Sir John Betjeman wrote of the 'sudden burst of exuberant Gothic' of the St Pancras Hotel - a fantastical castle built upon foundations of sheer imagination, this iconic London landmark stands as one of the capital's proudest achievements. Next door, the trains speed off as far as Edinburgh and Paris, but inside, the feel is that of an exclusive club you've a concierge, and if you wish, the pick of the facilities of the St Pancras Hotel next door. But you came for the unhotel. And this home- in one of the most exciting buildings in the world- will welcome you with muted decor and antique furniture.
Your hosts' main residence is in the Worcestershire countryside. They bought their London home five full years before it was completed. Luckily, it was very much worth the wait.
Grade 1 listed and steeped in history, this home nonetheless manages to embrace its renovations, and a contemporary heart beats inside those venerable walls. The main living space is open plan, with a high ceiling, a dining table seating four and a couch in deep chocolate leather. The brand new kitchen is sleek and understated, while the bathroom is a clean and snowy white. And whether you're racing back from the continent or just relaxing after a hard day in Selfridges, you'll appreciate the uncluttered peace of the master bedroom, which holds a super kingsized bed alongside an Edwardian chest of drawers. You can even call up your neighbours at the St Pancras Hotel and ask them to deliver your dinner.
When it comes to cafe culture, you can't do better than St Pancras station itself a shopping and eating-out destination in its own right, the croissants here have to satisfy Parisians connoisseurs straight off the Eurostar. Visit the British Library, or cross the road and walk down into graceful Bloomsbury, where you've achingly lovely garden squares and some of the capital's finest churches, before you come to Oxford Street and the British Museum. Or, take the tube the journey from King's Cross to Covent Garden lasts six minutes.