St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel – London, NW1
This Gothic masterpiece has been part of the London landscape since the 1870s when it was designed by prolific architect George Gilbert Scott for the Midland Railway. In the 20th century it declined before being spectacularly restored and re-opening with great fanfare a decade ago. Today, guests can choose between suites in the heritage Chambers Wing (these come with Eurostar VIP service and access to the Chambers Club) or the contemporary luxury of the Barlow Wing. The spa, which is housed in the original underground kitchens, is a Victorian inspired, peacock-themed haven of tranquility with a pool, steam room and sauna (book in for one of the ‘Journey’ treatments inspired by destinations including Indonesia, Africa and an English garden). Restaurants range from modern British fare at the Booking Office in the former ticket hall to the casual Mi+Me (gourmet burgers, milkshakes) and The Hansom Bar for cocktails and afternoon tea. Right on the doorstep is buzzing Coal Drops Yard and Granary Square with its boutique shops and restaurants, while a 10-minute tube ride will whisk you into Soho.
Doubles from £289
+44 (0)20 7841 3540; stpancraslondon.com