The story of St Pancras Hotels Group began with The California. When founder and owner Tony Megaro dreamt it up, he set out to create a truly special place. He succeeded.
It would have been simple to create another faceless hotel, just like the chains popping up all over London. But Tony had a love of design that he knew others would want to share in. The Hotel California was to be his gallery. A venue to showcase his treasures, explore his design ideas, and allow creative spirits to share in his love. And they could stay the night too.
King’s Cross wasn’t too desirable in the mid-1980s. But Tony made his choice with an eye on the future. His instincts were right. King’s Cross is now the place to be. Every street is home to several great bars and top-class restaurants on every corner. And with the world-class King’s Cross St. Pancras station sitting in our lap we have all of London, the UK, and Europe within a few hundred meters of our St Pancras Hotels.
We feel pretty lucky.
The California now occupies a quintet of townhouses on Belgrove Street and at the corner of the street is The Megaro. When Tony commissioned four graffiti artists to transform The Megaro’s exterior, London took note. Our top-to-toe mural makes us stand out from the crowd, it’s a clever nod to our stylish and quirky interiors. Hotel Megaro is also home to our casual fine-dining restaurant Magenta, and Alchemy Lab Cocktail bar Hokus Pokus. Its secret is part of its charm.
We’re a regular haunt for locals and visitors alike and we like to make friends with everyone who steps through our doors. And when the time comes to play, there’s the new destination restaurant Magenta, offering the best from Northern Italy in both food and wine, celebrating life. Make sure you visit the shaking, stirring, dazzling and magic of Hokus Pokus. Right there on the block, keeping King’s Cross curious about their latest innovations… because SPHG people always have something special up their sleeve.
Let’s be honest, London never stops moving, changing, developing. So, with the city’s eclectic business needs in mind, we added the St. Pancras Meeting Rooms to the mix – transforming work day gatherings into idea-charged encounters with a seductive slice of leisure. Who says spreadsheets can’t be sexy?
In 2019, our latest magical destination, The Gyle, swung its doors wide for all to enjoy. With a sense of escapism and universe exploring that even made Alice in Wonderful curious, it has collected the spirits of magical Scotland, thrown in a sense of what a parallel universe could look and feel like, and added a great selection of Scottish Whiskies for you to enjoy.
Photography by Craig Preston Roberts