Christmas inspiration? Try our interactive St Pancras advent calendar

Finding the perfect gift, bringing the kids to meet Santa or simply enjoying a festive treat and a catch-up with friends, discover all you need under one gorgeous weather-proof roof at St Pancras International Station

The 150-year-old gothic splendour of St Pancras International Station truly comes alive at this time of year as Camden’s perfect one-stop shopping and socialising destination.

With peerless retailers like Fortnum & Mason and Hamley’s all to be found beneath the imposing wrought iron single-span roof, plus top food and drink spots including Searcy’s famous Champagne Bar and a big festive events programme too, it makes for a successful Christmas outing.

To find out more about all that’s waiting to be discovered this season, just flip the 24 doors of our digital advent calendar below – we promise you’ll feel well and truly inspired.

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1

Hark the herald angels here...

Daily carol singers

Throughout December until Christmas Eve, listen out for Carolling for Causes in the station. The likes of Marie Curie, Pop Choir, Kings Rochester School and Key Changes will be singing to raise awareness and funds for their amazing charitable causes.
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2

Gifts so pretty they just have to be eaten...

Ladurée

A rainbow of macarons in a beautifully presented box makes for an enviable edible present. Ladurée is equally good for a pastry break during your Xmas shop, or take home their delightful 'cream tea in a box' kit.
Where to find it

3

Animals lurk around this Christmas tree...

ZSL London Zoo's tree

Centrepiece of the station's undercroft is this year's designer tree, in celebration of the Zoo's work navigating the huge challenges of operating through Covid. Look out for the 12 animals of Christmas springing out from the storybook.
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4

The perfect pub for winter feasting...

A roast at the Betjeman Arms

Classic Sunday roasts (including great vegan ones) or the 3-course menus for festive gatherings are both brilliant at this atmospheric boozer. Drink mulled wine on the weather-proof terrace or party in a private parlour.
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5

It's all go at Santa's secret grotto...

Meet Santa with Sharky & George

Join Santa's elves as they take you to meet the big man in his Station waiting room grotto. He'll read the kids a story, pose for selfies and then lead you off to see if you can find his special stash of prezzies.
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6

This present is proper pants...

Calvin Klein

With its world-famous undies, plus sleepwear and loungewear ranges too, the dedicated CK store at St Pancras is exactly the place to come and elevate the Xmas gifting staple of pants into a luxurious yuletide hit.
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7

The ultimate heart-warming pit-stop...

Kineya Mugimaru

We reckon there's no better way to chase away any snowy chills than a steaming bowl of Japan's most popular noodle broth. St Pancras boasts the first branch of Kineya in the UK, serving authentic udon and tempura sides.
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8

You're in safe hands here, robot hands...

Bureau Veritas certified

You can trust that your visit to St Pancras is as safe as possible this season, as the station has been audited for tip top cleanliness standards including two state-of-the-art robot cleaners.
Meet the robots in our recent comic strip

9

Sharpen up your party season look...

Reiss

After all that WFH loungewear it feels amazing to have a reason to dress up and go out again. The current Reiss collection includes a devastatingly smart velvet Rosalba jumpsuit for her, sharp blazers and rollnecks for him.
See the range

10

Infuse your afternoon (and evening) with bubbles here...

Searcys

Afternoon tea with bubbles at St Pancras Champagne Bar & Brasserie by Searcys is always a good idea, and never more so than for Christmas. As the evening draws in, venture on to the special cocktail menu with a Winter Spiced Negroni or Jingle Bells Martini.
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11

This one is very easy on the eye...

Eye Candy Beauty Bar

'Tis the season to look your most fabulous, and whether it's your face, nails or body, this flagship salon up on the Grand Terrace will make you feel a million dollars either pre party or post present-buying.
Book here

12

You can't go wrong with these carefully curated tomes...

Hatchards

A well-chosen book is arguably the ultimate Christmas gift, and the selection at this branch of the excellent Hatchards - located down in the stunning station vaults - has been fine-tuned for festive success.
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13

Basket-loads of yuletide flavours...

Fortnum & Mason

Home of the definitive Christmas hampers, F&M are a no-brainer for gifts and treats including wonderfully seasonal puddings and fruit cakes, plus their exclusive St. Pancras honey from hives positioned up on the station roof.
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14

Hi tech with low hassle...

WH Smith

You may consider it the spot for grabbing a magazine or snack before jumping on a train, but the station branch of WH Smith is an ideal way to swerve the West End crowds with it's large headphone selection. Pick up the latest Bose or Beats without the department store queues.
Find them here

15

Another lovely advent calendar...

L’Occitane

The French self-care specialists are famous for their beauty advent calendars stuffed with tubes and bottles of their lovely products. Go as wild as you want with prices to suit all budgets, or snag a simple stocking-filler.
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16

The kids are going to love you for it...

Hamleys

It goes without saying that all your cuddly toy, games, action figure or arts and craft kit needs will be well catered for here. Look out for the Hamleys exclusive Royal Guard Lego figure, resplendent in his bearskin hat.
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17

Piles of show-stopping Panettone...

Carluccio's

There's a festive menu with an Italian twist at this perfectly-placed terrace restaurant next to the famous kissing couple statue. While you're there, make sure to take home some of Carluccio's famous Panettone boxes too.
Book here

18

It's a stocking-filler alert...

A brilliant arcade

If you've been elected as Santa this year, head to St Pancras for masses of inspiration at the likes of Jo Malone, Neal's Yard and The White Company (pictured). All the retailers are a short weather-proof walk from one to another, which beats flying around the globe in a sleigh.
Discover all the shops

19

Check out this pink, fluffy, photogenic stuff...

E L & N

The Instagrammable drinks and cakes cafe are going all out for Christmas, with a decadent S'mores cookie pan special drizzled with warm biscoff sauce. Drinks include the pumpkin spiced latte and a snowball white hot chocolate. Cameras ready!
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20

Help is at hand for those tricky gifts...

Personal touches

After the lockdowns, isn't it nice to get back into actual shops once more, and pick up presents with advice from real humans? The station has branches of Ted Baker, L.K. Bennett, GANT, Kate Spade and Whistles, all great for gift ideas. If you're stuck, just ask!
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21

Personalise your very own chocolates...

Neuhaus

The authentic Belgian chocolate experts have a brilliant 'Duet' system for customising your own pralines. Pick a richly-filled choc and then add a fruity--flavoured base to make your very own creations. It may prove hard to give them away.
See how it works

22

Left it to the last minute?

Grab & go

If you find yourself dashing to make that Christmas Eve train with a couple of gifts still left to buy, thank heavens for Oliver Bonas and Accessorize in the station. Both are guaranteed to solve your last minute stocking-filler dramas.
Full St Pancras shopping & eating guide

23

Don't forget these absolute essentials...

Paperchase

Thank goodness for perennial stationery staple Paperchase, a dead cert for a last minute wrapping paper dash, super-cool cards and cute and unusual festive decorations.
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24

Every purchase makes a difference...

Project Peatlands

With every purchase you make at a shop, restaurant, pub or café at the station, St Pancras International donates money towards restoring the UK's vital peatland ecosystem. Merry Christmas!
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Read the complete guide to shopping, dining and socialising at St Pancras Station here

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