St Pancras International allows people to venture between Paris and Brussels with the utmost ease. With the Eurostar services, travelling to London from Europe has never been easier. In this post, we’ll take a look at the history behind the St Pancras International station and find out more about the attractions in the area.
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The Victorian-gothic style building was originally built in the 1860s, and is simply stunning – with red-brick archways and a huge arched glass roof. Funnily enough, the station was going to be closed about fifty years ago. The story is that the Poet Laureate John Betjeman, a lover of architecture, set up a campaign to save it from demolition. Despite being saved, for the subsequent thirty years after – the building was hardly used. But after nearly a billion pound in spending, and over a decade later, the building became the headquarters for the International Eurostar services and railway trains to the South of England. Knowing St Pancreas International today; it’s very different from what it used to be.
Some of the stations that the trains go to include: Leeds, York, Edinburgh, Cambridge, and Nottingham. Meanwhile, the cities in Europe include: Paris, Brussels, Lille, Ashford, and Ebbsfleet International. Inside the station, visitors will find an impressive range of bars, restaurants, grocery stores, and boutique retailers. A bureau de change, perfect for exchanging currency right before your trip, and a ticket office can also be found.
Interestingly, the station houses the longest champagne bar in Europe.So it’s not only a station for a way to get in and out between London – it’s also delightfully designed and presented. For instance, you’ll find the statue of lovers on the St Pancras concourse. The restoration not only made this venue ideal for visits in and out of London; it turned it into something that can represent the best in modern architecture and design in London.
While the area isn’t abundant with attractions, it’s worth visiting simply for the history of the station itself and the grand British Library in the area – which displays some of the most famous, historical written pieces. Other places worth visiting include: The London Canal Museum, the Foundling museum, the Shaw Theatre and Bloomsbury theatre. Although – when it comes to theatre we actually recommend you opt for the venues in TheatreLand/Leicester Square. We hope this article has given you an insight into St Pancras International and all that it offers. Without it, travelling from places like Belgium and France, and the South of London would be much more difficult.