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St Pancras Station: ‘Cathedral of the Railways’

Learn everything you need to know about the history and architecture of St Pancras Station by watching this 25 minute film, directed by Richard Copans, France, pour La Sept Arte, Le Musée D’Orsay et Les Films d’Ici, France, as part of the ACB ‘Architectures’ series.

Learn everything you need to know about the history and architecture of St Pancras Station by watching this 25 minute film, directed by Richard Copans, France, pour La Sept Arte, Le Musée D’Orsay et Les Films d’Ici, France, as part of the ACB ‘Architectures’ series.

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This glorious Gothic building features some of the most impressive architectural and engineering marvels constructed in the UK, which epitomise the Victorian Gothic civil architecture. The Midland Grand Hotel, designed by George Gilbert Scott, is a masterpiece of Neo-Gothic architecture, which opened in 1873. Behind the hotel, the train shed, the largest single-span structure built at that time, designed by William Henry Barlow, was opened in 1868 by the Midland Railway.

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St Pancras Station stands between the British Library, King’s Cross Station and the Regent’s Canal. This Grade I listed building escaped planned demolition in the 1960’s and has been recently refurbished to accommodate the arrival of Eurostar’s high-speed trains to Paris, Brussels and Lille. The former Midland Grand Hotel has gone through years of devoted restoration. Now the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel is considered London’s most romantic building, once considered ‘too beautiful and too romantic to survive’, as Sir John Betjeman once said about this Gothic treasure.

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Halloween at Sexy Fish

In London, you don’t go on a night out so much as partake of a new experience. Leave it to the gloriously named Sexy Fish in Mayfair to add a unique event to this year’s Halloween calendar.

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Ladies of the Press at Sluice Biennial

SEEN headed up to Hackney recently, there to peruse this year’s Sluice Biennial. A large and airy building at Morning Lane housed fascinating creative projects by artists and creators who have come together under the Sluice banner. What SEEN particularly liked was the variety of work on display and the informal atmosphere in which it …

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The Castle at the Space: SEEN Reviews

SEEN was not that familiar with the work of Howard Barker prior to seeing ‘The Castle’ but feels she must rectify that situation. A powerful piece on the nature of masculinity, war, gender roles and the essential unreliability of religious faith, ‘The Castle’ benefits from a powerhouse cast and a stripped-back set, making the most of the Space’s environment.

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Original Swimming Party Release ‘Biggest Curse’

Electronic experimental duo Original Swimming Party, have announced the release of their new single  ‘Biggest Curse’ featuring vocalist Moonchild Sanelly. Taken from their forthcoming remix EP, the single is now available to stream from October 6th.

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Heist Bank Beer Festival

Beer connoisseurs would do well to get themselves along to the Heist Bank Beer Festival this weekend, the 14th and 15th October. The bar in Paddington will be celebrating the finest keg and cask beers known to humanity, from UK brewers, Fourpure, Beavertown, Thornbridge and Wild Beer Co., who will headline, launching special seasonal releases …