In the year St Pancras International celebrates its 150th birthday, King’s Cross has kick-started 2018 in style with numerous events and activities to be found throughout the area. Here at The Gilbert Scott we’ve welcomed the New Year with the return of our best-selling offer: 3 courses and a cocktail for £30. So why don’t you take your pick of one of the below and team with this special offer, for a great day out in London’s most exciting new neighbourhood.
THE HOUSEMAID’S TOUR AT THE CHARLES DICKENS MUSEUM
SUNDAY 18TH FEBRUARY
48 Doughty Street WC1N, a 15 minute walk from The Gilbert Scott, and the London home of Charles Dickens, where he wrote Oliver Twist, The Pickwick Papers and Nicholas Nickleby. Uncover the private world behind the author’s public image. Explore his study, the family bedchambers, and the servants’ quarters below stairs. See treasures including Dickens’s desk, handwritten drafts from the novels he wrote here, and his young wife’s engagement ring.
On Sunday 18th February (and Sunday 18th March), visitors have the opportunity to step back in time, to 1839, and join the housemaid on a personal tour of the house. Tours take place at 10:00, 11:00 and 11:45 and tickets should be booked in advance. Retain the nostalgia of the Victorian era and combine a tour with lunch at The Gilbert Scott with a 3 course ‘Best of British’ menu and a cocktail for £30, or a 3 course Sunday Roast for £35.
JOHN YEOMAN & QUENTIN BLAKE: 50 YEARS OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS AT THE HOUSE OF ILLUSTRATION
NOW – 4TH MARCH
Founded by Sir Quentin Blake in 2014, the House of Illustration is the UK’s only public gallery dedicated to illustration and the graphic arts. Located in Granary Square, in the heart of King’s Cross, this exhibition celebrates its founder’s lifelong collaboration with author John Yeoman, whom he has created more books with than any other author, including Roald Dahl. John Yeoman & Quentin Blake: 50 years of children’s books chronicles the evolution of their work and includes Blake’s very first illustrations for children’s literature, which Yeoman persuaded him to draw in 1960, as well as work from their latest collaboration and 10 projects in between.
Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival, a film by Fabrizio Terranova at Central Saint Martins
Thursday 15th February
A distinguished American Professor Emerita at the University of California in the departments of the History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies, respectively, Donna Haraway has been thinking through science, technology, gender and trans-species relationships for the last four decades. This film, by Italian filmmaker and activist, Fabrizio Terranova, chronicles a summer spent with Haraway at her Southern California home and showcases her own disciplinary boundary-breaking. The screening will take place in the LVMH Lecture Theatre and whilst free to attend, requires advance booking.
Seeds Festival at Global Generation’s Skip Garden
Saturday 3rd Febrauary
In celebration of the beginnings of spring, Skip Garden is hosting Seeds Festival, a day of hands-on craftmaking, informative workshops, and plenty of delicious food. The Seeds Festival is split into two sessions, with the morning’s activities tailored for adults, and the afternoon’s activities geared towards families and children. Visitors can choose between three different workshops during the morning: 1) Introduction to seed saving with London Freedom Seed Bank 2) Exploring and milling ancient grains with Sustainable Food Story 3) Creating batiks inspired by the beauty of seeds through the microscope with Global Generation; and throughout the afternoon family activities include cooking, growing and making with seeds. Attendance is free, but advance booking is required.
Spa Journeys at St Pancras Spa
Monday – Sunday throughout February
Beneath the hustle and bustle of King’s Cross, two floors below The Gilbert Scott, lies a hidden sanctuary dedicated to health & wellbeing. St Pancras Spa welcomes both guests of the hotel and external visitors and is a Victorian inspired haven. The spa offers a relaxation pool with hydro loungers, traditional saunas, a therapeutic steam room, a relaxation lounge in addition to six luxurious treatment rooms including a couple’s suite. As well as more traditional treatments, the spa’s unique ‘Journeys’ have been designed to take guests on a voyage through the senses and include ‘Journeys’ to ‘An English Garden’, ‘Indonesia’, ‘Polynesia’, ‘Inner Strength’ and ‘Africa’. Lasting between 90 – 150 minutes, why not combine one of these luxurious treatments with lunch at The Gilbert Scott enjoying lighter specialities such a starter of House Salad with grilled baby gem, salted ricotta, ranch dressing & cashew and a main of Sea Bass with sweet potato, aubergine & dukkah.