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James Elliott

A true expert on the local area, Navigator James Elliott gives guests a taste of London they will never forget.

Navigator Biography

A lifelong passion for maps and discovery fueled James Elliott’s decision to join the hospitality industry. Hindsight would tell you it was a wise move, as he now works as a Navigator in one of London’s most breathtaking landmarks—the St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel. Having grown up in nearby Islington, James has a deep understanding of the local area and provides guests with recommendations of all kinds, from a scenic run along Regent’s Canal to a cozy sherry bar. After factoring in that James also has a degree in Geography and has traveled extensively, you may be tempted to conclude that his job is straightforward. But London’s cultural scene is as changeable as its weather and, even for a Londoner like James, keeping up with the changes can be a tricky business. So how does he refresh his knowledge? “Simply by constantly walking the area, visiting the new openings and introducing myself,” he explains. “I want to know what the hook is for a new opening.” He adds: “Working in partnership with local businesses is a must to keep on top on the vibe of the area.” Far from cursing London’s ever-changing landscape, James believes it creates a “buzz of excitement,” and takes pleasure from conveying this buzz to guests at the hotel. “We are like an oracle for information and can shape their experience. When guests return to our property to share their experience, this is the biggest reward. Job done!”

St. Pancras Gardens

Sit on handcarved wooden benches while taking in the serenity of the outdoor space located in the courtyard behind St. Pancras Old Church.
Nestled behind Kings Cross and St. Pancras stations is St. Pancras Gardens, a beautiful repose from the hustle and bustle of city life. The Gardens houses the St. Pancras Old Church and surrounding cemetery, so you can get a glimpse of some of the oldest Christian worship and burial areas in England. Stroll amongst the ornately beautiful tombstones and memorials, while enjoying the greenery, and keep an eye out for some of the Gardens' most prominent "residents," like Sir John Sloane, and J.S. Bach's youngest son.
Address: Pancras Road, London, NW1 1 UL, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 020 7974 1693
Hotel: St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London
Distance: 0.6 mi
Gordon's Wine Bar - find
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Gordon's Wine Bar

Gordon's low ceilings and candlelit interiors take guests back to the 18th-century origins of the Kipling House at London's oldest wine bar.
Clamber down the steep, narrow staircase to cross the threshold of this Gothic-style 19th-century wine cellar- the oldest in London. Although located on busy Villiers Street, this institution of a wine bar (and former home of Rudyard Kipling) is preceded by an anonymous, even derelict-looking exterior. With nothing but a few cobweb-covered jars in a neglected window, only the faint lettering that begrudgingly spells the word 'Gordon's' invites you in. Downstairs, Londoners in the know huddle beneath low arches and antique clocks to enjoy wines from across the globe by candlelight. Besides the myriad of wines on offer, Gordon's has a noteworthy selection of sherry, port and Madeira served from wooden casks behind the bar. Also available is a variety of light dishes and continental cheeses with a generous hunk of French bread and butter.
Address: 47 Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6NE, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 20 7930 1408
Opening hours: Mon- Sat11am-11pm Sun12-10pm
Hotel: St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London
Distance: 1.8 mi
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The Cross Keys

Stop by this cool bar to check out the eclectic decor. Enjoy drinks paired with a delicious roast dinner and chatter with friends.
An unassuming pub on a comparatively quiet back street on the edge of Covent Garden, Cross Keys gets its name from its unusual sign showing cherubs holding the crossed keys of Saint Peter, keeper of the gates to Heaven. Built in the 19th Century, every inch of wall space in this narrow, grade 2 listed building is covered in pictures, photographs, etchings and posters, ranging from Victorian paintings to Beatles album covers. From the ceiling hangs a collection of copper and brass items, including kettles, pots and musical instruments. It's an eclectic space, but one that suits Cross Keys, making it a charming place to visit. It's the perfect place to stop in for a pint, and on Sundays you can get a slice of their special roast. There's even a functional room in back that can be rented out for parties or events.
Address: 31 Endell Street, London, WC2H 9EB, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 20 7836 5185
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11-1, Sun12-10:30
Hotel: St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London
Distance: 1.4 mi
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Enjoy the perfect cup of coffee at Timberyard. This laid-back London coffeehouse serves up tasty drinks and decadent pastries.
Timberyard is a modern coffeehouse in every sense of the word - it's obvious in everything from the decor to the Ipads mounted on some of the tables. That's right, while you're enjoying your latte, you can enjoy technology at your fingertips without lugging your laptop around. Inside, you'll find comfortable shabby-chic furniture and counters stacked high with cakes, brownies, fruits, and other irresistible coffeehouse goodies. Even with technology's central role in this cafe, the atmosphere is lively, with plenty of people coming here to catch up with friends or have an informal business meeting. 
Address: 7 Upper St Martin's Lane, London, WC2H 9DL, United Kingdom
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 08:00 AM to 08:00 PM,Saturday from 10:00 AM to 09:00 PM,Sunday from 10:00 AM to 08:00 PM
Hotel: St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London
Distance: 1.4 mi
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Caravan King's Cross

Fuel up for the day with a cup of joe from this heavenly coffee roasters shop. The corn and morcilla fritters make for a great breakfast.
The second location of London's coffeeshop darling, Caravan King's Cross brings the business's worldly all day menu and delicious coffee drinks to the King's Cross area. The open, industrially inspired decor plays host to a suitably contemporary menu of small bites and larger entrees from around the world. A sizable dessert menu is joined by a selection of traditional puddings and Swiss cheeses, allowing a world of tastes in this upscale restaurant. 
Address: 1 Granary Square, London, N1C 4AA, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 20 7101 7661
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7am-11pm, Sat10-12am,Sun 10-4
Hotel: St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London
Distance: 0.5 mi
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Savor traditional mezédes like Pastitsio and Metsovone in a contemporary avatar that reflect true Hellenic culinary heritage.
Nestled in Marylebone, Opso brings Greek-inspired dining to food epicureans in London. It features a contemporary take on traditional Greek flavors in a modern yet rustic atmosphere. The dining room features an unfurnished wooden framework, with spice jars and potted plants on shelves. Breakfast staples include pancakes, pastries and koulouri sandwiches, while their all-day menu features specialties like Chicken Liver Mousse, Metsovone, Lamb Shank and Smoked Eel. Complement your meal with coffee, tea, sparkling wine or signature cocktails like Grape Republic or Open Market.
Address: 10 Paddington Street, London, W1U 5QL, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 20 7487 5088
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8-4,Wed-Sat 6-10:30
Hotel: St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London
Distance: 1.4 mi
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Green & Fortune Cafe

Enjoy dishes made with meats sourced from Green & Fortune's own farm, for a truly sustainable, local dining experience.
Green & Fortune Cafe offers farm-fresh sandwiches, salads, and more. Sourcing their beef and lamb from their own farm, their staff butcher prepares the cuts of meats to be used in their dishes. Other meats and fish are sourced from local providers who raise their animals ethically. Their baker makes the cakes and pastries on display fresh every day. Offering a sustainable and authentic dining experience, this cafe is worth a visit for breakfast or lunch. 
Address: 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 20 7014 2850
Opening hours: Mon - Sat 7am-6pm
Hotel: St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London
Distance: 0.5 mi
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Camden Town Brewery

Camden Town Brewery offers small-group tours of their brewing facilities, so you can learn all about how their tasty beers are created.
The Camden town Brewery makes one of the best local brews in the city. Its speciality brews are the crisp and lemony Camden Hells Lager, the dry, fruity Camden Pale, the Camden Wheat with a distinct aroma of banana and toffee and Camden Ink that has a blend of coffee and chocolate. These beers are available year-round. Other seasonal beers include floral and lemony Gentleman’s Wit, the bitter Rude Boy and the USA Hells that has a mix of mango and pineapple in it. On certain days, food trucks are invited to provide guests with a taste of the wonderful street food the city has to offer.
Address: 5-59 Wilkin Street Mews, London, NW5 3NN, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 20 7485 1671
Opening hours: Thursday from 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM,Friday from 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM,Saturday from 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Hotel: St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London
Distance: 1.7 mi
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The Charles Lamb

A gorgeous sunlit interior pairs with a long French wine list and tasty bar fare at neighborhood favorite Charles Lamb pub.
Charles Lamb pub is a delightful hidden gem, tucked behind rows of Regency terraced houses just behind Angel Station. It's position off of the main street manages to control the crowds, however, leaving the bar bustling yet accessible. With elegant, minimal decor, a sunlit interior that brightens up the afternoon atmosphere, and a selection of delectable bar snacks, it's easy to see why this hidden spot is a neighborhood favorite. A French wine list available in glasses and carafes completes the selection at this wonderful spot.
Address: 16 Elia Street, London, N1 8DE, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 20 7837 5040
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 4pm-11 Sun 12-10:30
Hotel: St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London
Distance: 1.1 mi
Morito - find
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The Spanish tapas here are perfect for sharing amongst family and friends. Order as many will fit on the table for an unforgettable meal.
This popular tapas bar is located on lively Exmouth Market. This tapas bar is relatively small and simple, but the flavors coming out of the kitchen are absolutely mouth watering. Sample small plates of traditional Spanish tapas like croquetas, tortillas, montaditos and more. All the tapas and wines are very reasonably priced, making Morito a great value. Flavor-seekers can perch at the tall tables or bar inside, or take advantage of nice weather and people-watch while you savor.
Address: 32 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QE, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 20 7 278 7007
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM,Monday to Saturday from 05:00 PM to 11:00 PM,Sunday from 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Hotel: St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London
Distance: 1 mi
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Granary Square

This canalside square is a fantastic public space to visit when the weather is good; enjoy the Al fresco restaurants.
Visit this public space when the weather is good, as it is a meeting place and hub for numerous activities. Enjoy the restaurants which offer seating outside or admire the choreographed fountains lit up at night to form a spectacular display.
Address: 4 Stable St, London, N1C, England
Opening hours: 24hrs
Hotel: St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London
Distance: 0.6 mi
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The Foundling Museum

The Foundling Museum is Britain' original home for abandoned children, founded in 1739.
The Foundling Museum explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity. This well preserved historic building is a real highlight of the architecture that can be found in the Bloomsbury area nearby. The museum hosts regular exhibitions and contains the important Foundling Hospital Art Collection.
Address: 40 Brunswick Square, London, WC1N 1AZ, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 (0)20 7841 3600
Opening hours: OPEN: Tue - Sat, 10:00 - 17:00, Sun, 11:00 - 17:00, Mon closed
Hotel: St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London
Distance: 0.5 mi