Travel: Great Gatsby factor brings a return of 1920s glamour

May 17, 2013

The film industry is big business and as The Great Gatsby opens at cinemas, travel companies are hoping to benefit from the boom in interest in the 1920s. Bristol Business News Travel Editor ANNE GORRINGE takes a look at what’s on offer…

Much of the action and lavish parties in The Great Gatsby take place on New York’s Long Island. But London plays a role too.

Author F Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda are known to have stayed at The Savoy, whose iconic American Bar even today retains the glamour of the Roaring Twenties.

The company behind Orient Express has capitalised on this by starting its tours with a Gin Rickey cocktail, allegedly F. Scott Fitzgerald’s favourite tipple, in the Savoy.

Guests are then taken to London Victoria station for dinner on board the vintage Art Deco carriages of the British Pullman train on a journey through the Surrey countryside.  

Harriet Rowlinson of Orient-Express Services said: “Dining on board the British Pullman offers a rare chance to be extravagant, dress up and immerse yourself in all that Art Deco glory. Dinner is served by liveried stewards and accompanied by fine wines and champagne,”

Meanwhile, another London hotel, the Radisson Blu Edwardian in Bloomsbury Street in the heart of literary London, has teamed up with publisher Pan Macmillan to give guests a complimentary copy of the official film edition of The Great Gatsby during their stay.


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