can see the magicians up close, as they wander around performing tricks for the visitors. The building is interesting in itself, with its dizzying spiral staircase and its many secrets. So if you find yourself in Euston, allow the kid in you to have a night out. Tip: sit in the auditorium, as the balcony view can be somewhat restricted.
Grab a bite to eat
Got off the train and feeling peckish? While there are a lot of takeaways and restaurants around Euston, some of them are real tourist traps. So do your research or go with our recommendation. For simple and authentic food, Roti King is…king. It’s not a looker and the food is simple, but oh-so-good (not to mention, ridiculously cheap). Choose a less popular time to visit as the queues can be horrendous (personally, I refuse to queue for food longer than 15 minutes, so I would not visit at peak times). If you do get in, Char Kuey Teow and Roti Canai are both excellent. Order everything at once as they don’t take additional orders. And bring your vegetarian boyfriend, he’ll have some fine options too.