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Tour Historic London, 1-8 September 2013

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Tour the sights of London and attend an evening viewing of Midsummer Nights Dream at the Globe Theatre. See Kensington PalaceNational Maritime MuseumQueen's House, the Old Royal Naval CollegeThe Royal Observatory and the Greenwich Fan Museum. Spend time at special costume study tables in the Museum of London, the Queen's own embroiderers and the Chertsey Museum. Drink in the sights of more costumes than you can imagine at the Victoria and Albert Museum and enjoy a guided tour around Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition. Spend a few hours stepping back in time at Dennis Severs House and enjoy special guests, discussions, shopping & walking tours and historical dancing during the tour.

(See the ‘Jane Austen’s England Tour’ that immediately follows this tour and for a poster and overview relevant to all tours see Tours)


DAY 1 Sunday

Tour members will arrive at our South Kensington hotel any time from 2pm. Early arrivals may store their luggage with the Hall Porter. The peace and quiet of Kensington Gardens is just a short stroll away so you can enjoy the sunshine. Join us for an early welcome dinner at a nearby restaurant.  

DAY 2 Monday

After breakfast spend the morning strolling around Kensington Palace and enjoy morning tea in the tranquil splendour of Queen Anne's 18th Century Orangery. You may remain looking around Kensington Palace or have a free afternoon.

Tea in Kensington's Orangery   

DAY 3 Tuesday
After breakfast we leave for a guided tour of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, have lunch together at the Museum of London after which the group will divide into two groups according to preference – one group will go with Aylwen to meet the Senior Curator of Fashion and Decorative Arts for a private costume study table and the other with John to see the Museum of London in general.


DAY 4 Wednesday
After breakfast we visit a private viewing of a selection of garments from the Olive Matthews Collection in the Chertsey Museum followed by a tour of the Hand & Lock Embroidery Studio in London. You will get to see specialised embroiderers working on actual projects using tambour beading, trapunto and cornely, be shown pieces supplied to the fashion industry and theatre, as well as examples of diplomatic and military dress, and get to look at their archives from the XVIII century. And for those who like to dress up and dance, tonight your wish will come true! Invite your friends to join you for a Time Travellers Dance Party - members of the public are welcome to buy tickets and join in a fun evening of dancing.

Spencer in the Chertsey Museum        

DAY 5 Thursday
Spend the day in Greenwich, a World Heritage Site and home of Greenwich Mean Time and the Meridian Line. Famous landmarks include Cutty Sark, the National Maritime Museum, the Royal ObservatoryQueen's House, the Greenwich Fan Museum and Sir Christopher Wren’s Old Royal Naval College.

Nelson's Coat      

DAY 6 Friday
After breakfast we spend the day at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Enjoy lunch together before a private guided tour of Dennis Severs House. In the evening we have purchased tickets to some of the best seats in the Globe Theatre - center front row of the middle gallery- to see A Midsummer Nights Dream.


DAY 7 Saturday
Saturday is free to do as you please before our departure the next morning. Six members of our group have been invited to attend a private fan making workshop in Greenwich during the afternoon. 
Bring your low-light camera and join us for an evening walking tour of London - see Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, St. James’s Park, Buckingham Palace, Victoria Memorial, Marble Arch, Trafalgar Square, Nelson's Memorial, the Thames, London Eye, Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe, Millennium Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Temple Bar and Piccadilly Circus. 

DAY 8 Sunday
After an early breakfast you either stay on for week two of our English Tour seeing Jane Austen's England and board our private coach to Winchester or depart from the tour.

FOR THE JANE AUSTEN’S ENGLAND TOUR that follows this tour SEE Tour 2

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