If train-spotting be your bag, then you can soon enjoy it with bubbles.
Set to open alongside the new London terminus for Eurostar in St Pancras Station is the 'world’s longest champagne bar'. The 78 m expanse – brainchild of catering company Searcy, operator of the restaurant roofed in the Gherkin, and designer Linda Turner (Inature) of Arbutus and Wild Honey fame – will run parallel to the tracks and is designed to fit in with its surrounds (we’re thinking country house conservatory meets industrial chic).
Its champagne resume will feature 40 varieties to date. Non-connoisseurs can indulge in an array of everyday brands from the main houses, while those with more educated palettes can swirl lesser-known labels from smaller producers.
Certainly sounds like a fun addition to what can otherwise be the boring part of any trip (hasn’t many a famous name said it’s not the destination, but the journey?). However, we’re slightly concerned it might provide remote credence to Ryanair’s outlandish claim that “only the very rich or the very slow” voyage on Eurostar.
Eurostar rail link opens 14th November and 'Champagne Bar' is set to follow suit.
By Jemimah Steinfeld.
Photo from Kari Renee’s flickr photostream.