The Standard, Kings Cross, London
The Brutalist 70s eggbox-style structure simply appeared to shout “what you looking at?”.
Having been a frequent traveller by King’s Cross St Pancras for a few years, each for the northern line and International cross-Channel journey with Eurostar, I turned fairly accustomed to what I as soon as thought of to be the ugliest instance of seventies modernism on the town.
The vivid white Brutalist 70s eggbox-style structure simply appeared to shout “what you looking at?”.
I’m speaking concerning the constructing that The Standard lodge now inhabits. It stands there in stunning distinction to the fairytale turrets and pink stone of Sir Gilbert Scott’s Gothic Kings Cross on the alternative aspect of Euston Road.
My view has softened since then. I now recognise this to be an intriguing piece of historic structure that appears slightly regal topped as it’s by a glass extension at its high.
After all, this was as soon as residence to the Camden Town Hall Annex previously often known as St Pancras Town Hall till 1965. It was ultimately made a Grade II listed constructing in 1996.
Indeed, The Standard, an American import, is nothing of the kind. It was designed in collaboration with Shawn Hausman Design, gurus in idea design and with its upside-down emblem, there may be actually nothing for a traditionalist to hold their hat on.
There’s loads of geometric styling from the small reception proper all the way down to the carpets within the hallways whose playful geometric shapes jogged my memory of the artwork room at a nursery I attended all these moons in the past.
The Standard attracts a melody of millennials and barely older funsters. Its atmospheric library room, alfresco consuming, and rooftop bar make the lodge a vacation spot in itself and with jazzy music, a bevvy of movie star DJs belting out toe-tapping funky disco music, a heritage of podcasting on tradition and way of life matters, it makes complete sense.
No doubt when cross-Channel Eurostar companies begin up once more the lodge will see their Gallic clientele returning.
The Standard has 266 rooms starting from Cosy Core (windowless) rooms to terraced suites with outside bathtubs on the high with floor-to-ceiling glass partitions. Though they differ in measurement and form the one phrase that unites them is “funkydelic”.
Mine was a King of Kings double with a pleasant view over King’s Cross clock tower. It’s a giant room with plain white partitions and an enormous double mattress at its centre atop a blue carpet. The mattress blanket affords the colors, pink, blue and black block geometric colors created by Wallace Sewell. Incidentally, they’re the corporate behind TfL’s – Transport for London – materials.
There’s a flat-screen television in addition to a workstation with retro lamps for some laptop computer motion beneath which there’s a completely stocked mini-bar. There’s additionally a drawer that reveals a cocktail shaker and all of the accruements to make a cocktail.
The one phrase that unites the rooms is “funkydelic”.
Surprisingly, there is no such thing as a Nespresso machine, although a kettle hides humbly behind the streamlined pink door of the wardrobe.
The trendy toilet of darkish pink and black tiles affords a large (if barely brief) bathtub and a spacious bathe. Bathroom robes are unusually green-hued.
I loved the entire silence of the room – no ambient noise in any respect – and I used to be capable of management the temperature for consolation.
Food and Drink
The Library Lounge, a nod to the previous the place a purposeful library as soon as stood, is an atmospheric house dotted with lush foilage and fireplaces to get pleasure from a chew or simply cocktails whereas studying one of many many books on the cabinets. I slipped into a comfortable Saporiti leather-based couch with prosecco available whereas flicking by a e book about profitable relationships.
The restaurant Isla, its terrace and foyer lounge all appear to mix imperceptibly right into a single social house.
Double Standard, simply round a brief nook is their lengthy bar and terrace to get pleasure from hearty fare together with burgers and beers.
When the solar shines it needs to be The Rooftop. It has a devoted raise whose pink exterior could be seen by passing site visitors because it rises and descends. Dining right here is proscribed to a sizzling canine and a small vary of cocktails on draft, however who cares, sipping a spicy Margarita whereas devouring these rooftop views is sort of one thing.
Breakfast could be a croissant, fruit salad, avocado on bitter bread or perhaps a full English. I opted for room service for a type of luxurious breakfast-in-bed moments.
The Standard has a 24-hour entrance desk, health club and room service in addition to a really pleasant concierge service. There is free wi-fi all through.
Be certain to take a look at the lodge’s music and tradition shindigs that occur recurrently.
Double rooms begin from £249 per evening.
For travellers, the most important enticement is Kings Cross St Pancras bang reverse. Nearby there’s a myriad of classy eating places and bars, particularly round Coal Drops Yard.