Don’t forget your passport!; is the message we are sending out this Valentine’s Day. Bring your partner, your suitcase and your toothbrush, and head down to St Pancras International on Friday (14th) to be in with the chance of winning a trip on the Eurostar and a night in a Paris hotel for the very same night. The luck will be in the lips, as your romantic kiss at the station will be voted on by the commuting crowd and our very own cupid co-ordinator, to be in with a chance of winning the prize. There will be seven lucky couples heading across the channel, so that’s seven chances to win the tickets.
Pucker up for Paris
On Monday, singer and actress, Diana Vickers, and her boyfriend, Burberry model George Craig, helped us launch the competition, by showing us how it was done. They posed under the lastminute.com passion point, where competition entrants will also have to stand and share a kiss with their loved one to be in with a chance of winning.
And what could be a more romantic way of spending Valentine’s Day with your loved one than a night in passionate Paris. We surveyed 1,000 Brits to find out what their dream emotional escapade would be. The city of amour, Paris, came out top – along with a night in a luxury hotel. So make sure you head down to St Pancras International on Friday to help your Valentine’s dream become a reality.
The top 10 favourite places to go and things to do spontaneously on Valentine’s Day****
- 1. The city of love: Paris (28%)
- 2. A night in a grand luxury hotel (24%)
- 3. The city that never sleeps: New York (19%)
- 4. Gliding in a gondola: Venice (18%)
- 5. Hugs in the hills: Going to the countryside (17%)
- 6. The eternal city: Rome (15%)
- 7. Being in front or a romantic fire place (15%)
- 8. Hungry for love: A fancy gourmet restaurant (14%)
- 9. Being on a fabulous beach (13%)
- 10. Being spoilt in an a spa (8%)
The all-important competition details
The venue for this spectacular display of public affection will be London St Pancras International’s Grand Terrace. The kisses will take place next to ‘The Meeting Place’ statue (known as the Kissing Statue), where you shouldn’t be able to miss the rather large pink podium specially made to showcase your passion.
You need to be there on Valentine’s Day (February 14th) ready to pucker up between 3:30pm and 5:45pm. The “kiss and win” slots are staggered at 3:50pm, 4:25pm, 4:55pm and the last chance to lock lips is at 5:45pm.
So how do I win?
You and your partner’s kiss will be judged by not only the general public but a specially assigned “Kissing Compere” on the day. The compere will announce the ultimate winner. You have to be ready to go there and then – so don ‘t forget your passport!*
And the prize again?
- A glass of champagne at the St Pancras Grand Champagne Bar
- Return tickets on the Eurostar from London St Pancras**
- And enjoy Valentine’s night staying at either the L’Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe or the Novotel Paris les Halles in Paris (breakfast included.)
*Couples must have valid passports and be able to travel on Friday 14 February 2014 to be eligible to enter.
**Pre-allocated Eurostar trains leaving on Friday 14 February and returning Saturday 15 February 2014.
Click here to read those all important competition terms and conditions
Romantic Eurostar Deals
For those unsuccessful couples, and maybe the more spontaneous romantics among you, – we have some amazing Eurostar deals*** to Paris, Brussels and Bruges to help keep that loving feeling going well after the 14th February is a dim and distant memory! However the window to get these deals is very short and you need to take the plunge and book by February 16th.
And here are the deals
Paris from £109
1 night, departing 19th March
Paris from £159
2 nights, departing 8th May
Brussels from £109
1 night, departing 5th May
Brussels from £125
2 nights, departing 8th Mar
Bruges from £115
1 night, departing 21st Mar
Bruges from £145
2 nights, departing 8th Mar
***Eurostar Deals: Terms and conditions:
- Deals on sale from 11-16th of Feb only
- Travel to Paris, Brussels and any Belgium destinations
- Deals valid for travel between 3rd of Mar – 30th of June
****Total sample size of adults across six countries was 5,000: 1,000 in the UK, 1,000 in Germany, 1,000 in France, 1,000 in Spain, 1,000 in Italy. Fieldwork was undertaken at the end of January 2014