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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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Super Sharp: The First Instalment of ‘RTRN II JUNGLE’

Regular readers of SEEN will know what fans we are of the Fashion Space Gallery at the London College of Fashion in John Prince’s Street. It’s a place where it is possible to gauge current cultural attitudes as they happen. ‘Super Sharp’ is the first in a series of exhibitions and events exploring the style, sound and Rave Culture in the nineties. It starts on Thursday 1st February and runs until Saturday 21st April 2018.

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Burns Night: Whisky 101 at The Gallery 

Celebrating Burns Night without whisky is nothing short of sacrilege. Where better then to honour Scotland’s greatest poet than at The Gallery in West Hampstead, which has become renowned for its dual fascinations – whisky and beer. Here’s a Short Epigram on Parting with a Kind Host in the Highlands penned by Burns himself: When death’s …

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David Ramirez Releases ‘We’re Not Going Anywhere’ and Plays St Pancras Old Church

David Ramirez has announced details of his new album We’re Not Going Anywhere, set for UK commercial release via Thirty Tigers on January 12th, 2018. Produced by Sam Kassirer, the album finds Ramirez painting a vividly imagined picture of contemporary America through the songwriter’s own perspective of having dual American and Mexican heritage. It follows …