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Olympic Park ArcelorMittal Orbit & Park River Cruise.

Price from: £33.00

 Views from the Arcelormittal Orbit. 
Stand on top of the world in the UK’s tallest sculpture.

Cruise the rivers in the Olympic Park.
View the scenery from a whole new perspective.
 
Guided tour. Your trained professional tour manager will walk with you between the venues as you explore the Queen Elizabeth Park. You will notice the amazing transformation that has taken place since the very successful London Olympic and Paralympic Games of 2012.
 
 ArcelorMittal Orbit. 
You will visit the UK’s tallest structure. Standing 114.5m tall, this extraordinary attraction is the result of a creative collaboration between world-renowned artist Sir Anish Kapoor, designer Cecil Balmond and ArcelorMittal.   The viewing platforms which have interactive displays in several languages provide you with stunning views over the park and across London’s famous skyline. It is both a work of art and a thrilling experience. Your tour manager and the Orbit team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.
 
 River Cruise. You will hear how these rivers have been reclaimed  and made navigable after many years of neglect. 
 
As you cruise using a specially designed 50 seater boat on a 45 minute round trip, you will travel along the parks waterways and you will experience the transformation of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from a highly industrial area into a the great  urban  park where people work, live and play. Your tour manager will point out the spectacular wild meadow plantings that are all around the stadiums.
 
The Legacy.  See how the Aquatic Centre and Velodrome are being used every day by the young and old for training and enjoyment. A great legacy of the 2012 games.
 
  
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Cutty Sark & Emirates Cable Car, Thames Clipper River Trip, Plus Pub Lunch & Guided Tour of Old Royal Naval College.

Price from: £35

 A very special day in Greenwich. 

This day out has been created for you exclusively by Talk-Tourism.

Your day starts with your guide in the Royal Docks once the largest dock complex in the world and soon to be regenerated. We take a short walk along the dockside from the ExCel Exhibition Centre to the Emirates Cable Car Station where we stop to admire the Dockers Statue and take in the  great views of the Britannia Village, Canary Wharf, The O2 Arena, ExCel Centre and SS Robin - the world’s oldest complete steamship.  

Flying at 295 feet you continue with a your flight over the River Thames on the Emirates Airline from the cable car station in the Victoria Dock to the O2 arena in Greenwich. During the flight you will see views of River Thames windings its way into the capital. High up you can see the Thames Barrier, Royal Docks, London City Airport, O2 Arena Olympic Stadium, Canary Wharf, The Shard and the Skyline of the City of London. Look for Anthony Gormley’s giant creation of “Quantum Cloud”

Once you have landed at the O2 Arena complex you take your short river trip using the Thames Clipper service around the Greenwich Peninsula. Take in the great views of Canary Wharf the West and East India Docks developments. This is the best way to enter Greenwich as laid out in front of you are the iconic buildings of the Old Royal Naval College, with the Painted Hall and Chapel, The Queens House, The National Maritime Museum and high on the Hill the Royal Observatory.

Before you go on the Cutty Sark your guide will provide an overview of its history and what to look at when onboard. The Cutty Sark which has been refitted at a cost of over £50m opening a new chapter in the extraordinary life of one of the world’s most famous ships. Travel through time and tide to explore the ship’s rich and tumultuous history; her various cargoes from tea and wool to buffalo horns, and the cultures and lives she has touched throughout her 140-year lifespan.  

The Cutty Sark is the last surviving tea clipper and the fastest and greatest of her time; she is a living testimony to the bygone, glorious days of sail and, most importantly, a monument to those that lost their lives in the merchant service. The ship is fully accessible with lifts and easy access which allows everyone to venture both underneath and aboard this unique and beautiful three-masted sailing ship. By raising the ship three metres above her dry dock, it is now possible to view the elegant lines of her hull which enabled her to glide speedily through the water and made her so successful. 

Next it’s a stop at the one of our specially selected restaurants in Greenwich.

After Lunch you have a guided tour of the Painted Hall and The Chapel which are part of Old Royal Naval College. The Painted Hall is described as the “the Finest Dining Hall in Europe” A great way to finish your specially created day out.

 Lunch optiond included:-
The  Mitre Pub The Pilot Pub;  Clarendon Hote;l extra £3 per person 

 Cost £45 Includes:-

  • Coach for minimum 35 persons maximum 50 miles from venue.
    (Ask for quotation less than 35 persons or 50 miles from venue)
  • Group organiser option:- One free Place for every 38 paying adults.
  • Guided Tour Royal Docks.
  • Pub Lunch.
  • One way flight on Emirate Airline.
  • Entry to Cutty Sark.
  • Thames Clipper boat trip.

Cost £35 Includes:-

  • Use of own coach or joining coach group at ExCel Exhibition Centre Wetern Gateway entrance.
  • Guided Tour Royal Docks.
  • Pub Lunch.
  • One way flight on Emirate Cable Car.
  • Entry to Cutty Sark.
  • Thames Clipper boat.
  • Coach transfers.

Please note.
The Old Royal Naval College is a popular venue for filming which can close buildings at short notice. Talk-Tourism will always provide an alternative. 

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Legal Regal

Price from: £42.50
 
 
Legal Regal.
Lunch at the Elizabethan Hall of Middle Temple.
Guided tour of Lincolns Inn and the Royal Courts of Justice.
 
 
Arriving in the City of London we start with a complimentary coffee at the KnightsTempler Tavern in Chancery Lane before we step back in time taking to the quiet alleys and open spaces of the Inns of Court, a haven within central London.  You start with your guided walk through the beautiful grounds of Lincolns Inn. Here, lawyers, dressed in gowns and wigs, pass against the backdrop of medieval buildings and well-manicured lawns. Its buildings date from the late-15th century.  Lincoln's Inn's lawns were used for executions during the Reformation.
 
You continue through the legal areas to Middle Temple which is used to film television such as “Silks.” You now follow in the tradition of Elizabeth I as you take a grand three course silver service lunch in the splendid Tudor Hall of Middle Temple. According to ancient custom anyone training to be a barrister in Britain must join one of the Inns of Court and dine there 24 times, as well as passing their examinations, before being officially qualified. Middle Temple Hall is perhaps the finest example of an Elizabethan Hall in the country. It is spanned by a magnificent double hammer beam roof. Begun in 1562 when Edmund Plowden, the famous law reporter, was Treasurer of the Inn, it has remained virtually unaltered to the present day. Many famous painting of Elizabethan and Stuart Monarchs adorn the walls.
 
Sometimes groups are allowed to use the High Table for lunch. The table consists of three 29 feet planks of a single oak, reputedly a gift from Elizabeth I to the Middle Temple, cut down in Windsor Forest and floated down the Thames to be installed in the Hall before the building was completed. The Benchers of the Inn still dine at it as they did that evening in August 1586 when Francis Drake, just back from a successful expedition against the Spanish Indies and bringing back from Virginia Raleigh’s Roanoke colonists, was rapturously congratulated by Benchers and members. The hatch cover of his ship the Golden Hind was later used to make the present ‘cupboard’, a table which stands below the Bench table.
 
After lunch we take a short stroll in the grounds of Middle Temple and Inner Temple which are built around a maze of courtyards and passageways before a guided tour of The Royal Courts of Justice with its stunning Gothic architecture which gives the courts its grand and imposing stature. This great Victorian building is frequently seen on the television news as famous appeal cases are held here. 
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Houses of Parliament & Household Cavalry Museum

Price from: £39.50
Your day starts with an opportunity to view the change of the Horse Guards.  You will then enter the Household Cavalry Museum followed by a guided walking tour along Whitehall. Free time for lunch and a tour of the Methodist Central Hall (we recommend the hall Cafe in the Central Hall.) In the afternoon we will enjoy an expert guided tour of the Houses of Parliament.
The Houses of Parliament
Your guide will take you along the Processional Route taken by the Sovereign on the annual State Opening of Parliament. You will visit the Chambers of both the House of Lords and the House of Commons. Included in the tour will be St Stephen's Hall, site of the original House of Commons and Westminster Hall, with its magnificent hammerbeam roof, scene of many important events - among them the trial of King Charles I and the  ‘Lying in State’ of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
The Household Cavalry Museum
Situated on Horse Guards Parade between Trafalgar Square and Downing Street the Museum lies at the very heart of historic London in magnificent mid 18th century vaulted stables. Dazzling displays of uniforms, weaponry and prized exhibits present a celebration and history of the British Army’s Senior Regiments, the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals, who also perform the unique role of mounted bodyguard to Her Majesty The Queen on all State and Ceremonial occasions.  Multimedia and touch screen presentations provide fascinating information about all aspects of the daily duties of the troopers and their horses. Visitors can see troopers at work in the stables (through a large glazed partition) preparing for sentry duty and can even try on parts of the uniform.  An experience with something for everyone to enjoy along with the hourly sentry changes outside presenting colourful, traditional and uniquely British pageantry.
Walking Tour along Whitehall 
You pass the Banqueting House, The Welsh & Scottish Offices, Ministry of Defence, The Cenotaph, The Cabinet Office and Foreign & Commonwealth Offices, Downing Street and HM Treasury buildings. Your guide will provide information on all these landmark government buildings.
Methodist Central Hall
The Hall has played host to events of national and international importance: The Suffragettes who were campaigning for the vote for women met here in 1914. Mahatma Gandhi addressed the Temperance movement here in 1931. During the Second World War General de Gaulle announced the foundation of the Free French movement to the world here in 1940.  Perhaps most famously Methodist Central Hall was the chosen venue for the inaugural ‘General Assembly of the United Nations’ in 1946. Filming of the ‘Calendar Girls’ took place here too. If access is available, we will view Westminster Abbey from the roof. This is where television cameras are installed for state occasions.
 
Tours available on Saturday or when Parliament is not sitting.
 
Cost £39.50 includes;
Expert guided walking tour of Whitehall.
Entry & tour of Houses of Parliament & Cavalry Museum.
 
Not included Transport or Lunch.
 
Accessibility rating: Level walking 800m at any one time. Wheelhair access when pre-booked.
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Kensington Palace

Price from: £29
 
The Home of Kings, Queens, Princes and Princesses.
This visit has been specially created by Talk-Tourism using specialist tour guides who will accompany you during your entire visit.
 
Before you enter the Palace your guide will explain how in the summer of 1689 William and Mary bought Nottingham House, a Jacobean mansion and transformed it into a Royal Palace. There is a short walk through Kensington Gardens, passing by Queen Anne’s Orangery and the beautiful Sunken Gardens before arriving at the Palace, now the home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son, Prince George.
 
The Palace was home to Queen Victoria for the first 18 years of her life; only hours after learning that she had become Queen the young Princess made her way down to the Red Saloon to hold her first Privy Council Meeting.
 
Historic Royal Palaces have recently spent £12m restoring the State Apartments and landscaping the gardens and adding a new entrance loggia, restaurant and gift shop, creating the perfect day out. The Palace gardens lead onto the Broad Walk, the Round Pond and into the wider Kensington Gardens as they would have done in the days of King George II and his wife Queen Caroline. 
 
You will see how Kensington Palace’s royal owners have used its spaces and shaped its physical transformation since acquiring it in the late 17th century right up to the present day. When William and Mary bought Nottingham House from the 2nd Earl of Nottingham for £20,000 they instructed Sir Christopher Wren, Surveyor of the King's Works to begin an immediate expansion of the house. Keeping the shell of the structure intact.  Wren proceeded to add a three-story pavilion at each of the four corners, providing more accommodation for the King and Queen and their attendants.
 
‘Fashion Rules’. This  exhibition takes a look at dresses worn by three royal women in their fashion heydays: HM Queen Elizabeth II in the 1950s, Princess Margaret in the 1960s and 70s and Diana, Princess of Wales in the 1980s. Five rooms of elegant dresses are featured with 21 exceptional couture dresses. You can explore how these royal women reflected the style and trends of the day, negotiating the rules of dressing fashionably within the ‘rules’ of a royal wardrobe. The exhibition is complemented by film and photography to set the scene.
 
‘Victoria Revealed’. This exhibition explores in her own words the life and reign of one of the palace's most famous residents - Queen Victoria. You can see many objects including dresses, diaries, paintings and wedding gifts. You will have an insight to the romance of her early relationship with Prince Albert. See gifts which Queen Victoria exchanged with Prince Albert during their engagement in 1839 and her wedding dress. Glamorous jewellery, poignant mourning clothes and other personal items sit alongside replica Victorian children's toys. Try-on clothing and fun interactive experiences for all visitors.
 
‘The King's State Apartments’.  Follow in the footsteps of visitors to the court of George I and II. Climb the magnificent King’s Staircase and see if you can master the ‘games of court’.
 
 
Cost from £29.00 Per person. 
Includes: Specilist tour guides throughout the day, entry to Palace.
 
Accessibility: 600yd walk through Kensington Gardens. Several flights of stairs and steps within Palace. Lifts availible with prior arrangment.
 
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Kew Gardens & Kew Palace.

Price from: £25
Kew Garden & Exclusive Tour of Kew Palace.
The most renowned gardens in the world.
 
There are many world-class attractions to see and experience at Kew Gardens. From Historic buildings and glasshouses to inspirational gardens and landscapes.  Whatever time of year or the weather Kew has something for everyone.  
 
Talk-Tourism has created this unique event in the Royal Botanical Gardens. You will get the most from the day with your own tour manager organising an exclusive guided tour of Kew Palace and use of the “The Kew Explorer” people mover which enables you to get an excellent overall view of the 120 hectares (300 acres) of Kew. The current route has stops close to buildings and areas of interest within the Gardens, and your 'Explorer' ticket enables you to get on and off at any of the stops throughout the day.
 
Kew Palace is within the grounds of Kew Gardens. We have arranged your exclusive tour of Kew Palace. The palace was well known as sanctuary for King George III during his bouts of illness, presumed as 'madness' but now known to have been porphyria. Queen Charlotte, his devoted wife, spent her last days at 'dear Kew' before she passed away in her bedroom at Kew Palace. And two of their sons, including the Duke of Kent, father to the future Queen Victoria, were married in the first floor Drawing Room. The palace hosted the private 80th Birthday party of HM The Queen in April 2006. Not to be missed is the palace garden named the Queens Garden which has been restored to their original setting to include plants used for medicinal purposes.
The Rhizotron and Treetop Walkway is a permanent attraction in the heart of Kew Gardens, designed by the architects of the London Eye.  The energetic can climb up from tree root to tree top for an amazing view. Firstly, journey underground amongst the tree roots in the Rhizotron. Then climb or use the lift 18metres up to our Treetop Walkway to enjoy a trees-eye view of Kew with some amazing views across the Gardens. Along the way learn more about how trees work, and their impact on the world around us.
Everyone is provided with a garden map, making it easy to explore the gardens at leisure. Take a stroll through the gardens using the Sackler Crossing Bridge which allow you to cross the lake and connects the two art galleries. You can visit the many plant houses including the Palm, Water Lilly and Alpine Houses. 
 
Take a picnic or use one of the several restaurants within the gardens, including the Orangery.  
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True and False London

Price from: £32.00

True Or False.
The London Trip with a Difference.

Fun Event with Lunch and Prizes but no Walking.

This is a very popular and relaxing panoramic sightseeing tour with an on board guide. We have created a selection of true and false tours for Westminster, The City of London, Greenwich, East London and the Olympic Park. 
Alternatively, using our network of experienced on board guides we can create days out to cover different parts of London which maybe of special interest to you.

 

Your way onboard expert tour guide will act as your question master. 

All you have to do is tick TRUE or FALSE on your supplied answer sheet.

 You could be the lucky prize winner: 

This is a relaxing day out with no walking and a chance of winning the prize for the most correct answers. 

 Cost includes:

Coach Guide

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Bletchley Park. The Code Breakers

Price from: £37.50

Experience The Enigma. Bletchley Park Station X. Secret Code breaker station of WWII.
Upon arrival you will be greeted by the Bletchley Park customer service team and your guide for the day. After tea and coffee, the guide will give a short introductory talk, followed by the first half of the tour. This takes place around the outside of the wartime buildings in the grounds of Bletchley Park, where visitors are given a detailed history of the site and its code breaking activities. You will discover what went on at each of the key locations, including the famous code breaking huts, and there will also be a chance to see the Polish Memorial in the stable yard. This part of the tour lasts approximately 1¼ hours. This will be followed by break for lunch. '
A 30 minute talk which tugs at the heart strings and captures the imagination of every generation. A World War Two Evacuee's Story' by Joan Draper. A moving, humorous and honest personal account of a World war Two evacuee and life in wartime Britain as seen through the eyes of a child.

The second half of the tour resumes after lunch and will include a visit to Block B museum which tells the complete Bletchley Park story. It houses the Abwehr Enigma machine, Lorenz machine, Bombe Rebuild, Alan Turing statue, World War Two Aviation display, Home Front Exhibition, Toy Collection, Milton Keynes Amateur Radio Society, Ox & Bucks Light Infantry at Pegasus Bridge display, and a German Signals Group. The tour will also include a visit to the Colossus Rebuild, the first semi-programmable electronic computer. The afternoon part of the tour usually lasts 1½ - 2 hours.
The tour is rounded off with an opportunity to visit the gift shop situated in Block B which stocks a fascinating range of books and souvenirs. Visitors will then have afternoon tea and coffee, and there will also be a little time to go back and look at any exhibit in more detail before departure.There is so much to see from wartime toys to working computers. There's a wartime mini cinema and an outstanding Churchill collection. You will also have the opportunity to browse in the shop for that all important memento of your visit before being escorted by your guide back to the Mansion for refreshments before departure. Includes walking tour of 45minutes

Includes the services of Bletchley Park Guides and Story Tellers.
Lunch Tea or coffee and biscuits on arrival and departure.

 

 

Not included
Coach Transport 

We can provide a coach and as aguide price £10 per person for 35 persons minimum and up to 50 miles from venue.  (Ask for quotation for more than 50 miles from venue)

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The Cinema Museum

Price from: £27.50

Visit the cinema with Coach Potato. We start with a Fish and Chip lunch at the famous Masters Super Fish.This is an opportunity to be one our first groups to visit the Cinema Museum as it opens its doors to the public.
The Cinema Museum in Lambeth is one of London‘s most eccentric museums. Housed in the Victorian magnificence of the old Lambeth Work House where Charlie Chaplin’s mother and children was once admitted. The museum is one of London’s best-kept secrets.
Can you remember continuous film shows, Saturday morning pictures, Charlie Chaplin films?

The content of The Cinema Museum represents cinema's rich history from the earliest days to the present. You will be in small groups for the museum guided tour which is conducted by its curators. The tour explores the museums vast collection of film memorabilia, including posters, art deco cinema chairs, ushers‘uniforms from the 1940s and ‘50s, tickets, ashtrays and popcorn cartons, as well as an archive boasting hundreds of books, photos and 17 million feet of film.

Cinemas in the ’30s were fancy places. You were served by uniformed staff. There would be a commissionaire to greet you, a hat-check person and usherettes. The uniforms were part of a cinema’s identity. The ’60s saw a decline in formal cinema-going, although The Empire in Leicester Square had a commissionaire up until the ’90s. The majority of the uniforms in the museum’s collection are from the 1940s.
The Cinema Museum is just a short distance from our favourite fish restaurant
where we stop for lunch

Included in price - Lunch, Tour of the Museum a  selected short filmshow.

Not included
Coach Transport 

We can provide a coach and as aguide price £10 per person for 35 persons minimum and up to 50 miles from venue.  (Ask for quotation for more than 50 miles from venue)


 

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The Great Educational Vist to East London. Fly Emirates Cable Car. Visit the Crystal Exhibition & view the Olympic Park

Price from: £18.00

London Moves East.
Enjoy this great educational visit specailly created for you.

History, Geography, Mathmatics, Architecture, Regeneration and Environmental Studies.

Arriving by coach or public transport at the O2 Arena you will be met by your Talk-Tourism Tour Manager who will provide you with extensive information during your visit. Educational material is availible, covering many subjects in the national curriculum.

You will explore an area of great redevelopment which has been transformed from a highly industrial and contaminated area. It is now a place that thousands of people come by road, rail and river to experience great shows and exhibitions. We view from a distance the O2 roof walk and possibly the inside of the O2 Arena complex which is home to the British Music Experience. We walk a short distance to the River Thames shore line to view the development work taking place that is transforming this part of London.  Here we take a moment to look at Antony Gormley’s creation the “Quantum Cloud”. 

 Before you board the Emirates Cable Car the Talk-Tourism Tour Manager will highlight the great views along the River Thames, The Thames Barrier, Canary Wharf, London City Airport, ExCel Exhibition Centre, University of East London, The City of London,  and the Royal Docks. During your flight you will see the largest regeneration area being planned in Europe.  The flight lands on the edge of the Victoria Dock, part of the group of the Royal Docks which when operational was the largest docks in the world.

Now you make your way with your Tour Manager to The Crystal building which was constructed for the international company Siemens and is conveniently situated next to the Emirates Cable Car Terminal.

The Crystal building lets you experience first-hand many of the pioneering solutions and innovative technologies that are driving future trends for a more a sustainable world. Your visit includes a guided tour of the many interactive sections including water conservation, solar power, health, transport and urban sustainability. Explore how you can make a real and personal contribution to sustainable living.   Your visit will cover many subjects required in the national curriculum, such as environmental studies, geography, history and architecture.  The Crystal building itself uses the latest technologies for efficient use of resources. This futuristic building is the first of the new developments in the Royal Dock area. Talk-Tourism will arrange entry and resourse materials.

Finally it is onto Stratford, home of the London 2012 Olympic Games. (This part of the tour will vary depending on mode of transport).  On our way to Stratford we learn about the regeneration taking place on and around the Olympic Park. Now known as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

We finish at Stratford City and Westfield Shopping Complex the biggest redevelopment in Europe.

 Planning your visit to The Crystal

Risk Assesment within the Crystal Building

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Mansion House & Bank Of England.

Price from: £28.00

 

The Heart of the City.
Mansion House and the Bank of England.
 
This is a rare opportunity to  visit the home of the Lord Mayor of London
and handle gold bars.
 
Mansion House. This is your opportunity to visit the grand house and home of the Lord Mayor of London. The house is the greatest surviving Georgian town palace in London with its magnificent interiors and elegant furniture, providing the Lord Mayor of the City of London with living, working and entertainment space. Built in the age of Hogarth, the Mansion House, then as now, is a symbol of the City of London as the world’s leading international financial and trading centre. Mansion House was originally intended to enable the Lord Mayor to represent the City in appropriate style, and it continues to fulfill this function more than 250 years later. Perhaps the most famous events at Mansion House are the dinners and banquets. They have always been splendid occasions: once upon a time they would last several hours, and guests would take food to the window to hand down to waiting friends and servants.  Today the Lord Mayor hosts ten banquets a year which provide a platform for ministers at Guildhall, while every week sees businesses and livery companies hold dinners at Mansion House.
 
Bank of England Museum is housed within the Bank of England which traces the history of the Bank from its foundation by Royal Charter in 1694 to its role today as the nation's central bank. You have an introduction to the Museum by a museum expert before you explore the displays which include historical banknotes, coins and even Roman gold bars. There are many exhibits including a look into the fantastic detail put into banknotes throughout history- in order to deter forgeries. Visitors are also encouraged to take the mental aptitude tests that applicants joining the bank in Victorian London were required to pass and are given the opportunity to hold a genuine gold bar. There are also many items you might not expect to find, such as the pikes and muskets used to defend the Bank; the Roman pottery and mosaics uncovered when it was rebuilt in 1930; and documents relating to famous customers such as Horatio Nelson, George Washington and the Duchess of Marlborough. Another absorbing exhibit is the ‘Amusing, Shocking, Informing’ a collection of cartoons and caricatures taken from the press over the past three centuries depicting various famous faces –most famously ‘the old lady of Threadneedle Street’, a fictional lady who guards the money dressed in banknote clothes, and the source of the nickname for the Bank of England.
 
 
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Other options that could be included in this visit;
Museum of London.
Guildhall & Art Gallery.
London’s Roman Amphitheatre. 
The Monument.
Tower Bridge.
 

Mansion House and the Bank of England.

 

This is a rare opportunity to  visit the home of the Lord Mayor of London

and handle gold bars.

 

 

Mansion House. This is your opportunity to visit the grand house and home of the Lord Mayor of London. The house is the greatest surviving Georgian town palace in London with its magnificent interiors and elegant furniture, providing the Lord Mayor of the City of London with living, working and entertainment space. Built in the age of Hogarth, the Mansion House, then as now, is a symbol of the City of London as the world’s leading international financial and trading centre. Mansion House was originally intended to enable the Lord Mayor to represent the City in appropriate style, and it continues to fulfill this function more than 250 years later. Perhaps the most famous events at Mansion House are the dinners and banquets. They have always been splendid occasions: once upon a time they would last several hours, and guests would take food to the window to hand down to waiting friends and servants.  Today the Lord Mayor hosts ten banquets a year which provide a platform for ministers at Guildhall, while every week sees businesses and livery companies hold dinners at Mansion House.

 

Bank of England Museum is housed within the Bank of England which traces the history of the Bank from its foundation by Royal Charter in 1694 to its role today as the nation's central bank. You have an introduction to the Museum by a museum expert before you explore the displays which include historical banknotes, coins and even Roman gold bars. There are many exhibits including a look into the fantastic detail put into banknotes throughout history- in order to deter forgeries. Visitors are also encouraged to take the mental aptitude tests that applicants joining the bank in Victorian London were required to pass and are given the opportunity to hold a genuine gold bar. There are also many items you might not expect to find, such as the pikes and muskets used to defend the Bank; the Roman pottery and mosaics uncovered when it was rebuilt in 1930; and documents relating to famous customers such as Horatio Nelson, George Washington and the Duchess of Marlborough. Another absorbing exhibit is the ‘Amusing, Shocking, Informing’ a collection of cartoons and caricatures taken from the press over the past three centuries depicting various famous faces –most famously ‘the old lady of Threadneedle Street’, a fictional lady who guards the money dressed in banknote clothes, and the source of the nickname for the Bank of England.

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Other options that could be included in this visit;

Museum of London.

Guildhall & Art Gallery.

London’s Roman Amphitheatre. 

The Monument.

Tower Bridge.

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Coach Potato Marathon

Price from: £22.50
  Experience the London Marathon route before the great event. 
      “Feel the burn” from the comfort of your luxury coach.
             £2 from every ticket sold goes to eradicating polio worldwide.
 
The Coach Potato tour is popular with friends, family and supporters of those runners who have gained entry to the race as they can almost feel the effort required to complete the course. It’s a great way for runners taking part in the London Marathon for the first time to familarise the route in Coach Potato comfort.
 
Your experienced London guide will explain the history, stories and race facts that make these 26 miles of London so special.
 
You start at Blackheath and pass Greenwich Park where over 30,000 runners will start the race travelling through Greenwich and down towards the River Thames at Woolwich before returning to Greenwich Town passing the National Maritime Museum and Royal Naval College you then sight the Cutty Sark now completely renovated. You continue on towards Tower Bridge through the London’s docklands area of Surrey Quays and then once over the bridge we travel to the Isle of Dogs and Canary Wharf.   You have a short refreshment break before continuing your journey passing the Tower of London and then entering the City London with its historic buildings dating back to the great fire in 1666. These buildings are set against some of the great modern building designed by Britain’s new wave of famous architects. You follow the race route along the banks of the River Thames. More of London’s history awaits you as we enter the City of Westminster travelling towards the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. The Coach Potato event is nearly complete with just a walk into the Mall to cross the finish line for your medal ceremony in the Mall.

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The coach pick-up point is at 11.00am.

Emirates Cable Car Station at O2 Arena.   Nearest Station is North Greenwich, Jubilee Line.
 
Other pick up points can be arranged for larger groups
Tour last 4.5hours
 

 


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Boats & Bikes in The Olympic Park

Price from: £15
Bikes & Boats in the Olympic Park. 
Be the first to take a combined guided bike and boat ride.
 
Bike Tour.  You will make your way to the View Tube where you meet your host at the View Tube Cafe before selecting your bike. You will take a leisurely ride through the park with your guide, along the tow paths of the River Lee and Navigation Canal. There is no better way explore in and around the 500 acres of the Olympic Park. The routes you will  use are manly within the park avoiding the  use of roads used other vehicles. We will pass the Aquatic Centre and the Velodrome and take in the views of the BMX track and Cycle Road track. You will explore the new villages now occupied that were used by the athletes during the 2012 London Games.  Your guide will explain the development that has taken place since the great games of 2012. The bikes are easy to ride stepthrough bikes maintained to a high standard.
 
 
Boat Tour. Working with our partners who provide the only boat tours available on the waterways of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park you will get a new perspective of the park from the river. You will pass through beautifully landscaped parklands in the shadows of the Olympic Stadium, ArcelorMittal Orbit, London Aquatics Centre and the Lee Valley VeloPark, all while learning fascinating facts about the Park and its future from a professional on board tour guide. Tea and coffee is available to purchase on board.
 
 
View Tube Cafe. Perfectly positioned a short walk from the newly built Pudding Mill Station its right next to the ever developing, always changing Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, View Tube on the Greenway is a community venue with a difference. Open 7 days a week, 9am-5pm, with free exhibitions, cafe and bike hire.
 
 
 
 
 
Optional Extras.
When purchasing the Bike and Boat package you can buy tickets for the ArcelorMittal Orbit at a special price of £10. Normally £15.
Your bike ride ticket entitles you to a 10% on food and drink at the View Tube Café.
 
Be ready to start your adventure at 10.30am from the View Tube .
You will finish at approximately 1.30pm. 
 
Cost £15 Includes (No booking Fee)
Hire of Bike 
90 minute Bike Guided Tour 
45 minute boat tour with on board guide commentary. 
Optional extra 
Entry Ticket to the ArcelorMittal Orbit.
10% Discount on View Tube Café Purchases. On production of Ticketsource voucher.  
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Directions to View Tube:
The nearest Station is Pudding Mill Lane on the Docklands Light Railway.
Directions:- From Stratford Regional Station Platform 4A & 4B.
Travel just one stop on the Docklands Light Railway to Pudding Mill Lane Station.
From the station entrance follow signs to the View Tube Café it is clearly marked and is Just a few minutes’ walk away.
 
 
 
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U3A Shenfield Poppy Factory & Memorial Tour

Price from: £26.00

 

 

 

Guided Tour and Lunch at the Poppy Factory

In the comfort of your coach you make your way across London stopping at the Tower of London for a short break. You continue passing many of the Capitals War Memorials. Your guide will point them out and explain who they are commemorating and their origins. 

Depending on available time you will get sight of memorials to many of the armed services, animals and children that were affected during the conflicts of war. 

You continue by coach to the Poppy Factory at Richmond, Surrey.  Where lunch is served.

 

Your factory tour starts with a presentation in the show-room covering the history of the poppy as the national symbol of Remembrance and the heritage of The Poppy Factory. After the presentation, which includes video films and historical artefacts, visitors will be led around the factory floor and shown how the poppies, crosses and wreaths are made.

The Poppy Factory moved to Richmond in 1925. It has a strategy of employing wounded, injured and sick ex-Forces clients seeking work and working with employers who can offer life-changing jobs.  The Poppy Factory is responsible for planting and hosting “The Field of Remembrance” at Westminster Abbey.

Every year in November poppies are worn, wreaths are laid and the nation turns its attention towards remembrance. This means the culmination of a year's effort to make over 30 million poppies and up to 100,000 wreaths. Take a guided tour of the factory and see how the poppies are made.

Cost £24.50 per person.  Includes: - Coach, Lunch, Tour Guide, Poppy Factory tour and presentation.

Information: -   Contact Ian Kirby Tel  020 3137 1109  email ikirby@callnetuk.com 

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Hackney Empire Back Stage & Sutton House

Price from: £35
You will have an exclusive tour of this great Victorian theatre. The largest theatre in East London, Hackney Empire has a fascinating history from it's creation in 1901 to its glorious present-day restoration.  It has had many lives, from a variety theatre, television studio, bingo hall and the home of alternative comedy. It is still a fine example of a fine Victorian auditorium that can seat 1,300 people. This is a unique opportunity to glimpse the secret backstage world and hear stories from the theatre's astounding past. The Hackney Empire with its electric lights, central heating and in-built projection box was a technological wonder of its time. When the theatre opened it attracted acts from all over the world. Charlie Chaplin appeared a number of times and Stan Laurel perfected his act upon these boards but undoubtedly the most important star to appear in this hey-day of music hall was Marie Lloyd, who lived just by the theatre. In the years following the Second World War audiences flocked to see artists made household names by the radio and recording industries such as Charlie Chester, Issy Bonn, Tony Hancock and even Liberace. The Hackney Empire became the first commercial television studios in the country.  Programmes such as Take Your Pick and Oh Boy!, the Top Of The Pops of its day, on which Marty Wilde appeared with Cliff Richard and the legendary Maria Callas, were filmed at the Empire, as was Emergency Ward 10. The tour lasts one hour and includes light refreshment. 

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Sutton House.
While in Hackney we could not miss Sutton House. Discover this hidden gem in the heart of East London. This Tudor house surviving in the heart of East London was bought by the National Trust in the 1930s with the proceeds of a bequest and is the oldest surviving domestic building in Hackney.  Built in 1535 by a prominent courtier of Henry VIII the House retains much of the atmosphere of a Tudor home who’s occupants included sea captains, merchants and Huguenot silk weavers. Discover oak-paneled rooms, original carved fireplaces and experience the sights and smells of a real Tudor kitchen and enjoy the family treasure chests, representing our unusual residents.
 
 

National Trust members showing membership cards on the day will be refunded £2.50.

Coach essential for transfer between venues.

Coach included. Ask for quotation for more than 50 miles by road from venues

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