Sometimes as a Londoner you get to experience really special moments that you actually can’t imagine would happen and dining under the incredible sweeping staircase of the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel was one of those. Disclosure: we were guests of the hotel, but all thoughts are my own.
The beautiful St. Pancras station is one of my favourite places in London – those majestic gothic arches captured my heart many years ago, and the interiors are just as breathtaking.
Awe-ing guests since it opened in 1873, the iconic 5-star St Pancras Renaissance Hotel is a study in grandeur and English architecture. The London Quarterly Review called it a ‘monument of confectionary’ that leaves the eye ‘troubled and tormented’ but I disagree vehemently. It’s the epitome of Victorian lavishness (plus a 2011 renovation) that is the perfect place for a romantic rendevous.
Inside, the sweeping staircase has encouraged women to promenade down the graceful curves – wide enough to accommodate two women side-by-side in bustles – a Victorian ode to girl power. If it looks familiar, it’s because it was also the site for the Spice Girl’s wannabe video, where they dance down the iconic staircase.
When we sashayed in for an evening of elegance, we were greeted with our immaculately laid table (with a star-filled view above) as music softly plays nearby, setting the scene for a special night.
Just beautiful. (To be fair, ‘just beautiful’ is the tl:dr summation of the whole experience, to be said with a soft, dreamy inhalation worth of a Victorian lady. Fan flutter optional, though entirely justified.)
After a champagne and canape reception to begin the evening, we dined by candlelight as each of the four gourmet courses (designed by Executive Chef Adam Ashe) was brought out and presented with impeccable Silver Service.
Every course was lovely, and the company even more so.
Each menu will be designed according to seasonality, with matching wines suggested by their sommelier.
Every forkful at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel was beautiful – and they were very careful about catering for dietary requirements around the table. (There’s that word again – sigh-pronounce it whilst reading for the full effect…)
Our evening under the ‘star-case’ at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel was a bit of a dream – and an exclusive experience we won’t forget in a long time. (If you want to enquire about booking, contact the team via email on firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s a lovely spot for a proposal…)