St Pancras, London, restored to former glory
The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London has announced the exceptional group of people working to reinstate the Victorian masterpiece to its former glory, and more. Leading figures include Nick Strangeway, former world mixologist of the year as voted for by experts at Tales of the Cocktail industry event, and GQ Magazine’s barber of choice, Carmelo Guastella. Acclaimed chef Marcus Wareing will be running the Gilbert Scott and Julien Maisonneuve, formally of Tom Aikens, has been working behind the scenes to create an impressive culinary offering for the Booking Office bar & restaurant.
Originally designed by the foremost Victorian architect Sir George Gilbert Scott, the former Midland Grand Hotel has undergone an extensive renovation by owner Manhattan Loft Corporation. The hotel will celebrate its grand opening on 5th May 2011, 138 years to the day after the original hotel opened in 1873.
Recreated in the original ticket office, the Booking Office bar & restaurant has been developed by some of the best names in the business, including master mixologist Nick Strangeway. Famous for his work with leading establishments Hix and Hawksmoor, Nick is London’s leading cocktail expert. Together with Strangeway, Henry Besant – co-founder of the award winning Worldwide Cocktail Club – has created an experience where guests can enjoy a modern twist on traditional cocktails popular in the 1800s.
Food lovers visiting the Booking Office can enjoy traditional British delicacies prepared by top chef Julien Maisonneuve, formerly head chef at Tom’s Kitchen and more recently at Tom Aikens. Julien will also be transforming the face of room service and events with an exclusive offering to hotel guests and clients.
The Gilbert Scott, the dining and bar destination, will be run by renowned chef Marcus Wareing. The interiors have been created by leading designers from the David Collins Studio and the restaurant will be led by Marcus’ protégé Chantelle Nicholson, formerly of Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley.
The hotel also includes a luxury spa and a gentleman’s grooming salon. Heading up the spa is Rachel Lowe-Mukherji, who worked previously at Babington House and most recently as Spa Manager at The Lanesborough Hotel. Men’s grooming expert and celebrity favourite Carmelo Guastella, will be running the hotel’s traditional barber’s shop. Carmelo’s 25 years of experience has seen him work on top film sets and establish a loyal following of high profile regulars, flocking to him from across the capital for the best shaving techniques and hair cuts in the country.
General Manager, Kevin Kelly: “Our team is the best in the business and the great depth of knowledge and expertise means that this hotel is going to bring something very different to the London hospitality scene. Whether it’s a traditional Victorian drink in the Booking Office, an overnight stay in one of the immaculately restored suites or an event in the Ladies Smoking Room, we will ensure all guests have a flawless experience.”
Director of Operations Knut Wylde brings with him almost 20 years of experience within the hospitality sector. Having travelled around the world and worked previously with other leading London hotels including the Savoy and The Lanesborough, Knut is keen to provide the best possible 5-star service for every guest.