St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel
St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel, with its sweeping scale and majestic, neo-Gothic façade, gets our hearts all aflutter every time we pass by King’s Cross Station. It’s a landmark hotel if there ever was one – you’d be hard pressed to find a more instantly recognisable and breathtaking building in London than this Grade I-listed beauty. We climbed up the cathedral-like Grand Staircase, fixed our eyes on the soaring ceilings and marvelled at its 82-meters-tall clock tower.
The ornate decoration – including fleur-de-lis wallpaper, deep red carpets and grand, glistening chandeliers – begged for something in sumptuous velvet, which is why we styled Lorena in these shimmering velvet bottoms from Céline’s autumn winter 2016 collection. To make the outfit pop, we paired it with a contrasting, zipped top that gave vibrancy to the look.
With the Grand Staircase as our backdrop, we couldn’t think of anything else but this loud, proud and deliciously retro pre-fall 2016 look by Gucci à la Alessandro Michele. The embroidered scarf shirt, cherry red suit and silk flower pin, all added to the grandeur of this extraordinary setting.
With close to 150 years of history behind it, there are so many stories to tell with this building. Fun fact – Commodore Vanderbilt stayed at the hotel for a night in the early 1900s and fell so hard in love with it that he used the architecture of the hotel and the station as a blueprint to design New York’s Grand Central Station. It opened in 1873 as the Midland Grand Hotel but closed in 1935, only to reopen in 2011 as the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel. Besides the 120 rooms and suites, there is a Marcus Wareing-run restaurant and an old-fashioned bar serving cocktails based on a Victorian apothecary theme. Go on – leave your daily grind behind and indulge in a slice of old-world romance.
St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel is located in Euston Road, London NW1. For more information, visit marriott.com/london.