This is the latest news from St Pancras International…
Friday 05 February 2016
The one and only Sir Elton John surprised and delighted St Pancras visitors yesterday afternoon with a mesmerizing medley piano performance.
If the intimate gig with Rocket Man himself wasn't enough, he also gave a gift to the station by leaving the beautiful Yamaha piano behind, which he very kindly signed before donating.
His message reads:
“Enjoy this piano. It’s a gift. Love, Elton John.”
The gifted piano will be rolled out into the concourse for everyone to enjoy soon!
It was an absolute pleasure to have a British music icon tinkling on the keys beneath our Barlow shed roof, and we're sure his very generous donation to our existing piano collection will bring plenty of song and smiles to visitors for many years to come.
Missed all the action? You can check out the performance here on The Telegraph Online.
Tuesday 19 January 2016
It's our book loving passengers' favourite time of the month…the Hatchards Book Club!
Anyone is welcome to come along and join us for an evening of discussion, wine and interpretation.
So far, the schedule and reading list is as follows:
Do No Harm by Henry Marsh, Thursday 4th February at 7pm
The Female Man by Joanna Russ, Thursday 3rd March at 7pm
The Shining by Stephen King, Thursday 7th April at 7pm
Plus, members can enjoy a 10% discount off of everything in store!
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday 18 January 2016
This year, L’Occitane is celebrating 40 years of natural beauty from the heart of Provence.
From Monday 18th January to Sunday 14ht February, discover their much-loved, iconic collections that are rich in natural, traceable ingredients, with one of these fantastic offers:
Time to celebrate! Bestsellers collection, £15 when you spend £30.
Immortelle Divine Cream 8 ml
Almond Shower Oil 35ml
Shea Hand Cream 30ml
Cherry Blossom Eau de Toilette 7,5ml
Immortelle Precious Cleansing Foam 50ml
Shea Foot Cream 10ml
Create your own Beauty Box for £15*
*Choose One Deluxe Travel Size product for face, body, haircare and hand care (Max. of 4).
So why not pick up a little treat for yourself to indulge in this New Year?
Please visit the L’Occitane website for more information.
Wednesday 13 January 2016
If you’re on the hunt for the perfect book to distract from the new year’s commute, then our very own booksellers, Hatchards, has compiled a list of top page turning reads to immerse yourself in this January:
Call for the Dead by John le Carre
The first book written by an author hailed by Time Magazine as 'the premier spy novelist of his time. Perhaps of all time.' This is also the first book which introduces le Carre's most famous and intriguing character, George Smiley, who gets mixed up in a murder investigation. Intelligent & surprising, this is the epitome of a thrilling espionage tale.
A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler
Andreas lives his whole life in the Austrian Alps where he arrives as a young boy taken in by a farming family. When his love, Marie, dies in an avalanche whilst pregnant with their first child, Andreas' heart is broken and leaves to fight in WWII but returns home to to find that modernity has reached his remote haven. A tender book about finding dignity and beauty in solitude.
Disclaimer by Renee Knight
When an intriguing novel appears on Catherine’s bedside table, she curls up in bed and begins to read. But as she turns the pages she is sickened to realize the story will reveal her darkest secret. A secret she thought no one else knew. A twisting thriller with shades of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
Aged 24, Matt Haig's world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again. A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive.
Time Travelling with a Hamster by Ross Welford
A truly original debut novel from an extraordinarily talented new voice in children's books. Laugh, cry and wonder at this race-against-time story of a boy who travels back to 1984 to prevent a go-kart accident and save his father's life. A journey requiring lies, theft, burglary, and setting his school on fire, all without losing his pet hamster, Alan Shearer.
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Written during the last years of Hemingway's life, this memoir of himself an unknown writer living in Paris during the 1920s are deeply personal, warmly affectionate and full of wit. Looking back not only at his own much younger self, but also at the other writers who shared Paris with him - James Joyce, Wyndham Lewis, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald - he recalls the time when, poor, happy and writing in cafes, he discovered his vocation.
Which one will you be reading?
Plus, keep your eyes peeled for more information on the monthly Hatchards book club – 2016 dates coming soon.
Tuesday 12 January 2016
Some of you may have been lucky enough over the festive season to hear one of the many performances taking places at the station throughout December, aiming to raise vital funds for a variety of charitable causes.
From a gospel group to school choirs, there was a huge array of entertainment on show to help spread a little Christmas cheer to passengers and visitors to St Pancras.
Well the figures are in and we are very pleased to say that the final total raised is a whopping £13,642.38!
We’d like to thank everyone who performed as well as the charity collectors and, of course, every single one of you who stopped, listened and donated.
The money was raised on behalf of various charities, including The Children’s Society, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Heart Research UK.
Our fourth annual Christmas in the Community charity music programme will be taking place later this year – stay tuned!
Tuesday 12 January 2016
Now we wouldn’t to encourage those almost half way through a January detox to veer from a healthily trodden path, however for those of you who are looking to cut down on the Christmas calories but still fancy a glass of fizz, then Searcys might have the answer for you.
Low dosage champagnes are a brand new 2016 addition to their January menu; a selection of 5 fizzes containing less sugar, and therefore less calories, than the usual stuff.
Also available by the glass, each one is perfectly suited to accompany their January detox set menu. Starting at £15 for two courses, choose from a list of wholsesome options, including quinoa with feta, sweet potato curry and avocado & chocolate mousse.
Plus they’ve also created a list of calorie conscious cocktails too!
See a full menu available to download here.
Friday 08 January 2016
Looking for some new food inspiration to brighten your 2016?
Then why not take a flick through our very own Great British Train Fare magazine?
Available for free on our website and curated by renowned food critic and guest editor Matthew Fort, the digital guide features profiles on key foodie regions across the UK and Europe, alongside Matthew's recommendations on the best restaurants to visit in each town.
From Yorkshire Fish Cakes to Le Pain Quotidien’s Crepes Je t’aime, there are also recipes that can be recreated at home.
Which one will be your new favourite?
Monday 04 January 2016
With many passengers and commuters heading back to work today following what we hope was a very jolly festive holiday, it might have been noticed that something is missing from St Pancras.
It was with a slightly heavy heart that this weekend saw the takedown of our iconic Disney Junior Christmas tree.
Standing pride of place on our concourse at 14 meters high, the tree was compiled of over 2,000 Disney Store soft toys and magically released a burst of snow every 4 minutes, delighting visitors to the capital with a glimpse of a white Christmas.
Whilst we were sad to see the tree go, we’re thrilled with how many people took time during their busy Christmas journeys to stop, smile and take lots of pictures, capturing and sharing the magic far and wide.
Also, we’re very pleased to say that all the toys used to build the tree will be donated to KIDS, a leading charity which cares for disabled children, young people and their families.
Did you get the chance to experience the magic of our tree this Christmas?