St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel – London, NW1
This Gothic masterpiece has been part of the London landscape since the 1870s when it was designed by prolific architect Sir George Gilbert Scott for the Midland Railway. In the 20th century, it declined before being spectacularly restored and reopened with great fanfare in 2011. Today, guests can choose between suites in the heritage Chambers Wing or the contemporary luxury of the Barlow Wing. The St. Pancras Spa, located in the original underground kitchens, is a peacock-themed haven of tranquillity. The two restaurants hit all the right notes, too – including Booking Office 1869, housed in the former ticket office, which opened in November 2021 to mark the hotel’s 10th anniversary. Imagined by Parisian designer Hugo Toro, it’s a magnificent scene of eccentric patterns, dazzling lighting features and towering palm trees – complete with resident DJs. The menu, overseen by Patrick Powell (previously of Chiltern Firehouse), is classic with a modern twist – plus there’s a live Raw Bar serving market oysters. There’s also the Hansom Bar & Lounge which is unapologetically British, serving afternoon tea by day and cocktails by night.
Doubles from £289
+44 (0)20 7841 3540; stpancraslondon.com
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