Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Open House London 17th and 18th of September 2011
Open House London celebrates all that is best about the capital’s buildings, places and neighbourhoods. Every September, it gives a unique opportunity to get out and under the skin of London’s amazing architecture, with over 700 buildings of all kinds opening their doors to everyone – all for free.

Over the Next few Days the we will review some of the building you can access during this weekend.

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel Euston Road NW1 2AR
@ Sat tours 11am, 12noon, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm. Pre-book on 07778 932 359. Max 20 per tour. Duration 45 mins.The finest Gothic Revival Station hotel in the world, formerly the Midland Grand Hotel, now lovingly restored and reopened as St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. Sir George Scott 1873. Entry area: lobby, grand staircase, at least Tube/Rail: King’s Cross St Pancras

St. Pancras London Exterior

Historic Exterior 

An architectural masterpiece, as designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, and described by many as the most romantic building in London, the former Midland Grand Hotel has now re-opened as the St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel.
Exterior – St Pancras Renaissance Hotel


Frequently cited as one of London's most iconic landmarks, this romantically designed, Grade 1 listed, Victorian building has now re-opened following a stunning restoration, as a 5-star hotel within the St Pancras International station.
Exterior – St Pancras Renaissance
It is thought that Sir Gilbert Scott's design for the original Midland Grand Hotel was perhaps inspired by Barry and Pugin's designs for the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament) which was under construction at the same time he submitted the plans to build the original hotel in 1866.
St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel

Grand Staircase 

The grand staircase within the St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel has been named Europe's Grandest Staircase. This setting has been the backdrop to many world-most famous films like the Spice Girl's movie and Batman Returns. The Grand Staircase at St Pancras is blessed with a cathedral-like ceiling thanks to Sir Gilbert Scott's design; it is now a staircase to explore and discover the Victorian age of industry and commerce