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Tuesday 05 May 2015

On This Day in 1969: The Trans-Atlantic Air Race

Today marks the 46th anniversary of the victory by RAF Squadron Leader Tom Lecky-Thompson in the 1969 Daily Mail Trans-Atlantic Air Race - which set off from RAF St Pancras.

Between 4th - 11th May 1969 competitors were required to travel between the top of the Post Office Tower in London to the top of the Empire State Building in New York, in either direction.  They could make use of any type or number of conveyance provided that they cross the Atlantic by air.
 
The shortest overall time between London and New York was by Squadron Leader Tom Lecky-Thompson, flying a Royal Airforce Hawker Siddeley Harrier in 6 hours 11 minutes – he flew from the Somers Town Goods Yard. His prize was £6,000. The shortest time between New York and London was by Lieutenant Commander Peter Goddard a passenger in a Royal Navy McDonnell Douglas Phantom 5 hours 11 minutes.

Footage of the flight credited to the Imperial War Museum is available in the history section of our website.

Thursday 23 April 2015

Happy St George’s Day!

St Pancras International would like to wish all our friends and visitors a very happy St George’s Day today.

We fancy celebrating our feast day at the station with a beautiful drop of English tea. 

We’re very lucky at St Pancras that there are now several splendid parlours in which one can experience this most civilised of British traditions. 

The Betjeman Arms has recently introduced its afternoon tea menu which can be enjoyed with or without a glass of fizz on the Grand Terrace, where you can be fully immersed in the grandeur of the station. 

Of course the tea connoisseurs among us won’t be able to resist stopping by to the St Pancras Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason. This haven of tranquillity is the perfect location to escape the hustle and bustle of our busy station with huge variety of teas available for you to enjoy at your leisure. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a new favourite blend? 

Needless to say we’re certainly looking forward to pinning our red roses on and pouring a pot later on!

Wednesday 22 April 2015

AN ALE OF A TIME (WITH CHEESE, OF COURSE)

We’ve had our fair share of wine and cheese evenings at St Pancras, but we think our upcoming Ale and cheese night at The Betjeman Arms must be a first. 

Tonight, guest experts will be on hand to talk people through the finer points of pairing a range of five ales brewed by Truman’s and five cheeses supplied by Turners Fine Foods for a full taste experience. 

The Masterclass will take place between 6:30pm and 8:30pm and tickets cost £10 per person.

Spaces are limited, so email here to see if there are any last minute places left!

Monday 20 April 2015

Step into colour at St Pancras station

If the weather isn’t enough to brighten your day this season, why not try channelling the hottest summer trend à la Oscar de la Renta and Christopher Kane? 

Neon hues are a palette previously considered not for the feint hearted and might not necessarily be your go-to colours for your next new season purchase - but if this is the case, we’re about to change your mind. 

Here at the station, we’ve spotted a wide array of neon numbers throughout our stores which offer your wardrobe and your home the perfect haute nod to this bold and bright colour collection, ensuring you stay the right side of chic. 

From a purple Acrylic Neon Block Frame, £4.50 at Oliver Bonas, to Dune’s must-have Candy Striped Two Part Heel Sandal, £79.00, our retailers have a variety of vibrant choices to suit all, whatever neon-sized space you have available in your life this summer. 

Hopefully we’ll see a rainbow of coloured clothing coming through the station in no time, will you be giving it a go?

Tuesday 14 April 2015

St Pancras loves Laura Bailey at L.K.Bennett

L.K.Bennett, one of our favourite British luxury brands at the station, has announced a collaboration with model and style icon Laura Bailey and we cannot keep our eyes or hands off of it. 

The retro modern capsule collection of five shoe designs and a clutch bag has been inspired by the vibrant colours and geometric prints of the vintage 60s and the Mediterranean – the absolute perfect accessories to show off in the sun! 

From ocean blue zig-zags to statement block heels, this limited edition collection is sure to brighten any fashionista’s train journey. 

We want it all. 

Preview the range online here before snapping up in-store, located on The Arcade.

Friday 10 April 2015

TAITTINGER SPRING PICNIC

With all the beautiful weather we've been enjoying this week it’s become very clear that spring has most definitely sprung.

Equally excitingly is the arrival of Champagne Season at the one and only Searcys Champagne Bar.

Perfectly kicking-off the start of (hopefully) many brighter evenings to come, they are hosting their Taittinger Spring Picnic event until Tuesday, 28th April.

Enjoy your first picnic of the season with a special tasting tray of three mini hampers of smoked salmon, strawberry and raspberry macaroons accompanied by three matching cuvees, all beautifully presented on a tray-sized bed of grass of course!

What’s more, purchase a glass, tasting tray or bottle of Taittinger Champagne and you’ll be in with a chance to win* a trip for two to Chateau Le Marquetterie in Reims or a Hot Air Balloon Champagne Picnic for four people.

What better excuse do you need to put a champagne filled spring in your step this weekend?!

* Terms and conditions apply. Proof of purchase required.

Wednesday 08 April 2015

Light larger, aged ales and brewed beer

Yesterday was National Beer Day in the U.S. so for those of you who raised a tankard of ale to our American cousins and is feeling a little worse for wear today, we’d recommend grabbing a nutritional smoothie from Benugo as a pick-me up this afternoon! 

However, if, like us, you are never one to pass on the opportunity for a good old fashioned toast and managed to miss yesterday’s celebrations, why not stop by the Curious Pig for a cheeky craft beer or pop into The Betjeman Arms for a premium pint when you’re passing through this evening? 

It’s a particularly important day for us to acknowledge here at the station. Not only is St Pancras International twinned with New York’s, Grand Central Terminal, we also know a lot about beer – did you know that the station used to be London’s main source of the best British ale? 

Trains filled with liquid vats used to meander down the country from the great breweries of Staffordshire, ending up in St Pancras before being loaded onto coaches and distributed around the capital. Even the station’s railway arches were carefully designed to ensure they could hold a perfect pyramid of kegs.

So come along tonight and stop in for a belated pint - National Beer Day only brews up once a year after all

Tuesday 31 March 2015

Let St P entertain you!

We are extremely excited to announce that today, we have launched our first ever entertainment guide of downloadable TV shows, movies and podcasts, curated specifically with your journey destinations and durations in mind. 

We’ve partnered with renowned movie man James King to create the list in the hopes of eliminating any twiddling of thumbs and thoughts of doing the washing-up on your daily commute home. 

From the cosmopolitan commotion of Brighton to the picturesque setting of the White Cliffs of Dover, the list isn’t just about locations but also works to fill various journey times. Ranging from 20 minutes to over 60 minutes, the time-relevant picks include the recent historical adaptation Wolf Hall, and the best of audio theatre via BBC Radio 4’s Drama of the Week. 

We hope this will be the first of a few “Commuter Curator” watch-lists we’ve got planned throughout 2015 so make sure you look out for the next one! 

The current list can be viewed here.

The recommendations will take between three and 23 minutes to download using the station’s free Wi-Fi onto your smartphone or tablet. 

What will you pick first?