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Great Northern Hotel opens for first time in 12 years

Published:  30 April, 2013

London's first railway hotel, the Great Northern, has reopened for the first time in almost 12 years, following a £40m renovation programme.

Occupying a prime spot between King's Cross and St Pancras stations, the privately owned Grade 11 listed building has been faithfully restored to its former glory.

The 91 room hotel houses a 90 plus cover restaurant, Plum & Spilt Milk, which overlooks London's newest public square, the King's Cross piazza, and has 17 three metre floor to ceiling sash windows, designed to flood the room with light. Open for breakfast, brunch and all day to evening dining, it offers classic British and European dishes prepared with seasonal ingredients, such as rich wild mushroom, leek and stilton tart; spring lamb hot pot with minted pea and broad bean salad and slow cooked Jacobs ladder with parsnip mash.

The GNH bar takes up almost the entire ground floor and opens directly into the new western concourse. The glamorous interior harks back to a bygone age, with striking glass chandeliers, a polished pewter island bar, mirrored glass ceilings and a small private mezzanine lounge. It will be open from early morning to late at night.