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I am renowned amongst my friends for being a birthday avoider: I always used to throw a party, but the novelty rather wore off as the number each year increased and now I prefer to take the sticking-my-head-in-the-sand route.

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So when I was asked to spend the day on the Belmond Pullman, (formerly known as the Orient Express) by Mappin & Webb to celebrate their collections and their charming creative director Elizabeth Galton, and realised it was on my birthday, I thought this was perfect: no need to celebrate but still a feeling a very special day.

Mappin & Webb Express

orient express belmont pullman

I don’t think you can grow up reading Agatha Christie novels without feeling a frisson of excitement when you hear the words ‘Orient Express’. And even though the trains have recently been re-branded at the Belmond Pullman, that frisson still remains when you board the train at Victoria. Excitement that was only heightened when I realised that my dear friend Mrs Trefusis, aka Helen Brocklebank was to be seated opposite me. Oh joy! Oh rapture!

orient express belmont pullman

orient express belmont pullman
Mappin & Webb’s Elizabeth Galton on the train.

orient express belmont pullman

We didn’t actually go anywhere in particular on the train – we departed London and, I think, headed towards Surrey, describing a loop before heading back to Victoria station. There was some lovely scenery en route, but it really wasn’t the point.

orient express belmont pullman

This is the most glamorous of moving restaurants, with delicious food, 30s style chanteuses  belting out festive songs, and a feeling of all encompassing luxe, from the upholstered armchairs in Liberty’s beautiful Ianthe pattern, to the inlaid marquetry and heavy silver cutlery.

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With thanks to Mappin & Webb for the most gloriously festive day

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6 comments

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What a complete treat it was to join you for the day – it was amazing! xx

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I’m green with envy, yet so excited for you to have had this opportunity! I would so love to take a journey on the ‘Orient Express’, even if for a short loop in the UK …and how coincidental, that I opened this email just a few hours after finishing my very own post about the Orient Express and the Venice-Simplon line. I love when things like this happen 😉

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This looks like a wonderful time What a treat for sure Thank you so much for showing it to us I would love to make a trip of it when I get to London in the future

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I have ALWAYS wanted to do the Orient Express (I adore Agatha Christie). This post sent me over the edge. I am SO doing this…and thinking it would be a fabulous mother/daughter trip.

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I love the photos, and the whole Orient Express vibe, but I am a little confused. Is this a restaurant on wheels, or is it a new train service?

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I’d love to have such experience one day myself!!! 🙂

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