Enjoy an afternoon of wisdom and wit with two of the UK’s most celebrated authors and travel on a historic train

Step on board the opulent British Pullman, A Belmond Train at London Victoria for an exclusive day out in partnership with the Henley Literary Festival, with writers Susie Dent and Sebastian Faulks.

You'll be served brunch in your armchair seat, where you can absorb the authentic 1920s décor and craftsmanship of the carriages and the views through the window as the train makes its way through the leafy countryside.

On arrival in Twyford, you'll transfer to Henley-on-Thames and head for the Town Hall where you'll enjoy fascinating talks and Q&As with writer and Countdown lexicographer Susie Dent and novelist Sebastian Faulks as they discuss their careers and their latest books. In between the sessions, there'll be a 45-minute interval, during which you may wish to stroll around Henley.

After these discussions, it's back to the British Pullman where you'll enjoy a delicious three-course dinner with wine as the train travels back through the countryside to London.

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Susie Dent

The well-known lexicographer and television personality has reigned over Dictionary Corner on Channel 4's Countdown since 1992. She has written a number of books sharing her passion for words, the latest being An Emotional Dictionary.

Sebastian Faulks

The best-selling novelist is known for his historical works, such as Birdsong and Charlotte Gray, both of which were made into movies, and his most recent book, Snow Country, set in wartime Austria.

Price includes

  • Round-trip travel aboard the British Pullman luxury train
  • Welcome sparkling Bellini
  • Fine-dining silver service
  • Delicious three-course brunch on the outward journey
  • Morning tea and coffee
  • Q&A discussions with Susie Dent and Sebastian Faulks at Henley-on-Thames Town Hall
  • Champagne reception back on board
  • Sumptuous three-course dinner
  • Wine specially selected by our sommelier to accompany the seasonal menu
  • Coffee, tea and petits fours
  • A signed copy of each book is included per couple


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    Ride the British Pullman to Henley
    Henley, United Kingdom

    Meet at London Victoria where you'll board the glamorous British Pullman as your day trip begins. Soon, the train departs, and a glass of chilled champagne is in your hand. As you travel out of London and into the countryside, savour a delicious brunch crafted from the tastiest seasonal ingredients.

    On arrival in Twyford you'll transfer to the Town Hall where you'll hear an hour-long talk and Q&A session with writer and TV personality Susie Dent and, following a 45-minute interval, with novelist Sebastian Faulks.

    It's then time to step back on board the luxury British Pullman and enjoy a three-course dinner with sommelier-selected wines as you glide back through the countryside to London, as your wonderful day trip draws to an end.

    Estimated timings - depart London Victoria at 9:30am and return 8 pm.

    Meals - Lunch, Dinner


British Pullman, A Belmond Train

London Victoria Station, United Kingdom

There is no finer way to travel than on the luxurious Belmond train.

Honouring George Mortimer Pullman, the father of luxury trains, the splendidly refurbished British Pullman epitomises a glamorous era of travel. Each carriage is individually named and has a fascinating story. Some were favoured by the British Royal Family, and two were part of Winston Churchill's funeral train. Others, like Audrey and Vera, survived bomb damage during air raids over London's Victoria Station in 1940. Today, the opulent carriages are set out in tables, ready to welcome guests as they dine on their journeys through the British countryside.

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