Samuel Johnson is credited with the words ”When a man is tired of London then he is tired of life”. As fashion-forward as it is timeless and as cosmopolitan as it is quintessentially British; London is a city of enchanting contradictions; a seamless blend of old and new.
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Enjoy the excitement of taking the Eurostar Bullet Train from Gare du Nord in Paris and arrive in London’s St. Pancras station a mere two-and-a-half hours later. With speeds of up to 187mph, the Chunnel underneath the English Channel is a quick breeze.
The Tower Hotel is now a 4 Star Guoman Hotel majestically sitting between the Thames River and St. Katherine’s Dock, and next to Tower Bridge, The Tower Hotel has an ideal location, a restaurant, a bar and a fitness center. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout. Each room at The Tower has air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with Freeview cable and a desk.
The on-site restaurant serves freshly prepared modern fusion cuisine. The bar features an extensive drinks menu, and offers stunning views of the famous Tower Bridge and the Shard skyscraper.
This afternoon and evening we’ll stay close to the hotel with a visit to next door St. Katherine’s Dock, the heart of London’s maritime past and homeport to the historic Clipperships Around the World Races.(Kelso and Cutty Sark)
In the late afternoon we suggest you get ready for a feast at the Medieval Banquet. Eat, drink & be merry! Discover the entertainment from sword fighting knights & dancing wenches, to contortionists and minstrels. Join Henry VIII and his court of knights, troubadours, magicians, jugglers and medieval tumblers at this most royal of banquets and enjoy a four course feast with ale and wine brought to your table throughout the meal by dancing wenches. Even the music is authentic medieval. Enjoy the story and the food dating back a thousand years.
Today we visit the Brixton and Borough markets on an exciting 3.5-hour small-group food tour, led by a friendly local guide! Starting at Brixton Market, London’s up-and-coming foodie haunt, your tour visits its best delis and stalls, while introducing you to Brixton’s bohemian buzz and its thriving pop-up restaurant scene. Enjoy an Afro-Caribbean breakfast, cakes, British cheeses and meats, and then move on to Borough Market where a belt-busting gourmet sandwich awaits. Learn the history of this vibrant market on a walking tour and discover where to find the best brownies in town!
The late afternoon and evening are off to explore your personal favorites from music in Camden or Soho or the Royal Albert Hall to Shopping on Albermarle Street or a turn in the famous London Eye.
Because London owes its existence to the River Thames, it is fair to say that you will find most of the city’s landmarks close to the river. A City Tour is therefore a euphemism for a 3 hour River Cruise meandering through the heart of the city and passed so many of its most famous attractions. In great comfort and with great historic guidance you will float alongside some of the oldest and most impressive buildings London has to offer, such as:
• Houses of Parliament
• Westminster Abbey
• Big Ben
• The London Eye
• The Tower of London
• Tower Bridge
• Shakespeare’s Globe
• Tate Modern
• Cutty Sark
• Canary Wharf
• HMS Belfast battle-cruiser
• Millennium Footbridge
In the afternoon have a cabby drop you off for an immersion into the city at Picadilly Circus from where you can stroll and enjoy landmarks and shops in Old Bond Street, The Royal and Burlington Arcades, world famous Harrod’s and so much more.
In the year Napoleon opened his campaign in Egypt, 1798, Thomas Rule promised his despairing family that he would say goodbye to his wayward past, settle down and open an Oyster Bar in Covent Garden.
Today Rules serves the traditional food of this Country at its best – it specializes in Classic Game Cookery and is fortunate in owning an estate in the High Pennines “England’s last wilderness” which supplies game for the restaurant where it is able to exercise its own quality controls and determine how the game is treated.
Throughout its long history the tables of Rules have been crowded with writers, artists, lawyers, journalists and actors. As well as being frequented by great literary talents – Charles Dickens, William Makepeace Thackery, John Galsworthy and H. G Wells. Rules has also appeared in novels by Rosamond Lehmann, Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, Dick Francis and Claire Rayner.
On the first floor by the lattice window, was once the most celebrated “table for two” in London. This was the Prince of Wales’ favorite spot for wining and dining the beautiful actress Lillie Langtry.
The past lives on and is captured in literally hundreds of drawings, paintings and cartoons. The late John Betjeman, then Poet Laureate, described the ground floor interior as “unique and irreplaceable and part of literate and theatrical London.”
After dinner we will stroll the famous Covent Garden Fruit Market with its creative displays, street artistry and live music, before heading back to the hotel.
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