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Great Northern Hotel

Then …

The Great Northern Hotel opened in 1854. It was one of the earliest purpose-built railway hotels in the country. The hotel was designed by Lewis Cubitt and was for the patrons of the Great Northern Railway Company. At the time it was a glamorous and stylish destination. Its fire-resistant construction was pioneering, with thick walls dividing every room and corridors constructed of brick arches. The curved south west front reflects the original alignment of Old St Pancras Road. The hotel had some 100 bedrooms and a hydraulic lift, added in the 1880s.

Originally the hotel looked across a large expanse of garden to the station. Over the years the garden was annexed by station buildings and became "Station Place".

… and now

The building has been magnificently restored and reopened as a luxury boutique hotel. The hotel looks out over the spectacular new western concourse at King’s Cross Station which follows the curved line of the hotel.

The Great Northern Hotel

The world’s first great railway hotel is back in business

The Great Northern Hotel first opened its doors in 1854 to the patrons of the Great Northern Railway Company. Embracing a revolutionary new age of steam, they made the hotel a glamorous destination.

The hotel, which lay derelict for 12 years, has been brought back to life with a £40 million pound facelift. The building was originally designed by Lewis Cubitt, who also designed King's Cross Station. Many of the hotel’s original features have been retained and the redesign reflects all the style and class of this iconic building’s past.

There are over ninety luxurious rooms and broad corridors and wrought iron staircases sweep over the six floors. The hotel looks out over the spectacular new western concourse at King’s Cross Station which follows the curved line of the hotel.

Eating and Drinking at the Great Northern Hotel

The hotel is home to the restaurant Plum + Spilt Milk, the GNH Bar and Kiosk.

Plum + Spilt Milk is an elegant brasserie serving classic British and European dishes. Acclaimed chef Mark Sargeant runs the kitchen where the focus is on the best British ingredients, simply yet creatively cooked.

On the ground floor and opening onto the Western Concourse at King’s Cross Station is the glamorous GNH Bar. This art deco, Manhattan style bar serves breakfast from 7am, lunch and cocktails until late.

The hotel also hosts Kiosk - a hatch serving up delicious hand-carved roast meat sandwiches and Monmouth coffee. Kiosk is directly off the main concourse.


Great Northern Hotel
King’s Cross St Pancras Station
Pancras Road
T:020 3388 0800

What the press say

The Independent – Just the ticket for a London landmark
The Independent – Review: Plum + Spilt Milk
The Times - The cool hotel guide – Great Northern Hotel, London
Sunday Times Travel – The Classic Sleeper
Conde Nast Traveller – The Great Northern is great again
We heart – Just the ticket

"If you're thinking net curtains and fry-ups, forget it. The GNH has been reinvented as a boutique hotel, with an emphasis on small-scale style and discretion.”

Matthew Bell
The Independent

"The Great Northern is like an immaculately restored locomotive in a museum display, each vintage part lovingly dismantled and scrubbed to a gleam with a toothbrush before reassembly...”

Rob Wilkes
We Heart