A mini apartment within the clock tower apartment at St Pancras Station, with its own en suite bathroom and kitchen and sitting area. It sits in Sir George Gilbert Scott's gothic revival railway hotel building from 1868. Ideal for 1 week holidays.
This flat above St Pancras International is in the famous clock tower. A ten metre high room in the tower looks out on many of London's landmarks such as St Paul's Cathedral. A large kitchen/dining room on the top floor looks out over Kings Cross Station. The flat has two double bedrooms, one used by the owner or other guests.
As the flat is on the 5th floor and fully equipped with secondary glazing, the road and railway noise is very low and almost nobody notices it but I would advise delicate sleepers to be aware of it before booking.
The suite is available for short or long-term letting and ideally suits couples on holiday in London for a few days or a week.
There is additional bedding available by prior arrangement if one or two others want to stay but this needs to be discussed with the owner at the time of booking. Clean towels are provided as standard as are soap/shampoo.
This listing is very heavily booked but it may be worth looking on my other listing (ST PANCRAS CLOCK TOWER MASTER SUITE) which is for the master bedroom which I let out when I am not using it. The main difference is that you would then have to use the main kitchen too. Or contact me with an enquiry and I will let you know.
Although I have increased the price a bit recently due to the high level of demand, I am willing to be flexible, particularly for longer stays.
Little things are provided in the flat, such as London Oyster cards for public transport (electronic cards for you to use and top up), a UK SIM loaded cellphone, a hairdryer, an international plug adaptor, umbrella.
The clock tower's height lends itself to some extraordinary events. See YouTube for a video of an aerialist on a rope (Gisele Edwards).
The clock tower was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott like an Italian bell tower but never held bells. The clock never has and does not ring.
This listing is for a suite best described as an apartment within an apartment. It is for a bedroom with double bed, en suite bathroom, en suite kitchen and sofa and table and TV. There is central hi-fi throughout the house and a hifi jack in a wall in the room.
Please be aware that you will be sharing the flat with the owner or with other guests. Occasionally the flat is used for day functions, evening pop-up restaurants or photo shoots but I shall try to inform you of any such appointments. Both bedrooms have en suite bathrooms and lockable doors for security. The main clocktower room is upstairs in the flat and you are welcome to use it, subject to liaising if there are other people staying in the flat. It is also sometimes used by local community groups but I will let you know if it is.
I am as flexible as I can be on arrival and departure but it is essential that visitors consult me on and keep to their plans, so that I can manage my cleaner and bed changing and make sure there aren't two couples competing for the same bedroom at the same time of day.
I have marked it as handicap accessible. It is not straightforward (there is an extra elevator to use) but easy to sort out as long as I know in advance so I can give the instructions clearly.
I am willing to accept the business of one night bookings but reserve the right to ask you to change the bedding for the following visitor if time is tight.
Interaction with Guests
I am not always at St Pancras because I spend a lot of time up in Cambridge where I am finishing the restoration and conversion of some buildings going back to the 16th century. I try to diary to meet my guests if I can but if I am not there when you arrive, the concierge will supply you with the key to the apartment.
If you want to hold a celebration party, please discuss it with me. Any events going beyond 2230 normally require a booking to be made for the whole apartment as it is otherwise unfair on other guests. A 500 pound security deposit will normally be required for any groups in excess of 20. The main rules are that loud music does not go on beyond 2330, that guests do not mill out into the corridors of the building, that there is no glitter/confetti/paper string and that you agree to pay for any extra carpet cleaning required by large numbers.
It is within walking distance of many of London's sights, from the British Library next door to the British Museum and the West End 20-25 minutes away. There are lots of shops in St Pancras Station. The best mainstream grocery store nearby is Waitrose in the Brunswick Centre. There is more public transport within 100m than almost anywhere else on the planet (buses, metro, rail).
What is really exciting about Kings Cross now is its pace of development. New office buildings will house the European HQ of (website hidden) and many other businesses. As offices are completed, they are fully let such is the demand for space in this area.
The opening of new restaurants and shopping facilities now and over the coming years is transforming a former post-industrial desert to one of the most exciting parts of the metropolis.
The public transport is fantastic. There are 5 underground lines and dozens of bus routes as well as the mainline services to the north (St Pancras to Leicester, Sheffield, Derby), the north-east (Kings Cross to Edinburgh, York, Leeds, Cambridge), the south-east (St Pancras to Canterbury, Dover), the continent (St Pancras to Paris, Brussels) and the north-west (Euston to Liverpool, Birmingham, Manchester).
All London airports are easy (St Pancras to Luton or Gatwick), the Piccadilly Line to Heathrow), the Metropolitan and DLR to City), the Victoria and mainline train to Stansted) or Liverpool Street to Southend.
Other Things to Note
This is a great building to stay in. Please do respect the fact that the building is home to many other residents and be careful not to disturb them if you are taking photographs in the common areas.
Such a unique spot in London and Peter is a great host. Especially good if you come in or leave on Eurostar. It's right downstairs!
Peter was excellent company and a very warm, helpful host before and during my stay. The space is very hard to describe (and Peter may well not be surprised that I seldom lost for words) as there is nowhere else like this in the world where I know people can rent and stay. The architecture of the space and the tastefully chosen paintings, furniture and fittings manages to hit the rare combination sum of feeling both very spacious while homely and intimate at the same time. My guests were all in awe Friday afternoon tea in the tower room with my Mum and Peter was a deeply civilised and pleasant experience. Very, very little noise from the rail station below, in fact the train engines coming to life was quite a gentle thing to hear when making my morning coffee. Overall: Exquisite !
What a wonderful place to stay, surprise went down a treat, could've watch the world go by all night with a great view over such an amazing city, Peter was very welcoming and a lovely host. Look forward to returning.....
We spent two nights in the Guest Suite in this stunning St Pancras Clock Tower. Peter is a wonderful host, very easy to contact and he obviously cares a great deal about the comfort of his guests. The location is simply perfect for transport links, especially the Eurostar and the Tube. The guest suite is warm, comfortable and very well equipped with high quality bathroom and kitchen. A truly memorable place to stay! Thank you Peter, we hope to return very soon.
Me and my partner stayed here on a Sunday night, we stayed in the guest apartment which has a fully fitted kitchen with everything you could need for cooking a meal.
The apartment is truly stunning and I highly recommend it.
We enjoyed a lovely meal in the St Pancras hotel restaurant which is only a lift ride away although we could have had this delivered to the apartment as you can order room service through the hotel who offer the full restaurant menu.
I was catching an early train from Kings Cross on Monday morning and it was only a five minute walk from door to door.
Although we didn't get to see Peter the host personally I spoke to him on the phone and found him very helpful and accommodating.
Thanks for the comments and glad you used the kitchen. Few visitors actually do more than make tea and coffee. Room service from the hotel is a nice option but they ideally like to have 24 hours notice and so it won't work for everyone on a short visit. Newly-married visitors sometimes enjoy a grand breakfast in bed from the hotel. Hope to see you again soon as we discussed.
This was my family's first airb&b experience and it was a great initiation. Our completely self contained apartment within Peter's amazing clock tower apartment was very comfortable, stylish and spotless. Peter was a very good host and he and his partner made us very welcome. When the previous guest left early, Peter very generously contacted us offering the extra night free. On the second night another guest's birthday soirée included a fabulous classical concert on the grand piano in the clock tower room which we all enjoyed immensely. This is a visit we will remember for a long time and every time we pass through St Pancras. Mark (and Margarita and Isla)
On meeting Peter he was very welcoming and accommodating, as well as being very knowledgeable on the clock tower building. The apartment we stayed in was furnished beautifully and had everything we needed. This was truly an amazing place to stay and we look forward to staying there again.
Absolutely as described made to feel very welcome met Peter and Jean both great - many thanks again
Nothing but positivity!
Peter, thank you for being wonderful! What an epic experience. Highly recommended! Hope to see you again soon...
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