“It is forever true that the Golden Age is not behind us, but before us,” wrote essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson. It’s a line that perfectly captures the experience of traveling on Belmond British Pullman—from the excitement of the journey as it unfolds, to the classic luxury we associate with the golden age of travel.
WHEN YOU STEP on board our Belmond British Pullman train, you really are stepping into railroad history. The first ever Pullman coach entered service in 1874, setting the standard for luxury train travel in America. The company’s founder George Mortimer Pullman then brought his business to Great Britain, where he chose to operate his service against the backdrop of our beautiful countryside.
Our sumptuous carriages date back to the 1920s. Some have been used by the British royal family, others have carried such luminaries as Presidents Charles de Gaulle and Nelson Mandela. Others still have survived air-raids over London's Victoria Station in 1940. After a period of delicate restoration, our dedicated Belmond British Pullman service began in 1982. It also forms a crucial part of the Venice Simplon-Orient Express on the train’s British journey.
Whether our passengers are new to the service or returning guests, all are awed by our art deco-style interiors. From the mahogany fittings and marquetry to the polished brass and hand-stitched fabrics, every aspect has been carefully considered. Contemporary artisanal pieces are matched perfectly with the classics: our new crockery is made by William Edwards, purveyors of the finest bone china in England.
Food and drink is at the heart of the Belmond British Pullman experience. We love to celebrate the best of British cuisine on every trip. We also host one-off dining events curated by chefs including Aldo Zilli, James Martin, Raymond Blanc and Tom Kerridge. Our dedicated crew has a combined 200 years of experience and many started their careers at the original Pullman Training School. We’re always happy to share stories about the train’s glittering history.
Our journey options are plentiful. Choose from day trips and weekend excursions to iconic British cities, beautiful country houses and sporting events. Our creative signature adventures include the Murder Mystery Lunch, based on Agatha Christie’s thrilling Murder on the Orient Express. Ornate carriages provide the perfect scenery for the twists and turns of the plot. Whether you prefer afternoon tea or flowing champagne (or both, as many guests do), you can be assured that your journey will will whisk you back to a more elegant era.