Established in 2007 by a group of intrepid travellers, the Cannes Cannes Express is a networking opportunity for delegates travelling from London via Paris to conferences and exhibitions on the Cote d’Azur.
The mystique of rail travel to Cannes
In 1883 the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits created a luxury train to complement its Orient Express to carry travellers from Paris to the Côte d’Azur and beyond. Within a few years the service had been extended to start at Calais and was renamed the Calais-Méditerrannée Express.
By the 1920s the Express was exclusively first-class and had a dining car renowned for its haute cuisine. The sleeping cars were painted blue, which lead to the nickname “le train bleu”, and it was most popular between November and April when many travellers escaped the British winter to spend time on the French Riviera.
From Calais the Express sped to Paris, picked up more passengers and coaches, and departed Paris early evening. The train made stops at Dijon, Châlons and Lyon before reaching Marseille next morning. Further stops followed at all the major resort towns of the Côte d’Azur
Early passengers included the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII), Charlie Chaplin, Coco Chanel, Winston Churchill and writers F. Scott Fitzgerald, Evelyn Waugh and Somerset Maugham.
In 2007 Eurostar and the TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) became home to the Cannes Cannes Express. Companions and conductors now strive to share and recreate the opulence of the 1920s..well almost..!
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Aston Rose is an established chartered surveyor specialising in commercial property consultancy across all sectors, including investment, agency, valuation, management, landlord & tenant and building surveying and residential block management. Aston Rose is the main Cannes Cannes Express sponsor.
Box Architects create spaces for people to work, live and play, focused on commercial, creative delivery and operating from offices in London and Leeds. It’s clients include: VISA, Centrica, London’s Cumberland Hotel and McCarthy & Stone. Box has been a Cannes Cannes Express supporter since 2017.
Cannes Cannes Express supports Land Aid, the property industry charity
Land Aid helps to help protect young people on the streets, provide accommodation and training and tackle the root causes of homelessness.
gunnercooke has experience of resolving property litigation disputes and extensive specialised experience of dealing with the complex issues that arise on major development schemes for commercial, residential and mixed-use
Carolla Group provides experience and expertise to companies and private investors with exposure and interests in a multitude of property sectors. In complex and business critical matters we are highly experienced advisors that can deliver.
Jones Shackel Oldham is a chartered surveying practice that has extensive experience in the hotel, industrial, leisure, office and retail commercial property markets and a track record of working with developers, occupiers and landlords.
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Cannes Cannes Express
c/o Jones Shackel Oldham
4 John Prince’s Street
London W1G 0JL
T 020 7409 3234