A week in London
Starting at PER PERSON for all of the below, based on 2 participants: $3,380.00
Day 1: London for 7 nights
Meet & greet private transfer from Heathrow airport to hotel
1 double deluxe king size bed room, breakfast & taxes included at Hotel The Bloomsbury****
The Bloomsbury Hotel is located in the heart of the theatre district, within walking distance of most London shows. Tottenham Court Road tube station and The British Museum are just 657 feet from the hotel.
Leicester Square, Covent Garden, Soho and the shops of Oxford Street are all within a 10-minute walk.
Luxury bedding, fluffy bathrobes and slippers, and flat-screen TVs are featured in each room at The Bloomsbury, as well as Aromatherapy Associates toiletries, and complimentary tea, coffee and water.
Dining options within the hotel include Landseer Restaurant & Bar or The Lutyens Lounge or Terrace where you can enjoy an afternoon tea or evening drink. St Pancras International Station, which includes the Eurostar service, is a 10-minute drive from the property.
Check-out is a leisurely 12:00, so you can relax with another cup of coffee.
The Original London Tour Hop on Hop off
The Original London Sightseeing Tour offers you 3 family-friendly routes and 3 transport link services. This Hop-on Hop-off bus offers the perfect day (or two) for sightseeing which you can customise to suit your own tour of London. The ticket is valid on all routes operated by The Original tour for 24 hours depending upon the ticket purchased. The Yellow route is one of the two the Grand Tour routes and takes you to the best of London’s sights with an entertaining live guided English commentary. The Red route covers the major sights and offers digitally recorded commentary in eleven languages plus a specialist children’s channel for younger passengers (English only). Finally there is the Blue route which gives you easy access to many of London’s top museums, shops and attractions, with a multi-lingual audio commentary in eleven languages. Included with your ticket you will also receive a free river cruise voucher to be taken on one of City Cruises sightseeing cruises on the Thames (24 hour ticket valid between Westminster Pier and Tower Pier only) and Includes a FREE walking tour with every bus tour ticket! Everyone travelling on The Original Tour between Sat 28th May & 10th Sep 2016 will benefit from a FREE the Night Tour, which follows the Yellow Route; departing at 8.00pm from Piccadilly Circus everyday and an additional 8.30pm departure on Fri and Sat, simply turn up at our Coventry Street bus stop during your ticket validity to join the 2.5 hour open-top night tour.
WWII secrets of Westminster and Churchill’s War Rooms
Begin by walking by some of London’s most famous sites, such as 10 Downing Street, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. The last stop is the intriguing Cenotaph, originally a memorial for the First World War and now the UK’s main war memorial. You will even set eyes upon some iconic statues: that of Sir Winston Churchill and that of the women of WWII.
Westminster was one of the most affected areas during the bombings of WWII, and with good reason: it was home to the undercover and underground base of a complicated secret world of governments in exile, overseas forces, spies and counterspies. Here was located the bunker in which Winston Churchill and his government hid during the blitz of London. Delve into the Churchill War Museum and the war rooms to learn all about London’s darkest hour.
As you descend into the wartime bunker of the Churchill War Rooms, you will feel as if you are walking into the past. Feel as if you are reliving the terrifying moments politicians lived while they planned and plotted about the future of Europe in these claustrophobic rooms.
Here, your guide will salute you as your experience concludes with an audio guide tour of the War Rooms, preserved exactly as they were left the day the lights were switched off in 1945! Here, the thick walls teem with history. This was the nerve centre of Prime Minister Churchill’s war efforts, where he and the British cabinet planned and prepared the defeat of Hitler.
As you go deeper into the labyrinth of rooms, you’ll discover how life and work continued underground, from top-secret conversations between Churchill and President Roosevelt in the Transatlantic Telephone Room to simple domestic concerns in Churchill’s kitchen. Wander for as long as you like before making your way out in your own time.
Downton Village + Downton Abbey
Experience the main setting for Downton Abbey at Highclere Castle. Wander around the ‘Above Stairs’ rooms of the property used as Downton Abbey including the drawing room, main hall and library where many of the dramatic scenes involving the Crawley family are filmed.
Westminster Abbey and Changing of the Guard
Westminster Abbey is one of the world’s great churches, and for 1000 years has been the site of royal coronations. This incredible 700 year old building is a must-see for any visitor to London and a significant structure in British history. It has welcomed Kings, Queens and statesmen, royal weddings (most recently Prince William and Kate Middleton) and state funerals. You may not have been invited to the Royal Wedding, but you can feel like royalty as you enjoy a tour led by an expert local guide, who will point out the most important and fascinating aspects of this great monument.
Every British monarch since William the Conqueror in 1066 has been crowned in Westminster abbey, the most recent being Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. You’ll see the Coronation Chair, commissioned in 1296 by Edward the Confessor, as well as his shrine. It is also the burial place of 17 British monarchs, the Unknown Soldier (buried in French soil and covered by a slab of Belgian marble) and many of Britain’s greatest poets who lie in Poet’s Corner.
After your visit to the Abbey, your guide will lead you to the Changing of the Guards. This world-famous ceremony takes place either at Buckingham Palace or at Horse Guards Parade, depending on the day. Your guide will make sure you are in a prime position to enjoy the best views at this crowded event. Enjoy commentary regarding the history and pageantry behind the ceremony – see the Queen’s Foot Guards, with their red tunics and unmistakable bearskin hats, march to Buckingham Palace together with the military band or the Household Cavalry, complete with plumed silver helmets, ride in on their magnificent horses. (Please note that in heavy rain the guard’s parade will not take place).
End your tour at Buckingham Palace, the residence of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. See the famous balcony where the royal family appears during major events, and hear stories of intruders and princes scaling the walls to get both inside and out!
Dinner River Thames Cruise Bateaux London-Symphony
Step on board Bateaux London and admire London by night from the Thames. Whilst cruising past the sights, you can enjoy the delights of the world class cuisine. Classic Thames Dinner Cruise includes two and three quarter hour cruise, welcome drink, four course a la carte menu, fairtrade tea or coffee and live band on board. Live entertainment is provided in the form of cabaret with the chance for after dinner dancing. Premier Thames Dinner Cruise – with all the pleasures of the Classic Cruise, this package also includes our house wine and mineral water served throughout the meal.
Includes: Cruise on the river Thames by the Symphony Boat, four course dinner, welcome drink and live entertainment. With Premier Thames Dinner Cruise option house wine and mineral water are also included.
Cooking Class at Jamie Oliver Cookery School
Our lessons are designed to be informative and hands on, but easy-going so you can enjoy yourself while you learn.
Whether you’re coming alone, as a couple, a family or a big group, our lesson space can adapt to create the perfect cooking environment.
Day at leisure
Private transfer from hotel to Heathrow airport