The first stop on our most recent European adventure was the great city of London. Having visited London numerous times in the past, and declaring it the capitol of the world, I knew I was going to have to back up those claims and wow my travel partner, Emerson with a magical 24 hours in the UK. Since I have experienced London in the past with many other friends, it was important to me that our one day stay be completely different from the other trips I had taken, and all of that began with choosing to stay at the grand St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.
The St Pancras Renaissance hotel is not your typical Marriott/Renaissance property, this five star hotel is filled with history dating back to its opening in 1835. I won’t get into the details (as they have been documented by so many others) but historical tours of the property are so popular that they are offered five days per week and can be arranged with the hotel directly. The Grand Staircase at the property is probably the most recognizable part of the hotel as it’s been the backdrop to such famous films as “Batman Returns” and most memorably (for us girls) The Spice Girls video “Wannabe.” Obviously, I totally and completely geeked out the moment I laid eyes upon it and if I was all alone, I probably would have broke out with my own karaoke dance party on said stairs. Also, for the Harry Potter fans out there, just outside the property is kings cross station and the famous Platform 9 ¾.
Although London is so easily accessible via the underground, the hotels’ location adjacent to the St Pancras station cannot be beat! Whether you are heading out to Soho for the bars and nightlife or spending the day touring the Tower of London, both are just minutes away by Tube. Additionally, if you’re taking the Eurostar, the hotel concierge has exclusive security clearance which walks you directly from the hotel lobby, through the check point, and escorts you and your luggage directly to your seat on the train. Since we had tickets to Paris on the Eurostar the following day, staying at the St Pancras Renaissance made that much more sense and this service was such a wonderful perk.
The hotel is split into two sections, the Chambers Suites, which are located in the original wing of the hotel, and the standard rooms are located in the Barlow wing. During our stay, we were fortunate enough to be upgraded to the Sir John Betjeman Suite giving us exclusive access and all the benefits to staying in the Chambers Suites such as: The Chambers Club lounge offering food and beverages (alcoholic and non) throughout the day, a personal butler, complimentary WiFi and local phone calls. Our suite was beyond fabulous and for me, the selling point is always the bathroom! Ours had a huge soaking bathtub as well as a separate stand up shower and double sinks/vanity which is essential in any luxury hotel. Placed in the tub was the St Pancras rubber ducky, which soon became the official mascot of our trip and was photographed gallivanting around Europe at the finest restaurants and famous landmarks.
Service at the hotel was top notch. The concierge assisted with maps and suggestions for our day in London and was great with a follow up later that same day. The hotels food and beverage program is run by England’s premier celebrity chef Marcus Wareing and while we didn’t have the chance to dine at the hotel, we did partake in some creative libations on site at the Gilbert Scott Bar perhaps post that pic of you with the smokey drink below? Their other on site bar, the Booking Office used to be the old ticket office at the station and is quite the hotspot! It was crowded with upscale professionals enjoying a few drinks during happy hour and provided live music entertainment. All in all both bars had a great vibe and if I were a London local I would definitely be a regular here!