About This Listing
A double bedroom on the 4th floor of the clock tower at St Pancras Station. It has its own en suite bathroom. You are welcome to use the main kitchen and the clock tower, unless there are events being held there which I will tell you about.
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 on the top floor looks out over Kings Cross Station.
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 and the best grocery store nearby is Waitrose in the Brunswick Centre.
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 bedroom is also unsuitable for anyone for whom there is a problem with uncurtained large gothic windows. You cannot be seen from outside but the morning sun streams into the room.
There is additional bedding available by prior arrangement if you want an extra bed or mattress in the room. Clean towels and soap/shampoo are provided as standard.
Little things are provided in the flat, such as a hairdryer, international plug adaptors and umbrellas. Let me know if you need London Oyster cards for public transport (electronic cards for you to use and top up) or a UK SIM loaded cellphone.
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 the master double bedroom and en suite bathroom. There is central hi-fi throughout the house and a hifi jack in a wall in the room. The bedroom has just a small TV in it but there is a larger one in the main Clock Tower room.
If there are more than 2 of you or you want a different bed arrangement from a double bed (eg extra mattresses) please discuss this in advance with me before booking.
The principal guest room in the apartment has its own bathroom and is on a separate listing, and both rooms may be occupied by Airbnb guests. So you will likely be sharing the flat with others.
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. 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 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
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 and please be fair to me in following the basic rules. Any events going beyond 2230 normally require a booking to be made for the whole apartment as it is otherwise unfair on other guests. There may be an additional charge for holding a party depending on the scale and duration. 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.
Unfortunately we have had a few guests take advantage of us and I do therefore take the time to agree a clear timetable both for the party and for the clean-up. I expect guests to adhere to this not only for my benefit but also for the benefit of the neighbours.
This is a listing for accommodation. You are of course welcome to take as many photographs as you like but if commercial photography shoots have to be booked separately and a higher rate will apply. Similarly, corporate presentations or product launches or dinners do not come under the tariff for the suite for the night's stay.
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
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.
You may well have other guests staying in the guest accommodation. They have a self-contained kitchen and bathroom and should be able to be completely private other than sharing the front door entrance.
Please respect the books and if you touch them or move them, please leave them where they were.
Please take outdoor shoes off before going down to the bedroom.
This really is a unique property and incredibly well located - especially if you are catching the Eurostar! Peter was a very helpful host and the apartment is in excellent condition.
Loved staying at the clock tower. It was such a special experience and would definitely recommend it! Would love to stay again when we return to London
Wow!!!! What an incredible experience!! The Bell Tower is totally unique, there is nothing else like it in London, maybe even the world. Peter was a brilliant host and went out of his way to make my stay as easy as It could possibly be, nothing was too much trouble and he was always on the end of the phone to help me with any queries I had. I can't recommend Peter or his Apartment highly enough. When can I come back....?!
This is a wonderful place to stay. I loved the tower room and the view from the bathroom. The location is very convenient and I felt very lucky to stay in such a unique place. Peter was very helpful and accommodating and I would highly recommend the clock tower to anyone.
I booked the St Pancras Clock Tower Master Suite for my girlfriend and I to spend our anniversary. If you have any qualms about the price, don't, the experience really is one of a kind and worth every penny! Peter is beyond accommodating and a fantastic host!
I surprised my girlfriend with the booking and I will never forget her face as we walked in for the first time.
The flat is self contained and quiet, considering it's central to the hustle and bustle of Kings Cross. We actually found we didn't have to leave the room, being even more independent than imagined.
Whilst staying in the apartment there was another couple in the other bedroom but despite both being there at the same time we didn't cross paths. There should be no concerns about privacy or 'sharing' the apartment and no worries about paper-thin walls as sound is also very well contained.
As previously mentioned by another reviewer, there are no curtains so if you're a light sleeper, bring a blindfold and some ear plugs. The sound from outside isn't loud but just down the road there is a hospital so generally a lot of sirens going passed.
The views from the apartment are fantastic looking over Kings Cross station/The Shard/St Paul's and the city. Close-by there are some fantastic restaurants in the re-generated Granary Square and obviously the transportation links are second to none.
Would highly recommend the Clock Tower at St Pancras and we're already planning a return visit for a party booking!
I will never forget this experience and every time we look up and see the clock tower will remember what a fantastic stay we had!
We really loved staying in the Clock Tower! The location, and the space is unbelievably unique! Peter was out of town, so we did not get a chance to meet him, but we heard from him over email almost everyday. The communication, both before and during the trip, made it feel as if I had met Peter face to face. Sleeping in the room was very comfortable. The big open windows made it feel as if we were floating above the streets. We are early risers, so the sun in the morning coming through the windows was a nice sight. If we have a chance to come back to London, we will definitely try to stay in the Clock Tower!
Great stay. Great hospitality. Great memories! Thank you so much, Peter :) Looking forward to staying at your flat again.
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About the Host, Peter
Hello. Tim and I are pleased to call the Clock Tower of St Pancras our home. This is part of the fast-growing area which is Kings Cross in Central London. Being so well-connected within London, the UK and Europe, thanks to Eurostar, makes the Clock Tower an ideal base for any visit to London.
We moved to Kings Cross 30 years ago and have seen the area change from a dingy area of deserted rail depots and run-down shops to a district full of new restaurants, hotels and shopping and transport connections.
I am a pensions actuary, but nowadays I am involved in many other things, such as property maintenance and development, charity trusteeships, beekeeping and taking holidays myself in Airbnb properties elsewhere.
As a City of London guide myself, I have a passion about the warp and weft of my town and relish the chance to share this enthusiasm with my guests.
We are fond of books and the flat is well-filled with them. We enjoy travel especially to Turkey, music, Mathematics and the cultural opportunities presented by our capital city. I also have an interest in sundials and their design.
Our flat is always ready for visitors. We like to keep it clean and uncluttered, such as you would expect in a good hotel space. But it is not a hotel - it is a home we like to share with you if you stay. We cannot always be there but we will make you feel welcome whether we are or not.
The motto on our sundial - Numquam advenit dies crastinus - tomorrow never comes. Seize the moment while you can.
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