Visiting a station unless you have a train to catch sounds way too nerdy for all but the most serious of trainspotters.

But for St Pancras you could make an exception.

Since the £800m refurbishment to make it Eurostar’s new London home, it’s styled itself as a shopping and drinking destination, and the champagne bar is worth visiting.

While the station is actually pretty stylish — the sheer size of the arched roof is undeniably impressive — what’s galling is a plaque trumpeting that Britain’s first high-speed railway was unveiled here on November 6, 2007.

Across the Channel, the French were doing the high-speed thing back in 1981. DANIEL LANDON

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Verdict: all aboard