Friday, 18 April 2014

Vintage Open Top Bus tour with Afternoon tea at the Orangery - Kensington Palace (PM)

Vintage Open Top Bus tour with Afternoon tea at the Orangery - Kensington Palace (PM)
Tour Code: HP1
  •     Travel on a beautifully restored 50 year old Vintage Bus
  •     See Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, The London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, Nelson's Column, the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London.
  •     Take a cruise on the River Thames
  •     Photo stop at The Tower of London
  •     Live professional guide
  •     3 hour tour
  •     Full afternoon tea served at the Orangery inside Kensington Palace Gardens

What better way to see the highlights of London than from on board a vintage open top double-decker bus.  Enjoy great views of Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye as we meander through the streets and history of our great city. The tour also includes a cruise on the river Thames and the chance to see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace

The Tower of London
Join us at the Tower of London that was built nearly a thousand years ago and is now home to the Crown Jewels protected by the famous Beefeaters. The imposing former palace was once used as a fortress and a prison and you can see Traitors Gate where prisoners entered the Tower for the last time!

Cruise on the River Thames
Next we take a short cruise on the River Thames that passes Shakespeare’s Globe, Cleopatra’s Needle and London Bridge before we arrive at Westminster  pier, rejoin the bus and head for Buckingham Palace.

NB. If there is no guard change we will still stop at Buckingham Palace for photos.

Full Afternoon Tea at the Orangery - Kensington Palace

After the visit to the Palace it’s time to enjoy an afternoon tea at the Orangery nestled inside Kensington Gardens. A full afternoon tea service is provided. Enjoy the delicious pastries, sandwiches and scones with mouth watering clotted cream.

There is no need to rush as your tour ends here with the afternoon tea allowing you to linger and wander through Kensington Gardens.

Please note that there is a ten minute walk involved to reach the Orangery.

A live guide conducts the tour and headsets available in the following languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Hindi & Russian.

Black Taxi Jack the Ripper and East London Tour

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Black Taxi Jack the Ripper and East London Tour
Tour Code:  L10

Maximum 5 persons, minimum 2 persons per taxi
  • Private Jack the Ripper tour in  a black taxi
  • Luxury taxi and professional driver guide
  • Visit the murder sites of the world’s most famous serial killer
  • Free hotel collection from all central London hotels
  • Historic journey through London’s East End – hear about the Kray Twins and the Elephant Man

The fascinating and mysterious story of Jack the Ripper - who was he? In the late nineteenth century, the East End of London was a labyrinth of dark alleys and gas lit roads, squalid by day, treacherous by night. Whitechapel was a breeding ground for vice, villains, and gangs, where even the Police patrolled two by two in what many would describe as a lawless society.

In the autumn of 1888, a number of brutal murders took place in Whitechapel, which were to shock the world and terrorise the streets of London for many years. Our Ripperologist will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the East End of London where you will hear about the horrific murders that remain unsolved to this day. There will be time to leave the black cab and walk through the cobbled alleys and see the murder sites. You will be told, should you wish, of the gruesome way the women were murdered, and introduced to the suspects including leather apron, the Jewish Boot finisher, George Chapman the serial adulterer, and Francis Tumblety, the Irish-American who had recently discovered his wife had made her fortune from prostitution.

The bulk of the murders took place in the metropolitan borough of Whitechapel but the final two victims - Catherine Eddowes and Mary Jane Kelly - were murdered in the City of London, which led to a conflict between the presiding Police forces. Inspector Abberline, from the Metropolitan Police, became increasingly involved in the murder investigation but struggled to contain the conflict leading to vital clues being erased in Petticoat Lane. 

Come and decipher the clues for yourself as the tour edges to its inevitable conclusion at Mitre Square where Eddowes body was discovered. Your professional guide will present you with the facts, help decipher the clues, and explain the various theories that have grabbed our imaginations to this day. And then it’s down to you. Who was Jack the Ripper? (Minimum 2 persons per taxi)
----Please note that for pickup from outside Central London including Earls Court and Hammersmith there will be an extra charge of £20. 

Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Lacock and Bath Includes traditional lunch in a 14th century pub

Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Lacock and Bath Includes traditional lunch in a 14th century pub
Includes entrance to Windsor Castle and Stonehenge, plus traditional lunch in a 14th century pub - why not try the fish and chips?

  • Entrance to Windsor Castle and Stonehenge
  • Pub lunch in 14th century Inn included in Lacock
  • Panoramic tour of Bath
  • Luxury coach and professional guide

Windsor Castle - first group to enter in the morning
Over 900 years of royal history are waiting for you in Windsor Castle, which is perched high above the River Thames just outside of London. From William the Conqueror all the way through to our current Queen, successive monarchs have lived here and left their mark on what is now the largest continuously occupied castle in the world. We shall be amongst the first people to enter Windsor Castle, so you can see for yourself the splendor of St. Georges chapel and the sumptuous state apartments. Windsor itself is a pretty town full of traditional shops and historic pubs. Shakespeare is said to have written his play The Merry Wives of Windsor in one of them! 

The most famous prehistoric monument in the world, and now a world heritage site, Stonehenge stands alone in the vast empty tract of Salisbury plain. Its origins date back nearly 5,000 years and it has been home to pagan religion and spiritual worship, not to be mention public debate ever since. What was this vast collection of stones intended for? Was it observatory of the moon, a temple to the sun, or an elaborate cemetery? Who were the people who carried and carved these 40 ton rocks? Come and unlock the secrets for yourself and marvel at this remarkable and mysterious feat of ancient engineering and design.
Lunch in a 14th century pub in Lacock
What better way to enjoy lunch than in a classic country pub? Relax and soak up the charming atmosphere while being served some delicious home cooked food. Why not try the fish and chips?

Our final stop is Bath, another world heritage site. Bath is a beautiful Georgian city with delightful crescents, terraces and architecture. Following our panoramic tour of the city, there will be time to visit Bath Abbey and Pulteney Bridge overlooking the river Avon cascading over the weir. And you can shop, explore or take afternoon tea in the Pump Rooms while listening to the string quartet.

Returns to London at approximately 8:30pm
*Please note: On occasion the State Apartments are closed and as an alternative we shall visit Queens Mary's Doll's House and St Georges Chapel. On Sunday St Georges Chapel is closed, there will be extra time to explore castle precincts.
*On rare occasions, if the George is not available, we use a suitable alternative.

Tour Code: 79
Please note that the order of visit may change.

Downton Abbey Film Locations Tours

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Bampton & Basildon; plus see Oxford & the Cotswolds

  • Tour Bampton where the village scenes were shot
  • See Basildon where the Christmas special was filmed
  • Visit Oxford for a short walking tour of the historic town

Oxford, the city of dreaming spires, boasts one of the world’s greatest - and oldest - universities, as well as some of the finest architecture in Europe. The colleges themselves, which make up the university, are amongst the architectural highlights, their ivy-clad stone walls protecting beautiful chapels, halls and libraries. We enjoy a guided walk through the city before free time is given for shopping or simply wandering through the medieval streets of Oxford.

Bampton Village
Next we head to Bampton. This beautiful village was chosen for the majority of the outdoor scenes in the hit series Downton Abbey.  Visit the Church; see Mathew Crawley's mother's house, the hospital and more. The village itself is quintessentially British and one of Britain's hidden treasures.

Basildon Park
Basildon Park is a Georgian mansion surrounded by parkland and is owned by the National Trust. It was lovingly rescued by Lord and Lady Iliffe in the mid 1950s. The house you will see today is a re-creation and restoration of the 18th-century mansion.
Basildon Park was also the setting for much of the Downton Abbey Christmas special, starring as Grantham House, the Crawleys' London residence. It was at the heart of the action as the family and their servants enjoyed the social whirl of the summer season.  Enjoy a self guided tour of the mansion which is fascinating in its own right. Look out for photos taken from the Christmas special perched on antique tables within some of the individual rooms

Time permitting why not make the most of your visit by treating yourself to a cream tea and experience the nostalgia of the1950s kitchen, or stretch your legs whilst wandering along the trails through the 400 acres of historic parkland!

After our memorable visit we head back to London.

Please note the following close out dates:
5th of May, 24th May - 1st June, 25th of August, 24th - 31st October 2014