There are lots of wonderful places to visit from London. In addition to those described on other pages, you might like to consider the following ideas or just let me know your particular interests and I can recommend and design a day tour from London for you.
Visit the Queen’s favourite home and England’s oldest inhabited castle. See where state banquets take place and admire the priceless paintings from the Royal Collection. Please note, we are not permitted to guide inside the State Apartments, but an audio-guide is included in your admission.
I will show you the stunning St George’s Chapel where Henry VIII is buried and the lovely Guildhall where Prince Charles married Camilla.
After enjoying a riverside lunch we can stroll across to the village of Eton with its famous College where Princes William & Harry were educated.
Windsor can be reached by train from London, or we can take a car and driver and enjoy a drive through Windsor Great Park or the lovely Thames Valley, passing through Runnymede where Magna Carta was sealed in 1215.
Bath is one of the finest Georgian cities and has the fascinating Roman baths to visit too. A walking tour of Bath will introduce you to the architectural splendours of this World Heritage City as well as some of the unique shops. It is easy to imagine the characters of a Jane Austin novel strolling around its elegant streets. There is plenty to tempt foodies including sampling a Sally Lunn bun, a Bath Bun and some delicious fudge from a place where you can see it being made!
The nearby pretty villages of Lacock and Castle Combe with their thatched cottages have been used in many films.
Bath is quite a long journey from London, so you might like to consider spending the night there to enjoy the atmosphere once the tourists have left! I can recommend a lovely hotel.
Dominated by the famous cathedral where Thomas Becket was martyred, Canterbury has many places of interest to visit. It was here that Saint Augustine founded a monastery and where you can visit the oldest church in continuous use in the country.
Winchester is another stunning cathedral city that has beautiful buildings and many places of interest. You can see the house where Jane Austin died and walk along the stream where Keats was inspired to write his poem Ode to Autumn. The magnificent Great Hall houses the famous Round Table.
Eltahm Palace and Red House
Eltham Palace is a surprising mix of art deco splendour and a Tudor Great Hall. Once home to the Courtauld family it is easy to imagine sipping cocktails and dancing to jazz in the delightful rooms.
The Red House was designed by architect Philip Webb as the family home for designer William Morris and his wife Jane. It is full of arts and crafts paintings, furniture and design.
Rye and Romney Marsh
Rye is one of the prettiest towns in south east England with its cobbled streets and cottages. The area was once famous for smugglers and you will hear their stories as we explore the mysterious surrounding countryside of Romney Marsh. There are some unique churches to discover as well as seeing a garden designed by a film director.
We can have fresh fish and chips by the seaside for lunch and finish with a traditional cream tea.