Monday, September 14 – Sunday, September 20, 2020
7 Days- $2,600
Reserve by May 1, 2020
*All rooms are single occupancy
A mix of town and country, this tour includes a blend of residences demonstrating architectural styles ranging from London townhouses to grand country houses in an array of styles, complete with glorious gardens and filled with fabulous furnishings and artwork from various eras. Your nights have been left free to enjoy London as you wish – attend the theatre, view the museums or indulge in a bit of shopping.
Arrival at our London hotel. Our group will gather at 4 o’clock before going on to a traditional pub dinner.
Heading out of Town, today we’ll visit Kenwood House
, situated at a vantage point upon Hampstead Heath, and designed by architect Robert Adam. Once home to Judge Lord Mansfield and his great niece Dido Belle, and later to brewing magnate Edward Guinness, the house now contains period features and furnishings, stunning artwork and a vast collection of portrait miniatures. Upon our return to Town, we will stroll the thoroughfares of Mayfair to explore the wide-ranging array of period architecture on offer, whether they be well known buildings or hidden gems. Rest stops will be taken along the way, as well as a break for lunch. The tour will end in Piccadilly, where you may go one to shop at Hatchard’s bookshop and Fortnum and Mason. The rest of the evening is free for you to enjoy London as you wish.
Today begins with a visit to Apsley House
, home of the Duke of Wellington and one of the only surviving examples of a private home remaining in London. Furnished period rooms, a stunning art collection and items connected to the first Duke combine to illustrate life in an aristocratic London house. Afterwards, we’ll visit The Wallace Collection
, contained within an historic London town house. In 25 galleries are unsurpassed displays of French 18th-century painting, furniture and porcelain with superb Old Master paintings and a world class armoury.
is considered one of the last surviving ducal residences complete with its country estate in Greater London. Today we’ll visit this gem and tour the Duke of Northumberland’s London home, view the magnificent State and Private Apartments and enjoy the spectacular Great Conservatory and 40 acres of gardens.
Adams designed Osterley Park
is a Georgian architectural gem once belonging to the Child family, influential London bankers. Robert Child left his entire estate in trust for his eldest granddaughter, Lady Sarah Sophia Fame, who married the 5th Earl of Jersey. As Lady Jersey, Sarah Sophia became one of the Lady Patronesses of Almack’s Assembly Rooms. After touring the house, you’ll have time to visit the gardens and parkland and the shops. Don’t forget to stop for tea in the Tudor Stables. Back in London, you may want to head off to the National Portrait Gallery – it’s open tonight until 9 pm.
Today we’ll visit a trio of period London homes. Sir John Soane’s House
and Museum remains largely untouched since his death 180 years ago and is chock full of his collection of statuary, artwork and architectrual drawings. Leighton House
is the former home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton and is the only purpose-built studio-house open to the public in the United Kingdom. It is one of the most remarkable buildings of the nineteenth century, containing a fascinating collection of paintings and sculpture by Leighton and his contemporaries. Our final house will be Victorian 18 Stafford Terrace
, formerly the Sambourne family home and containing period furnishings and collections. Afterwards, we’ll venture south of the River to explore the flip-side of London life – and the many riverside pubs. A spot of mudlarking may be in store.
Our final house is Waddesdon Manor
, the French chateau built in the 1870s for Baron de Rothschild. For twenty years, Waddesdon was reknown for its collections, its gardens and its country house parties – it was only used on summer weekends to entertain Baron Ferdinand’s friends and family. The house is full of 18th-century French objects, of exceptional quality and history – the mirrors and marble of the Dining Room evoke a mini Versailles, while the art collection includes portraits by Reynolds, Gainsborough and Romney. There is also an armoury, ‘Renaissance Museum’, a clock collection and a variety of pieces of contemporary art. Upon our return to London, we will gather for a farewell dinner.
- 7 Nights at London Hotel
- Full English breakfast each day
- Three Dinners
- Services of an expert tour guide throughout the tour
- Guided walking tour of Mayfair
- Entry or admission fees to all venues