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St Pancras: The London Station for Foodies

Here’s one tip that most travel guides won’t tell you. If you’re an devoted foodie visiting London, take some time out from a tight travel schedule and visit the interior of one of its refurbished train station.

St Pancras Station signSt Pancras Station - exterior

St Pancras International caught my attention when it became home to the Eurostar in 2007. We have journeyed across the channel aboard the high speed train twice before, both times in the direction of London to Paris. While it may be a fast train ride that echoes modern times, it appealed to the romantic notion of train travel of yesteryears. No doubt, it had something to do with a defining moment, the day I sighted the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express at London’s Victoria station many trips ago.

Today, the sight of the sleek Eurostar fills me with the kind of frisson that anticipates travel adventures across the channel.


St Pancras International is easily accessed from central London by the underground station, Kings Cross St Pancras to which it connects directly. In very little time, we were navigating the underground maze to arrive at the station.

Once more, ditching the guide books and abandoning thorough research have both paid off. We soon discovered that St Pancras was no ordinary station. It was a place for foodies.

Under the dominant feature of arched blue steel and burnt orange bricks, we set out to discover the combination of art and eateries.

Inside St Pancras

The upper concourse is where the Eurostar departs and is characterised sleek lines that draw the eye into the distance, a little symbolic perhaps. The clock on one end draws attention to the bronze statue of man who appears to be studying the roof.

St Pancras clock

The statue of former poet Sir John Bentjeman was designed by sculptor Martin Jennings and stands as commemoration to the poet’s efforts to save the station from being demolished in the 1960s.

Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman

“And in the shadowless unclouded glare / Deep blue above us fades to whiteness where / A misty sea-line meets the wash of air.” – Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman

Further along at the southern end is the bronze statue by artist Paul Day named The Meeting Place of a couple embracing.

The Meeting Place statue

St Pancras is also home to the opulent St Pancras Renaissance Hotel with the famed The Gilbert Scott restaurant by Michelin starred chef, Marcus Wareing.

The lower level is dotted with retail outlets and coffee shops much like the interior of major shopping malls. Le Pain Quotidien, the popular Belgian restaurant is situated opposite the Eurostar Arrivals.

Le Pain Quotidien

Upstairs on the platform level, Carluccio’s, a traditional Italian restaurant with an “alfresco” area complete with parasols is located by The Meeting Place statue. Antonio Carluccio’s Saffron ice cream shown on Australian television is the reason I had rushed to own his book, Carluccio’s Complete Italian Food.


Upstairs, the Oyster Bar displayed a saucy poster showcasing the oyster festival with their Mangez Moi! (eat me) slogan.

Oyster Bar

Champagne and smoked salmon often spell temptation, particularly within view of the Eurostar.

Champagne and Smoked Salmon

The Champagne Bar at St Pancras boasts the longest Champagne Bar in Europe, offering from an extensive range of Champagnes by the glass accompanied by a choice of light snacks.

Grand Champagne barChampagne Bar

St Pancras hosts foodie events such as the Foodie Fortnight which we had just missed out on in September 2009. If you’re planning on visiting London, it is worth checking their website for what’s on.

Next time I’m at St Pancras station, I hope to be bidding farewell to London in the Champagne Bar just prior to taking the Eurostar to Paris. Bien sûr.

The fridge

St Pancras International Station
Pancras Road,
London, NW1 2QP


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.


    • Heather: It’s unlike other London stations that I’ve visited in my travels. Between the sculptures and the food/drink, one can easily spend a few hours there.

  • Wow, I had no idea St. Pancras was such a destination!  I heard it had been re-opened a few years back, but then promptly forgot about it.  Your photos (and my growling stomach) have convinced me, though — it’s going on the London list for my next visit, along with the White Cube Gallery, Kew Gardens, the Chelsea Flower Show and Gordon Ramsay’s new inn near Regents’ Park.

    • That sounds like a fabulous trip! Admittedly, when we go to London, it’s always a flying visit to see friends and family. It warrants a lengthy stay next time!

  • My late mother was born in St Pancras in 1908.
    I have paid several visits to England but because of limited time somehow never quite made it St. Pancras.
    I have just returned to South Africa after making the trip to St Pancra on my final day. I am delighted that I did so, great station, loved every moment of my time there and everything about the station it’s self. Certainly on my agenda when I visit Engalnd again but this time I shall dedicate one full day to it.

    • Hi Mary and thank you for your comment. It’s always lovely to visit a place that has a personal meaning to us, isn’t it? The station certainly deserves more time than a passing visit. If you’re into food, it’s worth checking their website for any events that may coincide with your next visit.

  • It’s a station we Brits can be genuinely proud of. So light and airy and very continental, you almost feel like you’re already across the channel. It kicks Gare du Nord at Brussels Midi’s (at the other ends of the Eurostar route) asses frankly! This post captures it perfectly with all the wonderful pictures. Top marks Lady G, full steam ahead! 🙂

    • Thank you Jools, means a lot coming from you 🙂 I love the design of the station and the sense of space and movement. I would gladly spend more time there!