The train service from London St. Pancras Station to Lille is operated by Eurostar. The direct journey time is approximately 1.5 hours. Eleven trains depart each day, with the first leaving just before 7:00 a.m. and the last one departing London at around 7:30 p.m. Trains then run every hour.
Those looking to do a spot of shopping will enjoy a visit to Lille in northern France; where they will find the Braderie de Lille which is considered to be the largest fleamarket in Europe, which is lined with street performers and entertainers. Lille also boasts Europe's largest bookshop, the Furet du Nord, with more than 7,000 square metres of book-lined rooms. La Piscine is a beautiful Art Deco swimming pool, originally built to provide bathing facilities for the poor. Nowadays, part of the pool remains in the centre and the exhibits are housed around it. These include examples of 19th and 20th century art; sculptures, textiles, glass and ceramics by both local and international artists.