Day trip: Christmas Lunch by Steam on the Belmond British Pullman
Prices from £420 per person
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Dates are now available for Christmas 2022:
2022 – Saturday 10th & Friday 16th December 2022
From £510 per person
Step back in time to the glamorous 1920s aboard the famous Belmond British Pullman train on this classic journey. This is a spectacular start to the festive season, either as a treat for yourself or a gift for someone special.
Departing from London Victoria at approximately 11:45 and returning the same day at 16:00 (to be confirmed).
Confirmed timings will be supplied with your travel documents.
Step back into a Golden Age of Travel aboard the Belmond British Pullman. Enjoy fine food, including a festive five-course lunch and wine as you set off on a round-trip through Britain’s glorious countryside. Marvel at the ever changing views through the window and the plumes of steam trailing through the sky on this special steam hauled journey.
What to Wear
Smart day wear is appropriate. Please do not wear jeans or trainers.
The Belmond British Pullman
The Belmond British Pullman is glorious in every respect. Originally conceived as “Palaces on Wheels” by George Mortimer Pullman, each lavishly appointed carriage is an original 1920s and 30s masterpiece from the golden age of rail travel.
Lovingly restored with breathtaking attention to detail, each car is a symphony of intricate marquetry, inlaid mosaic floors, sparkling crystal and beautiful Art Deco design.
Relax within deeply upholstered armchairs and celebrate the sovereignty of Britain’s gloriously unique heritage. Sip champagne and embrace an element of the world’s most romantic and exclusive adventure.
The Belmond British Pullman can carry up to 226 passengers and the carriages seat between 20 and 26 passengers in each. On board passengers are seated in either ‘coupé’s’ (small compartments seating up to four people) or in the open car mostly at tables for two. There is a limited number of single tables and tables for three in the open car.
The British Pullman takes its name from George Mortimer Pullman, an American, who in 1864 built The Pioneer, the first railway carriage designed with true comfort for the passenger. The later creation of the Pullman Car Company in 1882 led to his domination of luxury train travel in Britain from that time onwards.
These luxury day cars formed the train that would take passengers from London to the English Channel ports as part of the famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, as well as travelling the length and breadth of Great Britain.
The history of the train lies in the individual carriages which today form the British Pullman. The carriages have changed hands many times during their lifetime and bring with them stories and events which give them their unique character.