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Wednesday 06 December 2017

St Pancras International introduces online gift generator in a bid to reduce the 41million gifts that go unwanted each year

Despite the average Brit spending £354.63 on presents for loved ones at Christmas, new research by St Pancras International also suggests money isn’t always being spent wisely, with £2bn worth of gifts going unwanted each year. 
According to the iconic station and premium shopping destination, one in three will make a last minute dash to the shops for gifts on Christmas Eve, so it’s no surprise that a quarter find festive present buying stressful. It seems thoughtless present buying can have a huge impact on the day itself too, with one in ten adults admitting ‘a loved one hating their present has ruined their entire Christmas’.

For gift buyers, it’s getting the right present for a female partner that poses the biggest headache, with one in five people saying they find this task “very stressful”. Results also indicate present buying puts relationships through their paces - one in four admit to arguing or breaking up with a partner over a present they didn’t like, whilst one in three admit to lying to their partner to spare their feelings.

When it comes to the best and worst gift hunters – surprisingly, recipients say mums get them the worst gifts and daughters come up trumps with the best buys. What’s more, it seems the lengthy time spent with work colleagues pays off as they rank better present buyers than parents.

When asked what happens to unwanted gifts, the research found more than a third of Brits donate them to charity; one in four sell them online; 15% swap them for something else in store; and 10% return them even though ‘it makes them feel guilty’.

Other less resourceful solutions see a third of adults hiding unwanted gifts (14%) or throwing them away (14%), whilst a haphazard 2% admitted to giving a present back to the giver the next year by mistake.

In a bid to help stressed gift buyers in need of inspiration, St Pancras International has today launched the ‘Perfect Gift Generator’ - a smart tool that processes users’ answers to a series of questions to provide a list of gifts that can be found at the station, that are perfectly suited to their recipient. The bespoke offering can be accessed here.

Wendy Spinks, Commercial Director at HS1 comments: “We were really surprised by the number of gifts that go unwanted at Christmas. Equally, we understand that it can be tricky picking the perfect present, particularly with so much choice and often, little time, which is why we decided to develop the Perfect Gift Generator tool.

“With an array of stunning products available from our carefully curated selection of retailers, we wanted to take the convenient nature of the station retail offer one step further, by providing inspiration for the one million visitors expected each week in the run up to Christmas.”

Friday 01 December 2017

Introducing the ‘Christmas Pudding Martini’ exclusively at St Pancras International

St Pancras International has put Christmas firmly on the menu with the launch of its exclusive cocktail at Searcys Bar and Restaurant, available now until 31st December.

The indulgent ‘Christmas Pudding Martini’ is a festive mix of cognac, Madeira wine and apricot liqueur which has been specially created by Searcys St Pancras. With a hint of spiced syrup and red berries, the £10 cocktail is available to enjoy exclusively at the iconic station's resident restaurant and champagne bar.

Searcys St Pancras Mixologist, Johnny Florea comments: “The ‘Christmas Pudding Martini’ is a twist on a much loved classic, with a blend of liqueur and warming flavours including allspice and Madeira wine. It is an ideal way to toast in the winter season. There is a growing appreciation for fortified wines across the London drinks scene and I really enjoyed experimenting with Madeira wine as an ingredient for this new cocktail. Hopefully our new seasonal cocktail will be the tipple of choice for our guests this Christmas.” 

Wendy Spinks, Commercial Director at HS1 comments: “Millions of visitors will come to St Pancras International this Christmas to soak up the festive ambience, marvel at our stunning floral tree and hunt for gifts at our wealth of premium shops, bars and restaurants. So, we’re thrilled to be working with Searcys St Pancras to provide the perfect tipple to make a visit to our iconic station even more festive and enjoyable this year.”

Searcys St Pancras are offering you with the chance to win a Christmas Cocktail experience for two, with nibbles. All you have to do is visit our Facebook page or Twitter account and tell us who you would take with you to enjoy the cocktail! Edit: Congratulations to the winner, Lisa Keward-James, who has won the Christmas Cocktail experience for two - we hope you enjoy! Happy Christmas!

Friday 01 December 2017

Exclusive discount to Eurostar passengers at St Pancras International

This December, St Pancras International has teamed up with Eurostar to offer exclusive discounts at your favourite shops, boutiques and restaurants for Eurostar passengers!

Whether you’re shopping for yourself, hunting for a Christmas gift, or craving a tasty treat, you’ve got carte blanche to shop ‘til you drop. It doesn’t matter if you’ve just arrived in London or you’re heading for departures. Just show your Eurostar ticket and a form of ID at the checkout in your favourite store or eatery on the day you travel.

Here’s a list of the discounts you can get between 1 December and 24 December 2017:

  • Aspinal of London – 10%

  • L.K. Bennett – 10%

  • Godiva – A £10 gift when you spend £30

  • Rolling Luggage – 10%

  • Joules – 10%

  • Prime Burger – 20%

  • Patisserie Valerie – 10%

  • YO! Sushi – 15%

  • Carluccio’s – 10%

  • AMT Coffee – 10% off any size drink (excludes bottled drinks)

  • Things British – 20%

  • Petit Bateau – 10%

  • Neal's Yard Remedies – 15%

  • Kikki.K – 10%


Terms & Conditions

  • Offer is valid between 1-24 December 2017 inclusive.
  • Discounts vary between retailers and are accurate at the time of publication. Each retailer may vary or withdraw the offer at any time.
  • To obtain discount you will need to show your Eurostar ticket and a copy of your ID.
  • Discounts are only available on the day of travel.
  • All sales will be subject to the individual retailer's T&Cs.

Thursday 23 November 2017

St Pancras 150th Anniversary Station Shop now open

Next year will mark 150 years since St Pancras station welcomed its first arrival. St Pancras are already beginning to celebrate their 150th anniversary in style by launching official merchandise for everybody to enjoy.

St Pancras has already launched their online shop, but now you can get your hands on St Pancras' exciting new range of 150th anniversary products at the just opened station pop-up retail unit.

The anniversary store will be in the middle of the St Pancras International concourse throughout 2018 but is opening just in time for Christmas, stocking a wide range of high quality apparel and commemorative items that will make the perfect Christmas gifts for someone special.

Adam Bass, Director of licensing agency Golden Goose, who are managing the licensing and retail programme said, “The 150th anniversary celebration will generate an unprecedented amount of attention for this much-loved architectural landmark and we are thrilled to have played our part in managing the creation of the anniversary product ranges and launch of the station’s own retail outlets.”

Wednesday 15 November 2017

New Nespresso Pop-Up Boutique at St Pancras Station

Your new Nespresso pop-up Boutique is now open at St Pancras Station. Visit the pop-up Boutique to discover the full range of Nespresso coffees - all with distinctly individual characters and aromatic profiles - talk to our Coffee Specialists, explore the full range of stylish machines and accessories, and recycle your used capsules.

When you step inside the aromatic, colourful world of Nespresso, you’ll discover a unique and luxury experience appealing to all the senses. Our passion for perfection is truly reflected in our unsurpassed quality which is rigorously managed at every step of the Nespresso value chain, from the sustainable sourcing of highest quality coffee from the world's most well-renowned coffee growing regions to the ultimate in cup experience.

You can find the new Nespresso pop-up Boutique located in the Arcade. Nespresso look forward to welcoming you to their new Boutique.

Tuesday 14 November 2017

St Pancras International unveils its blooming festive 2017 Christmas tree

St Pancras International unveiled its spectacular 2017 Christmas tree today, delighting commuters, Londoners, and tourists alike with a hand-crafted 47ft floral sensation, created by the station’s very own luxury florist, Moyses Stevens.

Bringing a festive flourish to the station, the hotly anticipated tree is made from over 15,000 flowers and took 1,151 expert man hours to bring the unique design to life. 

The tree’s branches are interlaced with roses; hydrangeas; delicateanemones; amaryllis, orchids; and dianthus; whilst pretty petals and pine cones are strung around the tree in lieu of the traditional lights. The stunning creation will take pride of place on the station concourse from today until 3 January 2018.

Gemma Kavanagh, from Moyses Stevens florist comments: “The unveiling of the St Pancras International Christmas tree is eagerly awaited each year, so we were thrilled to be given the responsibility to create this year’s show-stopping spectacle. We pride ourselves on creating luxurious, detailed floral displays so we spent a great deal of time experimenting and planning to create a finished tree that will wow visitors to the station. We hope our creation will help fuel the trend for floral Christmas trees, inspiring even more people to enjoy having flowers in their home this winter.”

Wendy Spinks, Commercial Director at HS1 comments: “This year’s floral masterpiece from Moyses Stevens is the latest in a stunning line up of Christmas centrepieces at the station. In recent years, our Disney Junior, LEGO and Cirque du Soleil trees have all brought their own festive magic to St Pancras International, and this year’s much anticipated floral tree continues that legacy.”

Moyses Stevens and St Pancras International are also asking visitors to share their pictures of the stunning Christmas tree using #JingleBlooms. A social media competition perfect for budding florists, ten lucky winners will receive two tickets for the Moyses Stevens Flower School, Battersea Power Station - a prize worth £500*. Read T&Cs here.

Tuesday 14 November 2017

Britain’s first high speed rail line, HS1, turns 10 years old

High Speed 1 (HS1) is celebrating its 10th birthday today with record passenger numbers and exceptional passenger satisfaction, unrivaled punctuality and a marked impact on Kent’s economy.

To mark the milestone HS1 Ltd, the company that owns and operates HS1, has published a report today by entitled ‘10 Businesses at 10 Years’, which can be viewed here. The report presents real life examples of how HS1 has helped 10 of the most exciting businesses in Kent to grow and prosper. An accompanying survey of leading Kent businesses showed that:

  • 91% of those asked said that their business has benefited from HS1

  • 89% said that HS1 has made Kent a more attractive place to set up a business

  • Over one third said that HS1 was a factor when choosing to set up their business in Kent

  • Over 80% said that HS1 had helped their business grow

  • 100% said that HS1 will play an important role in the future growth of Kent

Dyan Crowther, CEO of HS1 Ltd, said: “As the nation’s first and only high speed railway, HS1 has been a catalyst for growth, generating economic, cultural and social value in the regions it serves and the UK more widely.”

“We believe that high speed rail is essential to the nation’s future growth, improving connectivity and bringing people closer together than ever before. We are proud to be flying the flag for British high-speed rail and see HS1 as a model for the future.”

Passengers using HS1 have doubled since launch, with services carrying over 20 million domestic and international passengers in 2016 alone. With an unrivaled average delay per train of less than five seconds, and passenger satisfaction on the domestic service at 93%, HS1 has proven itself to be a world class high speed rail service.

Paul Wookey, Chief Executive of investment promotion agency Locate in Kent, said: “Since the launch of HS1 we have seen a substantial increase in the number of businesses wanting to invest and base themselves in Kent.”

“HS1 offers outstanding connectivity to London and Europe, making the county a highly desirable place to live, work and do business. We’re looking forward to continuing to work with HS1 as we help the Kent business community reach its full potential.”

For further information please contact Leonie Martin 020 3327 4050 or email hs1@pagefield.co.uk

The survey results are based on responses from 33 leading companies in Kent.

Wednesday 01 November 2017

Hatchards November Book Recommendations

Please find Hatchards book recommendations for November.

A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles,  £8.99

In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and sentenced to house arrest in a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery. Brimming with humour, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell.

The Secret Life of Cows, Rosamund Young, £9.99

Alan Bennett referred to this charming little book about the cows at Kite’s Nest Farm in Keeping On Keeping On – until then it was only available from the specialist publisher Farming Books and Videos, but his endorsement prompted readers to get in touch with Faber about it, and now it is being made available to the mass market in this gorgeous gift edition.

Cows are as varied as people. They can be highly intelligent or slow to understand, vain, considerate, proud, shy or inventive. Although much of a cow's day is spent eating, they always find time for extra-curricular activities such as babysitting, playing hide and seek, blackberry-picking or fighting a tree. This is an affectionate record of a hitherto secret world.

La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One.  £20

Seventeen years after Philip Pullman’s third volume of His Dark Materials trilogy sealed the door on Dust, daemons, witches and armoured bears, a tantalising new chapter now lies open with

Winding the clock back a decade before the events of the original series, La Belle Sauvage promises the return of Lyra - here still an infant - and the emergence of young Malcolm Polstead, the future academic who suddenly finds himself drawn into the cloak-and-dagger intrigue of Lord Asriel, Lyra's father. Beyond lie the elements that shape their world; the daemons that mirror their souls, the strange technology of the aletheiometer, the dark powers of the  Magisterum and, above all, the Dust - salvation to some, the source of infinite evil to others.

Find Hatchards in the Arcade. Ask in store for more details.

Thursday 19 October 2017

Searcys St Pancras are the Official London Food and Drinks Partner to 'Murder on the Orient Express'

One train, one murder, thirteen suspects...

We are proud to introduce Searcys St Pancras as the Official London Food and Drinks Partner to 20th Century Fox’s, ‘Murder on the Orient Express.’ In cinemas November 3.

To celebrate, Searcys have created a bespoke Murder on the Orient Express Menu! Fancy a Jerusalem Artishoke Risotto with roast almonds and truffle oil? Only with our Murder on the Orient Express Menu. To book a table, please call 020 7870 9900 or email StPancrasReception@searcys.co.uk.

Searcys are also holding a competition giving you the chance to win tickets to a private screening of the film! All you have to do is order of their special Murder on the Orient Express menu to be in with a chance.

For more details, please visit the Searcys St Pancras website.