A day at St. Pancras

Last year, as I realised that I was stuck on St. Pancras International for some hours I was not worrying too much. St. Pancras is located near King’s Cross Station. As a Harry Potter fan I wanted to use the occasion to look for the Platform 9 3/4, which I found by the way (>>>). But it also turned out that St. Pancras is quite nice place to walk around, too.

St. Pancras International railway station, London

St. Pancras International is a huge London railway station hosting Euro Star trains (trains at the first floor, entrance at the ground level), Thameslink connections (underground) and high-speed trains (ground level). It is located near the Kings Cross station (practically across the street).

The station was generously refurbished a couple of years ago to accommodate the Euro Star trains. It is a combination of modern solutions and Victorian architecture. A huge and very beautiful building, Victorian style is neighbouring the station at its front. It is considered an integral part of the station. It is a hotel (St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel, formerly Midland Grand Hotel), in short called ‘the chambers’ as for some time the building was turned into railway offices.

There are some nice pieces of art inside. A huge sculpture of a couple in love is located exactly at the front of the Eurostar platform on the station upper level. The official name of this 9 meter tall bronze statue by Paul Day is ‘the Meeting Place‘.  Was unveiled 8 years ago during a re-opening ceremony of the station and the official launch of the Eurostar trains in London. Its foot is decorated by reliefs. You can also see a man in a hurry, who – seemingly – looks up to check the train timetable. The St. Pancras website says the man was a famous poet and a railway enthusiast, who engaged himself to save the Station from demolition. At a ground level you can listen some piano music performed live – a piano, bit used but still in good shape, is available to those who would like to play publicly.

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