If you’re looking for a railway-themed wedding venue that has all the glamour and luxury of the Golden Age of Travel, there’s no better place than the St Pancras Renaissance.
This grand old Victorian railway hotel, which Sir John Betjeman once described as ‘too beautiful and too romantic to survive’, recently had a £150 million makeover after years of neglect. Now restored to its former glory, it’s simply stunning, both inside and out. It’s the perfect venue to choose if you want to introduce a subtle, elegant railway theme to your wedding.
And if you want a taste of what your wedding day could be like in this lavish venue, head to the St Pancras Renaissance on Sunday 9 March for ‘A Wedding Journey’. From 11am to 5pm, the hotel will be transformed into a fully set up wedding venue so couples can see how it would look on their own special day.
Wedding planners will take you round all the areas you could use for the various parts of the day, including the ceremony, pre-dinner reception and evening celebrations, as well as showcasing the hotel’s stunning backdrops for your wedding photography. You’ll also get to sample champagne and canapés, and speak to a range of suppliers including florists, cake-makers, photographers and stationers.
Sound like a journey you want to take? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about this free event and to book your place.
If you’re looking for a unique way to treat your loved one this Valentine’s Day, a romantic ride through the countryside on a vintage train could be just the ticket. Most heritage railways put on a special Valentine’s Day service, many with fine dining and fizz on the move. What better way to sweep your sweetheart off their feet? Here are our highlights of the UK’s love trains.
If you really want to impress your Valentine, you can’t do better than a trip on one of these iconic luxury trains. There are four journeys to choose from.
Valentines Golden Age of Travel on the British Pullman
Date: 14 February Day/evening: Day Leaves from: London Victoria Price: From £370pp What you get: 5-course meal with champagne, wine and cocktail; on-board entertainment; gift set of champagne glasses; guaranteed table for two.
Valentine’s Day Lunch on the Northern Belle
Date: 14 February Day/evening: Day Leaves from: Leeds/York Price: From £250pp What you get: 5-course meal with champagne and wine; a red rose.
Valentine’s Dinner on the British Pullman
Date: 15 February Day/evening: Evening Leaves from: London Victoria Price: From £455pp What you get: Seasonal tasting menu with champagne and wine; gift set of champagne glasses; guaranteed table for 2.
Valentine’s Day Dinner on the Northern Belle
Date: 14 February Day/evening: Evening Leaves from: Chester/Manchester Price: From £250pp What you get: Dinner with champagne and wine.
This beautiful heritage railway in Sussex has two special Valentine’s Day journeys – afternoon tea in the vintage lounge cars of the Wealden Rambler or an evening meal on the Golden Arrow, its luxury Pullman train with a First Class dining car.
Wealden Rambler Afternoon Tea
Date: 14 February Day/evening: Day Leaves from: Sheffield Park Price: £43pp What you get: Afternoon tea with luxury teas, sandwiches, cakes, tarts, scones, meringues and shortbread.
Golden Arrow Evening Pullman
Date: 14 February Day/evening: Evening Leaves from: Sheffield Park Price: £75pp What you get: 3-course meal with choice of menu.
Date: 14 February Day/evening: Evening Leaves from: Bolton Street Station Price: £49.50pp, £160 for table of four What you get: Glass of bubbly; 4-course meal.
For a night of old-fashioned romance, reserve two seats on Vintage Trains’ steam-hauled Pullman dining train. If you want to go all out on the classic gestures, you can order champagne, chocolates and roses so they’re waiting at your table when you arrive.
Valentine’s Day Express
Date: 14 February Day/evening: Evening Leaves from: Tyseley Warwick Road Price: £130pp (£45pp if not dining) What you get: 4-course dinner with champagne; guaranteed table for 2 (for extra fee); photo opportunities.
Date: 14 February Day/evening: Evening Leaves from: Loughborough Central Price: £69pp What you get: Pink champagne; canapés; 6-course meal; red rose.
Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch
This special Valentine’s heritage steam train journey will take you on a 28-mile round trip, breaking at Dungeness Station for a 4-course meal in the Light Railway restaurant. The Light Railway isn’t licensed so if you want to celebrate with fizz, you’ll need to bring your own.
Date: 14 February Day/evening: Evening Leaves from: Hythe Station Price: £46pp What you get: Complimentary drink; 4-course meal; Valentine’s gift.
This beautiful heritage railway line in Yorkshire is offering a great economy option for Valentine’s Day. It may not have the luxury of some of the other dining journeys on our list but you get a fair bit for your money and it beats a boring meal in a restaurant hands down.
Valentine’s Day Lunch
Date: 15 February Leaves from: Leeming Bar Price: £25pp What you get: Buffet lunch; glass of fizz; rose.
So there you have it. Whether you opt for sophisticated luxury and glamour or old-fashioned classic romance, we hope you enjoy your vintage Valentine’s voyage!