Tuesday, October 13, 2009
In the Train: Eurostar from Paris to London in October 2009
Pictures: St. Pancras station and Eurostar
The Eurostar provides a very comfortable way of traveling from Paris to London in a little bit more than 2 hours. You leave at the Gare du Nord in Paris and you arrive at St. Pancras, the new railway station close to King’s Cross, in London.
I traveled 2. class and the wine list was disappointing. Not worth mentioning. In business class, however, one is served a meal with drinks like in a plane.
Anyway, 2. class or not,the world changes when you arrive at St. Pancras. The St. Pancras Champagne Bar, just next to the tracks where the Euro Star arrives, offers an amazing selection of Champagne. In addition, the set up is very nice and comfortable with a range o different seating options. The Champagne Bar has an outstanding and very wide selection of NV Champagnes as well as older vintage Champagnes. It is a formidable place to celebrate the arrival in London or wait for the departure of the train for Paris or Brussels.
Furthermore, next to the Champagne Bar is an Oyster Bar. They had 6 different varieties, both native and rock oysters, on the menu. There is also a nice restaurant if you want a more complete meal.