Hg2 : The Hedonist

Big Ben Bar

An extravagantly beautiful backdrop, albeit one with an incongruous cast of average folk waiting for the 10.44 to Grenoble, this café/bar occupies the end of the historic Train Bleu restaurant. A long, carpeted, suitably train-like corridor leads from the main restaurant, with a room off to the side for waiting, people-watching and tucking into smoked salmon with dill Chantilly and blinis, Caesar salad or the ‘formule teatime’. They do a decent full English breakfast, as well as the Continental kind; brunch is offered on Sunday, though not during midsummer. You can eat till around 8pm; top-drawer teas and good if costly cocktails take you up to closing time. The faded grandeur of this elegant time-warp is a must if you’re travelling to or from the Gare de Lyon. The indistinct train noises and announcements make it very Brief Encounter, and the ladies’ loo is just something else.

Gare de Lyon, Place Louis Armand,
Gare de Lyon
+33 1 43 43 09 06
Opening Times
daily, 7.30am-11.00pm (opens 9.00am Sunday).
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