The Great Northern Hotel is an exquisitely designed, luxurious boutique hotel with an extraordinary location just 25 metres from the Eurostar terminus in the heart of King’s Cross St Pancras.
Having first opened in 1854, and now magnificently refurbished, this hotel is the finest luxury boutique hotel in London. Exquisitely re-designed to evoke all the glamour and grace of its past, whilst still retaining its original grandeur, gracefully refreshed in modern, whimsical and sophisticated ways.
Check in takes place in a stylish reception area, that could almost be mistaken for an elegant first class railway carriage with wooden paneling, dark grey walls, cream leather seats and expensive art deco lights.
The hotel has six floors and 91 high-ceilinged rooms with triple-glazed floor-to-ceiling windows leading off expansive corridors. Attention to detail is paramount. At the far end of each corridor is a delightful little pantry room open 24/7 offering free tea, coffee and newspapers – as well as cakes and retro sweets, you’re spoilt for choice but make sure you don’t spoil your dinner!
There are 3 different style rooms that are all as elegant and charming as each other, it is hard to choose a favourite. The Couchette rooms are named after train carriages, and resemble just that. Stylish and comfortable, with high ceilings and an abundance of natural light from the large windows. Bathrooms retain their luxurious feel with bespoke fittings and walk-in showers.
The Wainscot rooms have striking decor with dark American walnut paneling and rich shades of plum add to the character. Tucked into the building’s arches these discrete rooms are perfect for longer stays.
Cubitt rooms are named after the hotel’s master builder, Lewis Cubitt, with direct views of King’s Cross and swathed in soothing shades of olive green and cream, the Cubitt has glamorous bespoke leather and walnut furniture.
Pre dinner cocktails in the GNH BAR, was the perfect start to our evening,
With its mirrored ceiling, hanging crystal chandeliers, red velvet curtains and curved black marble bar topped with pewter had me thinking I was in a scene from The Great Gatsby I almost expected Leonardo D’Caprio to join me for a cocktail or two!
With Leonardo heading off back to Hollywood we made our way into the equally stylish and atmospheric Plum + Spilt Milk restaurant. Cream leather curved banquettes and clusters of hand-blown smoked-glass pendants hanging from the dark ceiling create a railway waiting room look, the perfect place to eat.
Like the dining cars which the Flying Scotsman first pulled out of King’s Cross Station, Plum + Spilt Milk keeps service turning from dawn through to midnight. The menu is based on seasonal ‘British’ ingredients sourced and put together by Mark Sargent to create some mouth-watering dishes.
Our starters, were stunning: Creamed smoked haddock, with a poached hen’s egg and Tidenham duck salad were both an absolute treat on our taste buds Loin of Balmoral Estate Venison and Roasted loin of Cornish Lamb followed, the flavours of the different ingredients in both dishes were divine. To finish we had to try the aptly named Plum + Split Milk that was so delicious I almost ordered it again for breakfast!!
The food is just mouth wateringly tasty, and the ambience and service just perfect, I can understand why people are happy to sit and while the hours away eating, drinking and socializing.
Prices range from £269 – £429 per room including daily breakfast for each guest.