Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Total London Full Day Tour With The London Eye




Includes private tour of the Tower of London - see the Crown Jewels.
Private guided tour of the Tower of London with Yeoman Warder
Be the first group to visit the Crown Jewels
Further tour of the Tower by Yeoman Warder plus free time to explore
Panoramic drive seeing the icons of London; Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament and the London Eye and much more
See Changing of the Guard - subject to availability
Thames River Cruise - see St Paul's Cathedral, the Globe Theatre and much more
Visit St Paul's Cathedral with professional guide and fast entry ticket
Flight on the London Eye
Tower of London - private tour away from the crowds..
Following our coach drive past some of London's most famous landmarks including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament we arrive at the Tower of London where we are met on the middle drawbridge by our very own Yeoman Warder. Leading us into this world heritage site before it opens to the public our Beefeater will take us on a privately guided tour explaining the history behind this fortress of imprisonment and torture. We are also the first group to see the Crown Jewels before enjoying some free time to explore on our own. Why not visit Traitors Gate, the armouries or the Bloody Tower? And keep an eye out for the famous Ravens. Tradition has it that if the Ravens leave the Tower the monarch will fall!

Changing the Guard
Departing the Tower we head to The Mall to watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony as one of the Queens Foot Guard Household Regiments march from St. James Palace to Buckingham Palace to military music dressed in their world famous tunics and busbies.*

Thames River Cruise & Westminster Abbey

Next we take a short cruise on the River Thames as we enjoy excellent views of St. Paul's Cathedral and Shakespeares Globe and then take a break for lunch. After lunch, we have a photo stop at Westminster Abbey.

St. Paul's Cathedral
We start the afternoon part of our tour with a visit to St Paul's Cathedral. This masterpiece was designed in 1673 by Sir Christopher Wren; our tour will include listening to the 1695 organ that Mendelssohn once played and visit the tombs of Nelson and Wellington. With your professional tour guide you can also test the unique acoustics of the Whispering Gallery, not usually visited by tour groups. On Sundays when viewing is restricted, there will be an opportunity to enter and enjoy one of the services.

London Eye
Standing at an amazing 135 metres above the centre of London, the London Eye is the worlds highest observation wheel and offers magnificent panoramic views - on a clear day is is possible to see as far as Windsor Castle!  Tour will finish at London-eye.

Open Top Bus Tour With Entrance To The Tower Of London




Classic Red Bus Tour:
Take your seat on our beautifully restored double-decker bus and marvel at all of London’s highlights including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye.

Have your cameras at the ready as we stop for photos at Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece, St. Paul’s Cathedral where Admirals Nelson, Wellington lie buried and where Princess Diana was married. Then join us at the Tower of London that was built nearly a thousand years ago and is now home to the Crown Jewels protected by the famous Beefeaters. The imposing former palace was once used as a fortress and a prison, and you can see Traitors Gate where prisoners entered the Tower for the last time!

Cruise on the River Thames:
Next we take a leisurely cruise on the River Thames that passes Shakespeare’s Globe, Cleopatra’s Needle and London Bridge before we arrive at Westminster pier, rejoin the bus and head for Buckingham Palace. Here we make our way to the perfect spot to watch the world famous Changing of the Guard ceremony as the soldiers, dressed in their fabulous tunics and busbies march to military music.

The Tower of London.
To end the tour we head to the magnificent Tower of London. The imposing former palace was also once a Royal minT,  a place of torture and execution. Now home to the Crown Jewels protected by the famous Beefeaters. The Beefeaters run regular tours that your ticket allows you to join for free. They will show you Traitors Gate where prisoners entered the Tower for the last time, the Scaffold site where the executions took place, and the impressive armouries where you can see the body armour worn by Henry VIII.

The tour ends at The Tower of London leaving you ample time to explore and enjoy this world heritage site.


NB. When the guard change does not take place, we stop instead for photos of the Buckingham Palace.

Tours are available with audio headsets in 10 languages (French, German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Hindi and Korean.) 


Sea Life London Aquarium Classic Red Bus Tour




Classic Red Bus Tour:
Take your seat on our beautifully restored double-decker bus and marvel at all of London’s highlights including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye.

Have your cameras at the ready as we stop for photos at Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece, St. Paul’s Cathedral where Admirals Nelson and Wellington lie buried and where Princess Diana was married. Then join us at the Tower of London that was built nearly a thousand years ago and is now home to the Crown Jewels protected by the famous Beefeaters. The imposing former palace was once used as a fortress and a prison, and you can see Traitors Gate where prisoners entered the Tower for the last time!

Cruise on the River Thames:
Next we take a leisurely cruise on the River Thames that passes Shakespeare’s Globe, Cleopatra’s Needle and London Bridge before we arrive at Westminster pier, rejoin the bus and head for Buckingham Palace. Here we make our way to the perfect spot watch the world famous Changing of the Guard ceremony as the soldiers, dressed in their fabulous tunics and busbies march to military music.

The SEA LIFE London Aquarium.
The Sea Life London Aquarium is home to one of Europe's largest collections of global marine life and is the jewel in the crown of the 28 Sea Life attractions in the UK and Europe. Situated in the heart of London, the experience takes visitors on an immersive and interactive journey along the Great Oceanic Conveyor.

The mysterious experience starts by taking a submarine style lift to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Along the journey, a stunning glass tunnel walkway offers guests an unforgettable experience by strolling underneath a tropical ocean.  There is plenty of interaction along the way, from feeding the stingrays and watching diving displays touch pools and discovery zones.  Other stars of the show include green turtles, seahorses, octopus, zebra sharks and the ever popular clown fish.  The true highlight, however, commences as guests complete their journey in the deeper darker zone of the Pacific Ocean - take a walk on the wild side and watch 10 species of shark swim beneath your feet from a suspended glass platform.
The tour ends at The SEA LIFE London Aquarium leaving you ample time to enjoy the attraction and surrounding area. Why not grab some fish and chips or take a flight on the London Eye?

NB. When the guard change does not take place, we stop instead for photos of the Buckingham Palace.

Tours are available with audio headsets in 10 languages (French, German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Hindi and Korean.) 

Stonehenge and Bath - Entrance to Roman Baths Included




Free transfer from your hotel
Entrance to Stonehenge included
All afternoon in Georgian Bath
Entrance to the Roman baths included
Luxury air-conditioned motorcoach
Courtesy transfer from your hotel
Premium Tours offer a free hotel collection from over 170 hotels in central London - more than any other sightseeing company in London. You can let us know where you are going to be staying now, or simply give us a call nearer the time. Please wait by the concierge desk and our guide will come in and find you. Before you know it, we will be heading out of London.

Stonehenge
The most famous prehistoric monument in the world, and now a world heritage site, Stonehenge stands alone in the vast empty tract of Salisbury plain. Its origins date back nearly 5,000 years, and it has been home to pagan religion and spiritual worship, not to be mention public debate ever since. What was this vast collection of stones intended for? Was it observatory of the moon, a temple to the sun, or an elaborate cemetery? Who were the people who carried and carved these 40 ton rocks? Come and unlock the secrets for yourself and marvel at this remarkable and mysterious feat of ancient engineering and design.

Bath
Next we head to Bath and arrive in time for lunch. With fabulous restaurants, tea houses, sandwich and coffee shops, not to mention all the classic British pubs, you will be spoilt for choice of places to eat.

Bath is a beautiful Georgian city with delightful crescents, terraces and architecture. Following our scenic drive into the heart of the city, there will be plenty of time to explore at your leisure. 

Your ticket includes entrance to the Roman Baths that were built nearly 2,000 years ago. Built on Britain's only natural hot water spring lies the magnificent Roman public bath complex and Roman temple. At the heart of the World Heritage Site, you can walk around the steaming pool on the Roman stone paving and admire the ancient Roman statues and architecture.  

See Bath Abbey and Pulteney Bridge is overlooking the river Avon cascading over the weir. Then there is the Jane Austen Centre and the elegant Assembly Rooms built in 1771. And you can shop, explore and take afternoon tea in the Pump Rooms while listening to the live classical music. With so much to see and do, you will be glad that you have so much free time.

Arrive back in London approximately at 7.30pm.

Windsor Castle and London Dungeons




Highlights:

Morning tour to Windsor Castle

Visit the State Apartments, St. Georges Chapel and Queen Mary's Dolls House

Free time to explore Windsor town and buy souvenirs
Transportation To The London Dungeons
Fast Track Entry avoiding the queues
The Tour: 


After your courtesy pick-up, we head out to Windsor Castle where over 900 years of royal history are waiting for you. From William the Conqueror all the way through to our current Queen, successive monarchs have lived here and left their mark on what is now the largest continuously occupied castle in the world. Your ticket allows entrance to the castle, so you can see for yourself the splendour of St. Georges Chapel and the sumptuous state apartments. Windsor itself is a pretty town full of traditional shops and historic pubs. Shakespeare is said to have written his play The Merry Wives of Windsor in one of them! In the afternoon, we return to London to visit the London Dungeons with fast track entry.

The London Dungeon brings

London’s horrible history to life with 12 shows, live actors, special effects and two scary rides.

Extremis drop ride, Taste the fear, feel the adrenaline pump and your heart shoot into your throat as you drop screaming into the darkness below!

Traitor boat ride to hell, in the deepest, darkest depths of London a deadly nightmare awaits! 

Jack the Ripper, Take a trip back to the night of the 31st August and feel the fear rise inside you as you enter Jack the Ripper’s notorious Whitechapel, where the true horror of his terrible crimes are revealed.

Sweeney Todd, Visit Mrs. Lovett's 1785 pie shop before receiving a short back and sides at the infamous Fleet Street barber shop owned by the demon barber Sweeney Todd.

Great Fire Of London, Join the waves of terrified Londoners as they flee their homes and the choking, overwhelming heat. Can you escape the relentless inferno by facing the gauntlet of flames?

Whitechapel Gallery - Film Highlights this Spring

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Film Screenings and Events

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Symposium: Chris Marker: In Memory
Saturday 10 May & Saturday 14 June 2014 Through a series of presentations, screenings and discussions, this 2-part symposium will respond to the idea of memory, a theme interwoven throughout Chris Marker's life and work. Contributors including Raymond Bellour,Filipa César, Chris Drake and Daniel Potter will provide new approaches to understanding the artist's practice. 

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Film: Chris Marker: Early Years 
Thursday 15 May, 6.30 - 9pm
A New Look at Olympia 52 (2013)a recent study by Julien Faraut, provides valuable material about Marker's life before cinema and his first film. Sunday in Peking (1956) andIf I Had Four Camels (1966) are also shown in new restorations. 

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april2014_film_feature-4-vs2.jpgFilm: Chris Marker: He Wrote Me...Sunday 1 June, 2 - 4pmFeaturing the works Letter of Siberia (1958) and Sans Soleil (1982), Marker's dynamic handling of relationships between text, voice and image is seen to dazzling effect during this exclusive film event.
 
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Thursday 17 June, 7 - 9pm
Discover the work of cinema's exemplary time traveller, Chris Marker, from the early collaboration with Alain Resnais (All the Memory of the World, 1956) through to his classic La Jetée (1962) and then to Remembrance of Things to Come (2002), co-directed with Yannick Bellon.
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Sunday 1 June, 12 - 2pm
Meet six emerging and established artist filmmakers as they present their short film work followed by discussions with peers and film curator Gareth Evans. 
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The Cremaster Cycle
Saturday 28 June, 11am - 8pm
Book now for this day-long screening ofMatthew Barney's epic film series The Cremaster Cycle, a visually arresting experience which creates a mythology for the modern world. Followed by a conversation with the artist and James Lingwood, Co-Director at Artangel, and responses to the film by guest speakers throughout the day.

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Monday, 21 April 2014

BBC News - Hundreds finish 125-mile Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race

BBC News - Hundreds finish 125-mile Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race: "Hundreds of competitors have completed the annual Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race.

The start of the four-day race was delayed on Good Friday after the body of Mark Stobbart, 44, was found in the Kennet and Avon canal.

On Sunday the senior doubles non-stop race was won by Ryan Pearce and Mike Southey from Fowey, Cornwall.

The 125-mile (201km) race is described as "a severe test of skill, physical and mental stamina and planning".

Some take on the course over four days, leaving on Good Friday and finishing on Easter Monday."

Westminster Bridge

BBC News - Gun salutes to mark Queen's 88th birthday

BBC News - Gun salutes to mark Queen's 88th birthday: "The Queen's 88th birthday has been marked across the UK with traditional gun salutes.

A 41-gun royal salute was fired in Green Park in London and a 62 gun-salute from the Tower of London.

Gunners from 105th Regiment Royal Artillery fired two 21-gun royal salutes at Edinburgh and Stirling Castles.

Salutes were also fired in Northern Ireland and Wales. The Queen is spending the day privately at Windsor.

Tradition followed
The Queen was born on 21 April 1926 at the home of her mother's parents in Mayfair.

However, her birthday is also celebrated officially each year in June at the Trooping the Colour service - which this year will take place on 14 June."

The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery arrive at Green Park

The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery arrived at Green Park ahead of its 41-gun salute
Royal salute at Green ParkHundreds gathered to watch soldiers fire 13-pounder World War One guns at midday
Soldiers prepare to fire a salute at the Tower of LondonAn hour later, the Honourable Artillery Company prepared to fire a salute at the Tower of London
Royal salute at the Tower of LondonSixty-two shots were fired by gun crews at the Tower of London
Gunners from 105th Regiment Royal Artillery fire a 21-gun salute at Edinburgh Castle Gunners from 105th Regiment Royal Artillery fired a 21-gun salute at Edinburgh Castle
Gunners from 105th Regiment Royal Artillery fire a 21-gun salute at Stirling Castle Soldiers from the same regiment fired a salute at Stirling Castle

London and Downton Abbey 4 Day Package



Includes four nights accommodation in the 5 star Grange Tower Bridge Hotel with five continental breakfasts. Please note 5 and 6 night packages are also available - please contact us for prices.

Open top bus tour of London on a vintage double decker bus with photo stop at  the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace
Cruise on the River Thames and watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace with professional guide
Visit Highclere Castle where Downton Abbey was filmed plus see Oxford Stonehenge and Bath
5 Star Hotel in central London and vintage bus tour of London, Thames cruise, day tour to Oxford and Highclere Castle where Downton Abbey is filmed, and an excursion to Stonehenge and Bath.

Join us for a long weekend, checking in to the Grange Tower Bridge hotel for four nights on Thursday or Friday of selected weeks. On your first morning, you will be shown all of London's highlights in 5 star style, boarding our vintage open top bus and passing by the city's famous landmarks including Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. During the morning, you will also enjoy a short river cruise and have a chance to watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

During your stay, you will enjoy two day excursions - one to the University town of Oxford where we enjoy a short walking tour before heading to beautiful Bampton, and Highclere Castle both of which were key locations in the hit tv series Downton Abbey.

Then on the following day we head to prehistoric Stonehenge recently re-opened with a new visitor centre and 2,000 year old Bath, where entry to the Roman Baths is included.

The Premium Tours staff will be on hand throughout your stay to assist you with all of your travel plans, and additional requirements including Theatre tickets, airport transfers and other sightseeing. - How about a day trip to the Cotswolds, or a private viewing of Leeds Castle before it opens to the public?
Child price is based upon one adult and one child in one room. Rates are available for Child or extra adult staying in a third bed in the same room as two additional adults - please enquire at time of booking.

The packages are only available for a limited time, so we recommend you book early.

London at Night Tour



  • See the highlights of London on an open top bus
  • Explore the city as London lights up in the evening
  • Enjoy great views of London Bridge and Tower Bridge
  • Travel through the empty streets of the city at night
  • See the embankment all lit up along the Thames

What better way to see the highlights of London than from onboard a vintage double-decker bus? Enjoy great views of Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye as we meander through the streets and history of our great city.

Vintage Open Top Bus tour with Two course Lunch at the Orangery - Kensington Palace Morning



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Highlights:

    Travel on a beautifully restored 50 year old Vintage Bus
    See Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, The London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, Nelson's Column, the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London.
    Take a cruise on the River Thames
    Watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony
    Photo stop at The Tower of London
    Live professional guide
    3 hour Panoramic tour
    Morning pick up services from over 140 hotels
    Two course lunch at the Orangery inside Kensington Palace Gardens


What better way to see the highlights of London than from onboard a vintage open top double-decker bus.  Enjoy great views of Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye as we meander through the streets and history of our great city. The tour also includes a cruise on the river Thames and the chance to see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace

The Tower of London
Join us at the Tower of London that was built nearly a thousand years ago and is now home to the Crown Jewels protected by the famous Beefeaters. The imposing former palace was once used as a fortress and a prison, and you can see Traitors Gate where prisoners entered the Tower for the last time!

Cruise on the River Thames
Next we take a short cruise on the River Thames that passes Shakespeare’s Globe, Cleopatra’s Needle and London Bridge before we arrive at Westminster  pier, rejoin the bus and head for Buckingham Palace. 

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace is the official Royal residence of Her Majesty the Queen, and  we make our way to the perfect spot to watch the world famous Changing of the Guard ceremony as the Queen's soldiers, dressed in their fabulous tunics and busbies march to military music.

Two course lunch at the Orangery - Kensington Palace
We now cross town travelling to Kensington Palace to enjoy a delicious two course lunch at the Orangery nestled inside Kensington Gardens. A seasonal main course followed by a delicious dessert.

There is no need to rush as your tour ends here allowing you to linger and wander through Kensington Gardens or visit the Palace.


Please note that there is a ten minute walk involved reaching the Orangery and the tour finishes at Kensington Palace Gardens at 12.30pm.

NB. If there is no guard change, we will still stop at Buckingham Palace for photos.

A live guide conducts the tour and headsets available in the following languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Hindi & Russian.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Easter Message


BBC News - Best of England to be displayed on South Bank:

BBC News - Best of England to be displayed on South Bank:

An exhibition showcasing the best of England, from the Beatles to Bakewell pudding, will open on St George's Day.

Marmite and the Magna Carta were also suggested to be included in the exhibition as part of VisitEngland's campaign.

The Hall of Fame Exhibition will open on Wednesday for a week at Observation Point on London's South Bank.

Other submissions for the free open air show included Harry Potter and One Direction's Harry Styles.

The Beatles

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Open Top London Bus Tour With Afternoon Visit To Stonehenge - Plus Free River Cruise



 What better way to see the highlights of London than from onboard a vintage open top double Decker bus? We bring the history of London to life, escort you on your scenic cruise on the River Thames and take you to the perfect spot to watch the Changing of the Guard. Then, in the afternoon, we join an independent coach tour to Stonehenge that includes a fast track ticket - beat the queues.  
Highlights:

Open top bus tour of London with Thames cruise
See the Changing of the Guard
Entrance to Stonehenge included
Audio guide tour at the site 
Professional driver and luxury air-conditioned coach
Scenic drive through the Salisbury plains
The Tour: 

What better way to see the highlights of London than from onboard a vintage Red double Decker bus? Enjoy great views of Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye as we meander through the streets and history of our great city.

Have your cameras at the ready as we stop for photos at Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece, St. Paul’s Cathedral where Admirals Nelson and Wellington lie buried and where Princess Diana was married. Then join us at the Tower of London that was built nearly a thousand years ago, during the reign of William the Conqueror, and is now home to the Crown Jewels protected by the famous Beefeaters. The imposing former palace was once used as a fortress and a prison, and you can see Traitors Gate where prisoners entered the Tower for the last time!

Next we take a leisurely cruise on the River Thames that passes Shakespeare’s Globe, Cleopatra’s Needle and London Bridge before we arrive at Westminster pier, rejoin the bus and head for Buckingham Palace. Here we make our way to the perfect spot to watch the world famous Changing of the Guard ceremony as the soldiers, dressed in their fabulous tunics and busbies march to military music.
Following an hours free time for lunch in Victoria, we board our luxury air-conditioned coach and head for the most famous prehistoric monument in the world. Stonehenge, a world heritage site, stands alone in the vast empty tract of Salisbury plain. Its origins date back nearly 5,000 years, and it has been home to pagan religion and spiritual worship, not to be mention public debate ever since. What was this vast collection of stones intended for? Was it observatory of the moon, a temple to the sun, or an elaborate cemetery? Who were the people who carried and carved these 40 ton rocks? Come and unlock the secrets for yourself and marvel at this remarkable and mysterious feat of ancient engineering and design. Entrance to the site with audio guide is included.

NB. When the guard change does not take place, we stop instead for photos of the Buckingham Palace.
Tours are available with audio headsets in 10 languages (French, German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Hindi and Korean.) 

Windsor Castle & Buckingham Palace



 Windsor Castle & Buckingham Palace Dates in August and September Only
Includes an extended visit to Windsor Castle.
Highlights:

Explore Windsor Castle - weekend residence of the Queen
Extended visit to Windsor with free time to explore!
Visit Buckingham Palace
Tour the State Apartments and picturesque Royal Gardens
The Tour:

Windsor Castle 
Over 900 years of royal history are waiting for you in Windsor Castle, which is perched high above the River Thames just outside of London. From William the Conqueror all the way through to our current Queen, successive monarchs have lived here and left their mark on what is now the largest continuously occupied castle in the world. We shall be amongst the first people to enter Windsor Castle, so you can see for yourself the splendour of St. Georges chapel and the sumptuous state apartments. Windsor itself is a pretty town full of traditional shops and historic pubs. Shakespeare is said to have written his play The Merry Wives of Windsor in one of them!

Buckingham Palace 

After lunch we head to Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of Her Majesty The Queen, which serves as both her home and office. Visitors to the State Rooms can see many of the magnificent rooms which form the heart of the working palace and are used regularly by the Royal Family for official entertainment, ceremonies and State functions. The Palace guides are on hand to point out the numerous works of priceless art in the lavishly furnished rooms. Afterwards, you can enjoy a walk along the south side of the Royal Garden and look out across the picturesque lake constructed in the 19th century. The tour ends in the Palace allowing you free time to explore at your leisure. 

Please note the tour is unescorted once we return to London including visit to Buckingham Palace.  Audio guide is available inside the Buckingham Palace.