4 August 2011

St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel

When I worked in London, way way back, I used to get the overground to Kings Cross Station and then walk to Tavistock Square, passing St Pancras Station, with its enormous Gothic building and wonder what it was - offices, hotel, now redundant?  

Now, according to  to the website: "A Victorian masterpiece restored...Sir John Betjeman called this Gothic treasure "too beautiful and too romantic to survive" in a world of tower blocks and concrete. After years of devoted restoration, the St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel is being hailed as the city's most romantic building. This London 5-star hotel features glorious Gothic Revival metalwork, gold leaf ceilings, hand-stencilled wall designs - and the grand staircase is as dazzling as the day the hotel opened in 1873. Designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott to receive travellers through St Pancras Station, the former Midland Grand Hotel offered its guests a world of grandeur, luxury and fantasy behind its fairytale red facade. Innovations such as ascending rooms (elevators) and revolving doors heightened the sense of awe. In 2011, the doors of his luxury hotel in London are spinning again, sweeping guests into a world where modern amenities mingle with the extravagance of rail's golden age."
Now we can see what this place looks like inside - and what an amazing place!

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