This is the latest news from St Pancras International…
Tuesday 25 April 2017
With three months to go before this year’s Betjeman Poetry Prize competition closes, last year’s winner and the second St Pancras Poet Laureate, Archita Sinha, has written her second poem to help inspire the next generation of young poets to enter the competition.
Titled The Sky of My Imagination, Archita’s poem captures her feelings when she is writing poetry – happiness to laughter to fear and confusion. The full range of emotions, helping to bring to life her words on the page. The Sky of My Imagination can be read in full, below.
Closing at midnight on 31st July, this year’s Betjeman Poetry Prize is calling for entries from young poets aged 10-13, around the theme of ‘place’. From favourite spaces, to memory filled buildings or holiday destinations, the interpretation of the theme is down to the individual and what moves them to write.
Entries can be submitted by post of online and more details about the competition, including the full rules, can be found on the website www.betjemanpoetryprize.co.uk .
But don’t delay, this year’s judges, Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell and poet, Rachel Rooney are poised to receive entries, ready to select six finalists to attend the award ceremony at the awe-inspiring St Pancras International, on the site where the competition’s namesake, John Betjeman’s statue resides.
THE SKY OF MY IMAGINATION
The sky of my imagination is unfolding
Like a stain of blood on paper.
The sky of my imagination is blank
Like eyes without humour.
The sky of my imagination is lonely
Like a melancholy rumour.
The sky of my imagination has clouds
That envelope the grief.
The sky of my imagination has stars
That move in my dreams.
The sky of my imagination has a moon
Which scowls in disbelief.
The sky of my imagination has sadness
Like an unfinished song in the summer.
The sky of my imagination has happiness
Like the brightness of spring flowers.
The sky of my imagination has fear
Like the loud autumn thunders.
The sky of my imagination has confusion
Like the eerie mist in winter.
The sky of my imagination is a crop
From seeds that life has sown.
The sky of my imagination is a mystery
In which nothing is known.
Tuesday 18 April 2017
We hope you all had a fantastic Easter and you enjoyed all the activities we had going on in the station and on our social media platforms!
Did you solve the clues and find all of our hidden eggs in stores?
If you took part in our competitions in partnership with Marks & Spencer and Sourced Market you are probably waiting to hear who won the grand prizes! Well wait no longer...
Congratulations to our two winners:
Gabriel Alexandrescu is the winner of a £100 Marks & Spencer Gift Card as he successfully found all 10 eggs hidden in our panorama picture of The Grand Terrace.
Louise Wong is the winner of a Sourced Market Easter Egg as she was the closest guess to how many eggs were in the jar. With a total of 633 eggs in the jar, Louise's guess of 632 has bagged her the prize!
Monday 10 April 2017
Oliver Bonas is moving to a larger, even better store. Their new location will be in The Circle area, near to the Ticket Office.
Oliver Bonas designs makes and sells an eclectic range of fashion, jewellery homeware and gifts.
Monday 10 April 2017
St Pancras International's station-wide Easter Egg hunt kicks off today until 14th April.
Easter eggs with special codes will be hidden around several of the station’s stores from 10th-14th April for shoppers to hunt down. Eagle-eyed station visitors who manage to spot the eggs and quote the code at the till will be rewarded with an eggstra special prize. To find out which stores are taking part, check back at the website and St Pancras International’s Facebook and Twitter, where we’ll be posting clues throughout April.
While you’re there don’t forget to stop and enjoy our new Spring themed picnic area.
Wednesday 05 April 2017
St Pancras International is excited to announce that a new store has graced The Arcade with its presence! Petit Bateau is the favourite brand of lovers of pure cotton comfort aged 0 to 924 months!
Known for its iconic underwear and t-shirts, it has become the go-to label for multi-generational style for babies, children and adults the world over.
Petit Bateau make immaculately cut garments in ultra-soft fabrics. They are a fashion constant, season after season, providing a welcome alternative to the turbulent modern-day world.
Petit Bateau is a French brand which is respectful of each individual’s values and their environment. It is there for all those special occasions in life, reminding us of the childhood memories that make us the adults we are today.
Visit Petit Bateau - open now!
Saturday 01 April 2017
Easter has officially arrived at St Pancras International and there is no shortage of fun activities and events going on throughout the station over this chocolate-fuelled season.
Read below for a full schedule of events:
Head over to Sourced Market and guess how many eggs are in the jar for your chance to win a Sourced Easter Egg.
Eggs-ercise the eyes
Win a £100 Marks & Spencer voucher by completing our Digital Easter Egg Hunt. Visit the St Pancras International Facebook page to take part.
Where the egg are they?!
Find the hidden Easter Eggs located in stores throughout the station, say the code word and receive an Easter gift
Some stores may require a purchase to receive gift. Limited stock for some gifts.
Egg-stra Godiva goodies
Go into Godiva to receive an Easter clue card. Solve all the clues to receive some chocolate surprises!
Purchase required to receive clue card.
Take an eggstatic selfie
#SpringIntoHamleys to find out how to win a £100 toy bundle
Saturday 01 April 2017
With the Easter holidays upon us, the Kids Eat Free programme is back for you to enjoy throughout half term!
Visiting the station with children in tow can be a delight with our participating venues providing free childrens meals from the 1st of April until the 17th April 2017! Participating retailers include Barzetti, Benugo and Searcys.
See individual restaurants for conditions:
Barzetti - Make great savings this half term whilst treating your kids! Children eat for free in Barzetti. Come and enjoy our delicious Italian food and take advantage of this great deal!
Benugo - Little ones enjoy a Free Kids meal at Benugo’s this half term. See in store for details.
Searcys - Dine at St Pancras Grand and we’ll give the little ones a complimentary meal from our Kids’ Menu*, whilst you enjoy dishes from our modern European A la Carte. Choose from a great selection of seasonal favourites, classics and St Pancras signature dishes.
*Kids under 10 eat free when accompanied by an adult dining from the A la Carte menu. Kids must dine from the kids menu to be eligible for a complimentary meal. (Starters and desserts must be purchased with a main dish).
Saturday 01 April 2017
Whether your shopping for ideas to keep the kids entertained during the Easter holidays, or unique decorations to brighten up your home, Paperchase will help you plan the perfect Easter with our spring collection.
The designs range from adorable chick and bunny characters to traditional prints and include cards, Easter art supplies and even a mug shaped like a bunny’s head.
Ask in store for details.
Saturday 01 April 2017
Please find The Essex Serpent - Sarah Perry - Paperback £8.99
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.
The Tobacconist - Robert Seethaler - Paperback £8.99
When seventeen-year-old Franz exchanges his home in the idyllic beauty of the Austrian lake district for the bustle of Vienna, his homesickness quickly dissolves amidst the thrum of the city. In his role as apprentice to the elderly tobacconist Otto Trsnyek, he will soon be supplying the great and good of Vienna with their newspapers and cigarettes. Among the regulars is a Professor Freud, whose predilection for cigars and occasional willingness to dispense romantic advice will forge a bond between him and young Franz. It is 1937. In a matter of months Germany will annex Austria and the storm that has been threatening to engulf the little tobacconist will descend, leaving the lives of Franz, Otto and Professor Freud irredeemably changed.
East West Street - Phillipe Sands - Paperback £9.99
When he receives an invitation to deliver a lecture in the Ukrainian city of Lviv, international lawyer Philippe Sands begins a journey on the trail of his family's secret history. In doing so, he uncovers an astonishing series of coincidences that lead him halfway across the world, to the origins of international law at the Nuremberg trial. Interweaving the stories of the two Nuremberg prosecutors (Hersch Lauterpacht and Rafael Lemkin) who invented the crimes or genocide and crimes against humanity, the Nazi governor responsible for the murder of thousands in and around Lviv (Hans Frank), and incredible acts of wartime bravery.
Paddington's Finest Hour - Michael Bond - Hardback £12.99
Paddington is back in this fantastically funny, brand new illustrated novel from master storyteller Michael Bond! Hurrying forward, he held out a welcoming hand. "Sir Percival Rushmoor," he said. "I'm invigilating." "I'm sorry to hear that, Sir Percival," said Paddington. "I hope you feel better very soon." Paddington always finds himself in unusual situations so it is no surprise when he has a run-in with the police, appears in a TV cookery show, and gives one of his hard stares to a hypnotist!
Mr Bunny's Chocolate Factory - Elys Dolan - Paperback £6.99
Go behind the scenes of Mr Bunny's chocolate factory! An irresistible look at the workings of Mr Bunny's chocolate factory! Packed with cross-over humour to amuse kids and big kids too with artwork full of details for poring over time and time again. Still a new kid on the block, Elys Dolan has already been shortlisted for The Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, and nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal. The perfect picture book for Easter, but also with a great all-year round appeal.
Saturday 01 April 2017
St Pancras International has commissioned a bronze statue of American singer John Legend following the incredible success of the artist’s impromptu performance in the station on Wednesday (29th March).
Legend’s surprise performance on one of the station’s public pianos gained unprecedented levels of global press attention prompting calls for HS1 Ltd (owners of the station) to immortalise the artist to mark the special moment.
Following multiple submissions from artists worldwide, sculptor Emanuel Santos, was awarded the commission to create the 1.75-metre-high statue of Legend, which will replace the current bronze figure of poet Sir John Betjeman on the station’s Grand Terrace. Santos comes fresh from revealing his latest work, a bust of footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, which now takes pride of place at Portugal’s Madeira Airport.
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