. . . or so reports The Times\' Derwent May:
When it opened in November 1997, the exterior seemed rather disappointing. There were long, bare, pink brick walls, very dull, variegated only by pointless blank portholes and plum-jam- coloured surrounds. I do not think they have improved much with time. The real beneficiary of these outer walls has been St Pancras station, whose pinnacles loom up behind them, far more romantic for the contrast.
But the grandiose courtyard that is flanked by these walls has begun to work its magic . . .