The Great Northern Hotel merits a visit in its own right: travel back in time to the days when every trip was an exciting voyage complete with comfortable, stylish, luxurious surroundings. Who could imagine that just a few years ago this area was a maze of scruffy streets and cheap hotels?
The Great Northern Hotel merits a visit in its own right: travel back in time to the days when every trip was an exciting voyage complete with comfortable, stylish luxurious surroundings. But who could imagine that just a few years ago this area was a maze of scruffy streets and cheap hotels often occupied by prostitutes?
In the 1850s, when Lewis Cubitt built the Great Northern Hotel, the new station at King’s Cross and the imposing Granary Building to the north of Pancras Road; the surrounding area was a glamorous and vibrant one. Today after almost a century of continuous decline the area has resurfaced -almost gleaming - from the ashes. Central St Martins College has made its home inside Cubitt’s Granary Building, and St Pancras has been transformed into the new Eurostar terminal with a whopping £700m splashed out on its redesign.
The ground floor of The Great Northern Hotel, which you can reach directly from the station, has an incredibly stylish swirling zinc bar, but you need to go to Plum and Spilt Milk on the first floor to get away from the atmosphere of the station and to really appreciate the style and comfort of the place.
This monumental space with its high ceilings and giant windows must have made it a mouthwatering project for the architect who has certainly made the most of these elements with a very contemporary but at the same time, comfortable feeing both in the dining room and in the smaller and thus cozier bar next door.
Mark Sargeant's menu is everything that both the French and The English hanker for: the very best of old fashioned cuisine using the freshest ingredients.
Plum and Spilt Milk
Great Northern Hotel, Kings Cross St Pancras Station, Pancras Rd, Kings Cross, London N1C 4TB, UK