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All Aboard: The Great Northern Hotel, King's Cross

Modern design and old school railway glamour unite at Jeremy Robson's sleek, five-star hotel at St Pancras

Over the past few years, King's Cross has undergone vast regeneration, rebranding as a vibrant culinary hot spot, thriving with bars and restaurants including German Gymnasium, Dishoom and The Lighterman. 

The Great Northern Hotel sits at the heart of this development; a plush, five-star boutique hotel, etched into the slender Italianate curve of King's Cross station. 

Formerly the first British railway hotel, Jeremy Robson reopened the historic grade II listed building in 2013, following a five year refurb to the tune of £42million. The modern design unites art and fashion with fine dining and punctilious service, whilst retaining a sense of old school railway glamour. 

The reception area is unexpectedly modest – no showing off here, just automatic doors and a quick check-in service. Grandeur kicks in upon reaching the wide, airy corridors, originally designed to accommodate women’s large skirts at the turn of the 20th century. Art Deco chandeliers hang from high ceilings, while a rotating collection of contemporary art lines the walls. 

Our bedroom boasts views that exemplify London and there is no need for a bedside clock – just look out the window at the station’s historic dial. Despite 24-hour activity taking place at the foot of the building, clever glazing ensures that each room is as quiet as a railway siding with a luxuriously comfortable bed, roll-top bath, fine furniture, a Loewe television and chic Malin+Goetz body and haircare. 

No need for a bedside clock – just look out the window at St Pancras station’s historic dial

The most unusual feature however is the Pantry. There’s one on every floor, crammed full with Tunnock’s Teacakes, fresh cream cake, newspapers, fruit, and jars of sweets, as well as a coffee machine, kettle, teas and fresh milk. Residents meet over morning coffee in their pyjamas and it is all such fun.

Downstairs at breakfast, we settle for eggs benedict and a magnificent buckwheat crepe, with coconut yoghurt and fresh mango and agave. It is served in the hotel restaurant, Plum and Spilt Milk; the same stylish dining room where dinner was served the night before, and every morsel is a delight. 

Plum and Spilt Milk is such a pleasure to eat in – a rare thing in any hotel, far less a railway hotel. Here the food is quite simply delicious and unusual with something for everyone and all served with such finesse in the classiest of surroundings.

Read more about Plum and Spilt Milk HERE.  

Pancras Road, King's Cross, N1C, 020 3388 0800