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any good? probably going to do it somepoint this year, finally.
but I've done Eurostar to various Belgian cities several times. And I love it.
Celebrities I've seen on the Eurostar: Nick Robinson; John Major (!); Sadpunk
(compared to all the faffing and secruity nonsense at airports) is a delight.
The carriages are a bit dated but it's comfortable enough.
you get on the train, then you're in Paris, not that exciting to be honest, used it the couple of times i went to Belgium for Rock Werchter
You can usually get a decent deal if you book far enough in advance.
You used to get a proper meal and that was worth it, but now the meals are just in the super expensive Business Premier. Standard Premier (which replaced Leisure Select) just has cold sandwich type food now, I wouldn't say it's worth the extra unless you get a very good deal.
I've been the first a few times (used to be called 'leisure select'?) but never the latter as it really is quite a bit more expensive.
That said, I have found it not that much more expensive than Standard in the past (and have also found that cheaper prices can be had on the phone than the website for some reason). The other thing to bear in mind is if you are connecting in Paris/continuing on via SNCF as a Standard Premier ticket gets you into first class on the TGV.
Book as far in advance as you can, or it gets expensive. (The advertised fare is £69 return but it quickly goes up to well over £100.)
When we go on rugby tour we get the eurostar to paris and it's just the best fun. Especially cos we buy an extra few cases of beer and the least drunk person goes and banters with all the other passengers handing out free beer and getting them to sign songs and everyone joins in.
Got it over for the rugby world cup too. Just such a civilised way to travel
So much more pleasant than flying.
Tip: at the weekend they increase the standard ticket allocation and reduce the business ticket (=first class) section. The trains themselves however are still the same configuration.
At the end of the booking process you can change your allocated seat to a different carriage. Find one with only 3 seats in a row and hey presto! you've bagged yourself a roomy first class seat for the price of a standard ticket.
carriages 5 and 12 are the best bet midweek.
...is a good tip.
Gotta do it again this year when I go to Nimes to see Radiohead. I am really very excited.
I mean it makes little to no logical sense for planes, let alone a train in a tunnel.
Plus they don't really care: my brother accidentally took a massive knife on board. Did they detect it? Nah.
Its an utter joy.