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Architecture on the Thames East

From Greenwich to Dartford Crossing
Temple of Mithras   – London Mithraeum Bloomberg
London Theatre choice:  The Comedy about a Bank Robbery or
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Tour of the Banqueting House Whitehall
From the: Cavendish Hotel, St James’s
5 – 7 April 2019 (2 nights)

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After the very successful Thames Central boat tour we are delighted to now offer Architecture on the Thames East – London’s future is in the east where some of the world’s most famous architects are transforming this historic industrial landscape into a place to live and work. This 2 ¾ hour afternoon boat journey down the River Thames starts in Greenwich and goes out towards Dartford Crossing and back. A dramatically different landscape to that of central London Thames embankments, the tour will take in landmarks including Richard Rogers’ Dome, the vast Tate and Lyle Sugar Refinery in Silvertown, the Thames Barrier and Joseph Bazalgette’s amazing Victorian Grade I listed Crossness Sewage Treatment Works.  Led by specialist guide, architect Benedict O'Looney, whose in-depth knowledge guarantees a deep insight and fascinating commentary.  This unique riverside tour offers a fresh perspective on London’s emerging and established skyline and a glimpse into the past.  The boat is chosen for maximum viewing both on deck and below with plenty of seating and is also only booked for capacity for the inside covered deck in case of rain.

Friday 5 April: Check into the luxury Cavendish Hotel St James’s – ideally located in the heart of Mayfair.  Welcome drink and pre-theatre dining for those that wish.  Choose from the two possible theatre options both 5* rated productions in London’s West End for this evening.

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is a fast, fabulous comedy caper and the funniest show in the West End reviewed by The Times and The Telegraph  “ It would be criminal to miss it “ The latest play by the prolific and talented team behind 'The Play That Goes Wrong . Criterion Theatre Jermyn Street.  Or:

The National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time returns to London for a limited season.   Hailed by The Times as ‘a phenomenal combination of storytelling and spectacle, Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel comes to life on stage.  Winner of numerous awards including ‘Best Play’. Piccadilly Theatre

Saturday 6 April: Coach departs for Greenwich, a visit en route to: Temple of Mithras. London Mithraeum Bloomberg has returned the Roman Temple of Mithras, first discovered in 1954 in Walbrook, to its original position in the heart of the City. Bloomberg’s new European headquarters stands on one of the richest archaeological sites in London.  The past is brought vividly to life with an immersive, multi-sensory exhibition, remains of the ancient temple and a selection of the remarkable Roman artefacts found during the recent excavation.  (Mithraeum only, it does not include entry into the main Bloomberg building).   Arrive Greenwich Village in time to find some lunch before the boat departs from Greenwich Pier at 1 pm - the return will be a Thames Clipper back to Westminster around 5.30.   Your evening is free.

Sunday 7 April: Check out of your room than a taxi or you may prefer to walk to the Banqueting House Whitehall.  James I's breath-taking Banqueting Hall, was created in 1622 with its magnificent Rubens ceiling commissioned by Charles 1 to celebrate the glorification of his father. There will be a guided tour and you then free to make your own way back to the hotel for departure.

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 and drinks on arrival.
  • Tickets for one of the above productions.
  • Entry, tours, boat tours and tickets as stated.
  • Coaching and Heritage Touring representative.


Price per person: £510 (Curious Incid…)
Price per person: £498 (Comedy about BR)

Single supplement: £60 per night
(Superior double rooms for sole occupancy)

Non-refundable deposit: £175

Cavendish Hotel, St James’s

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.