While the ongoing strikes and disputes may make visiting London by train unattractive at the moment, I still find it the most productive way to spend a few hours and, despite being late, found myself at Euston for a midweek work trip in early October.
For those who regularly travel to London, finding a decent hotel close to the station (and somewhere between budget and extreme high-end) can be daunting. But it’s here that the Megaro offers the weary traveler something a little different, as soon as they arrive.
The hotel is easy to spot thanks to its paint-splattered mural facade, and it’s directly opposite St Pancras Clock Tower, meaning you can walk there from Euston or Kings Cross .
Rooms start at around £185 per night, which means it leans more towards the boutique but, given the price of some London budget hotels, it’s on par and much nicer.
I stayed in a studio corner suite on the second floor, overlooking the busy road and train station. The suite’s interiors are a bit industrial meets Britpop meets Get Him to the Greek (while the walls aren’t hairy, they’re heavily textured). The ceiling wallpaper has an oil-in-water pattern, and the black, gray, and white color scheme is interrupted by accessories including Union Jack and Bulldog throw pillows.
There’s an Egg-style chair and Diesel Studio furniture that looks like it could house a touring band’s instruments. The dog motif continues with a large bespectacled dog that is a Bluetooth speaker. Barrel-style bedside cabinets sit either side of the king-size bed and in the bathroom there is a large walk-in rain shower with a shower screen featuring the lyrics of the 1990s hit of Oasis, Live Forever.
Mid-size downtown hotels can often offer disappointing dining options, but that’s not the case with The Megaro. Their adjoining restaurant, Magenta, offers a menu inspired by Northern Italy, created by Executive Chef Manuele Bazzoni. The interiors, designed by Henry Chebaane, are modern and welcoming and echo the building’s 19th century heritage.
Despite being the last to order, thanks to my train delay, the staff were friendly and knowledgeable and told me about the starters, pastas, main courses and desserts on the menu. Watch out for their dark charcoal sourdough bread, which is served as a small (and hot) wholemeal loaf. I enjoyed three delicious dishes, with the raviolo a particular highlight.
For a pre- or post-dinner aperitif, the basement Hokus Pokus Bar is a funky apothecary-inspired haunt with a menu of creative and interactive cocktails and botanical “remedies.”
This smoky bar is an ode to the location and heritage behind King’s Cross, with a mix of 19th-century apothecary and retro-futuristic steampunk engine room. Bar manager Greg Chudzio was happy to chat over a drink and will mix it up at your table. I would recommend this place no matter if you are staying at the hotel and will definitely return.
Worth getting out of bed for
The hotel is ideally located for exploring London, with King’s Cross underground on its doorstep and the Circle, Piccadilly, Hammersmith & City, Northern, Metropolitan and Victoria lines. Within walking distance are the fountains of Granary Square and the shops of Coal Drops Yard, as well as numerous bars and restaurants. There is a great arts and culture scene in the area – see the free King’s Cross Audio Art and Culture audio tour.
There are full-sized, delicious-smelling toiletries in the bathroom along with bathrobes and slippers. Each room has an espresso machine and a smart TV.
The Megaro Hotel is the flagship five-star property, part of the independent St Pancras hotel group. Independent destination hotel, rewriting the established rules of hospitality, while maintaining the standards of attention, service and refinement, Le Megaro is a place in constant (r)evolution, colorful and daring in flavors, which settles in the spirit of the city. constant rhythms and beats.