At last, the St Pancras Renaissance has opened in St. Pancras station. The Gothic Revival railway hotel, built by George Gilbert Scott in 1869-1876, has undergone an impressive £200m refurb. The station’s former taxi lane has been turned into a beautiful lobby, the old ticket office is now a resto-bar (Marcus Wareing’s British brasserie ‘The Gilbert Scott’ opens shortly) and the former Ladies’ Smoking Room is a chic events venue. Attention to detail is superlative, with original artworks from the Royal Academy on the walls, gold-leaf stencils on ceilings, old-school tipples in the bar and low lighting that apes original Victorian gasoliers. Rates start at £300 and rise to around £14,000 a night for the royal suite.
To book, see stpancrasrenaissance.com.
Contact the hotel’s historian, Royden Stock (07778 932359) for tours of the building (90 min tours cost £20 per person; max 6 people).