I have been fortunate to be a regular traveler on the Eurostar since it opened in 1994. Since then, the terminal has moved from London Waterloo to possibly one the most impressive and historic stations in the world, London St Pancras International.
This is the kind of station where you marvel at the way that the old has been integrated with the new, and it is a suitably grand start to any journey on today’s updated Eurostar.
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The Eurostar lounge at London St Pancras is a benefit of the American Express Platinum card (you and a supplementary cardholder will access Eurostar lounges) and the Carte Blanche Card. Alternatively, if you book a Business Premier ticket, you also get access to this exclusive lounge.
The best thing about this lounge is the seclusion. You can escape the madness and stress of finding a seat in the main terminal. The St Pancras Eurostar lounge provides an escape with food, drinks, plenty of seats, and a less stressful atmosphere. The lounge is long and thin, arranged against the side of the terminal. It has two floors and is worth heading upstairs as the upper level always seems quieter.
What do you get in the Eurostar lounge at St Pancreas?
There are always plenty of magazines and newspapers available in this lounge. These included Wired, Motorsport, Grazia, Harpers Bazaar, Elle, Porter, etc. The food offering isn’t huge, but if you have a Business ticket, you get food on the train. In the morning, in the lounge, there is a selection of nice pastries; fresh pain au chocolate, croissants with butter and jam, and fresh bread with hams and cheeses. There is a huge selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. I can’t comment on the afternoon offering in such detail as I mainly travel in the morning, but there is always a good selection of snacks available. Crisps, nuts, olives, and so on, as well as breads and cake slices. It is worth noting that the coffee and hot chocolate from the machines are good, as is the orange juice, so the offering does nicely for a continental breakfast.
In the afternoon and evening, there is a self-service bar where travelers can help themselves to a selection of wines, beers, soft drinks, and spirits, including most recently, Eurostar’s very own gin, Toujours 21, made with Raymond Blanc and silent Pools distillers.
Is the Eurostar Lounge Worth Paying The Extra For?
In my opinion, absolutely yes, as it gives you a calm and spacious environment to work in pre-boarding. If you travel regularly, it is worth applying for an American Express card to access this peaceful lounge or buy a Business Premier ticket.
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