Wes Anderson Re-envisions British Pullman Carriage

The iconic British Pullman, A Belmond Train, has given its Cygnus carriage a stunning new look in an exciting collaboration with filmmaker Wes Anderson.

Paying tribute to both the golden age of cinema and travel, Wes Anderson has reimagined the train’s Cygnus carriage, offering guests on an unforgettable trip through the British countryside in luxury, glamour and with a dash of adventure. Be whisked back to an elegant era aboard the authentic vintage carriages of the British Pullman and journey with afternoon tea and flowing champagne, with fine dining menus that celebrate the culinary highlights of the towns and cities you pass.

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 design interpretation.

The Cygnus carriage is instantly recognisable as a Wes Anderson design through his signature symmetrical lines, unique colour palettes and Art Nouveau style. The bespoke design also introduces an elevated guest experience with two new private coupés in the carriage.

Each carriage aboard the British Pullman has a unique history and continues to be at the cutting edge of design and craftsmanship. With the Cygnus’ design, Wes Anderson has paid careful tribute in his dream-like storytelling to the origins of the 1950s carriage. Named for the Greek God of Balance, Cygnus, who is often personified as a swan and immortalised as one of the most recognisable constellations in the night sky, the carriage features detailed reference to this mythology, with intricate waves and swan detailing seen in the marquetry, silver leaf on the ceiling that reflects like water, and swan-shaped champagne coolers.

The iconic British Pullman, A Belmond Train, has given its  Cygnus carriage a stunning new look in an exciting collaboration with filmmaker Wes Anderson.

The Cygnus carriage features two private coupés where every detail of the design and experience takes a journey aboard the British Pullman to a new level of luxury. The intimate space can be exclusively booked for up to four guests. Their journey begins at London’s Victoria Station, 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 the British Pullman’s Head Chef and exclusive cocktails served in glassware only available in the private 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 of up to 26 people.

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Nick Walton

Nick Walton

Nick Walton is a leading travel and lifestyle journalist, magazine editor, publisher, photographer, travel commentator, and media trainer, based in Hong Kong. He is also managing editor of Artemis Communications, the titles of which include Ultimate Encounters, Alpha Men Asia, and The Art of Business Travel.

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