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Wednesday, 16 March 2011

A Victorian Beauty

The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel will open its doors to the public 5 May 2011.
Originally the Midland Grand Hotel opened by Queen Victoria 5 May 1873, this stunning Gothic building was nearly demolished several times.
Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman led a protest in the 1960's to save the building. A statue of him stands in the Eurostar rail station next door.

Following a £150 million refurbish it has now been beautifully restored to its Victorian glamour. This is one of the smaller staircases. The grand staircase is regarded as the most majestic in England.
I'll bring you more in the weeks to come.

18 comments:

Mar Moore said...

Oh! That´s beautiful :D

gloria cuce' said...

Wow!!!
I love that period!

Angie said...

Good ol' JB!!! Well worth saving in spite of the cost.

jabblog said...

There was an article in one of the weekend papers about this hotel. It really is magnificent! I look forward to more of your photos:-)

Sharon said...

Wow, this is gorgeous! I can't wait to see more.

Luis Gomez said...

Truly beautiful Mo.

IleDuLevant said...

Its grand staircase must be exceptional to beat the staircase in the Foreign Office.
Further interior views of St Pancras/Midland Grand Hotel can be gleaned from The Spice Girls' first video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJLIiF15wjQ&feature=related

Winchester Daily Photos said...

Lovely! There are many places that were pulled down in the name of progress & modernism, thank goodness this wasn't one of them!

RedPat said...

Looking forward to more!!

Anonymous said...

molto belloe....lussuoso. ciao elisabetta

JM said...

Great shot of a wonderful staircase.

Adullamite said...

I had to deliver there in the early eighties when BT or was it BR, had cables all over the place. In spite of the grime, the decay and lack of care the quality shone through the dank dark walls. That staircase was magnificent then and must be fantastic now!

H said...

Our heritage is so important! We need to save all of our historic buildings of worth. Yay for Betjeman!

Karine said...

What a gorgeous building! I definitely prefer it to 'The Shard'.

Jack said...

It does indeed look handsome. Nice photo, Mo. I look forward to seeing more in the coming weeks. (150 million pounds? Wow!)

Gunn said...

WOW !!:)
This is what you told me about...
A SUPERB shot of a very very elegant place!

Gunn / Stavanger / Norway

Emm said...

How stunning! I certainly look forward to seeing the rest of your photos of this grand old place.

Wayne said...

This is a wonderful outcome. The building is so impressive from the outside.

The last time I was in London it was surrounded with fencing and looked quite forlorn, but that was during the Eurostar station construction several years ago.

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