Today at St Pancras was cake day! A huge cake featuring all the main elements of the station was made to celebrate the station’s 150th birthday and at 6pm on Monday evening the cake was cut after renditions of ‘Happy Birthday’ by King’s and other schools. The beer festival was underway and there was also a special exhibition on St. Pancras, beer and female railway workers.
The cake itself was huge and featured Midland compounds and Eurostars. At one side a chocolate John Betjeman looked up at the towering cake, much like his statue looks up at the Barlow roof in awe just a few feet away. The cake also had The Kiss and a miniature version of the famous clock at the top. The beer too was depicted in the form of cellar seen through arches made in the base of the cake.
As the pictures show I attended the cake cutting ceremony. This was conducted on the dot at 6pm. Almost by cue the 18.00 hrs Eurostar for Paris left from the platform adjacent to the proceedings at the exact moment the incision on the cake was made. This post is an extra – the one intended for publication today will instead be done for tomorrow 3rd October.
The entire cake in view! It was said to be five foot high.
Before we look at some more of the cake here’s a quick round up of what was seen about the station on this 150th anniversary occasion…
The Betjeman Arms – Happy Birthday St. Pancras!
The beer festival under way with this information board detailing the station’s reliance on Burton’s.
Free beer! Only in small cups though. Twickenham brewery was giving out samples.
And its back to the cake…..
The Midland compound depicted
A peep into the station’s ‘cellars’ with draymen and barrels of Burton’s.
Eurostar E320 depicted on the cake.
Julie from Le Cordon Bleu London, one of the cake’s creators, being interviewed by London Live.
Le Cordon Bleu London’s chefs Julie and Matthew make the first incision.
The first batch of cakes to be cut were put in a special box with a commemorative label. This is mine.
Others had a card with a motto saying ‘Birthdays. Nature’s way of telling us to eat cake.’
Most of the cakes were served by the usual means of a serviette.
Bit of a messy job for Julie! The way the cake is made can be seen.
Another view of Julie from Le Cordon Bleu London cutting the cake.
There you are sir! Enjoy your St. Pancras 150th anniversary cake!
As well as the cake cutting there was an impromptu exhibition about the station
Two of the information boards were about female railway staff who worked during WWII