Project Name: Hip Pop Britannia studio

Location: Kings Cross London

Date Completed: March 2018

Interior Designer: Henry Chebaane

Hotel Group: St Pancras Hotel Group

Blue Sky Hospitality have designed a set of three corner studio suites inspired by British pop music. Conceived as rock star after-party pads with site specific art pieces, atmospheric lighting and superior sound system.

The Megaro is a quirky, independently owned 49 keys hotel facing St Pancras and Kings Cross stations. Tony Megaro its Owner is a maverick self-made hotelier who strives to offer bespoke, authentic and creative hospitality experiences. The hotel is a mid-19th century building that he has covered with the largest mural graffiti in London (450 SqM).

Blue Sky Hospitality was commissioned a few months ago by the owner to completely revamp the hotel and elevate its status among the many customers working in the creative industries of the neighbourhood. The renovation had to be swift in planning and execution to minimise downtime. The result had to be surprising, innovative and of high quality.

The first phase of renovation (now completed) was the lobby and three corners suites. The suites concept is dubbed “Hip Pop Britannia” and takes inspiration from St Pancras, Kings Cross and nearby Camden. The design aim is to treat guests like rock stars, providing a cocooning space that is both restful and stimulating through a combination of dark colours, high textural contrast and tongue-in-cheek references to British pop culture. Each of the three suites use furnishing from the Diesel Living collection as well as custom pieces and pop art created specially by Henry Chebaane for the project.

The high ceilings, Victorian proportions and Pop Art style of the scheme allow the space to feel dramatic and welcoming while being also intimate, fun and residential. The energising contrast experienced between the period architectural facade and its colourful graffiti is thus carried through the experience of staying inside one of these suites.

This area of London is a cradle of British pop culture from the warehouse raves of the 1990’s to the rock scene at the nearby The Water Rats pub (stage for Oasis’ first London gig, among many). Today Kings Cross is a hot bed of creativity with Central St Martins Art school and numerous creative industries. The design of these suites reflects the edgy energy of the neighbourhood.

Each suite has pop art pieces conceived and made to tell part of a wider story about 21st century cosmopolitan Britain within a 19th century Victorian building.  All the joinery is British-made from reclaimed oak and hand-stained on site.