Did anyone say coffee? Arriving for an early train at St Pancras International is never going to be that enthralling, but the promise of crumbly croissants and piping hot coffee and more magazines than you could hope to read in a month in the Eurostar Business Premier Lounge makes waiting in that passport queue that little bit easier!
For those already familiar with the Eurostar, that the speedy train has three different tiers of tickets; Standard, Standard Premier, and Business Premier, likely needs no explanation. Well, of course, one of the main benefits of booking Business (with the exception of being able to rock up to departures just ten minutes before the train leaves!), is access to the Business Premier Lounge, a cosy and versatile space that’s set over two floors.
Editor’s note: I visited the Eurostar Business Premier Lounge en route to Avignon as part of a press trip, though all words, opinions and photos are my own!
A peek inside the Business Premier Lounge in London
It’s worth noting that access to the Business Premier Lounge is only for Business Premier customers, as well as those who hold a Eurostar™ carte blanche. As well as the Eurostar Business Premier Lounge in London, there’s also lounges in Paris, Brussels and Ebbsfleet, as well as an area in Ashford. Business Premier Lounge access is not available to Standard Premier customers.
And now a peek of the lounge itself… While the lower floor is dedicated to office desk type spaces, plenty of food facilities, and some of the fanciest coffee makers I’ve ever laid my eyes on, the upper floor is filled with comfy lounge chairs and has more of a vintage vibe.
Though both floors exist, many people stick to the ground floor, meaning that the upper floor is quieter and has a more spacious feel. UK and mainland European plug sockets are available throughout the space as standard. Other amenities include plenty of soft drinks, a wide array of alcoholic beverages, and plenty of pastries next to the coffee stands!
In terms of sit down meals, food menus in the lounges have been designed in collaboration with Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc OBE. The WiFi is speedy and fast, meaning that the lounge is a great space to both relax and work. Finally, the Eurostar Business lounge was recently revamped in 2018, meaning that almost all of the facilities are sparkling new.
Nearby attractions to King’s Cross & St Pancras International
The Light Tunnel: This well-kept secret of King’s Cross (though much less in the last year or so thanks to the rise of London Instagram locations popularity) was designed by Allies & Morrison Architects and features colour-changing pastel-hued lights.
St Pancras Old Church & Churchyard: The charming church of Old St Pancras is characterised by its stone façade and the fact that it’s largely believed to be one of the oldest sites of Christian Worship in Europe.
Though the churchyard was largely demolished to make way for the nearby Victorian creation of King’s Cross Train Station, this gave rise to the ‘Thomas Hardy Tree,’ the site of dozens of graves placed around a single tree. Also in the St Pancras Old Churchyard, you’ll soon discover Sir John Soane’s tomb, which is often said to have inspired the design for the red telephone box.
Word on the Water: Truth be told, one of my favourite bookshops in London is that of Word on the Water. Often alleged to be London’s ‘only bookbarge,’ this bookshop is set against the backdrop of a former 1920s Dutch barge that has since been converted into a storefront. New and used books can be found in abundance both above and below deck…