Our story began with The California. When founder and owner Tony Megaro dreamt it up, he set out to create a truly special place. He succeeded.
It would have been simple to create another faceless hotel, just like the chains popping up all over the capital. But Tony had a love of design that he knew others would want to share in. The California was to be his gallery. A venue to showcase his treasures, explore his design ideas and allow creative spirits to share in his love. And they could stay the night too.
King’s Cross wasn’t too desirable in the mid 1980s. But Tony made his choice with an eye on the future. His instincts were right. This part of town is now the place to be. Every street is home to several great bars and top-class restaurants on every corner. And with the world-class King’s Cross St. Pancras station sitting in our lap we have all of London, the UK and Europe within a few hundred metres.
We feel pretty lucky.
The California now occupies a quintet of townhouses on Belgrove Street and at the corner of the street is Hotel Megaro. When Tony commissioned four graffiti artists to transform the Hotel Megaro’s exterior, London took note. Our top-to-toe mural makes us stand out from the crowd, it’s a clever nod to our stylish and quirky interiors. Hotel Megaro is also home to our beloved Karpo Grill and the underground Megaro Bar. Its secret is part of its charm.
We’re a regular haunt for locals and visitors alike and we like to make friends with everyone who steps through our doors. And when the time comes to play, there’s the steak-sizzlin’, cocktail-shakin’, best-kept-secret heart of it all – Karpo Grill and the Megaro Bar. Right there on the block, keeping King’s Cross curious about their latest innovations… because SPHG people always have something special up their sleeve.
Let’s be honest, London never stops moving, changing, developing. So, with the city’s eclectic business needs in mind, we added the St. Pancras Meeting Rooms to the mix – transforming work day gatherings into idea-charged encounters with a seductive slice of leisure. Who says spreadsheets can’t be sexy?
While all of our venues work hand-in-hand, we promise you won’t find a hint of corporate sameyness here. It’s just not who we are. There is one constant, and that’s our approach. No scripts, no fake smiles, no rulebooks… Just real people providing genuine personal service. It worked for us back then, and that’s how we’ll continue. We think you’ll like it.
With so much to enjoy in our magical city, every second is precious in London. As our destinations are in the heart of one of the city’s most culturally vibrant and exciting areas, you’re only ever a step away from your next London adventure. Each of the SPHG venues are conveniently located just moments away from King’s Cross’ train and Tube stations, all under the watchful eye of the iconic St. Pancras clock tower.
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