London - Best of British – 3 Day Itinerary

London - Best of British – 3 day itinerary

3 Days

This 3 day best of British itinerary is centred on some quintessentially British experiences, with food and drink activities at its core, as well as showcasing visitor attractions steeped in tradition and history. From afternoon tea on a 1950s style London bus to a royal palace visit – this itinerary truly is made in Britain!

Getting around

This itinerary can be enjoyed using public transport and organised tours. The easiest way to get around London is with a Visitor Oyster Card, a pay as you go smartcard which can be used to pay for all public transport in London. The Oyster Card also provides a 10% discount on Thames Clippers boat services, but for those who want to spend more time exploring the river they might be prefer a hop-on hop-off River Roamer ticket for unlimited rides throughout the day

Many of the attractions listed below are included in the iVenture London Attractions Pass, including Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey and The Royal Albert Hall.

Day 1

Westminster Abbey & afternoon tea with a difference

Westminster Abbey

This itinerary begins at the stunning Westminster Abbey – a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the country’s finest Gothic masterpieces. Kings and queens have been crowned and buried here since 1066, and the abbey has held no fewer than 16 royal weddings – including that of Kate Middleton and Prince William. A true best of British experience.

The spectacular Henry VII Lady Chapel is a masterpiece of architecture with a spectacular, ornate roof. Mary, Queen of Scots is buried here, just a few feet away from Elizabeth I, the very queen who ordered her execution!

Poets’ Corner is also worth seeking out as it contains the burial and memorial sites of Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Dickens, William Blake, Rudyard Kipling, T.S. Eliot and countless others.

Supplier Information

Name Westminster Abbey
Category Attraction
Profile Kings, queens, statesmen and soldiers; poets, priests, heroes and villains - Westminster Abbey is a must-see living pageant of British history. The Abbey has been the Coronation church since 1066, and the setting for many other great events in the life of the nation, including sixteen royal weddings.
Phone +44(0)20 7222 5152
Email info@westminster-abbey.org
Website http://www.westminster-abbey.org

Brigit’s Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

What better way to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea than on one of the Brigit’s Bakery Routemaster buses? These vintage London buses travel past some of London’s most famous landmarks, whilst ‘Brigit’s Afternoon Tea’ is served – allowing those on board to enjoy a high tea accompanied by an array of tasty sandwiches and delicious cakes and pastries. The London Eye, Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St James’s Park, Hyde Park, The Royal Albert Hall, Marble Arch, Nelson’s Column, and Downing Street are just a few of the iconic sights to be enjoyed on this tour. And, of course,it wouldn’t be a best of British experience without a cup of tea!

Supplier Information

Name B Bakery London
Category Food, beverage & Entertainment Venues
Profile B Bakery London specialises in Afternoon Tea with a French Twist – L’Afternoon Tea. Enjoy our afternoon tea either at our luxury bakery in Covent Garden or on the move on our unique and hugely popular B Afternoon Tea Bus London Tour.
Phone +44 (0)20 3026 1188
Email info@b-bakery.com
Website https://b-bakery.com/
Min - Max capacity: Max 32
Frequency: Afternoon Tea Bus London Tours Our 12:30 and 15:00 tours depart from 8 Northumberland Avenue, off Trafalgar Square WC2N 5BY Our 12:00, 14:30 & 17:00 tours depart daily from Victoria Coach Station Please check our website for full details of tour frequency and departure points
Private tours: Yes, Please call us on 020 3026 1188 We will try our best to meet your requirements
FIT or Groups: Both
Extra information: We offer traditional, vegan, vegetarian, halal and gluten-free afternoon teas. Unfortunately, we are unable to cater for: nut-free, combination of dairy & gluten-free, combination of vegan & gluten-free and Coeliacs. Any allergies must be emailed and confirmed by management at info@b-bakery.com. Allergens must not be written in Special Requests. Thank you for your understanding. There is no toilet on-board the afternoon tea bus. There is a recorded guide-commentary on our buses and friendly servers to answer any questions! We have a 2-wk cancellation policy: £10 per person fee. Children under the age of 5 are not permitted due to health & safety regulations. Due to the design of the Routemaster Bus it has not been possible to make the entrance wheelchair accessible. We can accommodate a folded wheelchair in the bus.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Afternoon Tea & Theatre Tour – Shakespeare’s Globe

Another great option for a unique afternoon tea is at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre. Comprised of a guided tour of the theatre, a visit to the exhibition, and a delicious ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream Afternoon Tea’, with a menu inspired by the food and characters encountered in one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, the experience truly is best of British. Ingredients include pea flower, from which Oberon’s love potion is squeezed, and mulberries, from the fruit tree under which Pyramus and Thisbe agree to meet in ‘the play within a play’.

To top off this unique dining experience, the delicacies are served upon bespoke crockery depicting the themes of the play, specially designed by illustrator Annika Wester.

Supplier Information

Name Shakespeare's Globe Guided Tours
Category Attraction
Profile The Globe is a faithful reconstruction of the open air playhouse first built in 1599, where Shakespeare worked and for which he wrote many of his greatest plays. A visit includes a half-hour tour of the auditorium and self-guided visit of exhibition.
Phone +442079021500
Email Marcia.C@shakespearesglobe.com
Website http://www.shakespearesglobe.com
Min - Max capacity: Minimum for a private group tour is 15 and maximum per tour is 45.
Frequency: Public Globe Theatre Tours depart every 30minutes on the hour and half hour and group tours depart every 15minutes.
Private tours: Private tours are available, but parties of less than 15 a minimum fee applies.
FIT or Groups: FIT and groups accepted.
Translation: A complimentary exhibition audio guide is available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Simplified Chinese
Extra information: Groups can enhance their visit by adding our A Midsummer Night's Dream Afternoon Tea or live demonstrations of Elizabethan dressing or sword fighting.
Day 2

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

Just a short journey west by road or rail from central London, the magnificent Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. It’s a must-see for fans of royalty, art and history. It has been the family home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years and is an official residence of Her Majesty The Queen, whose Royal Standard flag flies from the Round Tower when she is staying there.

Visitors can see the castle’s luxurious State Apartments, decorated with priceless historical artworks from the Royal Collection, and the stunning St George’s Chapel, which is the burial place of 10 monarchs and many aristocrats, including Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour.

In addition, the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony, is a colourful tradition not to be missed. This great spectacle and the finest example of British pageantry takes place daily at 11am from April to July, and alternate days throughout the rest of the year.

Supplier Information

Name Windsor Castle
Category Attraction
Profile Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. Today, The Queen spends most of her private weekends at the Castle. A visit to the Castle includes the State Apartments, St George's Chapel and from, October to March, the Semi-State Rooms.
Phone 0303 123 7300
Email bookinginfo@rct.uk
Website http://www.rct.uk
Min - Max capacity: N/A
Frequency: Precinct tour times are advertised on a poster adjacent to the building from which multimedia tours are issued.
Private tours: Yes. Pre-book online at www.rct.uk or by calling 0303 123 7322
FIT or Groups: Both
Extra information: Precincts Tours are free and included in the price of admission to Windsor Castle.
Day 3

Borough Market & The Royal Albert Hall

Borough Market

Day 3 starts with a visit to the lively Borough Market – arguably London’s most famous food market, and a great place to buy fantastic food and drink from regional producers. The full market is open Wednesday to Saturday but some traders and takeaway stalls do open on a Monday or Tuesday.

The Royal Albert Hall

In the afternoon, we recommend visiting The Royal Albert Hall for a behind the scenes guided tour of this world-famous concert space, an integral part of Britain’s musical history. Opened in 1871, it is one of the capital’s most prestigious historic buildings and has been the scene of over 150,000 performances, including the celebrated BBC Proms.

Visitors can enter The Queen’s private suite and box and stand in the spot from where the royals watch concerts. Guides will also share some of the secrets of the Hall’s history – including its connection to the Suffragette movement, the part it played in both World Wars, and how its iconic dome was amazingly brought to London after being constructed 200 miles away in Manchester.

Tour details

Min – Max capacity: 1-15 for scheduled  tours
Private tours can be arranged for groups of 15+
Frequency: Tours run 7 days a week and depart every 30 minutes between 9.30am – 4.30am April to October and 10am – 4pm November to March.
Private tours: On request
FIT or Groups: FIT or groups.
Translation: Not available

Book on the Visit Britain shop
Website: Royal Albert Hall