Most European road warriors have spent a bit of time at St Pancras; for many, it’s part of the regular commute to and from Paris. However, for those who have just rushed through it on the way to catch a train, they may not have checked out everything that St Pancras has to offer.
Here are our recommendations for how to pass the time if you find yourself in London’s St Pancras:
Step outside and take a walk around the building for the best view. St Pancras Station is more than 150 years old and is a wonder of Victorian-era engineering. It is a masterpiece of Victorian gothic architecture and one of the most elegant stations in the world. Be sure to take a walk through the adjoining St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel. You can grab a bite of lunch at Mi + Me, afternoon tea at The Hansom Lounge, a cocktail at Booking Office or the botanical haven Roof Garden at St Pancras, or dinner at The Gilbert Scott while awaiting your train.
In 2018, a war memorial was installed to mark the 150th anniversary of St Pancras and the centenary of the end of WWI. The memorial sits on the grand terrace and was created by artist Fabien Peake.
Known locally as “The Lovers” statue, the 9m bronze statue is hard to miss. It’s by renowned sculptor Paul Day and is the first thing you see as you step off the Eurostar.
In February 2016, Elton John performed an impromptu set at St Pancras. As a gift, he left the piano behind for visitors to enjoy.
The famous St Pancras Champagne Bar by Searcy’s is the longest in the world at 98 metres. Enjoy a cheeky glass of bubbles and some nibbles before jumping on the Eurostar.
St Pancras has some of the best British shops all along the concourse. Whether you are looking for toys for the kids, gifts for your partner, or just to treat yourself, there are plenty of options, including Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Ted Baker, Links London, Joules, Dune, Chanel, Hacthards, Godiva Chocolates, Paperchase, and many more.
St Pancras is home to some amazing options for food on the go. A great feature of train travel is that you can grab a coffee, lunch, or other snacks and take them onboard the train (and for those of you hoping on the Eurostar, your coffee can even go through security!).
The concourse is home to many great dining options, such as Georges Bar by Marcus Wareing, The Betjeman Arms, and Mi +Me. If you have time between your connecting trains, these options are definitely worth checking out.
Harry Potter fans can take a quick walk through to Kings Cross to check out Platform 9 ¾. It can get pretty busy at the weekend, so it’s worth getting tickets in advance if you are on a schedule.
Near the Southeastern platform there is a free-to-use Jukebox. It’s got more than 57,000 songs to choose from, so you can entertain fellow travelers by playing all your favourites.