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Money’s tight but craving for slightly luxury? Why a visit back in time on the lavish Belmond British Pullman train is just the ticket for a feel-good daycation

  • Ben Douglas climbs aboard the Belmond train for a festive round-trip from London Victoria to Kent
  • He says that the train, the sister train to the Venice Simplon Orient Express, ‘drips in glamour and luxury’
  • The carriages, which date from the Twenties, ‘would not look misplaced on an Agatha Christie film set’

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So money’s tight, you don’t need to go away too far or for too long, but you yearn for slightly luxury.

Now’s the time to think daycation – and a visit back in time on a lavish train.

For the last word feel-good trip, the Belmond British Pullman – sister train to the Venice Simplon Orient Express – is just the ticket. 

Ben Douglas takes a day trip on the Belmond British Pullman (pictured along the Kent coast), the sister train to the Venice Simplon Orient Express

The carriages date from the 1920s and 'wouldn’t look out of place on an Agatha Christie film set'

The carriages date from the Twenties and ‘wouldn’t look misplaced on an Agatha Christie film set’

Dripping in luxury and glamour, it harks back to the heyday of rail power, and there are numerous festive itineraries that may take you thru glorious swathes of the countryside.

High on the list of favourites – and selling out fast – are day trips to the Christmas market in Oxford and to see a performance by the Canterbury Singers in a candlelit crypt at the town’s famous cathedral.

We booked a 3½-hour round trip with afternoon tea. At Victoria Station we’re greeted by liveried stewards and invited for drinks within the Belmond lounge, where harmony singing trio The Spitfire Sisters set the mood. 

It’s a glamorous start, before we board carriages that date from the Twenties and wouldn’t look misplaced on an Agatha Christie film set.

'There are various festive itineraries that will take you through glorious swathes of the countryside,' says Ben. Above, the train is adorned with Christmas decorations

‘There are numerous festive itineraries that may take you thru glorious swathes of the countryside,’ says Ben. Above, the train is adorned with Christmas decorations 

High on the list of Pullman favourites in terms of itineraries – and selling out fast – are day trips to the Christmas market in Oxford and to see a performance by the Canterbury Singers in a candlelit crypt at the city’s famous cathedral

High on the list of Pullman favourites by way of itineraries – and selling out fast – are day trips to the Christmas market in Oxford and to see a performance by the Canterbury Singers in a candlelit crypt at the town’s famous cathedral

Ben reveals that he tucks into sandwiches, delicious savouries and little cakes and scones, all washed down with champagne

Ben reveals that on his trip birthdays being celebrated range from a 21st to a 101st

Ben reveals that on his trip birthdays being celebrated range from a twenty first to a a hundred and first

The whistle blows at 12.30pm and the Belmond begins to snake its way out of London and thru Kent, via Redhill, Edenbridge and Ashford.

There’s a completely satisfied atmosphere on board – birthdays being celebrated range from a twenty first to a a hundred and first – as we tuck into sandwiches, delicious savouries and little cakes and scones, all washed down with champagne.

Before we arrive back in Victoria, two guests confided: ‘It’s value every penny to feel so special only for a number of hours.’

  • The Luminary Afternoon Tea journey, £340pp (belmond.com).

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