Years ago we visited what used to be the Midland Grand Hotel on Open House Day. The building next to St Pancras station always seemed so intriguing and I remember how exciting it was to go inside. Best of all was the story about the women's smoking room - the hotel was the first place in Europe where women were allowed to smoke in public. Now the hotel has been re-opened, and the other week we went for a drink at the Gilbert Scott bar. The room is spectacular...and of course strictly non smoking. Funny how things change!