Wednesday 06 December 2017

St Pancras International introduces online gift generator in a bid to reduce the 41million gifts that go unwanted each year

Despite the average Brit spending £354.63 on presents for loved ones at Christmas, new research by St Pancras International also suggests money isn’t always being spent wisely, with £2bn worth of gifts going unwanted each year. 
According to the iconic station and premium shopping destination, one in three will make a last minute dash to the shops for gifts on Christmas Eve, so it’s no surprise that a quarter find festive present buying stressful. It seems thoughtless present buying can have a huge impact on the day itself too, with one in ten adults admitting ‘a loved one hating their present has ruined their entire Christmas’.

For gift buyers, it’s getting the right present for a female partner that poses the biggest headache, with one in five people saying they find this task “very stressful”. Results also indicate present buying puts relationships through their paces - one in four admit to arguing or breaking up with a partner over a present they didn’t like, whilst one in three admit to lying to their partner to spare their feelings.

When it comes to the best and worst gift hunters – surprisingly, recipients say mums get them the worst gifts and daughters come up trumps with the best buys. What’s more, it seems the lengthy time spent with work colleagues pays off as they rank better present buyers than parents.

When asked what happens to unwanted gifts, the research found more than a third of Brits donate them to charity; one in four sell them online; 15% swap them for something else in store; and 10% return them even though ‘it makes them feel guilty’.

Other less resourceful solutions see a third of adults hiding unwanted gifts (14%) or throwing them away (14%), whilst a haphazard 2% admitted to giving a present back to the giver the next year by mistake.

In a bid to help stressed gift buyers in need of inspiration, St Pancras International has today launched the ‘Perfect Gift Generator’ - a smart tool that processes users’ answers to a series of questions to provide a list of gifts that can be found at the station, that are perfectly suited to their recipient. The bespoke offering can be accessed here.

Wendy Spinks, Commercial Director at HS1 comments: “We were really surprised by the number of gifts that go unwanted at Christmas. Equally, we understand that it can be tricky picking the perfect present, particularly with so much choice and often, little time, which is why we decided to develop the Perfect Gift Generator tool.

“With an array of stunning products available from our carefully curated selection of retailers, we wanted to take the convenient nature of the station retail offer one step further, by providing inspiration for the one million visitors expected each week in the run up to Christmas.”

Friday 01 December 2017

Exclusive discount to Eurostar passengers at St Pancras International

This December, St Pancras International has teamed up with Eurostar to offer exclusive discounts at your favourite shops, boutiques and restaurants for Eurostar passengers!

Whether you’re shopping for yourself, hunting for a Christmas gift, or craving a tasty treat, you’ve got carte blanche to shop ‘til you drop. It doesn’t matter if you’ve just arrived in London or you’re heading for departures. Just show your Eurostar ticket and a form of ID at the checkout in your favourite store or eatery on the day you travel.

Here’s a list of the discounts you can get between 1 December and 24 December 2017:

  • Aspinal of London – 10%

  • L.K. Bennett – 10%

  • Godiva – A £10 gift when you spend £30

  • Rolling Luggage – 10%

  • Joules – 10%

  • Prime Burger – 20%

  • Patisserie Valerie – 10%

  • YO! Sushi – 15%

  • Carluccio’s – 10%

  • AMT Coffee – 10% off any size drink (excludes bottled drinks)

  • Things British – 20%

  • Petit Bateau – 10%

  • Neal's Yard Remedies – 15%

  • Kikki.K – 10%

 

Terms & Conditions

  • Offer is valid between 1-24 December 2017 inclusive.
  • Discounts vary between retailers and are accurate at the time of publication. Each retailer may vary or withdraw the offer at any time.
  • To obtain discount you will need to show your Eurostar ticket and a copy of your ID.
  • Discounts are only available on the day of travel.
  • All sales will be subject to the individual retailer's T&Cs.

Thursday 23 November 2017

St Pancras 150th Anniversary Station Shop now open

Next year will mark 150 years since St Pancras station welcomed its first arrival. St Pancras are already beginning to celebrate their 150th anniversary in style by launching official merchandise for everybody to enjoy.

St Pancras has already launched their online shop, but now you can get your hands on St Pancras' exciting new range of 150th anniversary products at the just opened station pop-up retail unit.

The anniversary store will be in the middle of the St Pancras International concourse throughout 2018 but is opening just in time for Christmas, stocking a wide range of high quality apparel and commemorative items that will make the perfect Christmas gifts for someone special.

Adam Bass, Director of licensing agency Golden Goose, who are managing the licensing and retail programme said, “The 150th anniversary celebration will generate an unprecedented amount of attention for this much-loved architectural landmark and we are thrilled to have played our part in managing the creation of the anniversary product ranges and launch of the station’s own retail outlets.”

Tuesday 14 November 2017

St Pancras International unveils its blooming festive 2017 Christmas tree

St Pancras International unveiled its spectacular 2017 Christmas tree today, delighting commuters, Londoners, and tourists alike with a hand-crafted 47ft floral sensation, created by the station’s very own luxury florist, Moyses Stevens.

Bringing a festive flourish to the station, the hotly anticipated tree is made from over 15,000 flowers and took 1,151 expert man hours to bring the unique design to life. 

The tree’s branches are interlaced with roses; hydrangeas; delicateanemones; amaryllis, orchids; and dianthus; whilst pretty petals and pine cones are strung around the tree in lieu of the traditional lights. The stunning creation will take pride of place on the station concourse from today until 3 January 2018.

Gemma Kavanagh, from Moyses Stevens florist comments: “The unveiling of the St Pancras International Christmas tree is eagerly awaited each year, so we were thrilled to be given the responsibility to create this year’s show-stopping spectacle. We pride ourselves on creating luxurious, detailed floral displays so we spent a great deal of time experimenting and planning to create a finished tree that will wow visitors to the station. We hope our creation will help fuel the trend for floral Christmas trees, inspiring even more people to enjoy having flowers in their home this winter.”

Wendy Spinks, Commercial Director at HS1 comments: “This year’s floral masterpiece from Moyses Stevens is the latest in a stunning line up of Christmas centrepieces at the station. In recent years, our Disney Junior, LEGO and Cirque du Soleil trees have all brought their own festive magic to St Pancras International, and this year’s much anticipated floral tree continues that legacy.”

Moyses Stevens and St Pancras International are also asking visitors to share their pictures of the stunning Christmas tree using #JingleBlooms. A social media competition perfect for budding florists, ten lucky winners will receive two tickets for the Moyses Stevens Flower School, Battersea Power Station - a prize worth £500*. Read T&Cs here.

Tuesday 14 November 2017

Britain’s first high speed rail line, HS1, turns 10 years old

High Speed 1 (HS1) is celebrating its 10th birthday today with record passenger numbers and exceptional passenger satisfaction, unrivaled punctuality and a marked impact on Kent’s economy.

To mark the milestone HS1 Ltd, the company that owns and operates HS1, has published a report today by entitled ‘10 Businesses at 10 Years’, which can be viewed here. The report presents real life examples of how HS1 has helped 10 of the most exciting businesses in Kent to grow and prosper. An accompanying survey of leading Kent businesses showed that:

  • 91% of those asked said that their business has benefited from HS1

  • 89% said that HS1 has made Kent a more attractive place to set up a business

  • Over one third said that HS1 was a factor when choosing to set up their business in Kent

  • Over 80% said that HS1 had helped their business grow

  • 100% said that HS1 will play an important role in the future growth of Kent

Dyan Crowther, CEO of HS1 Ltd, said: “As the nation’s first and only high speed railway, HS1 has been a catalyst for growth, generating economic, cultural and social value in the regions it serves and the UK more widely.”

“We believe that high speed rail is essential to the nation’s future growth, improving connectivity and bringing people closer together than ever before. We are proud to be flying the flag for British high-speed rail and see HS1 as a model for the future.”

Passengers using HS1 have doubled since launch, with services carrying over 20 million domestic and international passengers in 2016 alone. With an unrivaled average delay per train of less than five seconds, and passenger satisfaction on the domestic service at 93%, HS1 has proven itself to be a world class high speed rail service.

Paul Wookey, Chief Executive of investment promotion agency Locate in Kent, said: “Since the launch of HS1 we have seen a substantial increase in the number of businesses wanting to invest and base themselves in Kent.”

“HS1 offers outstanding connectivity to London and Europe, making the county a highly desirable place to live, work and do business. We’re looking forward to continuing to work with HS1 as we help the Kent business community reach its full potential.”

For further information please contact Leonie Martin 020 3327 4050 or email hs1@pagefield.co.uk

The survey results are based on responses from 33 leading companies in Kent.

Wednesday 04 October 2017

Help us celebrate our 150th Birthday

St Pancras originally opened in 1868 and since then the station has been on an exciting journey!

In 2018, the station will turn 150 years old and in that time the station has gone through near demolition, decay and restoration. The fact the station is still here 150 years later is something we think we must celebrate!

Throughout 2018 we will hold a number of fantastic events in the run up to the big day (1st October 2018) and we would like the public's help in celebrating our history and past.

We are asking members of the public to send to us photos of St Pancras, from anytime throughout our 150 years. Whether you used to work in the station, or live in the local area and have seen the transformation of the station for yourself, we would love to see your photos!

Pictures that showcase the history of the station will be featured on the St Pancras website throughout 2018. Owners of the featured pictures will also get to enjoy an Afternoon Tea in the station in June 2018. Full T&Cs can be viewed here.

If you have any photos that you'd like to submit, please send them to 150birthday@highspeed1.co.uk along with a description of the photo (location of photo, approximate date, the story behind the photo).

We look forward to celebrating our monumental 150th birthday with you, and hope you will join in the festivities!

Tuesday 19 September 2017

Introducing the St Pancras line...

We are happy to introduce the new and exclusive St Pancras line... and we are not talking trains!

Indulge yourself and browse our new online gift shop to discover a range of exciting and exclusive gifts, prints, clothing and accessories. Our exclusive collections have products inspired by the colours and architecture found around the station.

Buy a well deserved treat for you, or a thoughtful gift for that special someone.

Visit the Online Shop by clicking here.

Wednesday 21 June 2017

New Ebbsfleet Visitor Information Centre now open

We are delighted to announce the opening of a new Visitor Information Centre on the main concourse at Ebbsfleet International Station!

The centre is open seven days a week, all day until 8pm, and is a joint project between the developers, Ebbsfleet Development Corporation and Locate in Kent.

The visitor centre showcases Kent’s fantastic connectivity to London and Europe as also promotes the Ebbsfleet Garden City development. A 3D model showing plans for the Ebbsfleet Garden City is the centrepiece of the visitor information centre.

You will also find a large interactive touch screen in the new visitor centre which will allow you to find the latest news and details on developments in the garden city.

 

Friday 16 December 2016

Making Melodies this Christmas: A New Piano Rolls into Town

Following the success and enjoyment brought to customers at St Pancras International, HS1 Ltd in conjunction with Southeastern, have brought music to Ebbsfleet International with the install of a Street Piano in the main station concourse.

Passengers at St Pancras International have enjoyed impromptu performances from talented members of the public and famous figures since the pianos rolled into the station in 2009. Some of the artists to have tickled the ivories at St Pancras include Jools Holland, Elton John, Laura Mvula and Jamie Cullen. The street pianos are free to play and passengers are encouraged to give the piano a try and make some music during their next visit.

Tuesday 22 November 2016

The Magic of Cirque du Soleil Rolls into St Pancras this Christmas

This November, Oxfam supporter Sara Cox officially switched on the lights of the Cirque du Soleil Amaluna Christmas Tree at St Pancras International, followed by a breath-taking performance in the station by the cast of the critically-acclaimed production.

This festive season, the Amaluna Christmas Tree will raise awareness and money for Oxfam's women's rights campaigning. The 12-meter-high tree includes Amaluna's famous Water Bowl at its centre, featuring moving underwater projections from the cast and acts from the show.

Throughout the festive season, shoppers at St Pancras International spending £50 or more in stores and at restaurants will have the opportunity to receive a 20% discount on tickets to see Amaluna - ask in stores for details.

Find out more about all of our Christmas activity this year online, including our specially selected Christmas Gift Guide and our Christmas foodie selection.

Monday 22 August 2016

Open House at St Pancras International

For the fourth year running, St Pancras International's hugely popular Open House tours will offer a unique perspective of one of London's most iconic landmarks, taking visitors around the Grade 1 listed building with a series of architecture-focused station tours.

Over the weekend of Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September, participants will be immersed in the history of St Pancras, spotlighting its Victorian-era design heritage and the later additions which have projected the station into the 21st century as an international travel hub.

Open House visitors will have the opportunity to look more closely at the finer details of this iconic building that often go unnoticed by busy commuters with a 60 minute expert tour departing every half an hour between 10am and 4:30pm on both days.

Tickets are available via Eventbrite.

Friday 12 August 2016

Fortnum & Mason Bring Honeybees to St Pancras' Roof

There's a lot of buzz happening on our rooftop this Summer - as Fortnum & Mason have brought honeybees to the station!

Four of Fortnum's beehives have found a new home up on the roof - and we're counting down the days in anticipation to the end of September when the beekeepers hope to get the very first taste of this new nectar source.

The honey, called simply Fortnum’s Bees’ Honey, varies from year to year, depending on the flora available to the bees, but is usually a lovely pale, toffee colour with a soft consistency.

St Pancras International is the latest in a select line of locations for Fortnum's beehives which includes the roof of their Piccadilly store and the roof of Bermondsey's White Cube gallery.

Thursday 07 July 2016

Our 2016 Terrace Wires art installation is officially unveiled

We are delighted to unveil our eagerly anticipated Terrace Wires public art installation, Thought of Train of Thought, by Royal Academician Ron Arad at St Pancras International.

The artpiece is the second instalment of our four-year partnership with the Royal Academy following Cornelia Parker RA’s One More Time in 2015. This year also marks the fourth year of Terrace Wires itself, our commissioning programme for new artwork by leading, international artists.

Suspended on wires from the station’s Grade 1 listed Barlow Shed roof, as if floating, Thought of Train of Thought is a monumental 18-metre-long twisted blade rotating slowly to create an optical illusion of wave-like movement. Minimal and monolithic, the hypnotic motion offers passengers and visitors to the station a moment of calm in the midst of their busy lives.

Fabricated by CIG Architecture based in Groningen in the Netherlands, Thought of Train of Thought can be viewed at St Pancras International station until January 2017.

Thursday 28 April 2016

And the Terrace Wires 2016 artist is…

We are extremely pleased to announce that Royal Academician and architect Ron Arad will be the 2016 artist for our Terrace Wires public sculpture series. 

This year marks the fourth year of Terrace Wires, the station’s commissioning programme for new artwork by leading, international artists, and is also the second instalment of a four year partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts. 

Ron’s artwork, Thought of Train of Thought, will be exclusively unveiled at the station on the morning of 7th July 2016. 

Be sure to check out the Terrace Wires website and our social media channels for more information in the run-up to the big reveal!