St Pancras by Searcys: Travel Europe without leaving London

Europe’s longest Champagne Bar has been transformed into London’s most styish pre-holiday destination, thanks to St Pancras by Searcy’s summer pop-up. Taking inspiration from The Art of Travel, the summery lounge bar is open 7am to 11pm, until 9th September, giving you enough time any hour of the day to enjoy a glass of Champagne in the captivating beauty of St Pancras’ architectural beauty.

The Art of Travel by Searcys has been brought to life thanks to partnerships with Veuve Clicquot, Gloe-Trotter and Sipsmith Gin. The result is The Art of Travel Afternoon Tea and menus that pay homage to 12 European cities and holiday-spots, allowing guests to journey around Europe without leaving the station.

With the Eurostar at touching distance on the tracks, the new afternoon menu gives guests an even more authentic taste of European treats, including the classic French Opera gâteau, Belgian white chocolate mousse, passion fruit Swiss meringue pie and more. Home comfort delights include Burford Brown’s egg mayonnaise bun, smoked salmon warm crumpet, York ham and wholegrain mustard, and delicious homemade scones. For those looking for a healthy twist before their holidays, the platter also includes an avocado and quinoa wrap.

If you’ve got more time on your hands, then dine in the brasserie. Head chef Colin Layfield has put British flavours at the heart of his menu. I’d highly recommend the steak; Lake District beef, house-aged for 45 days, results in a divine flavour. The Creedy Carver chicken pie is also delicious, while the Cured British meats are excellent, with the personal favourite being the Scottish wild venison.

Each of the twelve private booths in the Champagne Bar have been transformed into a different European city destination. Ranging from Eurostar destinations like Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam to further flung European favourites like San Remo, Porto and Reims, each city brings a little essence of its culture to St Pancras. Each booth has been lovingly decorated in pastel colours displaying their correspondent city map, with signs to each destination presented in a tasteful and pared back style. Look out for the legendary “Press for Champagne” button; Veuve Clicquot have selected their Yellow Label, Rosé, Extra Brut Extra Old and Rich Rosé cuvées.

Look out for stylish suitcase seats from English company Globe-Trotter, who have brought a touch more sophistication and style, while Sipsmith Gin have concocted a very tempting cocktail list with the standout being a very special Champagne and gin cocktail titled “Take on the French 75”. This marries Veuve Clicquot and Sipsmith for the ultimate cocktail experience, a delectable mix of orange, cocoa, bitters, Sipsmith gin and Veuve Clicquot Champagne.

With an air of romance about the art of slow travel, St Pancras International is the perfect destination to indulge as guests soak up the gorgeous Victorian architecture and enjoy a taste of travel before or after boarding their train.

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