Day trip: Discover Folkestone on the British Pullman
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Enjoy a sumptuous three-course brunch served at your seat on the fabulous Belmond British Pullman – the ultimate in UK rail travel, as you embark on a fabulous day out to the Kent coast. Charming Folkestone is the epitome of the Edwardian seaside resort, and is home to a thriving cultural and creative scene today.
The Belmond British Pullman departs from London Victoria on various dates throughout the year. Confirmed timings will be supplied with your travel documents.
Board the Belmond British Pullman at London Victoria and settle into to your comfortable armchair to make the most of the experience. Your liveried steward will soon come arrive with a sparkling Bellini to mark the start of your journey in fitting style. Take the time to admire the intricate art deco details of your carriage, including magnificent marquetry, and admire the ever-changing scenery of the lush southern countryside through your picture windows .
A sumptuous three-course brunch is then served at your elegant table, set with immaculate white linen, bespoke china and cut glass.
Later you arrive at the pretty seaside town of Folkestone, where you are transferred by coach to the nearby cliff-top promenade, The Leas. Take note of the fascinating works of art on display around the town, including pieces by Tracey Emin and other contemporary artists.
After a superb afternoon in this charming coastal resort, you return to the train and savour a traditional English afternoon tea as the British Pullman takes you back to London. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine as the Kent countryside passes the window. Be sure to wander through the carriages spotting the other beautiful design features that make this heritage train unique, before arriving back at London Victoria station.
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 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 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.