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Why there is a piano in London St. Pancras station

Why there is a piano in London St. Pancras station

People have been enjoying the Yamaha piano since 2016

Ever wondered why there's a Yamaha piano sitting in the lower ground of St Pancras station?

Well, there's a brilliant reason why it's there and, if you don't know already, you will soon find out.

The station itself opened in 1868 and is dubbed as 'one of the wonders of Victorian engineering' and 'one of the most elegant stations in the World'.

It was initially built by the Midland Railway Company (MRC) to connect London with some of England’s major cities, while intending to play its part as 'a display of physical magnificence'.

For seven years, a black Yamaha piano's been sitting in the station's lower ground floor Arcade for everyone to enjoy.

St. Pancras

That is thanks to Sir Elton John who surprised St. Pancras visitors with a mesmerising piano performance back in February, 2016.

While viewers watched on in amazement, the original 'Rocket Man' displayed an iconic piano performance for just over three minutes.

In such a short period of time, he managed to rattle through the hits - 'Looking Up', 'Tiny Dancer', 'Your Song', 'Bennie and the Jets, Candle in the Wind', 'Song for Guy', 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart' and 'Don’t Dilly-Dally on the Way'.

After he finished, Elton left the beautiful Yamaha piano behind as a gift for people to enjoy and even signed it before donating.

His message reads: “Enjoy this piano. It’s a gift. Love, Elton John.”

St. Pancras

Commenting on the viral clip, one fan said: "One of the kindest men around.

"Elton has a great heart and does beautiful art in every sense of the word.

"We are blessed to have him. Thank you for posting."

A second person added: "The King of the Keys at work!!! Those people there are sooo lucky to have a legendary musician give a up close performance like that."

Another thought: "Man this would be an epic studio addition. I love medleys like this, spanning years of creativity and life's work.

"Not to mention all the emotion and memories attached to them.

"Not only for the artist, but all the fans who listen and enjoy. However short, what a ride."

Throughout the years, many famous artists have played the piano and, in 2017, John Legend performed the legendary 'All Of Me' for onlooking commuters.

Jools Holland has also been pictured playing the instrument along with Cole Lam, who went viral for playing Queen classic 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.

Talented pianists Brendan Kavanagh and Terry miles have also played the piano.

Featured Image Credit: PjrTravel / Alamy Stock Photo/Simon Dack / Alamy Stock Photo/

Topics: Elton John, Music, London, UK News