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St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London, England
This is the awe-inspring St Pancras Renaissance Hotel and its grand staircase. Believe it or not this is the third time that I have attempted to photograph this staircase, first time during open house last year, second during a tour and this one. All previous attempts I was not happy with as they were just not quite lined up correctly for my liking and also the light coming in through the windows plays havoc with the camera’s metering, I still think this would be best visited at night and with a tripod when you don’t have that light blasting through the windows but anyhow I am happy with this.
I didn’t actually plan to take this image again but I took it while I had a spare 15 minutes before meeting Richard Hurst the other week. I asked the security guard and he nicely said yes that I could take a few images so St Pancras get my ‘Seal of Aproval’ 🙂
Also you maybe wondering why I called this image ‘Grinning Like a Cheshire Cat’, well everytime I kept looking at it during post processing it kept reminding me of the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland, I have no idea why but it just does, can you see him? 😉 Or maybe it was the fact I was grinning after I got this image 😉
Sony Alpha SLT-A77
Sigma 10-20mm 1:4-5.6 EX DC HSM
The St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel is a hotel in the English city of London, forming the frontispiece of St Pancras railway station. It opened in 2011, but occupies much of the former Midland Grand Hotel which opened in 1873 and closed in 1935. Between 1935 and 2011, the building was known as St Pancras Chambers and was used as railway offices.
The upper levels of the original building have been redeveloped as apartments by the Manhattan Loft Corporation, and retain the St Pancras Chambers name.
Planning permission was granted in 2004 for the building to be redeveloped into a new hotel. The main public rooms of the old Midland Grand were restored, along with some of the bedrooms. In order to cater for the more modern expectations of guests, a new bedroom wing was constructed on the western side of the Barlow train-shed. As redeveloped the hotel contains 244 bedrooms, 2 restaurants, 2 bars, a health and leisure centre, a ballroom, and 20 meeting and function rooms.
At the same time, the upper floors of the original building were redeveloped as 68 apartments by the Manhattan Loft Corporation.
The St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel opened on 14 March 2011 to guests; however, the formal Grand Opening was on 5 May – exactly 138 years after its original opening in 1873.
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