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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.

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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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MO-GA: Perfectly Imperfect

As the Sun shines on Earth, so MO-GA’s gender-fluid designs grace the bodies of everyone, rejoicing in ambiguity. Multiple sleeves and feathers recall the animal kingdom in all its glorious diversity; it’s a new aesthetic.

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Cocktails at the General Store

SEEN is tireless in her cocktail research, and very much enjoyed travelling to Highbury last week to try The General Store’s new summer cocktail menu and to check out the new interior. She was delighted to sample a Honey Mimosa, very sweet and fruity and just the ticket after a hot journey. It was, as its name suggests, a Mimosa with just a touch of honey.

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Canaletto: A Drawing Workshop with Alexandra Blum

SEEN has long been an admirer of Alexandra Blum’s liminal and apocalyptic renderings of London’s urban spaces, in which the capital seems ever-changing. It is the artist’s job to capture not only space but the passage of time itself.

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Rock the Strand is Back Thursday 27th July

One of SEEN’s favourite live music events, Rock the Strand, returns to Strand Palace Hotel on Thursday 27th July for a summer showcase featuring a stellar line-up of talented artists. Curated by industry mogul Tony Moore, Rock the Strand is a free music night that showcases an eclectic range of genres from indie alt-folk to country from emerging new talent and established acts, highlighting the UK’s varied and diverse musical landscape.

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Love Hunt at the British Museum

SEEN had the pleasure (pun intended) of being invited to a ‘Love Hunt’ at the British Museum. The museum, founded in 1753, is committed to preserving art, culture and history, and has collected around 8 million objects. These artefacts come from every corner of the world, revealing a fragment of many significant moments in time, from Mesopotamia to the Vikings; from the Inuits to the Indians. So, when one embarks on a visit to the world famous British Museum, where does one start?