There was enough drama with our connecting flight from London to Edinburgh (AA and BA changing the flight time – multiple times) that we were happy we chose the train for the return leg. Because we purchased the tickets so far in advance (November), we got a great price on the first class cabin that included drinks, food, and more comfortable seats.
First class also meant we could use the lounge before the train departed. This was a mixed bag as the lounge entrance is not obvious at all, plus you have to go up a flight of stairs or cram into a tiny elevator to get to the seating area. There were some chairs and tables but overall it was pretty run down and none of the monitors showing the train times were operational. The snacks and coffee machines were nice though.
Eric had chosen our seats when he bought the tickets but when we got on the train only two of us were actually seated next to each other. Not exactly sure what happened there! Most of the luggage compartments were completely full by the time we boarded, so I would also recommend getting on the train as soon as it arrives.
The four-hour journey was pleasant enough — the food was pretty good but the wine was fairly terrible. I also managed to forget the plastic bag with our snacks and one of my scarves under the seat next to me when we disembarked. The lost and found guy was friendly and I filled out a report but no luck getting our things back.
We each had several bottles of whisky, so for the price and convenience of not having to check bags and wait for them at the airport, the train was a perfect solution for us. Plus, we had never stayed near Kings Cross before, so it was a new section of the city to explore.