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St. Pancras Renaissance
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Designed to commemorate the glamour and glory of Britain’s Victorian railways, this neo-Gothic London landmark originally opened as a hotel in 1873, forming the frontispiece of St. Pancras railway station. It then languished for decades as station offices before an ambitious £150 million renovation relaunched it as a hotel in 2011.
Now, as well as the elaborate original features of its turreted, redbrick building, it has a new contemporary wing, a fabulous cocktail bar in the former station’s Booking Office, and clubby fine dining by way of its all-day drinking and dining space, Hanson.
It’s also home to one of London’s most indulgently-set spas, an Orientalist Victorian fantasy of tiling, steam rooms and a peacock blue pool overlooked by grand windows.
Original Victorian features in the building include gold-leaf ceilings, ornate murals and a spectacular staircase with windows measuring over 50ft.
Once grim and gritty, since the advent of the Eurostar at St Pancras, surrounding King’s Cross has been enjoying an ongoing renaissance. Busy Euston Road in front of the hotel is still somewhat noisy and charmless; but to the rear is Regent’s Canal, its revamped warehouses populated by media and art businesses and some of London’s buzziest new places to eat.
In terms of cons, it is located on a very busy main road, but there’s nowhere handier for the Eurostar.
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