With the Royal Wedding fast approaching and the Olympic Games drumming up excitement for 2012, London has become the destination du jour
-- with no shortage of stylish places to stay! In recent months, a slew of new hotels have opened
on the famously fashionable hotel scene. One of the most highly anticipated is the St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel
, reopened after a dramatic £150 million transformation. With the arrival of Eurostar trains in 2007, the St. Pancras railway station was itself renovated, and now it has a hotel to match. The red brick building-- a stunning example of High Victorian Gothic architecture-- was saved from demolition and has been restored to its former glory as one of the city's great landmarks. The five-star St. Pancras Renaissance London
has 204 rooms and 41 suites.
To quote the London Evening Standard:
...it is the restored public spaces that will astonish visitors: the grand sweeping staircase, the Ladies Smoking Room - the first place in Europe where women could smoke in public - and the old ticket office that has been converted into a bar. A St Pancras ale is being brewed in tribute to the station's history as a transportation point for millions of barrels of beer. The hotel reception and function room have been carved from the former taxi rank, and Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing will open a restaurant and bar serving classic British cooking and named after the station's master architect, Sir George Gilbert Scott.
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