Day trip: Great British Seaside: Hastings on board the Belmond British Pullman

Prices from £360 per person

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Dates: – Saturday 11th September 2021

Enjoy a day excursion to the historical seaside town of Hastings. Arrive in style on the luxurious vintage carriages.

Departing from London at approximately 10:00 and returning the same day at 18.45. Confirmed timings will be supplied with your travel documents.

Your Journey

Board the beautiful vintage train at London Victoria Station and settle into your plush armchair, admiring the authentic Art Deco touches of your carriage. As the journey begins, your steward serves you a sparkling Bellini, followed by a delicious brunch. Relax and absorb the scenery through your picture window as the train winds its way south-eastwards towards Hastings. Arriving in Hastings, enjoy free time to explore this fascinating town. You may wish to wander among the shops in the quaint Old Town or take a stroll along the renovated pier. Alternatively, why not take a journey on the Cliff Railway up to either East or West Hill to enjoy panoramic views of Hastings. Also located on West Hill are the remains of Hastings Castle, which William I had built after his victory over King Harold II. You are welcomed back on board with a glass of chilled champagne. Linger over a delectable three-course dinner with half a bottle of wine as you travel back to London.

What to Wear

Smart day-wear is appropriate; You can never be over dressed on this iconic train. Please do not wear jeans or trainers.

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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 breath-taking 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 are a limited number of single tables as well as tables for three and four in the open car.

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The Belmond 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 in mind 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 Belmond 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.