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Travel 2016: St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London – A Photo Essay

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The restored clock at St. Pancras.

The restored clock at St. Pancras.

You’re probably familiar with the St. Pancras Hotel and didn’t even know it. Have you seen Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets? In an early scene of the movie they fly right by it. The Spice Girls video “Wannabe” was filmed at the entrance and on the grand staircase, prior to the hotel’s massive renovation.

The London neighborhood of King’s Cross was a major train hub, both freight and passenger trains, in the late 1800’s, with four major train stations located there. St. Pancras was opened in 1868 owned by the Midland Railway Company. The Midland Grand Hotel, a stunning work of Victorian Gothic architecture, designed by architect George Gilbert Scott, opened in the attached space in 1873.

Inside the lobby of the restored St. Pancras hotel.

Inside the lobby of the restored St. Pancras hotel.

Unfortunately, the hotel closed in 1935 when it became too costly to run with its outdated utilities, and was used mainly  as office space after that. In addition, train terminal was hit by bombs during WWII causing extensive damage.

This incredible landmark was almost demolished in the late 1960’s after falling into major disrepair. Luckily, with great effort and much expense, it was saved.

St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London is actually part of the larger complex known as St. Pancras International. Eurostar began providing high speed train service to Paris in 2007 and the hotel reopened in 2011 with a five star rating.

 

Exterior at St. Pancras International.

Exterior at St. Pancras International.

 

The original design of the train terminal at St. Pancras International was by William Henry Barlow.

The original design of the train terminal at St. Pancras International was by William Henry Barlow.

 

Eurostar High Speed Trains provide service to Paris.

Eurostar High Speed Trains provide service to Paris.

 

The Victorian Gothic entrance designed by Douglas Gilbert Scott.

The Victorian Gothic entrance designed by George Gilbert Scott.

 

This magnificent building is too large to photograph.

This magnificent building is too large to photograph.

 

The restored clock tower at St. Pancras International.

The restored clock tower at St. Pancras International.

 

Looking down at the lobby of the St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel.

Looking down at the lobby of the St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel.

 

The grand staircase at St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel.

The grand staircase at St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel.

 

Inside the Booking Office Bar & Restaurant, once the ticketing office for train passage.

Inside the Booking Office Bar & Restaurant, once the ticketing office for train passage.

 

The ceiling inside the Gilbert Scott Bar.

The ceiling inside the Gilbert Scott Bar.

 

The Gilbert Scott Restaurant.

The Gilbert Scott Restaurant.

 

The bedroom of the Sir George Gilbert Scott Suite.

The bedroom of the Sir George Gilbert Scott Suite.

 

The bathroom in the Sir George Gilbert Scott Suite.

The bathroom in the Sir George Gilbert Scott Suite.

 

A touch of whimsy.

A touch of whimsy.

 

The living area in the Sir George Gilbert Scott Suite.

The living area in the Sir George Gilbert Scott Suite.

 

Fresh flowers and a view of the Clock Tower.

Fresh flowers and a view of the Clock Tower.

 

The Gothic Windows of Grand Staircase.

The Gothic Windows of Grand Staircase.

 

A view at the Grand Staircase.

A view at the Grand Staircase.

 

Looking up along one side of the Grand Staircase.

Looking up along one side of the Grand Staircase.

 

Looking down the center of the Grand Staircase.

Looking down the center of the Grand Staircase.

 

Looking down one side of the Grand Staircase.

Looking down one side of the Grand Staircase.

 

The exterior of St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel & St. Pancras International.

The exterior of St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel & St. Pancras International.


1 Comment

  1. Pat says:

    Best rubber ducky ever! The suite looks pretty nice, too. Great photos of the Grand Staircase. What an incredible setting.

    Liked by 1 person

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