This is the latest news from St Pancras International…
Friday 31 March 2017
The competition to get your hands on a pair of tickets to see John Legend live on his UK tour came to an end last night, and we are very pleased to announce that our two winners have been selected!
Congratulations to Claire Louise Marshall and Catherine Oliver who are our winners!
We hope you enjoy the show!
Wednesday 29 March 2017
Even global superstar John Legend couldn’t pass by one of the station’s popular public pianos without trying it out. Fresh off the Eurostar train from Paris, the multi award-winning American artist entertained station visitors with an off-the-cuff performance on his way through the station, giving delighted onlookers a little taste of what to expect from his European ‘Darkness and Light’ tour announced earlier this week.
John Legend surprised passers-by when he walked out of Eurostar arrivals, went straight to the Yamaha piano donated by Sir Elton John in 2016, sat down and began to play. After treating onlookers to a selection of songs, the critically-acclaimed artist even posed for photos before continuing his journey.
St Pancras’ three public pianos are a hugely popular part of the station with hundreds of visitors sharing their personal performances on social media over the years. Famous faces including Elton John, Laura Mvula and Bill Bailey have also delighted visitors with their own spontaneous showcases while members of the public and organisations have continued to generously donate pianos to the station in the hope of inspiring the stars of tomorrow.
Two lucky winners will also win tickets to a tour date of their choice before tickets go on sale on Friday. Head to St Pancras International’s Facebook and Twitter pages to see the performance for yourself and enter (closing date 6pm 30.03.17).
Tickets to John Legend’s European tour go on sale at 9am, Friday 31st March 2017 at www.livenation.co.uk
Friday 24 March 2017
This week saw St Pancras host its very first floristry workshop in partnership with the newly opened, Moyses Stevens. Under the expert guidance of the Moyses Stevens team, participants were treated to a display of floristry techniques needed to create a beautiful, Mother’s Day inspired hand-tied bouquet.
From tulips, roses and hyacinths to rosemary and evergreen foliage, the group were taken through, step-by-step, how to prepare stems and how to layer blooms and foliage together in a spiral formation – a technique pioneered by Moyses Stevens in London many years ago.
With the backdrop of the Moyses Stevens shop in the station, our budding florists could gather inspiration for their own bouquets from the array of spectacular arrangements on display in the shop.
At the end of the class, the group were shown how to add those professional finishing touches – how to secure the bouquet with a twine bow, how to create a temporary water bowl from cellophane and how to add a tissue paper collar, ready for each bouquet to be taken home, ready for gifting this Mother’s Day.
Keep your eye on the St Pancras website for more upcoming events and workshops over the coming months and try something a bit different on your commute home.
If you are still to find that special treat for Mother’s Day, don’t forget you can still pick up a wonderful array of gifts from retailers in the station including; Jo Malone, Neal’s Yard, L’Occitane and LK Bennet and well as beautiful bouquets from Moyses Stevens. Why not check out our Mother’s Day gift guide for inspiration?
Wednesday 01 March 2017
My Name is Lucy Barton - Elizabeth Strout - Paperback £8.99
Our Fiction Book of the Month, My Name is Lucy Barton is a perfect crystallisation of quiet, subtly brilliant talent from one of America’s finest contemporary writers. Lucy Barton has spent her life running away from her past; from an isolated, penurious upbringing in Illinois where she and her siblings often went hungry. Now Lucy has moved through a faltering marriage to a carefully constructed new life in New York as a writer, replacing rural, open skylines for the Chrysler Building looming large on a tightly enclosed horizon. When Lucy finds herself recovering in hospital, she is visited unexpectedly by the mother she hasn’t seen for many years. As the two of them talk, a seam of memory is opened wide, forcing Lucy to confront the past she has struggled so hard to keep at bay. As old tensions rise to the surface Lucy tries to accept what her life really amounts to; the many roles she has played, the people she has loved, abandoned and betrayed.
The Path - Michael Putt and Christine Gross-Loh - Paperback £8.99
Our Non-Fiction Book of the Month, The Path draws on the work of the great but largely unknown Chinese philosophers to offer a profound guide to living well. By explaining what these teachings reveal about subjects from decision-making to relationships, it challenges some of our deepest held assumptions, forcing us to "unlearn" many ideas that inform modern society. The way we think we're living our lives isn't the way we live them. The authors show that we live well not by "finding" ourselves and slavishly following a grand plan, as so much of Western thought would have us believe, but rather through a path of self-cultivation and engagement with the world. Believing in a "true self" only restricts what we can become - and tiny changes, from how we think about careers to how we talk with our family, can start to have powerful effects that will open up constellations of new possibilities.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - J.K. Rowling - Hardback £12.99
A brand new edition of this essential companion to the Harry Potter stories, with a new foreword from J.K. Rowling, an irresistible new jacket by Jonny Duddle, illustrations by Tomislav Tomic and six new beasts! An approved textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander's masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the Wizarding World. In this comprehensively updated edition, eagle-eyed readers will spot a number of new beasts and an intriguing new author's note.
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