London’s grandest Victorian ticket office is now a restaurant

Hugo Toro draws on the history of the space for his interventions

Designer Hugo Toro has revitalised Kings Cross’s 19th-century ticket hall for its new life as restaurant Booking Office 1869.

Light filters through the original arches of the imposing Victorian building, which would once have been filled with hopeful passengers, waiting to buy their tickets. The windows, along with several other original elements, are untouched but Toro has turned the space into a Victorian winter garden by introducing potted palms and plants.

The London restaurant, which is an extension of the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, mixes periods by bringing together fabrics inspired by the renaissance style of the hotel with 3D-printed chandeliers and rattan booth dividers. Guests sit on plump velvet sofas, next to burnished brass tables, or on leather stools at the marble bar. Toro says he was aiming for an atmosphere that triggers memories.

Booking Office 1869’s menu similarly mixes its influences, offering fried chicken alongside steak tartare and monkfish curry.

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel,  Euston Rd, London NW1 2AR, UK

Photography: Booking Office 1869
Photography: Booking Office 1869

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