Disclaimer; This is a paid partnership with St. Pancras Intl, however, all opinions are my own.
“Every day hundreds of thousands of people visit the St. Pancras International Station making it one of the busiest stations in the UK. But that is not only because it houses the London tube and Eurostar, St. Pancras International Station has a lot more to offer than that.”
Among the many platforms, there is a walk away filled with shops, cafes, restaurants, and traditional British Pubs. Whatever it is that you are looking for, you will find it here. The wide range of stores includes everything from beauty to fashion to food to last-minute gifts before you board. Even some of my favourite brands are there such as Gant, Aspinal of London and Ted Baker. Also, the station makes for a great photo background! Build in a Grade I listed building, I often see myself stopping by here to take photos of its unique architecture. There are so many things that you can miss when in a hurry so it’s good to take some time and look for the beauty in the details.
This year the St. Pancras International Station is celebrating its 150 years and it’s going back to its brewing heritage with a beer festival for the month of October. What does this mean? Those who visit the station will get the chance to sample a number of different beers at the pop-up barrel bar on the main concourse, as well as some of the best brews from the station’s bars and pubs. In addition to that, people have the opportunity to take advantage of beer offers, giveaways and loyalty cards available at selected bars in the station. However, you need to hurry as this is the last weekend of the festivities. So maybe changing your commute route to include St. Pancras is not such a bad idea after all? *wink*
I recently visited St. Pancras International this Wednesday after I came back from my trip to Scandinavia. For the last week of the festival, the recently opened “Barrell Vault” is hosting tasting sessions from 3-7pm showcasing different brewers each day (so you can visit more than once!). To celebrate their launch, they are also offering discount coupons to the public along with an enticing selection of 150 beers in store throughout October – one for every year since the station opened!For my lunch spot on the day, I decided to visit another participating pub, The Betjeman Arms. Stepping into the bar, I instantly fell in love with its red interior so I decided to dine inside. However, there is a very nice outdoor terrace where you can enjoy your beer under the arches of St. Pancras station (truly beautiful!). The menu is contemporary British and it offers a great selection of beers (including the St Pancras IPA, a beer especially launched by St Pancras International to mark the anniversary).
My meal was amazing! I was quite hungry so I opted for one of their classics, the slow braised beef shin pie along with a side of mashed potato and garlic mushrooms. Everything was so nicely presented and tasted even better than it looks. The pie was crunchy on the outside but the meat was still soft and flavourful inside. It even came with a bone marrow, pure joy! (If you haven’t tried bone marrow yet, I highly suggest you do- life changing!). The sparkling water and St Pancras IPA gave me enough strength to find room for dessert. I caved into my sweet tooth and had the sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce and vanilla ice-cream, undoubtedly one of my favourite desserts! The staff was also super friendly and prompt which is not easy to find in a pub restaurant.
But the fun doesn’t end here! St Pancras International will have a series of events, exhibitions, and installations for their anniversary year so make sure to keep updated on their website.