Thursday, 24 April 2014

Lunch In The Cotswolds

  • Lunch in a 17th Century former coaching Inn in Bibury
  • See the most beautiful village in England
  • In depth tour of the picturesque region

Our full day tour begins in Burford, where the magnificent high street holds every
variety of Cotswold stone. There will be time to visit the tea houses and shops before we head south to Bibury described as the ‘prettiest village in the Cotswolds’, by William Morris.

Lunch in Bibury
Lunch beckons and what better way to satisfy your hunger than with a fabulous two course lunch in the Swan Hotel situated in the centre of Bibury overlooking the River Coln. The 17th century former coaching Inn serves a fabulous range of traditional cooking, ales and fine wines.

Northern Cotswolds
In the afternoon we take a leisurely drive passing through charming villages before
visiting Bourton-on-the-water and Stow-on-the Wold, two of the most picturesque
parts of the northern Cotswolds. Your guide will take you on a short walk in each
village explaining their history before rejoining the coach and returning to London.

England In One Day - Stonehenge, Bath, Stratford & The Cotswolds

Includes Champagne reception at Shakespeare's birthplace - exclusive to Premium Tours! 
  • Entrance to Shakespeare Birthplace Museum
  • Champagne reception served in Shakespeare's garden
  • Visit the Cotswolds
  • Entrance to mysterious Stonehenge
  • Free time to shop and explore Georgian Bath
The Tour: 
First we head straight for Stonehenge the most popular prehistoric monument in the world. Come and marvel at the huge 40 ton Sarsens and the volcanic blue stones that were brought from Preseli mountains over 280 miles away. Discover the mysteries that surround the slaughter stone and see the numerous earth barrows where the beaker people lie buried before heading through the Salisbury plains towards Bath. 
Bath and the Cotswolds
Bath, a world heritage site, is a beautiful Georgian city with delightful crescents, terraces and architecture. There will be plenty of time to shop and explore before we enjoy a drive through the Cotswolds. As we head north to Stratford we drive through the heart of the Cotswolds, taking in breathtaking views of open countryside criss-crossed by dry stone walls and bustling market towns with magnificent perpendicular churches. 
Birthplace of William Shakespeare, the greatest writer in the English language, and home to the Royal Shakespeare Company. Stratford is a charming market town set in the heart of rural England. A delightful river winds its way through the town, past the beautiful Holy Trinity church, where Shakespeare lies buried. Our tour includes an exclusive visit to Shakespeare's birthplace before we enjoy Champagne and Strawberry scones*, served in his picturesque garden.
Please note that the order of visit may change.

Rock and Roll Liverpool - Tour

Included Highlights

Round-trip train tickets to Liverpool with reserved seats
Entry to Beatles Story Exhibition
Time to explore Liverpool
Beatles 'Magical Mystery Tour' including the Cavern Club
Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields
A free city map
Meet and greet guide at liverpool lime street station

Leaving from Euston Station, journey to the sea-port City of Liverpool made famous by the Beatles and its football teams.

Arriving at Liverpool Lime Street, you will be met by a meet and greet expert guide. The guide will answer any questions that you may have. Now  time to  explore this Victorian City as you stroll towards the world-famous waterfront .The beautifully restored dock warehouses are now home to a dazzling collection of bars, cafes, restaurants, shops and other unique attractions. The award-winning Beatles Story is the largest attraction in the world focussed on the lives and times of The Beatles - John, Paul, George and Ringo.  Take an exciting journey, starting with their childhood and the early years of the band, including Hamburg, through to Beatlemania, the break up and an in-depth look at their solo careers.  Hear the story unfolds through the free Living History Audio Guide narrated by John Lennon's sister, Julia. 

In the afternoon, you are in for a treat! Join the 'Magical Mystery Tour' This two hour tour takes you round all the landmarks in the lives of the Fab Four including their homes, schools, birthplaces, Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields and many other significant spots. Your tour ends with a visit to the legendary Cavern Club where the Beatles story all began.

The train back to London departs Liverpool Lime Street at 6.47pm and arrives back into London at 9:05 pm.

*Please note that this tour is unescorted and once booked it is non-refundable.

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Open Gardens Squares - Latest News

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April Newsletter

It's been an insanely busy month here at Duck Island Cottage (our HQ), as we've been busy getting the essential guidebook for the Weekend ready for the printers.  It's grown by eight pages this year, and, if you have already purchased your tickets, we will be posting these and the guidebook out to you early in May.

We have also been developing the range of activities on offer and are delighted to present new, themed walks, a symposium on London's Green Future and gardening & gardening games for the young and not so young. (See below)

London's Green Future

This symposium, celebrating the London Parks & Gardens Trust's 20th anniversary and coinciding with Open Garden Squares Weekend, will discuss London’s green future: from the visionary to the practical.  The symposium will showcase major new projects and present a range of existing small-scale initiatives. Speakers range from Dusty Gedge (Green Roof Campaigner and Designer) to James Hitchmough (Principal Planting Design and Horticultural Consultant for the Olympic Park) and include representatives from the GLA, the Landscape Institute, Institute of Horticulture, and those driving London's Garden Bridge project. LPGT members and OGSW ticket subscribers receive a 20% discount (£20 instead of £25) on registration when using this specific link.
Find out more.

Hahahopscotch (photo: © Paul Debois)A series of freckly, dishevelled and forgivably nostalgic children's activities in two gardens on the Saturday of Open Garden Squares Weekend.  Most sessions are perfect for the over-3s and under-12s, but there’s a special session for over-18s who don’t want to miss out on the fun!  The Fabulous Gin Garden will also pop up for this session!  Find out more 

New Walks

A guided walk in the City of LondonThe popular City, Temple and Bloomsbury walks are back and in response to demand we have increased the number of these.  We have also added new walks ranging from a World War One Walk of Remembrance to the Reclusive Gardens of Mayfair and a City Rooftop garden walk.  Details of how to book these and all the other walks are contained within our guidebook sent out withtickets in early May.
You can see full details of all the walks – plus a whole host of other activities – on our website.

Number 10

If you’ve not entered the ballot yet for a place on the garden tour of 10 Downing Street you have until Wednesday 21 May to do so.  If you are a lucky winner, we will contact you after this date. Further details.

Reaching for the Skies

If you can't wait till June, our blog - ‘Tales from Duck Island Cottage’ - previews a participating garden each month. This month we visited a school's roof garden.
Organised by
London Parks & Gardens Trust
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Buddha-Bar, Knightsbridge

Buddha-Bar, Knightsbridge
3 courses with a glass of champagne
£25 per person
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Buddha-Bar Restaurant London

From the team behind the world-famous Buddha-Bar Paris, London’s Buddha-Bar Restaurant offers a glamorous east-meets-west dining experience. Renowned for its sumptuous pan-Asian cuisine, indulge in 3 courses of world flavours chosen from an extensive menu, like seafood dumplings with sweet chilli, or chicken green curry with fragrant jasmine rice. A flute of chilled champagne will be served with your dishes.

In the sultry, softly-lit dining room, enjoy your dishes surrounded by art pieces from across the globe, and to the sounds of eclectic world music. One of the city’s chicest dining destinations, Buddha-Bar London is a 2-minute walk from Knightsbridge Tube Station.

4.1 (based on 79 reviews)

"Absolutely gorgeous restaurant and amazing food. The staff were wonderfully attentive and I'd recommend this place to anyone! :)"
Mikhaila Crosby
from London

Sample Menu

A glass of champagne on arrival


Steamed mussels with lemongrass, sweet basil, chilli coconut milk

Seafood dumplings with sweet chilli sauce

Green mango salad (V) with long beans, cherry tomatoes & tamarind dressing

Main Courses

Steamed salmon fillet with ginger, sweet basil & pak choy

Chicken green curry served with jasmine rice

Wok fried beef with udon noodles


Pistachio macaron with chocolate sauce

Fresh fruit platter with yuzu sorbet

Terms and Conditions
Available lunch & dinner Mon - Sun until 24th July 2014, subject to availability. Dishes from a set menu and subject to change. Includes VAT, excludes service.