Video: Secrets Of St Pancras International

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Video: Secrets Of St Pancras International

Almost everyone would agree that St Pancras International is London's most impressive rail terminus. The great arched train shed, designed by William Henry Barlow, was the largest single-span structure in the world at the time of its construction in 1868. This is matched up with George Gilbert Scott's fairytale castle originally known as the Midland Grand Hotel, and now reborn as residential apartments and the five-star St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel.

We got to see the parts of the station that passengers and shoppers never get to, taking a tour of the roof, back rooms and clock tower. Along the way, we met Sam Lane, one of the few people lucky enough to live in the apartments overlooking the concourse. After watching the video, the photos below give further insights into this magnificent building, which was crowned as UK and Ireland’s 2015 'Great Place' by The Academy of Urbanism.

Looking down towards King's Cross station.
Looking down towards King's Cross station.
While everyone thinks of the roof as a great glass canopy, large portions are in fact covered with slate.
While everyone thinks of the roof as a great glass canopy, large portions are in fact covered with slate.
High on the rooftops we get a glimpse of London's least-seen statue, supposedly of St Pancras.
High on the rooftops we get a glimpse of London's least-seen statue, supposedly of St Pancras.
Among the myriad chimneys, one can also gain impressive views of the Square Mile.
Among the myriad chimneys, one can also gain impressive views of the Square Mile.
If you ever catch the Javelin train from St Pancras International, look out for these benches on the concourse. They were created from sliced up Olympic rings.
If you ever catch the Javelin train from St Pancras International, look out for these benches on the concourse. They were created from sliced up Olympic rings.
Inside the adjoining St Pancras Chambers, a generously spaced stairwell serves the building's private apartments.
Inside the adjoining St Pancras Chambers, a generously spaced stairwell serves the building's private apartments.
The station building contains dozens of hidden sculptures, representing wyverns -- symbols of the Midland Railway.
The station building contains dozens of hidden sculptures, representing wyverns -- symbols of the Midland Railway.
From the residential part of St Pancras, the much-derided statue of lovers takes centre stage.
From the residential part of St Pancras, the much-derided statue of lovers takes centre stage.
Tour finished, we settle down in Europe's longest champagne bar (Searcys) and press the most important button in the station.
Tour finished, we settle down in Europe's longest champagne bar (Searcys) and press the most important button in the station.

Last Updated 18 October 2016

Lampwick

What an amazing place to live. Well jel!

HHGeek

Brilliant. Love that about the benches.

Young Rubbish

Is it possible for other people to schedule a roof access tour?

Giuseppe A. D'Angelo

Very interesting, but the video doesn't deliver the most important information: what's the cost of buying/renting a flat in St Pancreas Station?

Anita Morris

Holiday rental in the tower! Booked till April 2017 so that's a non starter :(
http://www.onefinestay.com/lon...

jock123

Not even close to being London’s best rail terminus - apart from the station/ hotel frontage, which is stunning, the inside is difficult to navigate, the signage is awful, the retail units have been given more thought than the passengers, and the international waiting area is just horrible - dark, cramped and unfit for purpose, it’s a horrible pen with few facilities and no redeeming features.
The revived King’s Cross next door is a marvel by comparison! The removal of the front lean-to buildings has exposed the beautiful facade, the new ticket hall is gorgeous with its fantastic canopy, and the linking of the platforms from the new upper deck with the footbridge makes getting around a breeze.