Tuesday saw me in St Pancras station very early in the morning this time to board a Eurostar train to Paris for the day. Being in the station prior to 6am gave me an opportunity to explore this beautiful station in all its splendour before it came to life with the daily commuters and travellers. St Pancras is my London equivalent to Grand Central Station and looks even lovelier dressed for Christmas.London St Pancras opened in 1868 and is now a Grade1 listed building ... It sits between the British Library and Regents Canal and is quite lovely. It now houses great restaurants, a stunning hotel and a mini Fortnum & Mason.
There are several items of art on display to the public at St Pancras. At the south end of the upper level, a 29.5 ft bronze statue named The Meeting Place stands beneath the station clock. Designed by British artist Paul Day, it is intended to evoke the romance of travel through the depiction of a couple locked in an amorous embrace. The freeze which surrounds the base depicts London Underground scenes from its commencement of tunnelling to the daily commute.
Also on the upper level, above the Arcade concourse, stands a bronze statue of the former Poet Sir John Betjeman, gazing in wonder at the Barlow roof. The statue commemorates the poet's successful campaign to save the station from demolition in the 1960s. The 6 ft 7 in -high statue stands on a flat disc, inscribed with lines from Betjeman's poem Cornish Cliffs
This years festive decorations are dressed to celebrate the season, in F&M glorious blue colouring, complete with mini hamper baskets.