Great Northern Hotel, London – hotel review

Although the word boutique is often over used in 21st Century hotels, there is no question that this fine establishment - with its elegant design and luxurious fittings - is every inch the boutique hotel that you dream of

With a history dating back to 1854, the Great Northern Hotel has every right to call itself “the world’s first great railway hotel.” Exquisitely refurbished and directly outside Kings Cross and St Pancras stations, there can be no better place to rest if you want to stay connected. 

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From the moment you enter GNH you are made to feel at home by the welcoming staff, but also the sense of great calm that contrasts delightfully with the bustle of the stations outside. 

Although the word boutique is often over used in 21st Century hotels, there is no question that this fine establishment, with its elegant design and luxurious fittings, is every inch the boutique hotel that you dream of. 

Every inch of the hotel has been modernised with care and attention, leaving the visitor appreciative of the grand Victorian steam age on which the original hotel was built – but never left wanting for anything from a thoroughly modern luxury hotel experience. 

The guest rooms are stylish and extremely comfortable, each with a large elegant bathroom and the mod cons you’d expect from a hotel of this stature.  An added bonus includes a completely complimentary Video on Demand system that contains TV, movies and music – most hotels would charge extra, but GNH throws it in along with free mega-fast internet. 

Likewise, the room has a mini bar that charges retail rates, meaning if you fancy a snack or a drink, you can do so without fear of an outrageous bill at the end of your stay.  

Each floor of the hotel also has a well stocked pantry from which guests can help themselves to freshly made cake, coffee, tea and snacks.  Again, all this is thrown in as part of the deal – an unusual, but very welcome addition to your stay. 

Just minutes away from the Eurostar terminal and within easy reach of many of the capital’s best attractions, this is a luxurious hotel for all seasons.

Eating and drinking   

Plum + Spilt Milk is overseen by chef Mark Sargeant and offers a tantalising eating experience in an elegant modern environment on the first floor of the hotel. 

The dinner menu is a triumphant mix of simplicity and culinary flair.  Everywhere you look on the menu, from the appetisers, first courses and “things on toast” to the seafood, fish and meats you see imagination, but also a respect of the simplest value of good food – beautiful ingredients.

The way the menu is constructed allows you to experiment with the excellent meat, fish and vegetables – and still leave room for one of the delicious desserts – or my favourite… the cheeseboard.  This is a fine restaurant experience worthy of this fine hotel.

Breakfast and lunch area also available from the restaurant, offering a similar trademark flair no matter what you choose to eat.

GNH Bar is a lively and intriguing place to have a pre-dinner drink or have a nightcap after a night out on the town. It is located on the ground floor of the hotel and is open to both residents and the public.

Hotel address: St. Pancrass Station, Pancras Road, London N1C 4TB

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Radio Times Travel rating: 8.5/10

“Just minutes away from the Eurostar terminal and within easy reach of many of the capital’s best attractions, this is a luxurious hotel for all seasons”


Radio Times Travel stayed as a guest of the hotel in 2014. For more details about this hotel and to find the latest room prices, please visit the official website.

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