Join us on this unique and extraordinary exploration of Hidden London in the company of a Blue Badge Guide to discover some of our capital’s most beautiful hidden interiors and deep dark secrets.
Day 1 After our local pick ups, we travel to London and have free time to get some lunch. We then have a special visit to the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel to discover hidden aspects of this truly historic hotel. We check into our hotel to relax before dinner.
Day 2 This morning we meet our Blue Badge Guide and first visit London Charterhouse, which is open to the public for the first time in 600 years since it was founded as a Carthusian monastery on the site of a Black Death plague pit. We see the Great Hall where the Brothers eat their meals and the Great Chamber where Queen Elizabeth I held court. Next to the London Silver Vaults, the sprawling Victorian catacombs built as strongroom facilities for the rich and famous, and now one of the largest silver markets on Earth. After free time for lunch on Fleet Street, we visit the astonishing Middle Temple, where medieval lawyers, Dr Johnson, Oliver Goldsmith and, of course, Rumpole have practised their craft. Finally back to our hotel for dinner.
Day 3 Our Blue Badge Guide takes us to the Cathedral of Sewage! This grand and ornate building was built by Sir Joseph Bazalgette to house the Crossness Engines after the Great Stink of 1858 – a fascinating and very unusual place. Free time for lunch in gorgeous Greenwich, before we board our boat for a Thames Cruise to Westminster. We rejoin our coach and head home to the south coast.
A row of handsome 18th-century residences overlooking the open grassland of Blackheath to Royal Greenwich Park, with some 20th-century additions make up our family-run three-star hotel. There is a pleasant lounge, bar, restaurant and walled garden. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift to some rooms.