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The Government Art Collection Royal Courts of Justice Vintner’s Company, Marlborough House

The Government Art Collection – Behind the Scenes
Lunch at Middle Temple and tour of Royal Courts of Justice
A visit to The Worshipful Company of Vintner’s
Temple Church and Marlborough House
From the Cavendish Hotel, St James
Wednesday 22 – Friday 24 March 2017 (two nights)

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A mid-week tour staying for two nights at the luxury Cavendish Hotel in the heart of Mayfair. The tour starts early evening on Wednesday 22 March with a visit to the department responsible for looking after the Government Art Collection.  These are works of art collected over the last hundred years to display in British Government buildings around the world.  You will see a selection of works, hear about the history and role of the collection and get a behind-the-scenes look at pieces they are preparing for display – this is a rare opportunity, as there are always very limited slots.

On Thursday a morning visit to one of the twelve great City of London Livery Companies – The Worshipful Company of Vintners.   With its origins steeped in the history of the City of London and the import, regulation and sale of wine, the Company continues to maintain strong links with the UK Wine Trade.  Vintners' Hall is known as the Trade's "spiritual home".

Then continuing to Middle Temple, one of the four ancient Inns of Court, to enjoy a three course lunch in the historic Middle Temple Hall, one of the finest Elizabethan halls in the country with its magnificent double-hammer beam roof virtually unaltered since its completion in 1570.   Depending on time and services permitting, before lunch a short visit to Temple Church – one of the most historic and beautiful churches in London built by the Knights Templar.   After lunch a visit to the Royal Courts of Justice:  Two of the highest civil courts in the land sit in these imposing neo-Gothic buildings: the High Court and the Appeals Court; justice at its most bewigged and ermine-robed. The building is reminiscent of a cathedral in both style and scale. Soaring arches and beautiful stained glass windows ornamented with the coats of arms of Lord Chancellors and keepers of the Great Seal combine with a mosaic marble floor to create a majestic setting.  This tour and talk will give an insight into the history, architecture and workings of this historic building.

Friday 24th March - check out of the Cavendish Hotel before a visit to Marlborough House a five minute walk from the hotel.  It is almost 300 years old and has the status of a Royal Palace. It has been occupied over the years by some five Dukes and Duchesses of Marlborough, three Dowager Queens, three Princes of Wales and Prince Leopold, who became King of the Belgians.  Sir Christopher Wren was commissioned in 1709 to draw up the plans for Marlborough House, which was completed in 1711. (This visit is subject to the rooms not being required for affairs of state).

For this London tour, stay at the luxury Cavendish Hotel, St James’s.  As ever very popular with all our clients for its ideal location for galleries, theatres and shops in the heart of London’s West End. Numbers on this tour are limited so reserve your place early to avoid disappointment.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 2 nights’ accommodation and breakfast Cavendish hotel superior rooms.
  • Entry, tours, timed tickets and donations to the above mentioned venues.
  • Lunch Middle Temple.
  • Taxi transfers to the various venues outlined in the details.
  • Heritage Touring Representative.


Price per person: £465
Non-refundable deposit: £150 pp
Single supplement: £60 per night (mid-week)
Wednesday dinner at the Cavendish £30 (optional)

There is time after the GAC visit to enjoy a theatre if you so wish.

Cavendish Hotel

81 Jermyn St,
London SW1Y 6JF


Each tour, unless stated otherwise in the tour details, includes welcome reception, hotel accommodation, dinner and breakfast, entry fees, guided tours and tickets where appropriate,  lunches and refreshments where stated, professional guide and executive coaching. 

You are asked to make your own travel arrangements to join each break at the hotel listed.  We are happy to give advice and where possible organise shared taxis from a rail station to the hotel and where appropriate the coach will finish a tour at the station. However we cannot take responsibility for individual travel bookings.

We strongly recommend that you take out holiday insurance for protection against any cancellation charges, loss of deposit and other eventualities even for holidays in the United Kingdom and for emergency medical expenses and injury, death, repatriation home if travelling abroad.   Heritage Touring does not offer or sell insurance but can give assistance in locating travel insurance companies. Travel insurance is mandatory for all passengers travelling abroad.