Luxury London Short Break & Historic Bath on the British Pullman Train 2021
Prices from £495 per person
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Your luxury London 2 night / 3 day short break including a fabulous day trip to Historic Bath on board the Belmond British Pullman
Please see below details of your luxury London short break including 1 or 2 nights with breakfast at a top-rated 4 or 5 star hotel in central London and a wonderful day trip to Historic Bath on board the luxury vintage British Pullman train, based on a departure from London Victoria station.
|Date(s) – 2021||Journey||Price per person|
|2 night short breaks* starting on 20th April, 25th May, 21st September, 19th October and 2nd November||Historic Bath||From £495 per person, including an overnight stay with breakfast at a 4 star hotel or staying at a 5 star hotel from £570 per person.
2 nights with breakfast at a 4 star hotel from £570 per person or at a 5 star hotel from £710 per person – featured itinerary
|18th May or 5th October||Historic Bath by Steam||From an additional £55 per person|
*Your luxury Historic Bath day trip is on day 2 of your short break
About the Belmond British Pullman
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.
LONDON luxury short break and HISTORIC BATH aboard the Belmond BRITISH PULLMAN luxury train
DAY 1 – LONDON
Your luxury short break to London begins as you check in at the highly-rated and luxurious Conrad Hotel (5 star), enjoying a wonderful location in charming St. James, close to Buckingham Palace, St. James’ Park and Green Park, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. Many of London’s principal sights are within walking distance of your extremely comfortable hotel. This afternoon why not stroll towards the river Thames and explore the South Bank or relax in London’s Royal parks. You might decide to head towards Piccadilly, Bond Street or Regent Street for up-market shopping or visit one of London’s world-class museums or art galleries. This evening you could make your way into London’s West End for a show or dinner in a stylish, gourmet restaurant.
DAY 2 – HISTORIC BATH ON THE LUXURY BRITISH PULLMAN TRAIN
This morning after a leisurely breakfast it is just a short walk to London’s Victoria station.
Here you join the beautiful Belmond British Pullman luxury train on a delightful journey to Britain’s best-preserved Georgian city.
Immerse yourself in the beautiful art deco carriages of the vintage train, each one boasting its own distinguished history and decor. Savour a welcome Bellini cocktail and a fabulous 3 course brunch at a table set with pristine white linen, specially commissioned china and sparkling cut glassware. Sit back and relax as the liveried stewards take care of your every need. Enjoy the changing views through your picture window as the train winds its way into the West Country, whilst you enjoy morning tea or coffee on board.
At around midday the British Pullman heads into Bath Spa station. Here you will have plenty of free-time to discover Bath and its most famous sights.
If you are feeling energetic, then start your visit with an ascent up the spiral staircase of the historic Bath Abbey on a Tower Tour (payable locally) and enjoy breath-taking views over the city, as well as a behind-the-scenes peek at the church’s clock face and bells. Make sure to allow time to visit the picturesque Royal Crescent and its magnificent Georgian terrace. You can experience life in Georgian Bath at No. 1 Royal Crescent, a townhouse built in 1767, now a museum revealing the lives of servants and their masters in the eighteenth century or head to the Jane Austen Centre and learn about the life and times of Bath’s most famous resident. Art lovers can explore the Holbourne Museum with its mix of fine and decorative art housed in a Grade I listed building with contemporary extension, or head to the Victoria Art Gallery and experience stunning collections from Turner and Gainsborough, as well as striking modern art. Step back in time at Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House, the oldest house in Bath, dating back to 1482, now a renowned tea room serving one of the most famous local delicacies, the Sally Lunn bun. Fill your boots with delicious, sweet or savoury buns before heading off to explore more of Bath’s many attractions. For quintessential Georgian Bath dining, head to the historic Pump Room for a delicious lunch or Champagne afternoon tea. Don’t forget to sample the natural spa waters from the King’s spring water fountain for an unusual taste experience! Connected to the Pump Room lies one of the finest preserved Roman spa complexes in the world, the Roman Baths. Learn more about Roman spa culture and history and stand where Romans once stood at this interactive museum, where natural thermal waters still bubble away in grand ancient baths. Experience modern-day spa culture and take the natural thermal waters yourself at Thermae Bath Spa (payable locally). Peer over the rooftops of Bath from the warm waters of the rooftop pool, the perfect way to conclude your Bath break. Then you make your way back to the stunning British Pullman train.
On returning to the train your fine-dining experience continues with a champagne reception.
This is followed by a gastronomic four-course dinner complemented by our sommelier’s choice of wine.
Relax in your extremely comfortable seat and enjoy an armchair view of the English countryside as you are wined and dined on your journey back to London. Dinner includes 4 sumptuous courses from the seasonal table d’hôte menu with a Great British cheeseboard and half a bottle of wine per person. All too soon the British Pullman train pulls into London’s Victoria station. Here you make your own way back to your luxurious London hotel.
DAY 3 – FREE-TIME IN LONDON – HOMEWARD BOUND
This morning after another delicious breakfast at your stylish hotel you may have further time to explore the delights of central London. Then make your way back to one of London’s main stations for your journey home.
Your recommended London hotels
The Park Plaza Victoria Hotel (4-star) has an ideal location just a 2-minute walk from Victoria Station, and 5 minutes’ walk from Buckingham Palace. The spacious en-suite bedrooms at the contemporary Park Plaza Victoria London all feature air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs with on-demand movies as well as work desks and Wi-Fi access. The Park Plaza Leisure Club features a sauna and steam room. There is also a fully equipped fitness centre, and beauty rooms offering a range of treatments. The hotel boasts the AA-Rosette JB’s Restaurant which serves a modern European menu and world wine list. JB’s Bar offers creative cocktails and light snacks in contemporary surroundings.
St. James’ Court, A Taj Hotel, London (4 star) is a discreet Victorian masterpiece, typifying the concealed charm of one of Britain’s finest luxury hotels. Crisp and elegant, with the signature Taj warmth, St. James’ Court strives to make each visit more pleasurable and memorable. Located in central London SW1, the hotel is footsteps from Buckingham Palace and St. James’ Park, walking distance from Westminster and Victoria Station and conveniently close to the West End and Mayfair, perfectly positioned to explore London, for business or pleasure.
When the hotel debuted in 1902 it was patronised by the highest in the land and, today, continues to retain the sophistication of bygone days.
All of the hotel’s spacious and elegant en-suite rooms offer a mix of old-world charm, modern design and state-of-the-art amenities. All the comfortable rooms and suites include air-conditioning, a flat-screen TV, hypo-allergenic sheets, a Nespresso coffee machine and a modern bathroom with fluffy bathrobes and slippers.
With three restaurants, including Michelin-starred Quilon, Europe’s first Jiva Spa, the award-winning St. James’ Courtyard, St. James’ Court is sure to be your favourite London hotel. Make the most of complimentary wi-fi internet, the premier Golden Keys Concierge service, tailored treatments at the Wellness Centre and a host of on-site dining options.
Following a multi-million pound refurbishment, The Amba Grosvenor Hotel (4 star) has been restored to its former glory, revealing stunning original features that date back to 1862. A Listed building, it retains its distinctive Victorian architecture and character, yet offers guests all the comforts of a 21st Century luxury hotel. The fully refurbished bedrooms offer a quiet, spacious and comfortable retreat from the bustle of London and the adjoining Victoria mainline station. All bedrooms feature rainfall showers and air conditioning. A large plasma-screen TV, Bose IPod docking stations with surround sound and WIFI access is available in all rooms for guest entertainment. All guests have use of the gym on the 7th floor. The Brasserie bar and restaurant, open all day and the traditional Lounge is a must for a full afternoon tea treat. Reunion, the hotels latest addition, is a chic Champagne and Cocktail bar favoured by many in the area. For a genuine Cantonese experience, try a meal in the Grand Imperial London. Its superb location is within walking distance of many of London’s landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament.
Set within Queen Anne’s Chambers, the Conrad London St. James (5 star) is situated less than 5 minutes’ walk from Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Buckingham Palace and Victoria station are half a mile away. Guests at this stylish hotel will stay in spacious contemporary accommodation, which features an en-suite bathroom, a 42-inch flat-screen TV with a media hub, bluetooth connectivity and a minibar. The rooms also come equipped with a Nespresso machine.
The hotel’s Blue Boar Restaurant serves an extensive menu with an emphasis on seasonal British cuisine. All the food is locally-sourced. The Blue Boar Bar adds a modern element to the traditional British pub and serves local ales. Whilst staying at this up-market hotel guests can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea, coffee, and homemade cakes in Emmeline’s Lounge. Emmeline’s also serves cocktails and champagne in the evening.
Tucked away in the heart of historic St. James and Mayfair, and just minutes from London’s iconic landmarks and vibrant West End, The Stafford London (5 star) is one of the finest luxury hotels in the Capital.
You will be steps away from Green Park, Piccadilly and the exclusive shopping of Jermyn Street, minutes from royal parks and palaces. This stunning hotel offers world-class accommodation at one of London’s most prestigious addresses. Boasting three unique buildings, each with their own style and character, guests can experience timeless luxury, combined with contemporary sophistication and impeccable service.
The extremely comfortable and stylish rooms feature sumptuous fabrics, a rich selection of artwork and marble bathrooms – with some offering magnificent four-poster beds. Each room is decorated with its own individual colour theme, bespoke furniture and room shape design, facilities include a Bose Wave CD player, a satellite TV and a Nespresso coffee machine. Eat, drink and socialise at the award-winning restaurant, The Game Bird, where the focus is on modern British comfort cooking executed with style and panache, all wrapped in a seductive ambience that oozes cool sophistication. You can experience afternoon tea by the fire in the
Game Bird Lounge. Enjoy a cocktail in The American Bar with its 380 year old wine cellar and explore a menu full of exciting Mediterranean inspired dishes, showcasing the distinct style of Culinary Director, Ben Tish, ideal for an al fresco lunch or dinner in our private courtyard. The award-winning concierge service will ensure your stay is even more memorable.
Once the home of Lords and Ladies of the Royal Court, Taj 51 Buckingham Gate (5 star) is unlike any other 5 star hotel in London. The hotel offers a wider choice of suites and residences than almost any other in London, providing guests with more space and flexibility to accommodate their every need.
Beautifully designed suites and residences at this stylish central London hotel feature between one and six bedrooms, each with expansive living areas to relax. All suites come with air-conditioning, a separate living area, a flat-screen TV, and a modern bathroom with fluffy bathrobes, slippers and designer toiletries. Every suite boasts a fully equipped kitchen, providing guests with the choice of in-suite dining or enjoying one of the hotel’s celebrated restaurants in London, including Michelin-starred Quilon and the European Kona, famed for its creative afternoon teas. The newly relaunched wellness centre, marrying two iconic brands – Jiva and Temple Spa – offers the finest of East meets West spa treatments, designed to completely relax and restore the equilibrium of body and mind.
The hotel’s acclaimed butler service and Golden Keys concierges attend to all personal requirements, ensuring bespoke experiences are easily and effortlessly arranged. This admired address has played host to truly dazzling weddings, private events and parties and milestone celebrations. After twilight, a magical incandescence illuminates St. James’ Courtyard, offering a peaceful and private stay in the heart of royal London. Described as London’s ‘inner sanctum’, it is here that you will be able to unwind in unique tranquillity.
The residents-only Hotel 41 (5 star), with a prestigious Forbes Five-Star rating, has been recognised as the number one hotel in the UK for more than a decade. Arrive at the private entrance overlooking the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace, imbued with the subtle fragrance of Hotel 41’s own signature scent, and be welcomed with a personal check-in and a glass from the beautiful Champagne trolley. In your bedroom or suite, discover a selection of homemade treats created by the Executive Chef, along with a supremely comfortable, handcrafted Savoir bed. An unforgettable experience begins. A discreet and intimate hideaway, 41 has the relaxed feel of an exclusive private members club. Simply no other hotels in London have such close proximity to Buckingham Palace and Her Majesty The Queen’s illustrious residence. The location is uniquely vibrant; guests can step outside into the middle of bustling Victoria, while famous landmarks such as Big Ben, Trafalgar Square and St James’s Park are just a short stroll away.
Every one of the 30 rooms are individually designed while sharing eclectic black and white touches, Savoir beds, unique artworks and thoughtful surprises, such as fresh fruit and flowers, delicious snacks and treats. A chic, monochrome design runs throughout the hotel, complemented by mahogany-lined walls, open fireplaces and smart leather furniture, lending everything a cosy, contemporary look and feel. Light-hearted prints by René Gruau, drawings by French caricaturist Sem, and intriguing objets d’art such as antique globes and marble busts add a touch of style and whimsy to the surroundings.
The stunning mahogany Executive Lounge is where you are invited to relax and enjoy an informal and personalised dining and drinks experience throughout the day and evening, helping you feel part of an exclusive private members’ club. “Plunder the Pantry” throughout the day, with delicious complimentary snacks, freshly baked breads, daily cheese board, tempting desserts and evening canapés. Indulge in the honesty bar, or simply allow the wonderful team to prepare your favourite drinks, served with the generous hospitality for which they are renowned.
Discover the English Grill. Opulently designed with a rich royal theme of grandeur. It showcases polished silver, beautiful chandeliers and tailcoat waiters offering traditional service at its most welcoming. Using the finest English produce and suppliers that serve the Queen’s kitchen, the dining experience is accompanied by an extensive wine list. The Curry Room, adjacent to Hotel 41, serves an inspired three-course menu created by Chef Arun Kumar, celebrating authentic flavours made with the finest ingredients and exclusively imported spices from India.
Above London’s skyline, discover a private and intimate rooftop bar, exclusively for hotel residents. Open in the summer months between 12 and 8pm each day, the famous Zebra Bar is a stunning sun trap with views over London’s rooftops, as far as The London Eye and Hyde Park. This is a beautiful space to enjoy 41’s signature cocktail list and complimentary treats and snacks, or Afternoon Tea with an exquisite collection of pastries and traditional sandwiches. Adjacent to 41 and overlooking the Royal Mews, you may also be tempted to relax at the intimate Leopard Bar or the New York Bar with its striking red décor, original artwork and friendly ambiance.
· 2 night short breaks on 20th April, 18th and 25th May, 21st September, 5th and 19th October and 2nd November 2021 and tailor-made to your specific requirements and built around the British Pullman departure dates
· NB – Your luxury trip to Historic Bath is on the 2nd day of your short break
Holiday duration is 3 days
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