London Cavendish – Tennis and Kew
Kew Gardens Christmas Festival of Light
ATP Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall
Syon Park and London Museum of Water and Steam
Portcullis House – The House of Commons Portraiture Collection
From The Cavendish Hotel St James’s
8 – 10 December 2018 (2 nights)
Every Christmas Kew Gardens bring together light artists from around the globe to create bespoke pieces for the gardens. A mile long sparkling path beneath the unique tree canopies winds its way through the world-famous gardens in a magical after dark experience with over one million twinkling lights. Fairy-tale meets fantasy as singing trees, larger-than-life flora, ever-changing ribbons of light and criss-crossing laser beams and kaleidoscopic projections leap to life at the Palm House.
The ATP Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall where legendry players go head-to-head in the intimate surroundings of one of the world’s most iconic venues. There are two matches per session, one competitive singles match and one entertaining doubles match – the player line-up, not known at this stage, can include any of the game’s greatest Grand Slam Champions, former World No.1s and national icons. Your top priced seats are in the front choir with a great view across the length of the court.
Saturday 8 December: Arrive and check into your rooms at the luxury 4 star Cavendish Hotel, St James’s in the heart of London’s Mayfair and convenient both for West End theatre and perhaps some early Christmas shopping. Your rooms will be ready from 3 pm. There will then be a transfer by taxi to the Royal Albert Hall at 3.45 pm in order to enjoy a pre-tennis supper in the Verdi Restaurant before taking your seats at 6 pm for the tennis, play finishes at 9 pm when there will be a transfer back to the hotel.
Sunday 9 December: A private morning visit and guided tour of Syon Park, home to the Duke of Northumberland. This family house with its magnificent State and Private Apartments is filled with great paintings and furniture and has perhaps the finest Robert Adam interiors in the country. A two course lunch is included in the Syon Park garden centre restaurant before continuing mid-afternoon to the London Museum of Water and Steam. The museum is one of the most important historic sites of the water supply industry in Britain. Its collection of original Victorian steam pumping engines (some in steam on the Sunday) includes the largest working Cornish beam engine in the world as well as fascinating objects that tell the story of London’s past. The coach then continues the very short distance to the Queen Victoria gate at 5 pm for Christmas at Kew. In your own time make your way along the path through the different themed areas viewing the fantastic light illuminations, perhaps enjoying toasted marshmallows, hot chocolate or mulled wine on the way. The coach will then return you to the Cavendish Hotel around 7-7.30 pm.
Monday 10 December: Check out of the hotel before a taxi transfer for the visit to Portcullis House*. This is an opportunity to see inside Portcullis House, the only new building commissioned by Parliament since the Palace of Westminster in the 19th century. A guided tour focusing on the contemporary portraiture collection displayed in Portcullis House. Make your own way back to the Cavendish to collect your luggage and departure.
- 2 nights’ accommodation (superior rooms where double occupancy) and full English Breakfast
- 2 course supper Royal Albert Hall and lunch
- Top price tickets for the tennis, entry tickets for Kew, guided tours and other entries as stated
- Heritage Touring representative
Price per person: £530
Single supplement: £60 (per night)
Non-refundable deposit: £150 pp
*Visit has been agreed with a caveat “business of the House might take precedence” at last minute.
If you prefer not attend the tennis we can adjust price accordingly but must be stated when booking.
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.
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