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St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London

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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

The only hotel in the world where you can hang out in a Harry Potter set and enjoy a genuine neo-Gothic masterpiece without even having to leave the station.

King’s Cross is London’s gateway to Europe, Hogwarts and the north. And the hotel that dominates its south-east facade is built on an appropriately epic scale. The colossal arched doors are plenty tall enough for Hagrid to enter, like in the movies. Inside, the only way is up. Pillars of Connemara marble rise up to pointed ceilings; the double staircase twists majestically; even the arched bedroom windows are so tall that the curtains are a minor miracle of engineering. It looks like it was built by a giant sometime during the industrial revolution – then redecorated, recently and ever so slightly naffly, by his comfort-loving new spouse. 

This building, known as the Midland Grand Hotel way back when, is a monument to epic Victorian confidence and wild decorative detail. Amazingly, it was almost bulldozed in the ’60s and was a wreck ten years ago. Its immaculate architectural restoration and re-opening in 2011 was greeted with acclaim. Its actual architect George Gilbert Scott was prolific – the Agatha Christie of the Gothic revival. And like the churches Scott specialised in, it’s constructed more for awe and wonder than draught exclusion. But the Marriott group have done a sturdy job of insulating you from the outside world. Double glazing reduces the polluted east-west Euston Road to a mere thrum. Standard-issue luxury bathrooms have been deposited, in pods, in the oh-so-tall rooms. There’s also nice art, well-chosen books, authentic fleur-de-lys wallpaper, beds as wide as a bus and carpets as thick as Hagrid’s socks.

And then there’s the subterranean spa, which is a destination in its own right. It has everything, including a hot blue-tiled plunge pool, steam room, enchanting peacock-based decor; tactful service; subtle aromatherapy-based treatments and the kind of swish organic lotions and potions that make you melt with gratitude and feel a whole lot younger afterwards.

Elsewhere, this is a solid five-star hotel in the modern British style: expensive and unsurprising. There’s breakfast (decent) and casual modern British dining at the Booking Office restaurant and bar, overlooking the Eurostar terminal (very decent). More directional cocktails and cooking can be found at the Gilbert Scott bar and restaurant, a favourite for posh date nights and business hook-ups. Better book ahead for that, because it's out here, down in the basement, and up in the beautifully refurbished bones of the building that the magic happens.

Time Out tip
King’s Cross, where Harry caught his train to Hogwarts, is also the best connected tube station in London. Before you zip off everywhere, check out Granary Square, a broad piazza behind the station, where you can drink Roman wine and eat jugged hare at Grain Store, play Snake in the fountains, brunch noisily with damn good coffee at Caravan and sunbathe on the astroturfed stairs down to Regent’s Canal, along which you can walk to London Zoo, Primrose Hill and Little Venice.


Address: Euston Road
Transport: Tube: King's Cross St Pancras
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A stone-throw away from one of London’s most beautiful train stations, the Renaissance Hotel is perfect for a classy lunch, afternoon tea or a pre-dinner cocktail. Probably its most scenic spot is the Hansom Lounge. Once a cobbled driveway for the original railway station, the lounge is now a swanky bar and restaurant. Sit back relax and look up. You’ll see the vaulted roof and the Barlow Blue beams taking you back to a time long gone. Enjoy the view with a side of indulgent ricotta gnocchi or a delicious burrata salad.

Definitely worth a visit next time you’re waiting for the Eurostar or perhaps on your way to Hogwarts (King’s Cross is home to the infamous 9 ¾ platform after all).

I have been lucky enough to spend a night here at what is surely London's most spectacular hotel. To the point that you can actually book a tour of the hotel! But you can also stroll around on your own and look at the glorious ceilings, staircases and other features which have lovingly been restored. The bar/breakfast area is linked to the actual train station, which leads me to the only (minor) negative point - if you happen to have a seat along the side, there is a constant stream of people walking past in and out of the station while you are trying to eat or drink, and attracting attention from the service personnel can be a bit of a challenge. Still, it is magnificent.


Set inside the grand renaissance hotel, the bar itself still sits inside St Pancras station, wedged between Platform 9 and three quarters and the British Library’s Harry Potter exhibition. The bar still has the original features of the train station with a high decorated ceiling and famous red bricked walls. We had no booking and was seated straight away. The cocktail menu was extensive however we were eager to try the new Harry Potter themed cocktails having seen them advertised on various social media networks. We opted for the famous Harry Potter Butter Beer, called the Butterscotch Brew, which was a warm, sweet and creamy rum concoction topped off with Butterscotch Angel Delight, absolutely to die for and a perfect Autumn warmer! I must for any Harry Potter fan and cocktail enthusiast.


It will probably take some time before I’m able able to afford staying in this grandiose hotel, for the time being I satisfy myself visiting its bars and recently also its spa. The one is situated in the underground of the hotel,it’s like a secret chamber of pleasure. When my partner and I visited on Monday night, the place was absolutely empty, so we could enjoy the pool, jacuzzi, and sauna just by ourselves. The pool area, with its oriental tiles in the gothic surroundings makes you feel as if you were in a Turkish bath. The whole place is an oasis of tranquillity. After the water fun we underwent relaxing full body massage. I’d had a very stressful day and I was sure I wouldn’t be able to relax, but the ladies made us drift away, but at the same time after all I felt completely energised. There’s a retreat area where you can unwind after the massage on comfy sofas sipping herbs and snacking on dry fruit. All the staff from receptionists to the masseuses were super friendly and helpful. I totally recommend this place for a romantic occasion or a girly day out.


A great meeting place, very centrally located next to the St Pancras / King's Cross terminal. It has beautiful architecture and a sense of grandeur. With restaurants and bars, it has to be a great hidden location. I can't wait to do the tour one day!


Booked an organised tour of the hotel for £20pp for just over an hour.  A building I've wanted to visit for a long time and wasn't disappointed.  It is beautiful and decadent.  The artful use of metal throughout the building to give it strength is impressive - ornate metal ceilings painted to look like plaster;  stone pillars that enclosed strong iron columns.  The building was described to us as being built like a wedding cake with the tallest rooms on the ground floor and the gradual lowering of the ceilings on each level as the building was constructed upwards.  Fascinating.  So many more facts, historical and architectural.   We were shown two of the public rooms which were set out to host an extravagant wedding, adding a touch of excitement and glamour to the tour.  Thank goodness Sir John Betjamin saved this wonderful building from the bulldozers


After years of extensive restoration, St Pancras station has been restored to its former glory. The hotel did not disappoint. A quick visit on late Saturday afternoon ended being a round of cocktails with truffle fries. The cocktail and nibbles were made to high standard. However, the service was not very prompt when we asked for water to go with our drinks.


As I'm not a millionaire, I haven't actually stayed or eaten here. But staff are happy for you to have a wander around admiring the decor (including the imposing staircase that supposedly is linked to a scene in Batman Begins). If you're on Euston Rd and in need of a toilet, this is an impressive place to wander into.

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