What if we told you that getting on a train in your free time could be an exhilarating experience? And if we said this train was packed with food from a top chef, with selectively crafted cocktails created to match? All aboard? We thought so.
The Grand Journey, which runs this 17-23 July in London (and makes stops in other cities across Europe, too) is a truly immersive pop-up – and one that offers its guests the chance to follow in Bombay Sapphire's footsteps, and head on their own botanical journey.
It takes the form of a gleaming blue train carriage, its tables decked out with tableware and cutlery and presided over by Michelin-starred chefs, each of whom have created dishes that harness the unique flavour profile of Bombay Sapphire's ten botanicals.
The London leg will be curated by Tom Sellers, chef-patron at the acclaimed, Michelin-starred Restaurant Story. Sellers' sense of connection with his ingredients and his knack for creating food that inflames the senses made him a natural choice to head up the experience in the capital. The cocktails will be created by Bombay Sapphire’s brand ambassadors to perfectly complement the dishes.
The experience aboard the Laverstoke Express will explore the gin brand's connection to its botanicals, how they're sourced and where they come from. After all, you can't tell the story of Bombay Sapphire’s spirit without telling the story of the botanicals that make it what it is, and the people from across the world who make it all possible.
With demand for this year's event at an all-time high, it's now sold out, but keep an eye on the Grand Journey's website for a look at the action, and on our Bombay Sapphire hub for some exclusive serves inspired by the project at five unique bars, coming soon.
Find out more information at thegrandjourney.com