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Monday 22 August 2016

Open House at St Pancras International

For the fourth year running, St Pancras International's hugely popular Open House tours will offer a unique perspective of one of London's most iconic landmarks, taking visitors around the Grade 1 listed building with a series of architecture-focused station tours.

Over the weekend of Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September, participants will be immersed in the history of St Pancras, spotlighting its Victorian-era design heritage and the later additions which have projected the station into the 21st century as an international travel hub.

Open House visitors will have the opportunity to look more closely at the finer details of this iconic building that often go unnoticed by busy commuters with a 60 minute expert tour departing every half an hour between 10am and 4:30pm on both days.

Tickets are available via Eventbrite.

Friday 12 August 2016

Fortnum & Mason Bring Honeybees to St Pancras' Roof

There's a lot of buzz happening on our rooftop this Summer - as Fortnum & Mason have brought honeybees to the station!

Four of Fortnum's beehives have found a new home up on the roof - and we're counting down the days in anticipation to the end of September when the beekeepers hope to get the very first taste of this new nectar source.

The honey, called simply Fortnum’s Bees’ Honey, varies from year to year, depending on the flora available to the bees, but is usually a lovely pale, toffee colour with a soft consistency.

St Pancras International is the latest in a select line of locations for Fortnum's beehives which includes the roof of their Piccadilly store and the roof of Bermondsey's White Cube gallery.

Wednesday 10 August 2016

Terrace Wires in the Community Art Competition Winner Announced

Two pupils from Drayton Park Primary School in Highbury have been named as the winners of the 2016 St Pancras International Terrace Wires in the Community art competition.

 

Aysan Khezer Najad and Michael Dennis Smith both pupils in year 6 at the school won for their design ‘Dreamy Boat’ which garnered plaudits from the judges for its originality and interpretation of this year’s theme: ‘imaginative trains of thought and movement.’ Following the unveiling of Ron Arad’s Thought of Train of Thought installation at the station in July, schools from across London took part in the project, each entry was judged by High Speed 1 Ltd. (owner of St Pancras International) Commercial Director Wendy Spinks and Ron Arad himself.

 

Aysan and Michael's prize was a guided tour of the Royal Academy of Arts' Summer Exhibition with Ron Arad, who answered the children's questions about being an artist and creating large scale works of art.

 

This year, Ron Arad created one of the most ambitious installations yet for Terrace Wires. His constant experimentation with the possibilities of materials such as steel, aluminium and polyamide and his radical re-conception of the form and structure of furniture has put him at the forefront of contemporary design and architecture. 

 

Suspended on wires from the station’s Grade 1 listed Barlow Shed roof, as if floating, Thought of Train of Thought is an 18-metre-long twisted blade rotating slowly to create an optical illusion of wave-like movement. Minimal and monolithic, the hypnotic motion offers passengers and visitors to the station a moment of calm in the midst of their busy lives.

 

Ron Arad RA commented:“The rotation and the horizontal movement take turns in the viewers’ perception as the readings of the object alternate and the hypnotic effect is greater than the means, so will hopefully be the delight of the public at St Pancras.”

 

Wendy Spinks, Commercial Director at HS1 Ltd. (owners of St Pancras International), said: “Terrace Wires is about encouraging people visiting St Pancras to take a moment and look up. As the first moving installation commissioned for the space, we are excited to see how the public react and engage with this captivating piece. Following last year’s success, we are pleased to be celebrating a second year of our partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts and thank Ron Arad for designing a unique and impressive sculpture for our thousands of daily commuters and visitors to enjoy.”

 

Thought of Train of Thought by Ron Arad RA can be viewed at St Pancras International station until early January 2017.

 

Tuesday 09 August 2016

Hatchards' August Book Recommendations

August Folly by Angela Thirkell

"It's August in the Barsetshire village of Worsted, and Richard Tebben, just down from Oxford, is contemplating the gloomy prospect of a long summer in the parental home. But the numerous and impossibly glamorous Dean family - exquisite Rachel, her capable husband and six of their nine brilliant children - have come for the holidays, and their hostess Mrs Palmer plans to rope everyone into performing in her disastrous annual play. Surrounded by the irrepressible Deans, Richard and his sister Margaret cannot help but have their minds broadened, spirits raised and hearts smitten."

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

"The Pulitzer prize-winning novel from the author of the Booker longlisted My Name is Lucy Barton Olive Kitteridge: indomitable, compassionate and often unpredictable. A retired schoolteacher in a small coastal town in Maine, as she grows older she struggles to make sense of the changes in her life. She is a woman who sees into the hearts of those around her, their triumphs and tragedies. We meet her stoic husband, bound to her in a marriage both broken and strong, and a young man who aches for the mother he lost - and whom Olive comforts by her mere presence, while her own son feels overwhelmed by her complex sensitivities. A penetrating, vibrant exploration of the human soul, the story of Olive Kitteridge will make you laugh, nod in recognition, wince in pain, and shed a tear or two."

Monday 25 July 2016

A Final Call For Entries For Our Roland Piano Competition

Following the impromptu performance by Bill Bailey at St Pancras to kick of our Roland piano competition just under a month ago, we are now in the home straight of the competition. There are less than five days left to upload your entry to the website to be in with a chance of winning a brand new Roland LX-7.

 

With music being at the heart of the station we have spent the last three weeks encouraging commuters and visitors to film themselves playing the Roland LX-7. Inspired by previous performances by the likes of Elton John, Laura Mvula and Jamie Cullum the competition is a chance for us to inspire the dreams of the future stars of tomorrow.

 

So far, the competition has seen over 20 entries and hundreds of votes have been cast. Don’t forget to have your say and vote for your favourite entry. Visit our competition page to view all entries so far and upload your own entries, as well as cast new votes.

 

The competition closes at midnight on Friday 25th July, with the winner being notified by Sunday 14th August, so be quick!

Friday 22 July 2016

The creative express pulls into St Pancras as House of Illustration partnership gets under way

Our summer partnership with House of Illustration kicked off in style with commuters and visitors getting involved in the first of our children’s BFG illustration classes and a live Q&A with Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell and illustrator Posy Simmonds.

 

Twenty children took part in the first of three special drawing workshops at The Betjeman Arms on Saturday, which saw them master the basics from the expert team at House of Illustration and finished with them creating their very own giant drawings, inspired by the Big Friendly Giant himself.

 

Pictures from the day can be viewed in our special Summer 2016 gallery here: http://stpancras.com/summer-2016/drawing-class-galleries 

 

The second stop on the creative express saw us welcome Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell to the station alongside with fellow illustrator, Posy Simmonds. The pair held court at a hugely popular Q&A evening on our Grand Terrace on Thursday.

 

Topics up for discussion ranged from: where their love of drawing originated, their past and present inspirations and Chris’ favourite tools of the trade (a Japanese brush pen, for those asking!). Chris also spoke to Posy about some of his most popular works including the Goth Girl series, all of which can be purchased at Hatchards St Pancras for those needing a little inspiration before starting their own creative journey. I

 

f you didn’t get a chance to catch them, don’t worry, the creative express doesn’t terminate here, two more BFG illustration classes are on the way so don’t forget to book a place today!

 

House of Illustration at St Pancras International programme of events:

Children’s BFG illustration classes

When: Saturday 13 August and Saturday 10 September – 10am-12pm

Where: The Betjeman Arms, St Pancras International

Tickets: waiting list spaces still available via stpancras@bluerubicon.com

Sunday 17 July 2016

Hatchards' July Book Recommendations

The Moon's a Balloon by David Niven
Paperback, £9.99

"One of the bestselling memoirs of all time, David Niven's The Moon's a Balloon is an account of one of the most remarkable lives Hollywood has ever seen. An intimate, gossipy, heartfelt and above all charming account of life inside Hollywood's dream factory."
 
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
Hardback, £14.99

"Set in 1893 and firmly rooted in the author’s home county of Essex, the novel centres on the character of Cora Seaborne, a widow freed from a controlling, unhappy marriage. Retreating to the Essex countryside with her son, she hears the rumours surrounding the so-called ‘Essex Serpent’, a creature of folklore being blamed for a spate of deaths and disturbances and the cause of escalating panic in the local community. Her ensuing investigations bring her into contact with a clergyman, William Ransome, a man convinced of finding the answer to local hysteria in faith, just as Cora is on finding it in science. Despite their differing opinions, their lives become ever-more enmeshed, finding themselves bound to each other in ways neither could anticipate."

Tuesday 12 July 2016

Quentin Blake launches our House of Illustration summer partnership

Roald Dahl illustrator and House of Illustration gallery founder, Sir Quentin Blake treated station-goers to a one-off live drawing today to launch our summer of free illustration events.

House of Illustration, the UK’s only public gallery devoted to illustration, and St Pancras, hope that together they can inspire commuters and visitors to start a creative journey of their own through a programme of free events including BFG illustration classes and an expert Q&A with Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell.

The partnership coincides with the neighbouring launch of House of Illustration’s summer exhibition, The BFG in Pictures, featuring never-before-seen illustrations from Quentin Blake which were not included in Roald Dahl’s successful children’s book. A feature length adaption of The BFG is due to be released in cinemas in July this year which also marks the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth.

A framed copy of Quentin Blake’s sketch will go on to hang in the station to celebrate the coming together of two much-loved London landmarks through this initiative. Throughout the summer St Pancras retailers will also join in the celebrations; food and beverage outlets will encourage diners to get creative with free sketch pads and pencils, while in-store ranges from The Pen Shop, Hatchards and Paperchase will feature sketching essentials for beginners and seasoned artists alike.

 

House of Illustration at St Pancras International programme of events:

Children’s BFG illustration classes

When: Saturday 16 July, Saturday 13 August, Saturday 10 September – 10am-12pm

Where: The Betjeman Arms, St Pancras International

Tickets: Free, tickets available via Eventbrite (currently sold out, however, waiting lists are available)

 

Q&A with Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell and Illustrator Posy Simmonds

When: Thursday 21 July – 6.00-7.00pm

Where: The Betjeman Statue, St Pancras International Grand Terrace

Tickets: Free, tickets available via Eventbrite (currently sold out, however, waiting lists are available)