Commuters in London were shocked and surprised on Monday morning when instead of trundling into the city on their regular service, they were picked up by the Belmond British Pullman and treated to a three-course breakfast, with bellinis.
The Pullman service arrived at Ashford International station in Kent at 7.24am for a leisurely 90-minute journey into London Victoria, through Maidstone East and Swanley, so that the lucky passengers who got to board could enjoy the five-star service and luxury trappings of one of the UK’s most famous antique trains.
The passengers glided along in glamorous, gleaming carriages from the golden age of travel.
‘We are very fortunate to own such a special train as Belmond British Pullman and it is lovely to be able to spread some festive goodwill and watch the reaction of people as they enter into a world away from the ordinary.
‘We hope that passengers will love and share their experience with others – and you never know -this may be the start of a tradition for Belmond.’
Commuters in the London area have been enduring a particularly poor service in recent months from Southern trains, whose drivers have been striking over perceived safety concerns in relation to a plan for train drivers to be in charge of shutting doors.
Trains from Ashford International are run by Southern, Southeastern and Eurostar.
The Belmond British Pullman operates regularly out of London Victoria.