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ST. PANCRAS - Meeting and Dining

Date: 21st May 2012

ST. PANCRAS  as a venue for lunch

My son is over briefly from Australia. His visit is to see the chums he hasn’t seen for 2 years, his father and the oldies – most of his grandparents and step-grandparents are still alive. (Isn’t he lucky – my grandparents were dead by the time I was three years old so I never had that particular pleasure)

As I stayed with Jonathan for a month in January, he quite rightly decided to stay with his father and use that as his base. We took him out to dinner just before his birthday as he wanted to celebrate the actual Birthday with his friends in London. He is going back this Saturday (Boo Hoo) so we arranged a quick meeting for just the two of us  in London on Monday.

I don’t usually write too much about family affairs but we had such a great experience on St. Pancras station that I thought I might encourage others who only have a few hours together. We met under the iconic statue by sculptor Paul Day (who also cast the interesting and evocative Battle of Britain Memorial on the Embankment close to Westminster). As we’ve no idea when we’ll see each other again we pushed the boat out and started our lunch at the Champagne Bar as neither of us had to drive. They offered a taster tray of champagne – novel idea don’t you think? As the price of a glass was £15 we decided to spend £20 and go for it with the taster tray of 3 different champagnes (small measures of course). It’s a great setting and we enjoyed the experience.

Until he left these shores my son would always accompany me to functions and has also been with me when I gave talks on Cruise ships. We went to the Baltic together and also to Norway. He's been my 'beau' at First Nights and other 'do's'.    He’s great company, is very gregarious and gets on with people. So, I not only miss him because he is my loved son, but I also miss having a ‘walker’.

After champagne we walked past the statue of John Betjeman to our lunch at The Booking Office – it’s not inexpensive but then what is in London! The staff are lovely, the venue interesting and the food is good. I really think the make-over at St. Pancras is exceptional – interesting, functional and a great place to meet.

Our encounter was only a brief one as Jonathan had to go and see about purchasing a Dry Suit – sounds like a contradiction in terms but he is heavily into Scuba diving and this is the next step to be able to dive comfortably when the sea temperature drops in the Aussie winter – also they are almost half the price here. He used to Sky Dive and that worried me – I don’t think Scuba Diving is any more safe. But hey! Life isn’t a Destination, it’s a Journey – and Jonathan is having a great time.

I have to say, now that we have the High Speed train, it does make lunch in London viable and you don’t even have to leave St. Pancras. There’s a range of eateries from fast food chains, café’s and then the higher end restaurants for more special occasions. The High Speed runs from Dover to St. Pancras but I always drive to Folkestone West to catch it. The only time I parked at Dover I got my car vandalised and, in fact, it is virtually impossible to find a parking space there anyway. Do politicians ever really think things through. They fight to get the High Speed and then don’t think about building a Multi-Storey Car Park. Apart from convenience for the travelling public, it would bring in much needed revenue to Dover.

So thanks to the High Speed I was able to travel to St. Pancras, have a lovely lunch and with no stress  get back on the train. Great. The old journey from where I live to Charing Cross used to take over 2 hours and that was a nightmare.
 

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