As was (just before closure):
As it is now (after the expenditure of £800m’s worth of extorted cash):
All I can say is that they got something for their money. Oh, it has some ridiculous touches: that statue, the longest champagne bar in Europe1, but it is magnificent. Probably the best station in the world.
At times like this I am reminded of Brian Micklethwait quoting P J O’Rourke admiring a US aircraft carrier: “Now, that’s the way to waste public money.”
1. Who, exactly, goes around measuring the lengths of champagne bars? Anyway, it’s not the bar itself that’s long - just the seating area. The stupidest champagne bar in Europe, perhaps.