Our tour expands your view of London:
THEATRE: 3 plays at such venues as the Royal Court, the Old Vic, the National Theatre depending what’s on. London theatre has short runs for its plays so we have to wait closer to our tour to make play choices.
A NEW HOTEL LOCATION: Belgravia, a vibrant upscale neighborhood close to Buckingham Palace, Victoria Station,Sloane Square with lots of small restaurants and boutiques We like not being in a crowded tourist area and at a chain hotel.
LUXURY LONDON: Strategy: if we can’t afford high room prices of London’s luxury hotels, we can afford a visit and a meal. Sprinkled throughout our itinerary the London luxury experience : Lunch at the iconic Savoy Hotel, , shopping at Fortnum & Mason; afternoon tea at the Goring, Hotel, optional spa treatment at the Four Seasons
Arrive in London. Transfer on your own to the London Express, a 20 minute fast train ride to Paddington Station, then taxi to our hotel.
Or if you prefer, we can arrange a private transfer from the airport to our hotel.
Evening: A light bite, you will be tired, at a small Italian restaurant right around the corner from our hotel: great pasta and pizza.
Day 2…Luxury London close-up:
Morning: visit to Fortnum & Mason, London’s luxury food emporium. And, of course, we will visit their hat department… nothing matches the fun and whimsy of London hats. Try on time guaranteed.
Lunch at Gymkhana… A Michelin starred restaurant with an amazing lunch that ended with delicious and pretty rose ice cream.
The Evolution of Theatre in London, a 3 hour walking tour, with Context tours led by an impressive scholar guide. I have taken London walking tours with 90 people. Context gives private tours for as few as 4 people. Our walk begins on the South Bank, not far from the Globe Theatre, the modern reconstruction of the playhouse where many of Shakespeare’s plays were premiered. Then on to examine two great royal theatres, Drury Lane and Covent Garden.
LONDON FOODIE DAY…LONDON amazes with ways to enjoy its great food
Morning: Visit to Borough Market… dozens of food vendors …from fish ‘n chips to superb cheeses and everything in between. Fun and hectic. Pick up a few goodies to bring home.
Followed by a 30 or 60 minute cooking class at L”Atelier des Chefs.. a cooking school with a great format that teaches and entertains.
Optional: A visit to an Ottolenghi take-out shop where we can sit and perhaps sample a dessert. If you are unfamiliar with Ottolenghi, he is the super star chef whose cookbooks Plenty and Jerusalem are very popular. He snpecializes in creative, delicious vegetarian dishes.
4:30 PM: Aftenoon tea at the Goring Hotel , every trip to London should include a proper English tea in a lovely setting. Kate Middleton and her family stayed at this beloved hotel before the royal wedding, a great endorsement
Explore Barbican, a fascinating complex that features theatre, music and dance performances. Take a morning architectural tour that chronicles the building of this amazing over 30 acre complex.
Lunch at the iconic Savoy Hotel. London’s most famous hotel considered by many as London’s number one hotel, recently remodeled. My favorite memory of the Savoy was lounging in the enormous tub of my bathroom while I looked out at the Thames
Afternoon free to visit a museum. You might want to explore some of the alternatives to London’s major museums such as the London Museum that chronicles the fascinating history of the city of London or the Sir John Soane’s Museum. That has recently opened some additional rooms.
Museum Day - optional. I urge you to stay on an extra day to visit one or two of London's best museums