When my mailbox pinged a couple of weeks ago, I knew I had to reply with a resounding ‘yes’. I had received an invitation to check out the Veuve Clicquot Pop Up event hosted at the Saint Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London…
Veuve Clicquot Pop up Event
The event included a couple of glasses of champagne, a virtual reality tour on an actual bicycle and a whole load of carol singing. Hosted in the entry way to the grand hotel, the Veuve Clicquot pop up event was a whole load of a winter wonderland. There was snow everywhere, a mini yellow campervan serving champagne and the smell of roasted nuts wafting throughout the cool night’s breeze. Oh, and did I mention all the carol singers yet? The singers began in the entry way to the hotel and eventually made their way onto the grand staircase; a treat in itself.
Little tables sat arranged with cozy blankets and the entire scene was something straight out of a Hollywood movie. By the way, caramelized nuts and champagne make quite the combination!
Apart from all of the delicious champagne, one of the biggest highlights of the night has got to be the VR experience. Virtual reality may be somewhat new in the world of the consumer market and in its infancy, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be absolutely terrifying! When I first hopped on the yellow bike and placed on my futuristic space goggles, the guy assured me that I should hold on. And make sure I held on tightly.
“Wait, what,” I thought to myself. “This is only VR.” Well, that notion was clearly wrong and barely ten minutes later I was stepping off the bike a little in awe to say the least. VR may be cartoon like still, but that doesn’t stop you from getting butterflies in your stomach when you’re rolling down a hill or wanting to touch everything that comes near you.
Yep. Virtual Reality is kind of pretty realistic!
Renaissance Hotel Saint Pancras Grand Staircase
Decked out for Christmas, and probably meriting a blog post of its own, there’s no denying that the Saint Pancras Renaissance Hotel Staircase is impressive, to say the least. With three floors of spiraling stairs, Fleur de Lys wallpaper, and a carpet, that I’m pretty sure the Victorians would be proud of, it’s hard not to imagine that you’re in a gothic film set. Or at the very least, a movie set. Interestingly, the Spice Girls filmed their music video “Wannabe” on the Grand Staircase.
The hotel is actually on the site of a former hotel, the Midland Grand hotel. Closed in the 1930s, it was then used as office spaces for a number of years before being reconverted into a hotel and finally being opened to the public once more in 2011.
Thanks to the Renaissance Hotel for inviting me as a guest to the event. All opinions and photos are my own!