St. Pancras

England’s connection with Europe, terminus for the Eurostar.

This grade 1 listed Victorian masterpiece which looms high over Camden, recently received a huge cash injection of £800 million to repair and reinvigorate the space anew. Half Victorian-gothic hotel, and half international railway station, St. Pancras has been appropriately called the ‘cathedral of the railways’.

The Olympic rings hanging at the front of the Barlow train shed provide a warm welcome to the Parisians escorted on the Eurostar. It’s a delicious reminder of how we stole the games from under their nose, particularly amusing when considering our muted public response to winning the right to host the tournament.

Having more than a fraction of railway blood in me and being a total sucker for David Lean’s Brief Encounter, the 30 ft tall statue of a couple embracing, titled ‘The Meeting Place’, completely won me over. A short walk away is an equally endearing sculpture of the poet Sir John Betjeman, gazing up at the ceiling of the Barlow shed, his ruffled coat frozen in the wind.

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