The History, Culture and Countryside of England
Explore the metropolis of London, the Cotswolds and the classic English cities of Bath and Oxford
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Ticking off some of the most famous landmarks and locations in Britain, this diverse trip will lead you on a classic trail through some of England’s iconic locations. Discover the most beautiful of countryside and ancient cities and towns that have shaped the course of the country’s history.
Begin your trip with three nights in London and discover the highlights of England’s historic capital. Your passionate London guide will bring to life centuries of history and culture, as you discover the likes of the medieval Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, the baroque masterpiece of St. Paul’s Cathedral and the significance of the city’s contemporary art scene.
Your next stop is Bath, a stunning and quaint World Heritage city located in Somerset. You’ll discover the rich history, captivating culture and vibrant atmosphere of the city, as well as use it as a base for exploring the stunning delights of the picturesque Cotswolds and splendid Oxford. A visit to Malmesbury Abbey Gardens will give you an impression of life living amid a marvellous 16th-century country house, before continuing to Berkshire for the final stops of your trip.
Here, you’ll have the opportunity to visit Windsor, home of Windsor Castle, one of the Queen’s official royal residences where she usually spends her weekends, as well as take part in an afternoon tea etiquette experience to truly delve into the best of British traditions.
Example Trip Itinerary
Airside meet and greet at London Heathrow airport
Private transfer to your hotel in London
Accommodation in London
- 50 rooms and suites
- Restaurant and bar
- Swimming pool
London might be a city steeped in history but it’s certainly keeping pace with the best of them. The thoroughly British Haymarket Hotel is chic and modern whilst staying true to its roots, and there’s no compromise on location, either, as you find yourself in the heart of the capital’s theatre district. With bright splashes of colour, bold prints and plenty of quirky design features, the Haymarket is a beacon of contemporary British style. The 50 rooms and suites have been individually designed, each with their own unique character. The restaurant serves seasonal cuisine using locally sourced ingredients and the barmen are a dab hand at mixing elegant and refreshing cocktails. Make sure you indulge in the great British tradition of afternoon tea, a delightful mix of cakes, sandwiches, scones and of course, a pot of steaming loose-leaf tea. Head to the library when you want to retreat with a book or the morning papers. The hotel’s indoor pool is not just for the health conscious; a ceiling studded with hundreds of fibre optic lights and an ever-changing light installation adds a real sense of atmosphere and the poolside bar is your go-to for quenching your thirst. Exploring the capital couldn’t be easier: Mayfair and Regent Street are a mecca for shoppers; get your fix of culture at Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery; and take a stroll around St James’ Park, the oldest of the city’s eight Royal Parks.
- 73 rooms and suites
- Berners Tavern restaurant
- Private Punch Room and lobby bar
Under the watchful eye of Studio 54 founder Ian Schrader, in collaboration with Marriott, the London EDITION is a grand city centre hotel, located in Fitzrovia on the edge of London’s buzzing Soho neighbourhood. 73 guest rooms and suites feature oak floors and wood-panelled walls in either dark walnut or light oak creating an intimate, chalet-like feel, with design touches such as luxurious linens, George Smith seating and baroque framed photography by Hendrik Kerstens. Select suites, including the Penthouse, offer oversized terraces with fantastic city views. The restaurant, Berners Tavern, is among the most sought-after restaurant reservations in London. Under the direction of Michelin-starred Executive Chef Jason Atherton, this all-day dining destination offers seasonal, contemporary British cuisine in a truly grand setting. Tucked away at the back of the hotel is the reservation only bar, Punch Room, an oak panelled den inspired by manor house libraries and London’s nineteenth-century private clubs. The lobby’s cool and casual bar has tufted sofas and wingback chairs by the fire and a snooker table.
- 58 rooms and suites
- Restaurant and bar
- Drawing room
Covent Garden derives its name from Convent Garden, as it was once the site of a garden belonging to Westminster Abbey. It was also known for its vibrant fruit and veg markets, but now you’re more likely to find designer boutiques and people watching the world go by on the piazza. With bright splashes of colour, bold prints and plenty of quirky design features, the hotel is a beacon of contemporary British style. The 58 rooms and suites have been individually designed, each with their own unique character. The restaurant serves seasonal cuisine using locally sourced ingredients and the barmen are a dab hand at mixing elegant and refreshing cocktails. Make sure you indulge in the great British tradition of afternoon tea, a delightful mix of cakes, sandwiches, scones and of course, a pot of steaming loose-leaf tea. Both the drawing room and library feature log fires and are the perfect place to relax with a book or the morning papers Exploring the capital couldn’t be easier: the Royal Opera House is a short walk away; the bustling piazza with its collection of shops, bars and restaurants is just around the corner; and the West End theatres are on your doorstep.
- 268 rooms and suites
- Three restaurants
- Award-winning cocktail bar
- Afternoon tea
- Beauty and Fitness spa, pool and gym
Wonderfully located between the Strand and the northern banks of the River Thames, The Savoy has stood as a London landmark since its opening in 1889. 268 luxury rooms and suites celebrate two distinct historic styles – stately English Edwardian and Art Deco grandeur – each encapsulating a timeless London glamour. Many enjoy wonderful views across the river and to other monuments around the city. Those staying in suites have a dedicated butler service, and all guests have access to Beauty and Fitness, a private facility in which offers spa treatments, a private pool, and 24-hour gym. Fine dining is central to The Savoy’s history, indeed upon its opening it attracted an aristocratic crowd in full regalia, suppering in public for the first time. Today, Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill offers informal dining in a stylish Deco setting, whilst Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill presents a British menu with a French touch. Simpson’s-in-the-Strand celebrates the best of British and is famous for its roasts. The award-winning Beaufort Bar is renowned for pushing the boundaries of mixology and the Knight’s Bar is perfect for pre-theatre drinks. The beautiful Thames Foyer is where The Savoy serves one of London’s best Afternoon Teas.
Westminster Abbey stands next to the magnificent Houses of Parliament and is steeped in more than 1,000 years of history. It has been the setting for every coronation since 1066, as well as 16 royal weddings. It is one of Britain's most important religious buildings, and here you'll discover a panorama of British history. Please note that the abbey is a working institution and subject to last minute closures.
London is at the heart of the world’s contemporary art market and is a mecca for collectors and artists alike. From the inner workings of Mayfair’s top auction houses to the institutions and smaller galleries that showcase innovative new work, our insider expert will guide you through this exclusive world. This is a chance to get behind-the-scenes in artists' studios, view contemporary art from a fresh perspective or simply connect with London in a new way.
One of the city's most famous landmarks, the Tower of London was built by William the Conqueror in 1078, it saw several phases of expansion, mainly under Kings Richard the Lionheart, Henry III, and Edward I in the 12th and 13th centuries. Although not its primary purpose, the Tower is perhaps best known as a prison, a function it performed from 1100 right up until 1952. A highlight for many are the Crown Jewels. Still regularly used by The Queen in important national ceremonies, such as the State Opening of Parliament, they are the most powerful symbols of the British Monarchy, holding deep religious and cultural significance in the nation’s history.
The City of London is at once ancient and modern. Skyscrapers are built along medieval passageways. The juxtaposition of old and new makes the Square Mile one of the most exciting, but also enigmatic, neighbourhoods of London. For nearly 2,000 years, humans have been shaping this marshy land north of the River Thames with buildings, infrastructure, ideas, inventions and passions. Discover some of the secrets of the City on this privately guided walking tour.
St Paul's Cathedral is famous for many reasons, not least as the setting for Princess Diana's wedding to Prince Charles. It is also an exceptional architectural achievement on the part of Sir Christopher Wren, who masterminded the rebuilding of London in the 17th century.
Enjoy a private tour of Lacock and its abbey, famous for its use as a location in multiple films. The real interest, however, lies in its origins as a former nunnery and the birthplace of photography. You'll then head to Avebury to discover the biggest stone circle in England and enter the largest and most significant prehistoric tomb in the country, actively used for more than 1000 years and contemporary with the Pyramids of Egypt. Then head east along the King's road stopping at one of the best preserved Roman towns in England that lies empty except for its striking Roman town walls.
Accommodation in Bath
- 45 rooms and suites
- Restaurant and bar
Situated in Bath’s iconic Georgian Royal Crescent, this luxurious hotel is spread across two neoclassical townhouses – perfectly encapsulating English grandeur. After a revamp in 2014 the hotel offers the perfect blend of its former 18th-century style with all the modern comforts of the 21st. From the award-winning restaurant, state of the art gym, exceptional spa and its acre of pristine manicured gardens, luxury exudes in every detail here. Grand staircases lead to impressive lounges with chandeliers, and each sophisticated suite is designed in the traditional 18th century style from luxury bedding to the period paintings mounted on the walls. The hotel sits on a peaceful and residential crescent overlooking the lawns, but only a five-minute walk to the city centre, giving its guests the best of both worlds.
Bath has always been a city of pleasure. From the time of the Romans, the famous hot springs have attracted folk looking to relax and socialise. The Georgians developed the city to become a harmonious architectural ensemble that is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are many ways to discover this charming city, whether it's through its Jane Austen connections, indulgent foodie scene, graceful architecture, parks and gardens, or simply relaxing in the world’s best-preserved Roman bathhouses.
Discover some of the iconic sites of the Cotswolds as you delve back into history to where it all began. The tour will be full of revelations and insights as you learn the story of how England became England. You'll go deep into the story of England's first king as well as explore the authentic Cotswolds. Visit the 'most important town in England no-one has ever heard of' and explore ancient, untouched villages and Saxon churches that date back over 1000 years.
For your exclusive tour of the Abbey Gardens, you’ll be greeted by the owner and escorted around the house and gardens before they open to the public. The gardens are a series of rooms, each very different to the last, reflecting the history of the site and the personality of the current owners. You’ll be free afterwards to wander around the gardens at your own leisure and stroll through the town of Malmesbury.
The presence of Oxford University can be felt throughout the centre of this august city. Nicknamed the City of Dreaming Spires, the patchwork of college buildings, churches and quaint streets make Oxford a beautiful place to discover the stories surrounding some of the most important characters in British history. Your local guide will tailor a tour around your interests, whether it be college gardens, religion, stained glass or Inspector Morse or Harry Potter.
Private transfer to your hotel in Berkshire
Accommodation in Berkshire
- 47 rooms and suites
- Two restaurants
- Great hall
- Indoor and outdoor pool
- Fitness centre
- Tennis courts
Built in 1666 by the 2nd Duke of Buckingham as a gift to his mistress, Cliveden House is a beautifully historic Grade I-listed building set within 376 acres of National Trust Grounds. It has played host to many an occasion in its 350-year history and today it is every bit as glamorous as it once was. The house has stayed true to its roots, with antique furniture, period pieces and beautiful artwork adorning the walls. Entering the property feels like stepping back in time, but with all the modern amenities and facilities of a contemporary luxury hotel, guests can enjoy the best of both worlds. 47 rooms and suites are spacious and elegant, many coming with private terraces that look out over the courtyard and the surrounding countryside. There is also a three-bedroom cottage perched on the banks of the River Thames with a private garden, two lounge areas with open fireplaces and a kitchen with its own dining area. Guests are spoiled for choice when it comes to eating and drinking. Enjoy fine dining at Andre Garrett, where locally sourced ingredients and a menu that follows the seasons create a brilliantly British dining experience. For a more informal atmosphere, enjoy the mix of classic American and British dishes at the Astor Grill, located in the old stable block, and for something quintessentially English, take afternoon tea in the great hall. The Pavilion Spa is tucked away in the walled garden, and here you can enjoy a dip in the indoor or outdoor pool or relax and unwind with a signature treatment. There is also a fitness suite as well as indoor and outdoor tennis courts.
Windsor Castle is still very much a working castle, and is the favourite home of Her Majesty the Queen. The magnificent state rooms provide an overview of architectural and interior design over the centuries and there is no shortage of stories about the characters who once filled these rooms. Windsor town is also a perfect place for some souvenir shopping. Please note that the castle is a working institution and subject to last minute closures.
Partake of afternoon tea with our trusted etiquette expert. In an elegant and classic setting at one of London's top hotels or department stores, learn all about the history and etiquette involved in this most typically English of rituals
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