Officially open on the 5th May, it is already possible to visit the St Pancras Hotel, one of the most impressive neo-gothic buildings in the UK. To think that this amazing place was almost demolished in the 1960’s – it would have been such a sacrilege. So thank you from me to Sir John Betjeman and all the others who helped to save it.
The building itself is the absolute star here with everything subordinate to these huge dimensions. The former booking hall has now become the Booking Hall restaurant and bar. You can sit down comfortably to look up at the high ceilings and admire the double-height windows which go through to the lobby.
In addition to all this neck-craning, an impressive aspect is the driveway up to the hotel entrance; noisy grubby Euston Road remains below while you, the guest, are now in a separate world benefiting from an esplanade. A space of this size in central London is truly luxurious. I have no idea if there will be any planting later as it does look a bit like an empty motorway at the moment. I couldn’t take any photos myself so these are from the hotel site.