Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by hendo, Feb 26, 2011.
Nice picture feature on the re-opening St Pancras Hotel.
Apparently has a smoking room for Ladies.
Will pop down for a drink in the bar when it opens.
No smoking rooms these days. Ditto on the bar, or bars.
I heard that on the radio this morning and meant to go and have a look at the link so thanks. I want to go
Tis a beautiful building.
According that link it doesn't reopen until next month.
And it almost got demolished, if it wasn't for a campaign led by John Betjeman (a statue of whom is located in the main station).
The most photographed bit of the restored decor - those gold fleurs-de-lys on a Pompeian red background in the spectacular staircase - isn't actually Victorian. It is apparently a (remarkably sympathetic) later paint job. [Depending on your source it is late Edwardian or 1920s]
Bejamin by cybertect, on Flickr
More civilised times
Here's a panorama of the unrestored smoking room: http://www.urban75.org/vista/st_pancras.html
Heh, you should see the way the regs are being bent to allow this. One of the few exemptions to the law are Cigar Shops. So now all the fancy hotels are having cigar shops installed, some really quite elaborate.
It was built with the best materials - Butterly Iron , Gripper bricks and Minton tiles (such was the optimism of the Midland Railway) - whereas Kings Cross was much lower specification.
Course the undercroft was built in measurable units of a Burton beer barrel.
Was that the main route for Burton beer into the capital, then?
Rather than via Euston?
The Midland Railway served Burton-on-Trent.
Can't wait to go in for a snoop. Love these pics: http://www.urban75.net/vbulletin/th...-Meet-me-at-St-Pancras-quot?highlight=pancras
Its open now. People have been going in for drinks and tours.
It looked amazing on the news this morning
How much is a room though?!
It is very impressive now the surrounds are down and it's in it's full glory, I walk past it twice a day. They have a bouncer at the end of the driveway even at 7am but I've not seen many people about.
Do you mean a doormen/bellboy like they do most big hotels? Or is it a hench looking guy with a shaved head in shades?
Probably the former but looks like the latter - all in black with shades on this morning, I'll check for the shaved head on my way home tonight.
For a weeknight in August:
Barlow Room: £275
Barlow King: £300
Barlow Club: £375
Those are all in the new-build wing down the side of the train shed. To stay in the restored building you need to pay:
Chambers, Guest Room: £450
Chambers, Junior Suite: £650
Chambers Grand, Junior Suite: £950
Chambers Suite: £2,000
Chambers Bi-Level Suite: £2,500
Queen Victoria Suite: £3,000
Royal Suite: £10,000
Named after Deirdre or Tracy Barlow?
William, the train shed's engineer.
He wasn't even in Corrie.
Does that mean you can't enter the actual station from the original entrance (facing Euston Road) any more?
I went into the hotel some years ago (5? 6? more?) when there was an exhibition/sale by some artists, one of whom I knew. The hotel had obviously been disused for a long time and was very dilapidated. You could see, though, that it had been very grand in its day. I'm glad it's been done up and has reopened.
The only problem is...
Ooof! Kinell! It doesn't seem likely I'll be staying there unless I win the lottery or something.
Still... when I go to London I arrive at St Pancras and I think I might just pop in and see if there's a bar where someone will sell a pint to a slightly scruffy and impecunious visitor.
New reception rooms are really beautiful. I had a talk with the security staff on the door today. They seemed alright. Looking forward to a big night out here sometime in the next year.
The bar ain't open to the public for a couple of weeks though yet.
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