5 September 2018
Eurostar, the high-speed rail service linking the UK and mainland Europe, is treating Business Premier customers to an exciting new destination – the London cocktail bar. Located upstairs in the London lounge, the circular black and gold bar provides an atmospheric space for travellers to sample a selection of complimentary cocktails designed exclusively by the London Cocktail Club.
Featuring a range of Dutch, French, Belgian and British spirits and ingredients, the drinks encapsulate Eurostar’s heritage, reminiscent of all four cultures in which it operates. From tipples titled Earl’s Elixir to Bourbon Boisé, the drinks are sure to suit tastes on either side of the Channel.
Signature London cocktail
Michelin star chef and Eurostar Business Premier Culinary Director, Raymond Blanc OBE, has also designed a bespoke cocktail exclusively for the lounge in partnership with the London Cocktail Club.
Named Lavender Dusk, the signature cocktail is a distinctive mêlée of delicate florals, punchy fruit flavours and piquant undertones. Mixed using Eurostar’s very own gin, Toujours 21, it is a delightful fusion of French botanicals and honey from the Kent countryside.
New G&T menu featuring gin from across the Continent
For the first time, Eurostar is introducing a winter G&T menu, featuring gins from Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and London. Each exotic gin is perfectly paired with local tonic to offer passengers a twist on the classic.
Sleek new design
Designed by global architects, Softroom, the new London cocktail bar will refresh the travel experience for Business Premier passengers.
With a chic circular bar featuring a gold table top and plush velvet chairs, the new bar offers a stylish environment to ease into the evening, making it the perfect place to unwind after work or kick-start the holiday.
Eurostar London terminal
The launch of the new bar comes as Eurostar continues to invest in its stations and service. With the recent introduction of Chop-Chop, the express hair salon in the departure lounge, eGates in London St Pancras to speed-up the security process, and World Duty Free, Eurostar is committed to improving the customer experience.
Yann Bayeul, Eurostar Catering Product & Service Manager, said:
“Following the success of the Paris cocktail bar, we’re excited to unveil the London edition. Our Business Premier passengers are often looking for somewhere to unwind after a work, and our leisure travellers are typically up for a tipple! With a winter menu designed by the London Cocktail Club featuring spirits from our key destinations, we hope travellers will enjoy the new experience.”
Raymond Blanc OBE, Eurostar Business Premier Culinary Director, said:
“The new London cocktail bar is a fantastic addition to the lounge. With its elegant design and impressive drinks menu created by the London Cocktail Club, we’re looking forward to indulging our passengers with a new and exciting space to relax before travelling.”
The introduction of the new bar marks six years since Eurostar and Raymond Blanc joined forces to transform the on board dining experience for Business Premier passengers. Renowned for his passion and innovative culinary expertise, Raymond works with each of Eurostar’s three kitchens to design seasonal menus combining the best of British, French, Belgian and Dutch cuisine.
Eurostar is proud to be the first transport provider to receive Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) accreditation as a Two-Star Sustainability Champion for its commitment to sourcing local and sustainably produced ingredients and for pursuing a socially and environmentally responsible approach.
Eurostar’s Business Premier aims to offer the highest standards in cross-channel train travel and a superior experience for passengers. With fully flexible fares, Business Premier customers can enjoy a 10 minute express check-in, exclusive access to the business lounges, plus complimentary drinks and fine dining all served in the comfort of their own seat.
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