This is the latest news from St Pancras International…

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. You can view all entries so far and upload your own entries, as well as cast new votes, by visiting www.stpancras.com/roland-piano-competition.

 

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 16July, 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)

 

 

 

Thursday 07 July 2016

Our 2016 Terrace Wires art installation is officially unveiled

We are delighted to unveil our eagerly anticipated Terrace Wires public art installation, Thought of Train of Thought, by Royal Academician Ron Arad at St Pancras International.

The artpiece is the second instalment of our four-year partnership with the Royal Academy following Cornelia Parker RA’s One More Time in 2015. This year also marks the fourth year of Terrace Wires itself, our commissioning programme for new artwork by leading, international artists.

Suspended on wires from the station’s Grade 1 listed Barlow Shed roof, as if floating, Thought of Train of Thought is a monumental 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.

Fabricated by CIG Architecture based in Groningen in the Netherlands, Thought of Train of Thought can be viewed at St Pancras International station until January 2017.

Monday 04 July 2016

Bill Bailey launches the station's first digital piano

Comedian Bill Baily surprised commuters this morning with an impromptu performance on our newly installed digital piano, the Roland LX-7.

St Pancras’ three street pianos are a hugely popular part of the station with hundreds of visitors sharing personal performances on them over the years. The latest arrival follows on from last years’ summer of free piano lessons, which gave beginners the chance to learn a new skill during their visit.

Whilst famous faces including Elton John, Laura Mvula and now Bill Bailey, have delighted fans with their own spontaneous showcases, members of the public and organisations have continued to generously donate pianos to the station in the hope of inspiring the stars of tomorrow.

The partnership with Roland UK will continue to spread the joy of music by giving the public free access to play on state of the art equipment. To celebrate, we are encouraging people to film and share an entertaining performance on the Roland LX-7.

One lucky winner receiving a brand new LX-7 of their own!

How to enter:

  1. Pop down to St Pancras International between 4th-22nd July 2016 and find the newly installed Roland LX7 digital piano (opposite MAC in the station)
  2. Film your most entertaining performance on it (you might need a friend or passer-by to help you with this part!)
  3. Share your video at www.roland.co.uk/stpancraspiano to be in with a chance of winning!

Check out all the action on social media by searching #RolandStPancras and don’t forget to upload your entry before 29th July!

Friday 01 July 2016

We’re FAB award winners!

We are very pleased to reveal that St Pancras International has won the category of Overall Food & Beverage Offer of the Year in a Railway Station at the Annual Airport Food and Beverage (FAB) Awards!

Last night, the travel food & beverage industry gathered in Geneva to celebrate the best and most innovative projects. The awards were presented at a glittering gala event held during the fifth annual Airport Food and Beverage (FAB) Conference & Awards, organised by The Moodie Davitt Report and The Foodie Report.

Recognising excellence on a global scale, the FAB Awards are a unique opportunity for airports, as well as other food & beverage operators, to put the spotlight on the very best that companies have to offer. 

The station’s unique British heritage has enticed some of the nation’s best loved brands under one stunning Barlow shed roof, including fine tea salon Fortnum & Mason and not forgetting Searcys, Europe’s longest champagne bar. St Pancras combines the best of European gastronomy, from Le Pain Quotidien to new Italian addition Barzetti, with Great British classics found at gastro-pub The Betjeman Arms as well as seasonal produce from local suppliers at Sourced Market.

Now not only are we extremely proud to have won the award, we are also very hungry!

Thursday 30 June 2016

Picnic @ St Pancras

Today, food critic and Great British Menu judge, Matthew Fort, has launched our very own indoor picnic area and unique range of on-the-go, ergonomic picnic hampers, perfect for the modern traveller. 

Fortnum & Mason, Le Pain Quotidien and Sourced Market have carefully curated offerings with favourites including award winning Bath Blue cheese and rare Roast Glenarm Salt-Aged Beef. The exclusive selection will be available at the station throughout summer 2016. 

The full picnic hamper range includes: 

 

  • Sourced Market Picnic Bag for four, £58.75

  • Le Pain Quotidien, £13 (including free cool bag)

  • Fortnum & Mason The Vegetarian Plate, £15

  • Fortnum & Mason The Ploughman’s Plate, £20

  • Fortnum & Mason The Glenarm Beef Plate, £20 

 

Matthew Fort has also handpicked his hamper favourites from the selection:

 

  1. Wolff & Evans Mini Scotch Eggs (Sourced Market)

Matthew Fort: 'I'm a sucker for a good Scotch Egg…it’s the perfect picnic food.' 

  1. Rare Roast Glenarm Salt-Aged Beef with Horseradish Cream and Cornichons (Fortnum & Mason)

MF: 'The heart of my picnic, mighty, meat, moreish...pick up a warm, crusted baguette from Le Pain to wrap it together with horseradish & cornichons' 

  1. Bath Blue cheese (winner of the World Cheese Awards 2014) (Sourced Market)

MF: ‘I've got to have cheese, and Bath Blue, a winner at the World Cheese Awards, spread on the marvellous Peter's Yard Crisp breads is just the ticket.' 

  1. Lemon Posset (Fortnum & Mason) or The Organic Granola Parfait (Le Pain Quotidien)

MF: 'Pudding to finish, the posset rich with a tang of lemon, or the parfait crunchy, healthy on a smooth conveyor belt of creamy yoghurt’ 

  1. Chocolate Napolitains (Fortnum & Mason)

MF: 'Actually, not quite the finish. Time to sit back for a cheerfully indulgent chocolate treat before snoozing away the afternoon.'

 

Which one will you be trying?