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Eurostar harnesses Best of British for new Paris lounge
They say that it is better to travel than to arrive. When it comes to Eurostar’s recently opened Business Premier Lounge in Paris, they would be wrong.
For here is an oasis of calm, beauty, mouthwatering food, cocktails and general indulgence that has been lovingly created not just for the weary business traveller, but for anyone who is looking to enhance their travel experience with Eurostar.
With resplendent views down on to the streets of Paris on the one side and the hustle and bustle of Gare du Nord on the other, the new lounge features high ceilings, marble fireplaces, ceiling-to-floor windows, comfortable sofas, snug breakout areas and even a sunken cocktail bar. Designed by London-based architects, Softroom, the lounge has all the feel of an elite Parisian apartment – complete with its stunning art collection curated by Hospital Club, also from London – yet also offers complimentary wifi along with plenty of USB sockets and wireless chargers.
Food courtesy of Raymond Blanc OBE
Stroll through the expansive ‘sitting room’ area to the adjoining ‘open kitchen’ where the magic touch of Eurostar Business Premier Culinary Director, Raymond Blanc OBE is very much in evidence. Here guests can help themselves to a fine selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner snacks including a range of canapés, salads, an impressive spread of cheeses and cold meats, particularly good gluten-free chocolate cake, juices and seasonal dishes.
“Business travellers are looking for flexibility and a variety of food options when they are on the go; from a light snack before boarding the train to something more substantial,” says Raymond. “The new lounge features a selection of dishes, which we hope will satisfy all appetites. All made with high-quality sustainable produce. We want people to have a wonderful time here – no guilt, just pleasure!”
Tea from Cornwall
Cornwall boasts the first and only tea plantation in the UK. Fittingly, the owner of the Tregothnan Tea Estate is the eighth great-grandson of the original Earl Grey. “We are British luxury. We are the new Darjeeling,” says Jonathan Jones, MD of trading, with justifiable pride. For it is Tregothnan tea that has been used to create the Parisian lounge’s bespoke Manuka Smoked Earl Grey offer. “Brew it for four minutes precisely,” insists Jones. “And you are in for a treat.”
Time for cocktails
Not only are the innovative cocktails the tasty brainchild of JJ from the London Cocktail Bar, but the gin – Toujours 21 – is another of Raymond Blanc’s creations for the lounge, which has as its base gin from the Silent Pool distillery near Guildford in Surrey.
Tucked away beyond the kitchen space, the cocktail bar provides the icing on the cake for travellers who may feel like just one more piece of indulgence before heading on their way. Here guests are invited to perch on stools around the circular black and gold bar and enjoy the spectacle of bespoke Eurostar Business Premier Lounge cocktails being created in front of them while nibbling at a selection of nuts. What’s not to like?
Established in 1994, Eurostar is the high-speed train service linking St Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International, Ashford International, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Calais, Disneyland Resort Paris, Lyon, Avignon, Marseille and the French Alps.
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