Join us on this unique and extraordinary exploration of Hidden London in the company of a Blue Badge Guide to discover some of our capital’s most beautiful hidden interiors and deep dark secrets.
Day 1 After our local pick ups, we make our way to London for a buﬀet lunch at the Cathedral of Sewage! This grand and ornate building was built by Sir Joseph Balzalgette to house the Crossness Engines after the Great Stink of 1858 – a fascinating and very unusual place. We transfer by coach to our hotel in Blackheath for our evening meal.
Day 2 Accompanied by our Blue Badge Guide we ﬁrst visit the Freemasons Hall at Covent Garden to see the glitzy Art Deco interiors of the United Grand Lodge of England. We explore the museum, Grand Temple and ceremonial areas of the distinctive building which is a popular ﬁlm location with Spooks and Sherlock Holmes among the credits. Next to the London Silver Vaults, the sprawling Victorian catacombs built as strongroom facilities for the rich and famous, and now one of the largest silver markets on Earth. After some free time for lunch, we visit the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel to discover hidden aspects of this truly historic hotel. We return to Greenwich by river followed by a short coach transfer to our hotel for our evening meal.
Day 3 This morning we are with the Blue Badge Guide for some more capital curios. We visit The London Charterhouse, which is open to the public for the ﬁrst time in 600 years since it was founded as a Carthusian monastery on the site of a Black Death plague pit. During our visit we see the Great Hall where the Brothers sit together to eat their meals and the Great Chamber where Queen Elizabeth I held court during the ﬁrst days of her reign. Our last stop is at Kennedy’s in Clerkenwell, where we enjoy a traditional ﬁsh & chip lunch, before rejoining our coach mid-afternoon and making our way back to the south coast.
A row of handsome 18th Century residences overlooking the open grassland of Blackheath to Royal Greenwich Park, where the London Marathon begins, along with some 20th Century additions make up our family-run three-star hotel. There is a pleasant lounge, bar, restaurant and walled garden. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift to some rooms.