All aboard! Legendary film director Wes Anderson has partnered with luxury hospitality brand Belmond to reimagine the iconic Cygnus carriage on the classic British Pullman train.
With a love of trains and a passion for craftsmanship, Wes Anderson, famed for films including The Darjeeling Limited, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and most recently The French Dispatch, has been able to carefully balance the historical preservation of the art deco inspired carriage with a modern interpretation of design. The carriage is instantly recognizable as a Wes Anderson design through his signature symmetrical lines, unique color pallets and art nouveau style. The bespoke design also introduces an elevated guest experience with two new private coupés in the carriage.
Wes Anderson has paid careful tribute in his dream-like storytelling to the origins of the 1950s carriage. The Cygnus carriage features two private coupés where every detail of the design and experience takes a journey aboard British Pullman to a new level of luxury. The intimate space, with 360 degree carefully handcrafted marquetry, can be exclusively booked for up to four guests—beginning at London Victoria where the Train Manager greets guests with priority boarding and ensures free flowing champagne is available throughout the journey. Contemporary British menus are served on special crockery, with additional flourishes from British Pullman’s Head Chef and exclusive cocktails served in glassware only available in the private coupé.
“I love trains! I have often had the chance to invent train compartments and carriages in my movies—so I was immediately pleased to say ‘yes’ to this real life opportunity, and very eager to make something new while also participating in the process of preservation which accompanies all the classic Belmond train projects. They are keeping something special alive; – igniting this endangered species of travel into a new golden era.”—Wes Anderson
“Pullman Dining by Wes Anderson” starts from £400 per person, while the “Pullman coupé by Wes Anderson” starts from £1,800 per coupé.Guests can also travel in the open carriage as part of the regular Pullman experience or choose to book the entire carriage for groups and celebrations up to 26 people. To book or for more information visit belmond.com or call 0845 077 2222.
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