A tour to London stopping at a Hilton Hotel on the river Thames visiting many of the National Trust properties and places of interest in the city.
- Staying at the Hilton Docklands Rotherhithe
- Half Board
- Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
- Osterley Park & Eltham Palace
- Hampton Court
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Thursday 18th May 2017
After our several pick up points in the Lancaster area, we drive south and after a suitable comfort break we head for the Chiltern Hills to visit Hughenden Manor, the former home of the most unlikely Victorian Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, who lived here from 1848 to 1881.
You can browse among an extraordinary collection of personal memorabilia. A secret wartime past is revealed in the Second World War room in the cellars, with interactive exhibits and eye-witness accounts. Next we make the short transfer to our hotel, The Hilton Docklands Rotherhithe, our base for the next 4 nights on a half board basis.
Friday 19th May 2017
We will visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, a reconstruction of the original built in 1599 and possessing the only thatched roof permitted in the city since the Great Fire.
A visit to this area must include calling in at The George Inn, London’s last remaining galleried inn visited by Dickens and mentioned in Little Dorrit followed by a look round Southwark Cathedral.
It has been a place of Christian worship for more than 1,000 years, but a cathedral only since the creation of the diocese of Southwark in 1905.
Saturday 20th May 2017
Our first call today is Osterley Park which was created in the late 18th century by architect and designer Robert Adam for the Child family to entertain and impress their friends and clients. Today the house is presented as it would have looked in the 1780s.
Then we proceed to Chelsea and visit Carlyle’s House, the home of literary couple Thomas and Jane where we follow in the footsteps of Dickens, Ruskin, Tennyson and many more who were regular visitors there.
After lunch we move over to Charing Cross to see Benjamin Franklin’s House where one of America’s Founding Fathers lived for 16 years.
Sunday 21st May 2017.
Our visit this morning will be to Eltham Palace rebuilt by the wealthy Courtauld family next to the remains of the childhood home of Henry VIII it’s among the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in England.
From here we drive to nearby Greenwich. This lively riverside side town is very popular on Sundays as the famous indoor market is held here .
There will be plenty of free time for lunch and sightseeing. We have arranged a visit later at the Fan Museum located in the town. The Fan Museum was the first museum dedicated to the fan and opened in 1991. It is located within two grade II listed houses built in 1721
Monday 22nd May 2017
Cardinal Wolsey leased it in 1514 and transformed what was a small manor house into a magnificent country residence.
After the royal takeover in 1528, it was extended twice first by Henry VIII and then by William and Mary, who used Christopher Wren as the architect.
Outside the palace is a harmonious blend of Tudor and English Baroque. We then make our journey home.We expect to be back at Lancashire at approximately 8pm traffic permitting
Location Map - Hilton Docklands Rotherhithe, United Kingdom
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