Lyon city guide: what to see plus the best bars, restaurants and hotels

May 3, 2015

Now within striking distance of London thanks to the new direct Eurostar service, France’s second city is bursting with cultural ambition, with festivals, new museums and a revamped dockland area. And its famous food and wines just get better …

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There was an altercation at the boarding gate for the flight from Lyon to Gatwick last Monday. A passenger was officiously informed that her handbag was her one allocated item of cabin luggage and she would have to check her micro-suitcase into the hold. “Just you wait, mate,” she snapped. “Your days are numbered when Eurostar starts coming here direct.”

While that’s probably not true, the direct rail link from London will help bring France’s second-largest city to the forefront of many more minds as a short-break destination. And it will ease any angst over luggage – because you will be sorely tempted by the array of wines, cheeses and charcuterie that are available in France’s gastronomic capital.

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