I wanted to find out what was happening in St Pancras International Station around his buddy St Valentine’s Day – were there special offers or standout displays helping me to Feel the Love?
I wandered from the bottom concourse to the Grand Terrace and into the Hotel to find out; and here is what I found:
A definite sense of pink exuding from a number of shops such as Accessorize, Monsoon, Fat Face as well as Pink. Hearts and roses from the likes of Link. All a bit expected and nothing to particularly lure you in.
And some of the “chains” did well with Marks and Spencers standing out their themed gifts and flowers:
For me the loveliest retail experience was hands down won by Neuhaus and their Valentine’s gift packaging. No special offers per se, but beautiful and enticing. Who wouldn’t love to get chocs from here? (HINT HINT!):
Foyle’s has a nice theme of love for their books from kids to Loving London:
Neals Yard featured their Organic gifts – capitalising on a theme rather than a special offer.
Eurostar – surely there is an obvioust theme of love linking two of the most Romantic cities in the world and departing from the most Romantic Station in the UK…?
Costa and Starbucks could have done something edibly lovely; maybe Vodafone could have made something about communicating with your loved ones; Boots might have done more than the hearts dangling from the ceiling telling you it is Valentine’s Day on 14th Feb…
That said, some retailers probably would struggle with the theme to be honest eg Fine Burger Company (two for one offer maybe?), The Currency Exchange (Money can’t buy you love) or Rolling Luggage (Love is a journey?), but hey, I am sure their time will come.
So what about the offers? Who is actually doing something a little bit different on Valentine’s Day that you would make an effort to visit. I found five places:
- The Wine Pantry is offering 10% off all pink wines on Thursday.
- Carluccios has a special 4-course menu for £25pp
- The Gilbert Scott has a 3-course meal (3-7pm) for £35pp; 5-course meal (8-11pm) for £80pp.
- Searcy’s Grand Brasserie is offering Romantic Meals for £48pp.
- The Renaisance Marriot Hotel has “Romance Packages” for two people – but at £372 per night in the ‘normal rooms’ and £487 pn in the Chambers Club Suites, it may be a little OTT.
(The last three options are almost fully booked so hurry if you want in).
And there are more than just rumours about an exciting new pop-up shop due to open later today (Feb 14th) – Watch this space…