This is the latest news from St Pancras International…
Wednesday 29 July 2015
Today is International Tiger Day, an annual opportunity for the whole world to celebrate raising awareness for tiger conservation. To mark the occasion, we partnered with global conservation initiative Save Wild Tigers to host a themed live art exhibition earlier this morning.
Double World Body Painting Champion, Carolyn Roper, painstakingly transformed two models into a unique, large scale tiger-inspired living sculpture, catching the eyes of visitors and commuters on their daily travels.
With only 3,200 tigers left in the wild, representing a 97% decline over the past century, global conservation experts anticipate tigers will be extinct in the next 10 years if more isn’t done. Save Wild Tigers harnesses the creativity and visual impact of art to inspire people to action.
We’re delighted to have been able to offer our support, as well as a back drop, for such an important cause. For more information, please visit the Save Wild Tigers website.
Friday 24 July 2015
We were lucky enough to have Mercury Award nominee Laura Mvula perform at the station yesterday morning, wowing visitors and commuters with a soulful session on one of our resident pianos to kick-off our Play @ St Pancras campaign.
As an Ambassador for Youth Music, a charity aiming to ensure every child has access to music-making opportunities, Laura launched our three-week programme of free lessons at each of our three resident pianos with one of our music maestros.
Budding pianists of all ages are encouraged to pick a 20 minute lesson slot between 11am and 2pm every weekday from now until Wednesday 12th August, and all supporters have the opportunity to donate £5 via text to Youth Music by sending YMUS15 to 70070 or by visiting their donation page.
For those of you who feel like taking larger strides into the world of music, check out our giant musical keyboard, perfect for big kids and little kids alike. Tomorrow is the last day for visitors to dance their way across the keys though so make sure you stop by and don’t miss out on all the fun!
Wednesday 22 July 2015
Following the launch of Cornelia Parker RA's One More Time art installation at the station in May, we are thrilled to announce the winner of the Terrace Wires in the Community school art project judged by High Speed 1 Ltd. (owner of the station) CEO Nicola Shaw along with Cornelia Parker herself.
Six schools from across London and Kent took part in the project this year with more than 50 entries being submitted but after much deliberation Charlie Bacon, a year 7 pupil from the John Wallis Academy in Ashford, was selected as the overall winner.
Charlie’s creation was based on the same themes that inspired Cornelia's piece, astrology and the passage of time, with her modern monochrome interpretation impressing both judges.
This year is the first of a four-year partnership between the Royal Academy of Arts and Terrace Wires, the station’s commissioning programme for new artwork by leading international artists, and Charlie was rewarded for her winning efforts with a tour of the RA’s Summer Exhibition with her class.
The students were also invited to the station to view Charlie’s artwork, displayed alongside the original piece that inspired her creation, where she was also presented with a certificate by both of the Terrace Wires in the Community judges, Nicola and Cornelia.
Well done to Charlie along with the rest of the children who took part in this year's project - we're already looking forward to the next one in 2016!
Friday 17 July 2015
We are delighted to announce entry for the annual Betjeman Poetry Prize competition is now open to any student aged between 10 and 13 years old.
Founded in 2006 to mark the centenary of the former Poet Laureate John Betjeman’s birth, the Betjeman Poetry Prize attracts around 3,000 entries per year from young people across the UK.
The competition aims to foster creativity in young people whilst discovering and encouraging the next generation of British poets.
This year, students are invited to write a poem on the theme of ‘place’. They can choose anywhere that is important to them – from their bedroom to a larger landscape, from their local park to their favourite building. The subject of their poem could be a city, a garden, a beach or a street – whatever moves them to write.
The winning poet receives £1000 (£500 for the poet and £500 for their school or local library) and further prizes are available for the runners up and highly commended entrants.
All prize winners are invited to an awards ceremony here at the station, on National Poetry Day, 8th October 2015, where they will meet the judges and read their poems out loud.
The deadline for all poems is midnight on 31st July. And students can enter by post or online.
For competition rules and entry forms, click here.
Thursday 16 July 2015
As we’re now over halfway through July, the London heat has begun to reach some desirable (and sometimes not so desirable!) heights so we’ve been on the lookout for the beauty must-haves to help to keep us all looking and feeling our best.
It looks like we’ve found a new favourite with L'Occitane's new Verbena Summer Collection gift, including 4 refreshing essentials:
Leaving the skin cleansed and nourished, the fragrances will also make sure you smell great on your travels, perfect for hot summer days.
What's more, the set is available free with any purchase until 29th July so why not stop by and grab yours while stocks last - you know makes scents!
Terms & conditions apply, check in-store for details.
Friday 10 July 2015
Quintessentially English luxury lifestyle brand Aspinal of London have created another covetable classic to add to their handbag collection, this time inspired by the most glamourous of all movie icons.
A tribute to a bygone era, the vintage inspired Hepburn Bag is the perfect choice for women who favour a classically structured handbag and effortless sophistication.
Handmade from the finest Monochrome Italian Saffiano calf leather and spacious enough to hold all of your daily essentials, the Hepburn's alluring shape exudes elegance and timeless style.
All this week at the station, those who purchase a Hepburn Bag which is available in a variety of colours and prints, have also received complimentary tickets to the Audrey Hepburn exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.
Today is the last day of the event though so hurry on by this evening to see if there are any left!
Friday 10 July 2015
Following the launch of Cornelia Parker RA’s One More Time in May, the station has been working with local schools across London and Kent for the Terrace Wires in the Community art project.
This year, we’ve had 6 schools taking part in the competition where the students have been asked to create a piece inspired by the themes of Cornelia’s art work, the passage of time and astrology.
The participating schools are:
We can’t wait to see the entries and watch this space as the winner will be announced very soon!
Monday 29 June 2015
We are absolutely delighted to kick start the week with some exciting news – once again, we’ve been voted the ‘nation’s favourite station’ by the Transport Focus National Passenger Survey.
Equalling our impressive high score from last year, we’re proud to share that we received a customer satisfaction rating of 96% in the survey. In fact, we’ve topped the survey, beating all other UK stations every year since we reopened in 2007!
From the train operating companies, to our retailers and staff on the ground, a strong team is at the heart of what we do and allows us to continuously improve for our passengers and visitors.
It’s great to know that as well as being home to a high speed and international rail service, with some of the country’s finest shops, restaurants, bars and cafes, under one magnificent (Barlow Shed) roof, we’re still keeping the most important people happy.
Here’s to another year!