This is the latest news from St Pancras International…

Friday 21 November 2014

Dennis is up to his old tricks

Dennis the Menace was spotted earlier this week again causing mischief on the station concourse. The comic book legend and his sidekick Gnasher were caught red handed trying to pull the plug on the fantastic Eurostar Christmas tree lights which were switched on by Raymond Blanc last Wednesday.

Since the installation of the Beano exhibition in October, Dennis the Menace has been regularly spotted playing pranks around the station. So, for those on the hunt for the star be sure to visit one of his most regular haunts, The Beano 75th Annual Exhibition which is on show on the upper level until 5th January 2015.

Tuesday 18 November 2014

Shop till you commute!

Christmas shopping season is well and truly upon us, and with the station’s impressive selection of retailers why go gift hunting anywhere else. We have everything, all under the glorious Barlow Shed roof, from tea at Fortnum & Mason to make-up at Mac and from candles at Jo Malone to iPad at John Lewis.

To help you eager elves prepare for Christmas, we have arranged a number of late night shopping days. On the 14th, 21st, 27th ,28th November and 4th, 5th, 10th, 11th December shops are open until 10pm  and on 17th and 18th December they are open until 10.30pm! Meaning there is ample time to get everything you need.

To find out more and see our glorious gifts guides visit the St Pancras Christmas page.

Friday 14 November 2014

The grand unveiling of Eurostar’s new trains

From the end of 2015, eager holidaymakers looking to hop across the channel will be able to board the exciting new Eurostar trains. The new e320 trains, which were launched at the station this week, will zoom along the tracks at an impressive 200mph, cutting journey times by 15 minutes.

The stylish interiors, designed by Italian design house Pininfarina, offer more space per seat, free WiFi, power points and a USB socket.

The launch came on the eve of Eurostar’s 20th anniversary where new routes where also announced for those looking to escape to Europe - May 2015 will see a service to Provence and in 2016 a direct service to Amsterdam.

Thursday 13 November 2014

Festive fun arrives at the station!

If you were passing through the station last night, no doubt you would have felt the fantastic French festive fun as Raymond Blanc OBE turned on the Christmas Tree Lights. The tree, which is sponsored by Eurostar as part of their 20th birthday, celebrates the station’s amazing international connections by highlighting hundreds of Christmas inspired markets across Europe.

Once the big red button had been pressed, Raymond, who is the Culinary Director at Eurostar, was joined on stage by the company’s CEO, Nicolas Petrovic and over 30 staff who have been with the business since it started two decades ago.

With the lights now on, the festive party has definitely started at the station so why not pop down and enjoy a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine!

Wednesday 12 November 2014

East Midlands Trains Ticket Officer steams past fundraising target

East Midlands Trains ticket office worker, Ron Wiltshire, is celebrating after raising over £45,000 for the British Legion Poppy Appeal. Thanks to his hard work, he smashed his target of raising £25,000 for the British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Every year, Ron takes two weeks off in late October from his job in the ticket office at Chesterfield station to travel up and down the country selling poppies to passengers. He recently received the online backing of Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg after meeting the politician on a train journey. A truly impressive charitable feat and something the whole East Midlands network should be proud of!

If you’ve spotted Ron on your travels why don’t you follow in the footsteps of the Deputy Prime Minister and congratulate him on his work.

Friday 24 October 2014

Beano half term fun

If putting on a fantastic exhibition, showcasing 75 years of The Beano Annual wasn’t enough, we’ve got more excitement to come during next week’s school half term.

On Monday 27th and Wednesday 29th October visitors can get creative with two hour drawing classes with Kev Sutherland, the man behind Dennis the Menace. To finish off the week of comic fun, there is mayhem and madness planned with a special one-off event with author, Steven Butler, who writes 'the diary of Dennis the Menace' series. 

All the classes are taking place at the Betjeman Arms, so make sure you’re down early to bag your seat as places are limited.

Click here for further information. 

Wednesday 15 October 2014

Another high street hero opens its doors

It’s official, John Lewis, one of the UK’s most established departments, has opened its doors at St Pancras International. The new store is the first one in a station and features a careful curated selection of electronics, gifts, beauty, home and fashion accessories. This will mean for the first time iPads, laptops and cameras will be available for lucky visitors.

The store will be open from 7.30am to 9pm Monday to Saturday and 9am to 7pm on Sundays and will boast John Lewis’ click and collect, or in this case ‘click and commute’, service for customers to pick up online purchases.

So treat yourself, now you have no excuse! 

Tuesday 14 October 2014

A bout of bubble fun

National Champagne week may be over but that doesn’t mean we can’t still have a little sparkle in our lives! You may have seen the station giving praise to the fruits of our French neighbours labour from the largest bottle in London at Searcys to breaking World Records on the Eurostar but we don’t want the fun to end there...!

We have been searching high and low for a bubbly range of Champagne facts to keep your taste buds tingling and impress your fizzy friends.

  • It was the English who developed a taste for bubbly the French always preferred white wine
  • The true inventor of the champagne process was Englishman Christopher Merret
  • The French sell over 300 million bottles of champagne a year
  • A bottle of champagne at room temperature contains about 49 million bubbles
  • Marilyn Monroe is said to have once taken a bath in the champagne from 350 bottles
  • In the movie adaptations, James Bond drinks Champagne more than any other beverage (nearly 40 glasses and counting)
  • The classic Champagne coupe was adapted from a wax mold made from the breast of Marie Antoinette.
  • There is about 90 pounds per square inch of pressure in a bottle of Champagne - that's more than triple the pressure in an automobile tyre
  • A Champagne cork reaches a velocity of about 40 miles per hour if popped out of the bottle
  • The longest recorded flight of a Champagne cork is over 54 metres
  • The largest bottle size for Champagne is called a Melchizedek and is equal to 40 standard bottles or 30 litres

And remember, only 51 weeks till the next Champagne week!