Lonely Planet Writer

All aboard the vintage gin train but hurry; it leaves London tomorrow

Do you want to go on a spontaneous gin holiday and are short on time (but not on cash)? Get your tickets now for this exclusive gin train that leaves London tomorrow evening.

A Tanqueray gin cocktail
Sit back, relax and enjoy some luxury gin-tasting. Image by Belmond British Pullman train

The train departs from Victoria Station at 6.50pm on Thursday 11 May and will take a scenic round trip through the British countryside before arriving back in the capital for 11.15pm. On board, you’ll be treated to a luxury experience that’s more than your average gin and tonic. Instead, you’ll be served a seven-course seasonal tasting menu, with each dish paired with unusual gin cocktails designed to complement and enhance the flavours in your meal.

The experience is perfected by the surroundings. The meal will take place on board the Belmond British Pullman luxury train, a gorgeous vintage train that is the sister to the famous Orient Express. Each carriage is individually designed in glamorous style from the 1920s and 30s.

You will need to be a huge gin-lover to consider this; tickets to the once-in-a-lifetime experience cost £450 per person, but for some artisan gin fans, it might just be worth it.

The rise of gin holidays

For gin lovers who don’t have that amount of money available at short notice, there are plenty of other opportunities for an unusual gin vacation around the globe. Tanqueray is just the latest gin brand to create bespoke events; Hendricks have made a name for themselves with unusual pop-up venues across the USA and Europe and last year they even got a gin bus on the road. Portobello Road Gin have opened a dedicated gin hotel in London or for those who prefer the sea over rails, Dorset Cruises launched special gin-tasting cruises earlier this year. Want to make some homemade gin? Try an afternoon course at Ireland’s gin school in Co Louth.