This is the latest news from St Pancras International…
Thursday 21 December 2017
Tuesday 19th December 2017: St Pancras Station played host to the official MOBO charity campaign Tuesday evening, with a live performance from the “B Positive” MOBO choir on the station’s main concourse.
After touring the globe with superstars including Kylie Minogue and Adele, MOBO Award winner and North Londoner, Lurine Cato returned home to join the choir in their mission to inspire the capital’s commuters to donate blood.
Cato and the choir, which is formed by MOBO and the NHS Blood and Transplant charity, delighted visitors to the iconic station with an exciting repertoire of festive classics as well as a jaw-dropping gospel performance of the official MOBO charity single, ‘Rise Up’ - released just last week (11th December).
The B-Positive singers came from all over England to perform at the station, following the release of their charity track which was debuted at the MOBO Awards in Leeds last month. They performed to a large crowd under St Pancras Station’s spectacular 47ft Moyses Stevens floral tree, led by Choir Master, Colin Anderson.
Wendy Spinks, Commercial Director, HS1 Ltd (owners of St Pancras Station) comments: “We’re well known for playing host to celebrated artists and are thrilled to be raising awareness for an important cause by inviting the “B Positive” choir to sing in front of our spectacular Christmas tree. Throughout December, we have been inviting community choirs to serenade visitors while they shop, so it’s great to be able to use this platform to support such a worthwhile campaign.”
The “B Positive” campaign, so named after a blood type that is more common in the Black population, aims to drive registrations of much needed, lifesaving new blood donors. The choir is comprised of individuals who either live with sickle cell or are the families and friends of those who are affected by the disease, and particularly targets 17-35 year olds and those from Black communities who are more likely to have genetic blood conditions.
Kanya King MBE, Founder, and CEO of MOBO Awards: “In the season of giving, what better gift to give than the gift of life. Hopefully the amazing performance of the B Positive choir here this evening at the iconic St Pancras Station will encourage people to donate blood this Christmas.”
For more information on the upcoming music, arts, culture and retail events happening at St Pancras Station, visit http://stpancras.com and follow @StPancrasInt.
Visit www.blood.co.uk to book an appointment to give blood or download the app by searching ‘NHS Give Blood’.
Wednesday 06 December 2017
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
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
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%
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