Eurostar, the high-speed rail service linking the UK and mainland Europe, will open the doors to its new Business Premier lounge in Paris Gare du Nord today, Saturday, 4 February 2017. With business passengers increasingly choosing high-speed rail over plane, valuing the seamless journey and ability to work pre-travel and onboard, the new lounge offers a stylish, comfortable environment for both working and relaxing.
Raymond Blanc OBE, Eurostar Business Premier Culinary Director, Eurostar, said:
“Business travellers are looking for flexibility and a variety of food options when they are on the go. From a light snack before boarding the train to something more substantial. The new lounge features a selection of dishes which we hope will satisfy all appetites. All made with high-quality sustainable produce.”
Sleek new design
Designed by global architects, Softroom, the Paris lounge will transform the travel experience for Business Premier passengers. Situated on the top floor of the original 19th-century building, and featuring high ceilings, marble fireplaces, a cocktail bar and intimate snug spaces, the lounge captures the spirit of a Parisian apartment. Recognizing the importance of connectivity for travelers, the lounge is equipped with complimentary wifi, USB sockets and wireless chargers, making it the perfect place to catch up on work or meet with clients and colleagues.
Nicolas Petrovic, Chief Executive, Eurostar, said:
“The opening of the new business lounge in Paris is part of a wide-reaching program of investment in our stations and our service. With its elegant design, calm environment and digital connectivity, the lounge will provide an unrivaled level of style and comfort for our business customers.”
Introducing the new cocktail bar
For customers looking to unwind at the end of the day, the new cocktail bar is the ultimate destination. Situated at the back of the lounge, the circular black and gold bar, provides an atmospheric space for travelers to sample a selection of cocktails designed by London Cocktail Club exclusively for Eurostar.
Showcasing contemporary art
To enhance the overall experience, the lounge will also feature a range of contemporary art, curated by the Hospital Club in London, showcasing French artists. Travelers will be able to admire the artworks on display and for those keen to take a piece of Paris back to London, the art will be on sale.
Flexible new menu
The new lounge embodies a home-from-home feel, with an open kitchen where guests can help themselves to fresh breakfast, lunch and dinner snacks. To complement the stylish interiors, the menu has been refreshed with a range of canapés, healthy salads, juices, and hot and cold seasonal dishes, which will be gradually introduced throughout the year.
Michelin star chef and Eurostar Business Premier Culinary Director, Raymond Blanc OBE, has worked closely with the catering team to advise on seasonal dishes that combine the best of British and French cuisine. Raymond has even designed a bespoke tea exclusively for the lounge created by Tregothnan, Britain’s first and only tea producer.
Christopher Bagot, Director, Softroom, said:
“Moving the Business Premier lounge to a new location within Paris Gare du Nord has enabled us to transform the travellers journey. Set in the top floor of the station, we’ve re-imagined the striking architecture of the original building, and created a series of different spaces to suit all occasions. From the light-filled working area, to the relaxing cocktail bar, the lounge offers a flexible environment to suit all needs.”
- Eurostar is the high-speed train service linking St Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International, Ashford International, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Calais, Disneyland Resort Paris, Lyon, Avignon, Marseille and the French Alps.
- Eurostar was established in 1994 as a partnership between three railway companies: SNCF, SNCB and LCR (London and Continental Railways). On 1 September 2010, Eurostar became a single, unified corporate entity owned by three shareholders: SNCF, SNCB and LCR. LCR’s holding was transferred to the Treasury in 2014, and sold by the UK government to a consortium comprising Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec (CDPQ) and Hermes Infrastructure on 28th May 2015.
- Eurostar and Eurotunnel are entirely separate companies. Eurostar operates high-speed passenger trains, while Eurotunnel operates vehicle shuttle services and the Channel Tunnel itself. Eurostar is Eurotunnel’s biggest customer.
- Eurostar’s Business Premier offers the highest standards in cross-channel train travel. With fully flexible fares, Business Premier customers can enjoy a 10 minute express check-in, exclusive access to the business lounges, plus complementary drinks and fine dining all served in the comfort of their own seat.
- Softroom was founded in 1995 by directors Christopher Bagot and Oliver Salway. Over the past 22 years, Softroom have built an international reputation for excellence in architecture and interior design.
- Softroom is a RIBA Chartered practice, based in Waterloo, London, with clients all over the world across a range of sectors including the arts, transport and commercial and retail space.