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Time for a refill

Time and champagne wait for no one!

Time and champagne wait for no one!

I hate to admit this, but we are still at St Pancras! These buttons are in the booths at the Champagne Bar in the train shed, an ideal place to while away some time before or after a train — or at any time, really!

December Squares #timesquare

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Bath Time

Bath Ritual, St Pancras Hotel, London

Bath Ritual, St Pancras Hotel, London

Yes, we are still spending time at the St Pancras — hotel not train station for this post. This is the “bath ritual”, in which the “bath butler” comes to your room* and draws a bubble bath (it’s a bit hard to see the bubbles, look at the lower left).

I can’t honestly recommend it: the purpose of the three bowls of assorted goop was not explained, so I was left to guess at what they were meant to do and where I was meant to apply them and in what order. I don’t like candy so the “sweet treats” were put aside. The two (!) glasses of prosecco arrived with the bath butler, so were room temperature and flat by the time I got into the bath. (Never fear, I had my own chilled supply of champagne to fall back on.)

*only available if you are staying in a Chambers suite

December Squares #timesquare

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Time with You

The clock in the train shed, St Pancras station, London

The clock in the train shed, St Pancras station, London

Still at St Pancras station for this photo. I had to be creative with the interpretation of ‘square’ as I’d already cropped the original but I wanted to include the words “Time with You” for this post. The full wording is “I want my time with you” and it’s a light sculpture by Tracey Emin, unveiled in April 2018.

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June Roof: “All Aboard!”

The roof of the "train shed', St Pancras International Train Station, London

The roof of the “train shed’, St Pancras International Train Station, London

This single-span iron and glass roof encloses the “train shed” of London’s St Pancras International Train Station, home to high-speed Eurostar trains to Europe. (And also slower trains for domestic services.) “The arched, cast iron station canopy spans 240 feet (73 m) across the platforms without intermediate support – then [1860s] the widest of its kind in the world. It was designed as a cost effective and efficient means of avoiding the need for additional solid structure in the lower level [where beer from breweries was stored].” source

Not in this photo, sadly, is the Champagne Bar at platform level — the longest champagne bar in Europe, and a marvellous spot from which to admire this stunning roof. Certain suites at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel also overlook the train shed. I’ll be staying at the hotel in August on the night before a friend and I head off to Paris on Eurostar, and I’ve requested “a room with a view”. Photos to follow!

June Squares: Roof If you have a photo (or two!) of a roof, join in!