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Péniche Barnum is a barge moored on the Rhône near Pont Morland. It has two en-suite rooms, a book-filled sitting room and a terrace on deck. It’s open year-round and does wonderful breakfasts (3, Quai Sarrail; from £115).

The Cour des Loges in Vieux Lyon comprises four buildings set around a glass-roofed courtyard. Rooms are generous and lavishly decorated. The hotel also has two restaurants, a delicatessen and a spa (2-8, Rue du Boeuf; from £200).

BA and easyJet fly direct to Lyon-Saint Exupéry from Bristol, Gatwick, Heathrow, Edinburgh and Stansted (from £75). Travel from London St Pancras by Eurostar and TGV trains takes 5–5½ hours, changing in Paris or – simpler but less frequently – in Lille (from £110). Buses, trams, a metro and two railway lines are operated by TCL, which has information offices adjacent to metro stations throughout the city (all-day tickets £3.80). Hire bikes are available at 200 vélo’v cycle stations in the city (first 30 mins free, the next half hour 80p).

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