Tuesday 14 November 2017

St Pancras International unveils its blooming festive 2017 Christmas tree

St Pancras International unveiled its spectacular 2017 Christmas tree today, delighting commuters, Londoners, and tourists alike with a hand-crafted 47ft floral sensation, created by the station’s very own luxury florist, Moyses Stevens.

Bringing a festive flourish to the station, the hotly anticipated tree is made from over 15,000 flowers and took 1,151 expert man hours to bring the unique design to life. 

The tree’s branches are interlaced with roses; hydrangeas; delicateanemones; amaryllis, orchids; and dianthus; whilst pretty petals and pine cones are strung around the tree in lieu of the traditional lights. The stunning creation will take pride of place on the station concourse from today until 3 January 2018.

Gemma Kavanagh, from Moyses Stevens florist comments: “The unveiling of the St Pancras International Christmas tree is eagerly awaited each year, so we were thrilled to be given the responsibility to create this year’s show-stopping spectacle. We pride ourselves on creating luxurious, detailed floral displays so we spent a great deal of time experimenting and planning to create a finished tree that will wow visitors to the station. We hope our creation will help fuel the trend for floral Christmas trees, inspiring even more people to enjoy having flowers in their home this winter.”

Wendy Spinks, Commercial Director at HS1 comments: “This year’s floral masterpiece from Moyses Stevens is the latest in a stunning line up of Christmas centrepieces at the station. In recent years, our Disney Junior, LEGO and Cirque du Soleil trees have all brought their own festive magic to St Pancras International, and this year’s much anticipated floral tree continues that legacy.”

Moyses Stevens and St Pancras International are also asking visitors to share their pictures of the stunning Christmas tree using #JingleBlooms. A social media competition perfect for budding florists, ten lucky winners will receive two tickets for the Moyses Stevens Flower School, Battersea Power Station - a prize worth £500*. Read T&Cs here.

Tuesday 14 November 2017

Britain’s first high speed rail line, HS1, turns 10 years old

High Speed 1 (HS1) is celebrating its 10th birthday today with record passenger numbers and exceptional passenger satisfaction, unrivaled punctuality and a marked impact on Kent’s economy.

To mark the milestone HS1 Ltd, the company that owns and operates HS1, has published a report today by entitled ‘10 Businesses at 10 Years’, which can be viewed here. The report presents real life examples of how HS1 has helped 10 of the most exciting businesses in Kent to grow and prosper. An accompanying survey of leading Kent businesses showed that:

  • 91% of those asked said that their business has benefited from HS1

  • 89% said that HS1 has made Kent a more attractive place to set up a business

  • Over one third said that HS1 was a factor when choosing to set up their business in Kent

  • Over 80% said that HS1 had helped their business grow

  • 100% said that HS1 will play an important role in the future growth of Kent

Dyan Crowther, CEO of HS1 Ltd, said: “As the nation’s first and only high speed railway, HS1 has been a catalyst for growth, generating economic, cultural and social value in the regions it serves and the UK more widely.”

“We believe that high speed rail is essential to the nation’s future growth, improving connectivity and bringing people closer together than ever before. We are proud to be flying the flag for British high-speed rail and see HS1 as a model for the future.”

Passengers using HS1 have doubled since launch, with services carrying over 20 million domestic and international passengers in 2016 alone. With an unrivaled average delay per train of less than five seconds, and passenger satisfaction on the domestic service at 93%, HS1 has proven itself to be a world class high speed rail service.

Paul Wookey, Chief Executive of investment promotion agency Locate in Kent, said: “Since the launch of HS1 we have seen a substantial increase in the number of businesses wanting to invest and base themselves in Kent.”

“HS1 offers outstanding connectivity to London and Europe, making the county a highly desirable place to live, work and do business. We’re looking forward to continuing to work with HS1 as we help the Kent business community reach its full potential.”

For further information please contact Leonie Martin 020 3327 4050 or email hs1@pagefield.co.uk

The survey results are based on responses from 33 leading companies in Kent.

Wednesday 04 October 2017

Help us celebrate our 150th Birthday

St Pancras originally opened in 1868 and since then the station has been on an exciting journey!

In 2018, the station will turn 150 years old and in that time the station has gone through near demolition, decay and restoration. The fact the station is still here 150 years later is something we think we must celebrate!

Throughout 2018 we will hold a number of fantastic events in the run up to the big day (1st October 2018) and we would like the public's help in celebrating our history and past.

We are asking members of the public to send to us photos of St Pancras, from anytime throughout our 150 years. Whether you used to work in the station, or live in the local area and have seen the transformation of the station for yourself, we would love to see your photos!

Pictures that showcase the history of the station will be featured on the St Pancras website throughout 2018. Owners of the featured pictures will also get to enjoy an Afternoon Tea in the station in May 2018. Full T&Cs can be viewed here.

If you have any photos that you'd like to submit, please send them to 150birthday@highspeed1.co.uk along with a description of the photo (location of photo, approximate date, the story behind the photo).

We look forward to celebrating our monumental 150th birthday with you, and hope you will join in the festivities!

Tuesday 19 September 2017

Introducing the St Pancras line...

We are happy to introduce the new and exclusive St Pancras line... and we are not talking trains!

Indulge yourself and browse our new online gift shop to discover a range of exciting and exclusive gifts, prints, clothing and accessories. Our exclusive collections have products inspired by the colours and architecture found around the station.

Buy a well deserved treat for you, or a thoughtful gift for that special someone.

Visit the Online Shop by clicking here.

Tuesday 13 December 2016

Ashford International parking barriers

The barrier and pay equipment at Ashford International are being replaced as part of a wider programme of investment in the parking facilities at Ashford International.

Barriers on the entrance road to the station have removed the need to have additional points at the individual car parks, making travel around the site easier. A dual lane allows us to better manage the flow of cars at peak times.

The new system, will remove the need for paper tickets, instead, a vehicles registration number will be picked up by the ANPR camera on entry and will be required at the pay machine. To help customers transition to the new system, they will be issued an information leaflet over the first week advising how to use the system with a space to note down their registration number.

Pre booking and paying for parking couldn't be easier with a fully integrated online system and the installation of additional pay machines.

Picking up and dropping off has been made easier, the 20 minute limit has been extended from the station frontage to include all car parks. Customers dropping off passengers for Eurostar departures can now use level 5 of the multi storey and use the overpass directly to the departure gates.

Tuesday 22 November 2016

The Magic of Cirque du Soleil Rolls into St Pancras this Christmas

This November, Oxfam supporter Sara Cox officially switched on the lights of the Cirque du Soleil Amaluna Christmas Tree at St Pancras International, followed by a breath-taking performance in the station by the cast of the critically-acclaimed production.

This festive season, the Amaluna Christmas Tree will raise awareness and money for Oxfam's women's rights campaigning. The 12-meter-high tree includes Amaluna's famous Water Bowl at its centre, featuring moving underwater projections from the cast and acts from the show.

Throughout the festive season, shoppers at St Pancras International spending £50 or more in stores and at restaurants will have the opportunity to receive a 20% discount on tickets to see Amaluna - ask in stores for details.

Find out more about all of our Christmas activity this year online, including our specially selected Christmas Gift Guide and our Christmas foodie selection.

Monday 22 August 2016

Open House at St Pancras International

For the fourth year running, St Pancras International's hugely popular Open House tours will offer a unique perspective of one of London's most iconic landmarks, taking visitors around the Grade 1 listed building with a series of architecture-focused station tours.

Over the weekend of Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September, participants will be immersed in the history of St Pancras, spotlighting its Victorian-era design heritage and the later additions which have projected the station into the 21st century as an international travel hub.

Open House visitors will have the opportunity to look more closely at the finer details of this iconic building that often go unnoticed by busy commuters with a 60 minute expert tour departing every half an hour between 10am and 4:30pm on both days.

Tickets are available via Eventbrite.

Friday 12 August 2016

Fortnum & Mason Bring Honeybees to St Pancras' Roof

There's a lot of buzz happening on our rooftop this Summer - as Fortnum & Mason have brought honeybees to the station!

Four of Fortnum's beehives have found a new home up on the roof - and we're counting down the days in anticipation to the end of September when the beekeepers hope to get the very first taste of this new nectar source.

The honey, called simply Fortnum’s Bees’ Honey, varies from year to year, depending on the flora available to the bees, but is usually a lovely pale, toffee colour with a soft consistency.

St Pancras International is the latest in a select line of locations for Fortnum's beehives which includes the roof of their Piccadilly store and the roof of Bermondsey's White Cube gallery.

Thursday 07 July 2016

Our 2016 Terrace Wires art installation is officially unveiled

We are delighted to unveil our eagerly anticipated Terrace Wires public art installation, Thought of Train of Thought, by Royal Academician Ron Arad at St Pancras International.

The artpiece is the second instalment of our four-year partnership with the Royal Academy following Cornelia Parker RA’s One More Time in 2015. This year also marks the fourth year of Terrace Wires itself, our commissioning programme for new artwork by leading, international artists.

Suspended on wires from the station’s Grade 1 listed Barlow Shed roof, as if floating, Thought of Train of Thought is a monumental 18-metre-long twisted blade rotating slowly to create an optical illusion of wave-like movement. Minimal and monolithic, the hypnotic motion offers passengers and visitors to the station a moment of calm in the midst of their busy lives.

Fabricated by CIG Architecture based in Groningen in the Netherlands, Thought of Train of Thought can be viewed at St Pancras International station until January 2017.

Thursday 28 April 2016

And the Terrace Wires 2016 artist is…

We are extremely pleased to announce that Royal Academician and architect Ron Arad will be the 2016 artist for our Terrace Wires public sculpture series. 

This year marks the fourth year of Terrace Wires, the station’s commissioning programme for new artwork by leading, international artists, and is also the second instalment of a four year partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts. 

Ron’s artwork, Thought of Train of Thought, will be exclusively unveiled at the station on the morning of 7th July 2016. 

Be sure to check out the Terrace Wires website and our social media channels for more information in the run-up to the big reveal!