(Once Again) The Great Northern Hotel

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Recently, I was given a tour of the Great Northern Hotel which reopened in April in Kings Cross after an extensive £40 million refurbishment.

Built during the heyday of train travel in 1854, the Great Northern Hotel is proud of being the first railway hotel in the world.  The hotel was designed by renowned Victorian civil engineer, Lewis Cubitt, who also did the rest of the Kings Cross station.  The Grade II building is crescent shaped because the hotel is structured around the Fleet River which the Victorians sent underground.  Originally  built as budget-friendly traveller accommodation, the hotel had gone through a period of decline in the 20th century even to the point of becoming squatters’ residences.  At the skilled hands of Archer Humphryes Architects, the hotel has been transformed into a luxury boutique hotel.great-northern-hotel-traveller-3-14jun13-pr_b_646x430

The main restaurant, Plum + Spilt Milk, is named after the colours of…

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I am an American expat based in London with my travel-loving family. I write at Just Go Places Blog about luxury, cultural and family travel.

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