Great news from London. On May 5, the historic St. Pancras Renaissance, which has undergone a serious reconstruction and from this, they say, only won. The reconstruction was carried out by the Manhattan Loft Corporation in conjunction with London & Continental Railways. Here is a brief history of this building: it was designed by the outstanding architect of the Victorian era, Sir George Gilbert Scott, on May 5, 1873 (also May 5!) The Midland Grand Hotel opened there. And now this historic building is ready to claim the title of one of the most prominent hotels in London.
The building of the St. Pancras Renaissance is an example of Victorian Gothic architecture. In the 60s of the last century, this magnificent brick building was miraculously saved from demolition (this required an extensive protest campaign led by the Nobel Prize-winning poet Sir John Betjeman. The London St. Pancras Renaissance hotel retained the charm of an old station and a romantic halo tours of the early 19th century.The hotel’s opening also marks the completion of the refurbishment of St. Pancras International Station, from where Eurostar trains leave.
Now a few words about what will please the guests of the renovated hotel. Firstly, this is the central restaurant of the hotel – The Gilbert Scott Restaurant. They will serve the cuisine of one of the most famous British chefs – Marcus Vering. The interior of the restaurant was designed by restaurant designer David Collins and fits in perfectly with the gothic architecture of the Victorian era. The restaurant is located on the site of the former station lobby and cafe at the entrance.
The magnificent interiors of the hotel have been painstakingly restored by a team of master restorers and artists. Many premises of historical value have acquired their original appearance. For example, this is the “Smoking Room for Ladies”, the first smoking room in Europe, designed for ladies to smoke in a public place.
The hotel’s famous semi-circular wide driveway, unique to London hotels. Entering the hall, guests see the chic restored ceilings, decorated with gilding, frescoed walls and the magnificent Main Staircase. This staircase is considered one of the most beautiful in England, it is decorated with 15-meter windows and crowned with a vaulted ceiling. The ladder has been used in many films and music videos, such as “Batman” and the Spice Girls’ debut single “Wannabe”. Here she is:
£150m has been spent refurbishing the 245-room hotel (including 38 Victorian suites at the historic St. Pancras apartments).
Another hotel restaurant – The Booking Office Bar & Restaurant – will provide guests with the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the atmosphere of the Victorian era. The design of this restaurant recreates the original interior of the ticket office that once stood there.
In addition, the hotel offers guests a reception hall for 450 people, a private club, a men’s hairdresser and a luxurious spa with a swimming pool and six treatment rooms.
Harry Handelsman, owner and president of the Manhattan Loft Corporation, said: “I’m delighted that ten years of hard work has returned the Midland Grand to its former glory. After opening in 2007, St. Pancras International deservedly received a ticket to a new life, and the opening of the hotel puts the final end to a colossal reconstruction. The transformation of the Kings Cross area expected in the coming years and its transformation into a center of cultural and business activity will put forward hotel Pancras Renaissance among the best achievements of London at the beginning of the 21st century.