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Tuesday 25 August 2015

Commuter Curator entertainment guide returns!

Following the success of the first Commuter Curator entertainment guide earlier this year, we are pleased to announce that our second list of downloadable TV shows, audiobooks and music recommendations are back with a St Pancras twist!

This time, we’ve looked to the people who know the station best to provide their suggestions as to what our passengers might want to view or listen to on their journeys to and from the station, so whether you’re travelling to Margate, Kent or even Gatwick, there’s sure to be something on the guide to entertain you.

Take your pick from the full list here.

Friday 14 August 2015

St Pancras International to re-open doors for Open House London 2015

For the third year running, we are pleased to announce that St Pancras International will again be hosting a weekend of architecture focused station tours, taking visitors around the grade 1 listed building over the weekend of Saturday 19th and Sunday 21st September.

Immersing participants in the history of the Victorian station, the tour will shine a spotlight on the design inspirations behind the later additions which have projected the station into the 21st century as an international travel hub.

The tour route is open to the public on a daily basis, but Open House visitors will get the opportunity to look more closely at the finer details of this iconic station that often goes unnoticed.

Tours will last an hour, departing every half an hour between 10am and 4:30pm on both days and will be led by station experts, City Highlights.

Want to book your slot? Simply visit the Kings Cross and St Pancras website whilst spaces are still available!

For more details on Open House London 2015, click here.

Wednesday 12 August 2015

Sweet Treat for Afternoon Tea Week

We are mid-way through Afternoon Tea Week and from Fortnum & Mason to Searcys, and Patisserie Valerie, we love nothing more at St Pancras than sitting down to enjoy a fine cup of tea and a delicious slice of cake. 

However, for those who want to express their passion for a pot of tea past this Sunday, we’ve found another fitting way of celebrating this quintessentially British tradition… 

Links of London has recently launched a beautiful Afternoon Tea collection, including a selection of pastel coloured 18ct gold macarons, a sterling silver teapot and even a tiny sterling silver and 18ct gold tea cup & saucer! 

Whether savouring an exquisite blend or indulging in a cheeky glass of bubbly, your Afternoon Tea Week can be made complete with a sweet serving of these tea-rifically themed keepsakes. 

View the range online here.

Monday 10 August 2015

Alice in Wonderland @ Hatchards

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, our resident bookshop, Hatchards, was honouring the classic novel all of last week. 

Any passers-by at the station on Friday might have spotted their pop-up display including various versions of the tale as well as a multitude of themed gifts and tempting treats on offer. 

Card cupcakes, jam tarts, Queen of Hearts cookies and ‘Eat Me’ biscuits were just a few of the sweet delights available to visitors, encouraging them to take a trip down the rabbit hole and revisit this fantastical literary work. 

Have you read Alice in Wonderland? Loved by both children and adults, why not stop by Hatchards and pick up a copy to get lost in on your journey home?

Friday 07 August 2015

Sir John Betjeman to show his face in Oxfordshire!

British Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman was an influential factor in saving the St Pancras Chambers from demolition in the 1960’s and has been honoured on our Grand Terrace by the Martin Jennings commissioned statue since 2007. 

Taking pride of place looking up at the Barlow shed roof, the 8.5ft sculpture is a fitting tribute to celebrate the man and his poetry. 

We’ve just heard the news though that our famous statue is the inspiration behind a recently commissioned bronze bust of Sir John which will be displayed in front of the Vale and Downland Museum in Wantage, the poet’s hometown. 

The upper body replica is an exact copy of ours and we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed that the planning application gets approved and people will be able to appreciate another fine work of art dedicated to such an important figurehead in our station’s history.

Wednesday 29 July 2015

Save Wild Tigers!

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

Laura Mvula wows at Play @ St Pancras launch

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

Winner of our 2015 Terrace Wires in the Community school art project announced

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.

The 10 finalists this year, including overall winner Charlie, were as follows:

  • Charlie Bacon, John Wallis Academy (Ashford)

  • Debbie Spendley & Daisy Starling, John Wallis Academy (Ashford)

  • Pluto class, Drayton Park Primary School (Highbury)

  • Zayd Akalwaya, Northwold Primary School (Hackney)

  • Shania, Northwold Primary School (Hackney)

  • Luqmaan Sahar, Northwold Primary School (Hackney)

  • Keynne Lafayette, Argyle Primary School (Camden)

  • Raudah Osman, Argyle Primary School (Camden)

  • Alexander, Franks Barnes School For Deaf Children (King’s Cross)

  • Chyna-Rae, Winton Primary School (Islington)

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!