When Ginger Spice pops by the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, you better believe she creates some nostalgia-inducing content. As People pointed out, Spice Girl Geri Horner re-enacted part of the “Wannabe” music video, recorded the re-enactment, and put the re-enactment on Instagram for fans' viewing pleasure. Twenty-one years after Ginger Spice, Sporty Spice, Scary Spice, Posh Spice, and Baby Spice filmed the music video for their debut single, Horner scampered up the very steps featured in “Wannabe” and hit her mark like it was 1996.
The St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, as any Spice Girls historian knows, is where Horner, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm, and Victoria Beckham shot the video that would change the Spice World forever. The castle-like edifice is attached to the St. Pancras station in London, and was built in the late 1800s. According to the St. Pancras Renaissance website, the hotel closed in 1935, but the structure was used as railway offices through the 1980s. In 2011, the former Midland Grand Hotel reopened as the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel.
Fifteen years before George Gilbert Scott’s resplendent Gothic building got back into the hotel game, and two decades before it was the backdrop of Zayn Malik and Taylor Swift’s duet, the Spice Force Five traipsed all over the lobby, the hallways, and, of course, the staircase.
And in 2017, Horner paid the renovated hotel a visit (is she a guest? Eh, it probably doesn’t matter; I doubt that sign applies to the Spice Girls) and gave “Wannabe” a proper tribute. You can watch the iconic re-enactment of the iconic music video below.
Oh, Ginger Spice. So cheeky of you to ask if we remember that staircase or your spot on the steps. You know we never forgot.