Booking Office, St Pancras station

Tea, St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
Jasmine tea
St Pancras
Booking Office
St Pancras station was famously saved from developers in the 1960s due to a campaign by John Betjeman and the Victorian Society.

Betjeman vividly described St Pancras as:

“…that cluster of towers and pinnacles seen from Pentonville Hill…outlined against a foggy sunset…the great arc of Barlow’s train shed gaping to devour incoming engines, and the sudden burst of exuberant Gothic of the hotel seen from gloomy Judd Street.”

Today, a statue of Betjeman by Martin Jennings stands on the upper concourse, forever gazing up at the magnificent roof. He seems just about to board his train home, with raincoat flapping, clutching his hat in one hand and shopping bag in the other.

The former station booking office at St Pancras is now a glamorous bar and brasserie. I sat outside in order to enjoy the same splendid view of the roof as Betjeman’s statue.

The tea menu included English breakfast, Earl Grey, lemon verbena, green, muscatel Darjeeling and rooibos.

I enjoyed a pot of Jasmine, which was light and refreshing and served in elegant white china. The tea was whole leaf and there was a biscotti on the side, which is to be expected when the tea cost £4.50.

The Booking Office is part of the Renaissance Hotel, which has recently undergone extensive restoration. The building looks incredible, but in my opinion, would suit traditional English interior design rather than the ‘swanky-hotel’ fittings and tacky looking brit-art, which clash with the majestic building.

I feel Betjeman would’ve agreed, but am sure he would have loved to sit and enjoy a cuppa with the breath-taking view from the Booking Office. Perhaps, though, preferring English breakfast tea and perhaps a Rich Tea or digestive biscuit.

Booking Office, St Pancras Renaissance HotelBooking Office, St Pancras Renaissance HotelJohn Betjeman, St Pancras

In a Bath Teashop

by John Betjeman

“Let us not speak, for the love we bear one another—
Let us hold hands and look.”
She such a very ordinary little woman;
He such a thumping crook;
But both, for a moment, little lower than the angels
In the teashop’s ingle-nook.

Booking Office St Pancras Tea in London
Price of a Cup of Tea in LondonPrice of a Cuppa : £4.50, plus 12.5% = £5.06
Tea in London, Tea LeafLeaf or Bag : Whole leaf
Cup of Tea in London, Tea PotCrockery : Elegant white china
Tea shops in London with MusicMusic : Station clatter
Cup of Tea in LondonService : Efficient and friendly
Booking Office St Pancras foodFood : Sample menus:
All day menu;
Afternoon Tea (PDF)
Booking Office St PancrasKitty says: Fantastic, if pricey, spot for tea. There is a Carluccio’s next door, for same view, but probably cheaper cuppa
Address: St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
Euston Road
London NW1 2AR
Website: Booking Office St Pancras (beware: website plays annoying music)

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2 Responses to Booking Office, St Pancras station

  1. Sounds great, but for the price I’d expect a warm buttered scone on the side! And maybe a cucumber sandwich, too :)

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