Royal London and Downton Abbey
Discover the capital's rich culture and history and well as the royal residence of the Queen
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Embark on a journey through the world of Britain’s aristocracy on this unique trip that takes you from some of the finest properties in London to the beautiful countryside which doubled for villages in the television series Downton Abbey, and on to Windsor, home of one of the many residences of the Queen at the heart of Royal Berkshire.
You’ll spend three nights in London, visiting iconic sights such as Westminster Abbey with a private guide to help bring their history to life. Learn about the fascinating history of the Tower of London which has not only served as a prison but also houses the Crown Jewels. Then, a walking tour through the heart of Royal London will give you a window into the world of British pomp and ceremony as you take in sights like Whitehall, Horse Guards Parade and stroll through St James’s Park to see Buckingham Palace. You will also visit the British Royal Family’s residence Kensington Palace, where you’ll get to explore the beautiful gardens and enjoy afternoon tea in the Orangery. Speaking of which, this trip also includes afternoon tea with an etiquette expert at one of the city’s top venues during which you will learn about the history and etiquette involved in this English ritual.
Equipped with the necessary manners, it’s off to the London of Downton Abbey. With connections to Lord and Lady Carnarvon, your guide is ideally placed to tell you all about the filming locations, as well as places in London that are connected to Downton Abbey’s era. From London, you’ll head west to Berkshire where a trip through the English countryside will lead you to Bampton, where many of the series’ village scenes were filmed.
This part of the country boasts one of the most beautiful Victorian castles in England, Highclere, the country seat of the Earl of Carnarvon. You will be welcomed into the Saloon for tea and homemade biscuits and then taken on an exclusive tour of the Main State Rooms and Castle bedrooms, as featured in Downton Abbey. Your next stop is the stately Windsor Castle, the Queen’s favourite home. Your guide will have plenty of stories to share about those who have lived there before.
The final stop on this journey is the Tudor masterpiece Hampton Court Palace where you will see Henry VIII’s vast kitchens and the beautifully manicured gardens.
Example Trip Itinerary
Airside meet and greet at London Heathrow
Private transfer to your hotel in London
Accommodation in London
- 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.
- 257 rooms and suites
- Two restaurants
- Swimming pool
- Spa and fitness centre
Surrounded by fashion boutiques and upmarket eateries, this luxury hotel in Marylebone Village is just minutes from trendy and bustling Oxford Street. Art, culture and design play important roles in the hotel’s aesthetic lending the public spaces and 257 rooms and suites a vibrant charm. Contemporary and antique furnishings and art add character. The three London suites feature private terraces and offer impressive views of the city. Dine at 108 Brasserie and 108 Pantry, or end the day with a cocktail or two at 108 Bar. Menus feature seasonal cuisine and local ingredients. Expect your meal to be relaxed, yet still stylish. Take care of your body and mind with fresh juices and smoothies and spend time in the Third Space gym, wellness centre and spa.
- 126 rooms and 24 suites
- Fitness suite
- Spa treatment room
With its grand stucco facade, The Kensington is a classic Victorian town house just a stone’s throw from Hyde Park and the beautiful Kensington Gardens. Each of the 126 rooms and 24 suites are individually styled – bright and spacious with sumputous fabrics and sleek furnishings. There is also a wonderful family room for those on a family adventure to the capital. The restaurant comprises three interconnecting drawing rooms with fireplaces and large bay windows, and serves contemporary, creative British cuisine. Afternoon tea here is a real treat, displayed on a three-tiered china stand with a delectable selection of sweet and savoury bites. The K Bar with its wood-pannelled walls and blue glass ceiling is the perfect place to unwind with a G&T after a day exploring. For those that like to keep active while away, there is a fitness suite while those looking to really relax will want to make a beeline for the spa treatment room.
- 96 rooms and suites
- Bowling alley
- Buzzing restaurant and bar
- Roof terrace
Just moments from bustling Soho and a stone’s throw from Mayfair, the Ham Yard Hotel is an oasis of calm in the heart of central London. Quintessentially British but with a modern twist, the hotel is bursting with character and is impeccably styled, its decor a unique mix of vibrant colours, patterns and textures. Each room has been individually designed and features floor-to-ceiling windows. There is the option of interconnecting rooms, making it an ideal base for families. Enjoy sweeping views across the London skyline from the roof terrace, a haven of tranquility with lush planting and tinkling fountains. There’s a real buzz around the beehive and the kitchen garden keeps the hotel restaurant’s larder well stocked. When you need to put your feet up, you can relax with the papers or a book in the library or curl up in front of the fireplace in the drawing room. There’s a world of culture on your doorstep, but in between soaking it up at the nearby galleries and museums be sure to pull up a chair at the bar and sip an expertly mixed cocktail or enjoy a decadent afternoon tea.
London is one of the most exhilarating and diverse cities in the world. This thriving metropolis has a rich history evident at every street corner and yet it continues to innovate, reinvent itself and lead the world.
London's rich tapestry of history spans two millennia and yet this exciting metropolis continues to thrive. On this introductory tour of Britain's capital, your guide will show you some of the top sites, including Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London, as well as some of its hidden gems. Your guide will tailor the tour to suit your interests so as to maximize your time.
Westminster Abbey stands next to the magnificent Houses of Parliament and is steeped in more then 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.
As you walk towards Trafalgar Square, you'll pass the sprawling government offices of Whitehall and 10 Downing Street, home of the British Prime Minister.
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.
Britain is renowned for its pomp and ceremony and the British Royal Family is the most famous in the world. Today you'll join your guide for a walk through the heart of Royal London. Walk past the halls of government power in Whitehall to Horse Guards Parade, a vast ceremonial parading ground where the Queen’s troops are often found practicing their horsemanship. Here’s there’s a little museum that tells the story of the Household Cavalry. Take a walk through St. James’s Park to see Buckingham Palace, official residence of the Queen. Nearby is the Royal Mews and the guardians of the Gold State Coach. The Mews are a working stables and in addition to historic carriages, it’s also sometimes possible to see the horses.
Surrounded by beautiful gardens, Kensington Palace has been a residence of the British Royal Family since the 17th century, and has been the official London residence of many members of the Royal Family from Queen Victoria (as Princess) to Princess Diana and her two sons. Hyde Park is adjacent to Kensington Gardens and here you can stroll along the Diana Walk or visit the latest exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery.
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.
Discover the London of Downton Abbey and the Crawley family. Your guide has personal connections with Lord and Lady Carnarvon and will blend fact and fiction as you learn not only about the film locations of the series but real life places in London connected to the era in which Downton Abbey is set.
Private transfer to your hotel outside of Windsor
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.
One of the Home Counties - the name given to counties that surround London - Berkshire is renowned for its connections to the Royal Family, with Windsor Castle one of its star attractions. There are pretty towns and villages to explore, beautiful stately homes and gardens that burst into colour in spring, summer and autumn. The River Thames winds its way through pretty, peaceful countryside, and you're also only never far from the bright lights of London, meaning you really do get the best of both worlds.
Relive the magic of Downton Abbey on a trip through the English countryside. Wander around the village of Bampton, where many of the village scenes in the series were filmed.
Built in the Jacobethan style by the architect Charles Barry, with a park designed by Capability Brown, Highclere is one of the most beautiful Victorian castles in England and remains the country seat of the Earl of Carnarvon. On arrival, be welcomed in to the Saloon for tea, coffee and homemade biscuits. The Saloon is the room at the heart of the castle with a 23m (75 foot) high glazed ceiling, a magnificent open fireplace and a gothic style minstrel gallery. A tour guide with exceptional knowledge of the building, artwork and furniture along with plenty of anecdotes will then lead you around the castle and provide a very special and exclusive tour of the Main State Rooms and Castle bedrooms, as featured in Downton Abbey. You can also visit the Egyptian Exhibition, which tells the story and contains antiquities from the tombs that were discovered in Egypt by the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter.
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.
Hampton Court Palace is a Tudor masterpiece. Henry VIII's vast kitchens are unique and the palace continued to grow up until the 17th century. The result is a wonderful tapestry of English architecture, tomes of fascinating stories and some of the most beautiful gardens in London.
Private transfer to London Heathrow
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