Pride fans looking to attend the event in vintage style can travel aboard the British Pullman, a Belmond Train. Departing from London Victoria on Saturday, 6 August, the luxurious train will be pulling out all the stops to celebrate the 30th Brighton & Hove Pride Festival.
The first thrill occurs when the umber and cream train arrives at the platform pulled by a ravishing rainbow-decorated locomotive. On board, each storied carriage bears a unique décor, with authentic art deco features ranging from mosaic floors to plush upholstery. Tables laid with crisp linen and bespoke glassware hint at the gourmet experience to come. Smartly uniformed stewards start by serving guests peachy Bellini cocktails, following with a three-course brunch fit for a king or queen.
But this isn’t any normal journey, and soon guests’ attention will be captured by the arrival of three drag superstars – Cheryl Hole, Vanity Milan and Kitty Scott-Claus. Cheryl has been unstoppable since storming into the top 4 on RuPaul’s 2019 Drag Race UK, appearing in television shows such as Celebs on the Farm, Celebrity Juice and Strictly Frocked Up. Fellow contestant Vanity serves “unapologetic blackness” with lots of South London attitude, while Kitty identifies as the lovechild of Elaine Paige, Gemma Collins, Kimberley Walsh and Jennifer Coolidge. As the train wends its way to the south coast, guests can expect to be entertained in showstopping, diva-ish style.
Arriving in Brighton, there’s time to watch the all-important LGBTQ+ Community Parade, this year themed on Love, Protest & Unity. After the festivities, guests are welcomed back on board the train with a glass of chilled champagne. A fabulous three-course dinner on the journey back to London is accompanied by further frocks and frolics from the three queens.