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Great Northern Hotel

Friday 12 Aug 2011

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.