No word of a lie, if I ever have to meet someone for coffee lunch or to discuss something work-related, near St Pancras International Station, I always try to find time to have a little mooch around the station shops. Railway stations have come a long way in the last 10-20 years. Once dark, dingy places with nothing more to offer than a baguette from Upper Crust and a magazine from WHSmith, now so many of them are light and bright, with amazing shops that make the station more of a destination than somewhere to pass through in a hurry.
Some of my favourite shops to hit are MAC, Kikki.K and Oliver Bonas. But St Pancras International even has a champagne bar (behind me in the above photo), sculptures and works of art, and two public pianos which regularly have members of the public sit down to play to passers-by. There’s even more going on, this year, because St Pancras International is celebrating its 150th anniversary with lots of events and installations.
So, in between meetings and an evening work event, this week, where better for me to go shopping for a Mother’s Day present, for my lovely mum?
First stop was Joules – one of my mum’s favourite shops. Like me, she’s a fan of bright clothing so I knew I’d be able to find something she loves.
Next, I popped into The White Company, but didn’t spot anything I thought my mum would LOVE. So on I went to John Lewis – it’s a smaller store than most John Lewis shops but it has SO MANY NICE THINGS. It looks like they’ve gone with ‘gift buying’ as their thing, with this store, so I could have bought everything in there.
In the end, it was the lure of Kikki.K that stopped me from spending in John Lewis, so I headed over there to see what Mother’s Day offerings they had.
There’s also an amazing florist’s shop in St Pancras International – I didn’t buy anything, because my mum lives in Scotland so always order flowers to be delivered to her, but I had a good look!
So… want to see what I bought? (Mum, look away now…)
I picked up this white and blue striped top with a blue and yellow flower print on it, from Joules. It’s colourful, it’s spring-like and I even think it’s my mum’s “colours” (she had “her colours done” back in the 1980s – you know when they tell you which colours you should wear and which you should avoid…)
In Kikki.K, I got this fab Words of Wisdom book, which is filled with inspirational quotes about being a woman and being a mother – my mum is one of the most positive people I know, and loves a pick-me-up quote, so I know she will love this.
I also got this amazing mug from Kikki.K – a big fan of a cuppa, my mum will love that this mug is large and gives her permission to sit on her bottom and watch Grey’s Anatomy.
Kikki.K also gave me a couple of gorgeous biscuits too – such a lovely place to shop!
So what do you think – not bad for shopping in a railway station, right? Hopefully my mum will love her presents on Mother’s Day!
This post has been commissioned by St Pancras International and as always, all views are my own. I genuinely do love a mooch around the shops here every chance I get! For details of how I work with brands, see my Work With Me page. Massive thank you to my friend Katie for taking these photos and to lovely Sarah for helping out too!