The Meeting Place

St. Pancras International railway station, London

The Meeting Place, a statue at St. Pancras International railway station, London

St. Pancras International is a huge London railway station hosting Eurostar trains (trains on the first floor, the 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), where you can take trains in many other directions.

The official name of this nine-meter tall bronze statue by Paul Day is ‘the Meeting Place‘. It is located directly at the front of the Eurostar platform at the St. Pancras station upper level. You can see it when you get out of the train and head towards the exit, but you do not realize how huge it is. Only when you approach it directly, you have to raise your head. At its back, you can see the internal facade of a magnificent building of St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel, Victorian style.

The statue was unveiled a decade ago during a re-opening ceremony of the station, and the official launch of the Eurostar trains in London. Eurostar trains are high-speed trains that connect London directly with Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam. From London to Paris it takes only slightly above two hours. Even if we count in the time needed for the check-in (it is still international travel beyond Schengen), it is the fastest way to travel between those cities.