This is the latest news from St Pancras International…

Friday 29 April 2016

#backingtheblues burger anyone?

Robert Tame, owner of the flagship St Pancras Prime Burger store, is a huge Leicester City football fan, so in honour of #backingtheblues this Friday he will be giving away 1,000 free limited edition Leicester City FC burgers

Featuring a mouth-watering 100% British beef patty, Red Leicester cheese from award-winning cheesery Carron Lodge, Branston Pickle, lettuce, tomato, onion & mayo in a traditional East Midlands buttery cob, the Leicester City FC burger is a brand new addition to the menu. 

Fancy trying one for free? All you have to do to get your hands on a free burger is sign up through this link TODAY, download the voucher and visit Prime Burger in at the station during the month of May.

Thursday 28 April 2016

And the Terrace Wires 2016 artist is…

We are extremely pleased to announce that Royal Academician and architect Ron Arad will be the 2016 artist for our Terrace Wires public sculpture series. 

This year marks the fourth year of Terrace Wires, the station’s commissioning programme for new artwork by leading, international artists, and is also the second instalment of a four year partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts. 

Ron’s artwork, Thought of Train of Thought, will be exclusively unveiled at the station on the morning of 7th July 2016. 

Be sure to check out the Terrace Wires website and our social media channels for more information in the run-up to the big reveal!

Monday 18 April 2016

Sound Connections draws to a close

Last Friday saw the final performance of this year’s annual Sound Connections music programme at St Pancras International. Over the past four weeks, the station has played host to 16 performances over eight evenings.

 

Starting on Wednesday 23 March with a lively performance from Hackney Colliery Band and culminating in a crescendo of French folk music from Garance and the Mitochondries on Friday 15th April, Sound Connections brought live music to the station concourse twice a week. Other performers in the line-up included The Milk, who released one of BBC 6Musics Recommends Albums of 2015, beatboxer and multi-instrumentalist, Cosmo Sheldrake and hotly-tipped new acts such as multi-instrumentalist ICHI.

 

Sound Connections continues to build on the station's existing links with music as top performers ranging from Jamie Cullum to Laura Mvula and Sir Elton John have previously put on their own surprise gigs at the station.

 

If you missed Sound Connections, don’t worry, just keep an eye out for more musical performances in the station throughout the year!

Wednesday 13 April 2016

Put a spring in your step at Searcys

With the nights getting longer and the temperature creeping up, it seems that spring has finally arrived! 

Why not make the most of those sunnier evenings with a seasonal inspired Chase cocktail beneath our beautiful Barlow shed roof at Searcys Champagne Bar. 

For something refreshing, try a twist on a classic with the GB&T (£9.95), containing Chase GB Gin and tonic water poured over lots of ice with a ginger slice and lemon wedge. 

Those with a floral fancy will love The Great Chase (£9.95) which has a hint of Chase Elderflower Liqueur mixed with Chase Vodka, a squeeze of lemon topped up with soda served over ice and a lemon wedge for garnish. 

Feeling peckish? Head inside to the Searcys St Pancras Grand restaurant for a taste of their delicious Spring Set Menu. Including pea & mint risotto, mussels, rainbow trout and rhubarb eton mess, winter is sure to be a distant memory in no time.

What’s more it’s a bargain too, at £25 for two courses or £30 for three, plus a glass of Perrier-Jouet Brut NV added for good measure. 

For more information, please visit the Searcys website here

Enjoy!

Wednesday 06 April 2016

Brows Are It at M.A.C

Did you know we have a M∙A∙C store here in the station? M∙A∙C is the world’s leading professional makeup authority with unrivalled expertise in makeup artistry – and they’ve recently been celebrating the Brows Are It collection. Filled in, plucked, lengthened, naturally bushy, glamorously arched – M∙A∙C gives the brow its place in the spotlight with this collection of professional products. Pop in store throughout April to speak to one of the M∙A∙C specialists or arrange a make-up appointment.

Tuesday 05 April 2016

St Pancras Laureate's second poem ‘Station’ revealed

Lucy Arnold-Forster, our 14 year old St Pancras Laureate and winner of last year’s Betjeman Poetry Prize, has revealed her latest poem to be commissioned for the station.

Aptly named Station, her second piece has been inspired by the history of St Pancras and the architectural significance of our beautiful building, all of which can often be missed when rushing to catch a train!

 

Station
Lucy Arnold-Forster, St Pancras Laureate 2015-16

 

Just passing through

I can’t stop

I have somewhere to be

Just passing through

Got to catch the next Eurostar

Don’t hold me up

Just grabbing a coffee

As I said, I’m

Just passing through

 

Around her,

Ancient uprooted souls

Haunt the graveyard that used to be

Forests of pillars

And bright places that were once made of beer and darkness

Tracks which still smell like the sound of horse’s hooves

Poetry that cries out from beneath her feet

Ceilings that seize the sky by its shoulders

Arching above her head

And clocks brimful of time-old tales

Draughts that carve ceilings into statues

And sweep the hats off their heads…

 

As I said, I’m

Just passing through.

 

Following her debut Christmas piece, The Eyes of a Child, Lucy’s third and final poem will follow the unveiling of the 2016 Terrace Wires artwork, the station’s public art space. 

St Pancras has been delighted to host the Betjeman Poetry Prize awards ceremony for a number of years with former Poet Laureate, Sir John Betjeman, having played a pivotal role in saving the station from demolition in the 1960s. 

The Betjeman Poetry Prize competition for young poets aged between 10 and 13 closes on the 31st July 2016.

Friday 01 April 2016

Pause for poetry

This afternoon, we celebrated the opening of the Betjeman Poetry Prize 2016 competition for young people, with a free poetry reading event next to the Sir John Betjeman statue.

Co-judges Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and Queen's Gold Medal winner Imtiaz Dharker were joined by 2015 Betjeman Poetry Prize winner and inaugural St Pancras Laureate Lucy Arnold Forster, recited their own work, encouraging visitors and passers-by to stop and listen.

Founded in 2006 to mark former Poet Laureate John Betjeman’s centenary, the Betjeman Poetry Prize attracts around 3,000 entries per year from children across the UK. Poet and architectural conservationist Betjeman saved St Pancras from demolition in the 1960s.

We look forward to hosting the awards ceremony for the competition in October – stay tuned for further updates!

Thursday 24 March 2016

Forget about the Mack, it’s the return of Sound Connections!

Yesterday evening saw the launch of the station’s annual free music programme, Sound Connections, returning once again to get commuters toes tapping on their journeys home.

The gig kicked off with a performance from Birmingham band Kioko who filled the station with their eclectic sound that blurred the line between pop and reggae. Following Kioko’s rousing performance, East London cult favourites, Hackney Colliery Band, took to the stage with their signature fusion of Balkan brass and contemporary jazz.

Sound Connection performances are taking place every Wednesday and Thursday or Thursday and Friday evening from until Friday 15 April.

Check out the full line up.