St Pancras Renaissance Hotel celebrates it's first birthday
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- Created on Friday, 04 May 2012 16:36
St Pancras Renaissance Hotel celebrates it's first birthdayThe St Pancras Renaissance Hotel looks back on an extraordinary first year that has cemented its place amongst the world’s leading hotels.
On 5th May 2012 the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel will celebrate its first birthday. In its opening year the hotel has welcomed guests ranging from nobility to pop stars, from Hollywood actors to national sporting heroes, whilst also playing host to events from the worlds of music, fashion, art, and film.
There is no better person to recall the excitement of the opening year than the hotel’s resident historian and tour guide, Royden Stock, a veteran of the building who has worked on the site for 16 years. During this time not only has he witnessed the Spice Girls strut their Wannabe stuff in the then derelict building back in 1996 but he has also been at the hotel throughout its epic restoration, which took over 6 years, cost £150 million and employed many hundreds of dedicated workmen.
Guests and the public can celebrate the anniversary of the hotel by booking a personal tour with Royden and be regaled with tales of days gone by as well as highlights of the first year as the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. The Grand Opening of the hotel on the 5th May 2011 saw Hollywood celebrities mingle with over 1,500 guests, all sipping champagne and enjoying live jazz from Jamie Cullum as well as tracks from DJ Cassidy, who made his name in the US DJ’ing at President Obama’s inauguration party. Since its opening the hotel has been the go-to venue for glamorous events.
Gillian Anderson and William Vintage invited fashionistas to kick off the BAFTA weekend earlier in the year with an exclusive dinner in Hansom Hall. Hansom Hall is the hotel’s largest event space, which occupies the former cobbled driveway where Hansom Cabs once deposited its well-heeled passengers. The team behind the MOBOs chose the same space for its nominations launch last August.
The Daily Telegraph and the British Fashion Council co-hosted an evening celebrating the career of renowned fashion journalist, Hilary Alexander, in June. Continuing through last summer the Grand Staircase was home to over 100 descendents of George Gilbert Scott, the hotel’s architect, to celebrate his bicentenary and the lobby was graced with the presence of supermodel Lily Cole on a white horse as part of The Variety Club’s Hidden Gems photography exhibition.
As the hotel’s full-time historian and tour guide, Royden has given over 9,000 guests and members of the public a tour in the opening year and he not only delights with the tales of glitz and glamour but also the history of one of London’s most famous landmarks. Royden’s knowledge extends to where the iconic red bricks were sourced from, to how the carpet on the Grand Staircase was recreated from small patches, to the stories of how the Venetian Ballroom was used for high society entertaining before it became the hotel’s Royal Suite.
Join the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in celebrating its first birthday with a tour of the hotel and a night in a beautiful Chambers Suite. Guests staying in the luxurious Chamber Suites have 24-hour Butler Service, access to the exclusive Chambers Club, priority table reservations at The Gilbert Scott, VIP Eurostar access and the use of the stunning St Pancras Spa and men’s grooming salon, Melogy.
Chamber Suites from £330 +VAT.
To book on a tour with Royden Stock please call 020 7841 3569.