The opulent hotel caters to your every need, from a European “‘Tails of Discovery” menu at The Booking Office Bar and Restaurant, to Afternoon Tea at The Hansom Lounge.
If you’re looking for a stay in one of London’s most incredible, iconic hotels, look no further than the St Pancras Renaissance. Having opened its doors in 2011 following a multi-million pound renovation, when you walk into the hotel you are immediately met with glorious Gothic Revival metalwork, gold leaf ceilings, hand-stencilled wall designs, and the legendary grand staircase, placing guests in a time capsule and offering a taste of the glamour of Victorian London.
Food and drink are one of the most important parts of any hotel, and the St Pancras does not disappoint here either. The cathedral-like The Booking Office Bar and Restaurant, located in King’s Cross station’s original ticket hall upon opening in 1869, features high vaulted ceilings, red brick walls and old church arches, providing an atmospheric backdrop steeped in Victorian glamour. Indulge in the finest wines, champagnes and cocktails, as well as a menu steeped in tradition and delicacy, with head chef Adam Ashe sourcing his recipes from the freshest and finest local ingredients.
The Booking Office’s legacy has recently been reinvoked and reinterpreted with ‘Tails of Discovery, a pioneering cocktail menu that draws influence from cultures, characters and cities across Europe, curated from mixologist’s travels from Provence to Amsterdam. From the “Noir Mary” – an innovative twist on a classic Bloody Mary, to the “Mushroom Martini” – inspired by the South of France’s ‘Toqués du Cèpe’ mushroom festival, and the “Peach Bellini”, which sources peaches from Sebastopol Market in Lille.
Conceptual, imaginative and – as ever – made from the highest quality ingredients, the ‘Tails of Discovery also recommends a small plate with each cocktail. From Confit Gressingham Duck Nuggets to Morel and Smoked Ham Hock Pizza, the tailor-made dishes perfectly compliment the flavours and aromas of each bespoke cocktail.
Take an equally adventurous journey through Europe with St Pancras’ Afternoon Tea, a new offer that blends a commitment to history and heritage with an inventive and experimental approach. Local tradition meets global influences, and classic dishes are reimagined with contemporary touches on the eclectic menu of The Hansom Lounge Bar.
The “Christmas Essential” – a new take on classic Christmas pudding featuring white chocoalte and Vanilla sabayon – is a seasonal favourite, and other options span traditional sweet and savory dishes from England, France, Belgium and Spain. Also available is “The Dutch Scottish Debate” – a selection of baked scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve – the origins of which can be traced back to both countries. And most importantly: all dishes can be enjoyed with a range of teas, champagne, cocktails, and mulled wine.
You’ll probably never want to leave once you book into the St Pancras but, if you do, the hotel’s location sees guests on the doorstep of many of London’s finest attractions, including the British Library, Camden Town, and Regent’s Park. Kings Cross station is also a mere few minute’s walk away, with trains to the likes of Cambridge and more at your disposal.
Boasting 245 rooms, the St Pancras’ 38 Chambers Suites personify the mélange of modern luxury and traditionally decadent Victorian grandeur that the hotel gets so right. Much like a Dickens novel, each suite has its own bespoke essence and character, underpinned by all the latest technological amenities and access to the exclusive Chambers Club, a place where Chambers guests and VIPs alike can indulge in complimentary refreshments including breakfast, snacks, evening canapés and a delicious and eclectic range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The remaining 207 rooms are also must-stays, each fitted with modern amenities, the walls adorned with contemporary artwork and design. With options ranging from King and Twin rooms, along with interconnecting family rooms for larger parties, there is something for everyone at the St Pancras.
If you are tired after a long day of exploring the city, and need to wind down, the luxurious St Pancras Spa, provides a welcome escape from London’s bustle. Decorated with traditional tiling and great brick archways, the tasteful Victorial haven boasts six treatment rooms, including a couple’s suite, a 24 hour gym, a therapeutic steam room, traditional saunas and a relaxation pool with hydro loungers.
This is a hotel which doesn’t forget a single detail, and one which you should definitely visit as a tourist or local alike when next in London.