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The Gilbert Scott, St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

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Elderflower blended with raspberry, tarragon and lemon

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To start, brown and Forrest smoked salmon on a platter

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Chicken schnitzel

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Lake District sirloin steak with brandy mushroom sauce

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Chocolate mousse, marshmallow, walnut ice cream

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Wearing: Blouse – Zara. Wide-leg trousers – ASOS (similar ASOS). Heels – Lucy Choi. Bag – Couronne. Glasses – YesStyle.

If I may interrupt the fashion week service – not that there has been much of a ‘service’ going on (this blog is becoming a bit like MTV… no Music, just other random stuff) – I’d like to show you where I had a wee lunch the other week.

I must admit, there are still some ‘public’ places that I’m frightened to enter in London, after nearly seven years of snooping around town. Not in a lone-light-basement type of frightened, but a sort of intimidation you feel in a completely ‘non-you’ surrounding – a Cartier boutique, for instance, or anywhere I ask for a pedicure, really. The St. Pancras Renaissance hotel was one of those few, until I had lunch at the Gilbert Scott with Kit the other week, and realized I will have no use for the couture gown I stuffed in my purse. It does look like a palace, doesn’t it? And get this, you don’t need to step out of a Porsche (so I had to return that the next day…) I’ve obviously played this through in my head a few too many times – soundtrack from a Bond movie, Bond girl that needs a diet…etc. In actual fact, the hotel is one of the Gothic beauties designed by architect Sir George Gilbert Scott in 1866 who also designed the Albert Memorial and the Victoria & Albert museum. I sure don’t have problems entering the V&A, heck, I’m regularly kicked out for hopping around taking photos. Despite the size and grandeur, the interior is welcoming, what with all the elaborate lines of Victorian decor and the gold leafing, all casting a warm glow in the corridors. The Gilbert Scott restaurant does a surprisingly down-to-earth, hearty fine-dining, championed by Marcus Wareing, and although the price bracket still puts it into a special occasion, the whole package is there. Ask for a custom mocktail that would wake your appetite, and you must end with the chocolate mousse, toasted marshmallows and walnut ice cream dessert. Forget the diet, just do a couple of zig-ah-zig-ah‘s* before you leave.

*Spice Girls’ Wannabe music video was filmed in the hotel in the year 1996.

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  1. I really can’t describe how hungry I am now…
    Beautiful photos as always!
    p.s. The link on your twitter didn’t work. :p

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  2. Wow! Such a beautiful place! Love the photos :)

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  3. Your post made me sooo hungry, especially the picture of the smoked salmon and as I unfortunately didn’t have breakfast yet I have to content myself with what I’ll find in my fridge :(
    BTW great pictures and apparently stunning place!

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  4. Danielle

    The food pics are to die for..

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  5. Gorgeous photos! The food looks delicious and the hotel is stunning. x

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  6. OH MY!

    This hotel is completely stunning, but the real selling point is that the spice girls music video was filmed there :)

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  7. zmazing place!

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  8. Everytime I walk past here it looks so grand, I know what you mean about feeling intimidated! I would love to see how it is though, by the sounds of it, it looks lovelyxx

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  9. Ooo la la. The food looks SO good. I want to go! How come when I’m in London we just go to Itsu?! xx

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  10. Seriously, you bring more magic to London! I love how you capture so many details and textures in one shot! So talented!

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  11. This place is gorgeous I can see why you were intimidated.
    I want to go for lunch
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

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  12. such a gorgeous place and the food looks amazing and your outfit as well!!!

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  13. Beautiful place!

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  15. I’ve always preferred wide leg trousers over skinny pants. I find it to be so much sexier somehow. It shows how much confidence is needed to not show any skin or curves!
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  16. Ah, how gorgeous are your photos! Love your outfit too

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  17. such beautiful shots!

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  18. Lena

    These photos are stunning! Your travel/hotel/restaurant interiors pics are my favourite, please keep posting!

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  19. What a beautiful hotel!

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  20. What a beautiful place, and you looked so chic!
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  21. Helen

    You’re such a good photographer! this place looks sooo nice too:) and the food.

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  22. Great photos, love your bag!

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  24. Amazing photos, as usual. I stayed at St. Pancras during my vacation in London earlier this year and couldn’t believe how beautiful it was. Looks like you had a great lunch!

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  25. The interior details of this place is insane!

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  26. Sophie

    Hi Shini! Your hair looks fantastic- the way you have been styling it since the big chop has been inspiring me. How did you get the texture in these photos?!

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  27. Πολύ χλίδα το ξενοδοχείο αυτό.Πού είναι??? ρουχα μεγαλα μεγεθη

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  28. Hi Shini, you always look so gorgeous and beautiful; reading your blog is like reading a high-fashion magazine (plus your humourous and enjoyable writing style). Now, I just wanted to ask if you have prescription lenses in your frame? Have a good day and take care.

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  29. Wow, I’ve always wanted to go to this hotel. Love the photos!

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