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London Cavendish – Thames Tour & the Globe

The Royal Institution and Faraday Museum
Mozart’s Requiem by Candlelight – St Martin in the Fields
Architecture Boat Tour on the Central Thames*
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Spencer House
Staying at The Cavendish Hotel St James’s
13 – 15 March 2020 (2 nights)

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Friday 13 March: Check into The Cavendish Hotel, St James’s.  Your rooms should be ready by 3 pm.  Meet in reception at 3.30 for the ten minute walk to Albemarle Street for a tour of The Royal Institution Collections and Heritage Department.  Led by an expert member of the department, tours cover elements of the history and architecture of the building as well as telling the stories behind some of the Faraday Museum displays and various aspects of the Royal Institution's activities, past and present. .  If available you will see the historic lecture theatre where the Christmas Lectures are recorded.

The evening concert - Brandenburg Festival Chorus and Brandenburg Sinfonia performing Mozart’s Requiem by Candlelight in St Martin in the Fields.  (Programme also includes: Mozart – Salzburg Symphony No 1 ,  Marriage of Figaro Divertimento and Barber – Adagio for Strings).  Concert starts 7 pm  - Crypt Café underneath the church would be suitable for a light supper.  Taxis for those that wish from the hotel to Trafalgar Square.

Saturday 14 March:   A morning visit to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre for a guided tour of the auditorium.  The expert guides vividly recreate the stories of the 1599 Globe and the reconstruction process in the 1990s. Demonstration on a recreated 17th century printing press of method used for printing Shakespeare’s plays.   A transfer by coach over the Thames to Two Temple Place, known for many years as Astor House and one of London's architectural gems, an extraordinary late Victorian mansion built by William Waldorf Astor on the Embankment.  Enjoy the house in your own time and purchase refreshment from their tea room.

Departing from Crown Pier, a journey up and down the Thames looking at iconic landmarks that make London so architecturally diverse.  Led by a specialist guide whose in-depth knowledge guarantees a deep insight and fascinating commentary.  The 2 ½ hour tour first ventures upriver to Nine Elms, taking in Battersea Power Station, the new American Embassy and the studio of Norman Foster, designer of the Gherkin and the Millennium Bridge. Then heading downriver, it will explore the design and history of Michael Hopkins' imposing Portcullis House, the Neo-classical Somerset House and Renzo Piano's Shard, 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.* The intention if for Thames Central tour but there is a proviso due to tides it may go East – equally fascinating and interesting tour.

Sunday 15 March:  Morning tour of Spencer House.  Recognised as one of the most ambitious aristocratic town houses ever built in London and is the city’s only great eighteenth-century private palace to survive intact. This magnificent aristocratic palace has regained the full splendour of its late eighteenth-century appearance after a painstaking ten-year restoration undertaken by RIT Capital Partners plc, under the Chairmanship of Lord Rothschild.  Check out of your hotel rooms before the tour.

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 at the Cavendish Hotel with full English breakfast and welcome drink Friday
  • All entries, tours, concert and boat tickets
  • Coaching and Heritage Touring representative


Tour Cost:

Price per person: £520
Single supplement £65 per night
(Double rooms for sole occupancy)

Non-refundable deposit  £175 pp

Special rates available if you require additional nights at the Cavendish

The 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.