Yet to visit St Pancras International but find she looks familiar?
It’s quite likely that you have seen her before. A famous and celebrated London landmark, St Pancras International has starred in many a film and TV scene. Here’s a rundown of some of the station’s most memorable recent appearances.
From the producers of Love Actually and Bridget Jones’s Diary, the romantic comedy I Give It A Year (2013) is an ode to London, featuring many landmark locations in the capital including Carnaby Street, Regent Street and our very own St Pancras International. The Barlow Shed roof was the spectacular backdrop for the film’s finale – but we won’t spoil the ending!
Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012), the Bollywood romantic drama and swan song of legendary director Yash Chopra, features St Pancras International as well as other top London landmarks including the Houses of Parliament, Borough Market and Trafalgar Square.
No film fanatic should visit St Pancras International without crossing the road to King’s Cross Station. BothHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets(2002) from the J.K. Rowling series were filmed at the station, where a permanent tribute of the famous platform 9 ¾ has been erected in their honour. Potter fans puzzled by the station exterior should return to the St Pancras International side of Midland Road, however. Although Harry Potter and his friends board the Hogwarts Express at King's Cross Station, the exterior used in the films was actually the famous Neo-Gothic façade of St Pancras (technically now the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel and The Chambers).
The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel features in numerous other films including Bridget Jones’s Diary, Batman Begins, Shirley Valentine and The Secret Garden.
As an enduring symbol of the glamorous era of travel, St Pancras International works beautifully as the well-frequented station in this acclaimed BBC period drama series. Set over the First World War, Parade’s End (2012) stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall.
St Pancras International featured in the TV mystery drama series The Bletchley Circle (2012) – but not as we know it! Production built a period departure board to hide the Eurostar trains and return the station to 1952.