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Wednesday 07 August 2019

Join us at the New Hatchards' Bookshop

On Thursday 8th August, the station's booksellers, Hatchards, is opening a brand new bookshop further down the station's lower ground floor Arcade.

There's plenty of activities happening throughout their opening day; at 7.30am the first fifty customers will receive a special edition copy of Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit. Followed by an official ribbon cutting at 11:30am by Benji Davies, author and illustrator of numerous children's books including TadThe Grotlyn and Grandad's Island. Benji will then be reading from Tad in the storytelling-picnic area just in front of the shop.

Hatchards' new store unit in St. Pancras is an increase in size by a third from their previous shop. An additional six booksellers will join the Hatchards team and the shop will stock a much-expanded range of books and stationery.

We're looking forward to seeing you there...

Hatchards' August book recommendations

Hatchards St. Pancras

Thursday 01 August 2019

Top Reads from Hatchards this August

There’s nothing quite like getting lost in a real pager-turner over the summer holidays, here’s what Hatchards recommends for August…

Summer by Edith Wharton

Written in bursts whilst Wharton performed charity work in France during the First World War, Summer drew an equal measure of fame and scandal upon first publication for its defiant depiction of female sexual awakening.

Filled with all the bittersweet promise of frustrated desire and forbidden love discovered and undone, Edith Wharton’s Summer has too long languished as an overlooked classic.

The Ascent of Rum Doodle by W.E. Bowman

An outrageously funny spoof about the ascent of a 40,000-and-a-half-foot peak, The Ascent of Rum Doodle has been a cult favourite since its publication in 1956. Led by the reliably under-insightful Binder, a team of seven British men including Dr Prone (constantly ill); Jungle the route finder (constantly lost), Constant the diplomat (constantly arguing) and 3,000 Yogistani porters, set out to conquer the highest peak in the Himalayas.

The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins

1826, and all of London is in a frenzy. Crowds gather at the gates of the Old Bailey to watch as Frannie Langton, maid to Mr and Mrs Benham, goes on trial for their murder. The testimonies against her are damning - slave, whore, seductress. And they may be the truth. But they are not the whole truth.

For the first time Frannie must tell her story. It begins with a girl learning to read on a plantation in Jamaica, and it ends in a grand house in London, where a beautiful woman waits to be freed.

At The Pond: Swimming at the Hampstead Ladies' Pond by various authors

Tucked away along a shady path towards the north-east edge of Hampstead Heath is a sign: Women Only. This is the Kenwood Ladies’ Bathing Pond.

Floating in the Pond’s silky waters, hidden by a canopy of trees, it’s easy to forget that you are in the middle of London. On a hot day, thousands of swimmers from eight to eighty-plus can be found waiting to take a dip before sunbathing in the adjoining meadow. As summer turns to autumn and then winter, the Pond is still visited by a large number of hardy regulars in high-vis hats, many of whom have been swimming here for decades.

In these essays we see the Pond from the perspectives of writers who have swum there.

Wednesday 31 July 2019

Go on a Shopping Safari @ St. Pancras

With fresh summer prints, flourishing florals and classic looks around every corner – St. Pancras is a great place to go on a summer shopping safari.

Ted Baker and Whistles are home to some of the most elegant prints; everything a fashionista's wardrobe needs - we particularly like Whistles' leopard print dress.

From Oliver Bonas homeware, elegant Chanel fragrances to beauty treatments at Boots and Eyecandy - St. Pancras is a London shopper's paradise. 

Shops @ St. Pancras

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Tuesday 30 July 2019

How about an Afternoon Tea at Fortnum's?

When it comes to an Afternoon Tea few do it better than Fortnum's, with this in mind, we think catching up with friends over a summer Afternoon Tea is what your diary needs...

Here's what's on offer:

Sandwiches: 

  • Cucumber, Cream Cheese and Chives on White Bread
  • Fortnum’s Smoked Salmon and Tartare Dressing on Granary Bread
  • Rare Breed Hen Egg with Mustard Cress on Poppy Seed Bread
  • Coronation Turkey on Wholemeal Bread

Scones: 

  • Plain and Fruit Scones Presented with Somerset Clotted Cream and Strawberry Preserve

Cakes:

  • Selection of Individual Tea Pastries

Served with a pot of Fortnum's Famous Tea for one, £25 per person.

Fortnum & Mason St. Pancras

Monday 29 July 2019

Tracey Emin's 'I Want My Time With You': Here til 2020

It's official - Tracey Emin's Terrace Wires 'I Want My Time With You' light installation has a little more time with us...

The 20-metre-long handwritten artwork will remain suspended from our iconic train shed roof until 2020. If you haven't already, come and see it for yourself - It's makes for a fantastic Instagram shot.

More about Terrace Wires

Thursday 18 July 2019

A Strong Case to be Wined and Dined at Carluccio's

The team here at St. Pancras are pretty conversant with just how special a delicious meal at our Carluccio's is, however sometimes it's good to get an outsider's perspective...

Cresta Okonkwo for Luxuria Lifestyle magazine makes a strong case for booking a table at Carluccio's. 

Read Luxuria Lifestyle article here.

Thursday 04 July 2019

Write it down!

Regardless of what your travel plans look like this summer, whether Paris is on your horizon, a stay-cation in London or a trip to the south coast - it matters not!

This summer we challenge you to keep a journal.

If you fancy yourself to be a bit of a wordsmith then keeping a traditional diary might be for you, otherwise a more unconventional approach might be your thing; sketching your summer experiences or starting a scrapbook are two ideas that come to mind. 

Embracing your creative side through journal keeping is a really cathartic activity and you might find that you notice more things around you.

To get your summer challenge underway, we happen to know just the place you should visit; Kikki.K have everything you need from notepads, planners and diaries to all things stationery - the chic Swedish designs is also an added bonus!

Even documenting the seemingly mundane everyday things can have its benefits; try putting pen to paper and describing your morning coffee or doodling the things you spot during your next lunch break and you'll see what we mean. 

Find Kikki.K

Wednesday 03 July 2019

Drag Queens put on Flawless Performance at St.P in run up to London Pride

This morning (6th July 2019), St. Pancras International played host to a performance like no other, as award-winning UK Drag Queens Ophelia Love and Kitty Scott Claus graced the station's concourse with an energetic performance of popular crowd pleasers, to raise money for LGBTQ charity, METRO.

As a travel hub for revellers coming into the city this weekend to celebrate at the famous London Pride parade; the seriously stunning Queens performed an exciting medley of hits including Somebody to Love and Holding Out For A Hero, as a buzzing crowd gathered around St. Pancras International's public Elton John piano.

More about METRO