Our three icons – the Sir John Betjeman statue, ‘the Lovers’ statue and the Dent Clock – will be a familiar sight to regular visitors to St Pancras International. Certainly in the case of ‘the Lovers’, we invite you to explore the statue close-up. Less well-known is that its plinth carries a beautiful high-relief frieze in bronze, featuring images from the history of the tube and train.
A 9m tall bronze statue of an intimate pose by the world renowned sculptor Paul Day.
Sir John Betjeman was responsible for saving the Station and the Chambers from demolition in the 1960's. In tribute to the famous poet and railway enthusiast an 8.5ft sculpture by Martin Jennings has been designed to celebrate the man and his poetry.
The famous St. Pancras Clock has been re constructed by the original makers Dent and now hangs high in the apex of the Barlow shed once more.
For 18 months a giant set of Olympic Rings graced St Pancras International, removed after the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. In that time, the Rings became one of the most recognised symbols of the Games in the capital and demonstrated that the station is a strong ‘canvas’ in London.
Sir Elton John surprised and delighted St Pancras visitors with a mesmerizing medley piano performance in February, 2016. Following this performance, the legendary Rocket Man himself also left this beautiful Yamaha piano behind as a gift, which he kindly signed before donating. His message reads: “Enjoy this piano. It’s a gift. Love, Elton John.” The piano is available for everyone to enjoy – in the station concourse.
The London 2012 Olympic Rings were brought back in a brilliant and exciting fashion. The iconic symbols were individually dismantled and recycled into seating units as we decided it was only right they remain a permanent fixture for station visitors to enjoy. They now reside outside the Southeastern High Speed platforms at St Pancras International.