A heritage site
Opened in 1873 by Queen Victoria, the hotel known as The Gilbert Scott at St Pancras was once one of the UK's most luxurious hotels. The jewels in its crown included a two-storey Venetian ballroom, a red brick gothic facade, and one of the world's first elevators. Now a Grade 1 listed building a stone's throw from the Eurostar terminus, it is set to re-open as a Marriott Renaissance hotel in May 2011 and once again become an icon of grandeur.
The refurbished hotel includes 245 bedrooms and 38 suites, all with exquisite original features and restored to the Victorian standard. The soft furnishings too will need to be in keeping with the hotel, such as vintage-style boutique bed linens made to fit the king-size beds.
The Gilbert Scott will also see a revival of its famed eateries, with the refurbished Booking Office Bar for casual dining, and a new formal restaurant and bar to be overseen by celebrity chef Marcus Wareing. Once a sous-chef to Gordon Ramsey, Wareing went on to run Pétrus in Knightsbridge single-handedly, winning two Michelin stars in the process. When he and Ramsey parted ways, a legal battle led to the restaurant being renamed Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley. He appeared on TV show The Great British Menu in 2006, winning the privilege of serving dessert at the Queen's 80th birthday banquet. He and his protégé Chantelle Nicholson will be serving 'modern British classics' in the 120-cover restaurant.