Join Brianna on a whirlwind tour of Britain’s enormous capital city: LONDON! A melting pot of cultures and quirky habits that makes it one of the most unique and thrilling places on the planet. Whether it’s the mockney cheerio chaps and evenin’ guvnor types you’re after in its glorious East End or the altogether calmer atmosphere of meandering canals, we get to the bottom of what makes London so cool!
Beginning our tour at the iconic Buckingham Palace, home to the HRH The Queen of England and various Royals along the way, we see the changing of the guards before heading over to Soho for a spot of afternoon tea above a traditional London pub.
Onwards to the National Gallery, home to over 2,000 paintings and one of Europe’s finest collections of art. For an altogether different view of ‘Art’ our roving host heads over to the East End to sniff out a Banksy, see if the English really DO hanker after the occasional jellied eel and shops for oddities at nearby Spitalfields Market.
Every adventurer needs a hearty breakfast, while others need the occasional splurge so after breakfasting at (arguably) London’s glitziest hotel, The Ritz, Brianna heads into Mayfair for a spot on indulgent retail therapy at the very bastions of English style. Tips from top sommeliers at Berry Bros and Rudd, a fitting at Lock & Co – the oldest hat-makers in London, and more.
No trip to London would be complete without a gander through Covent Garden – and while plenty a fair lady is to be seen the original flower girls have since moved on. Ever wondered why London buses are red? Or who the Fat Controller is? Then take a look inside the London Transport Museum – home to over 370,000 objects concerning urban transport.
Perhaps just as famous for it’s iconic double deckers, as it is for its cyclists, Brianna embraces the British obsession with cycling and and heads along the canal from Regent’s Park all the way to the Olympic Stadium via Camden Lock.
Taking advantage of the wealth of transportation links in and out of London, Brianna heads out on a day trip by rail to Oxford, taking in the impressive grounds, awe-inspiring University and a genteel punt along the river!
Back in London, and Brianna’s speeding down the Thames, Bond-Style in search of the the Royal Naval College,Queen’s House, and the Greenwich Royal Observatory before taking in the massive Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern, a magnificent converted power station housing contemporary art exhibitions.
Another day, another site as we head to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, home to the most extensive botanical collection in the world before galloping through the 1,000 hectare area that is Richmond Park (on horseback of course!) before rounding off the day at the Victoria Inn, famous for being the smallest pub in Richmond.
In her final day in London, Brianna rounds off our trip with a visit to the annual Thames Festival and hires one of the hundreds of rental bikes available to check out the festivities which include a feast on Southwark Bridge, carnival-style dancing, and a huge night-time firework display.
Brace yourselves for a hearty welcome to London!
with thanks to
The Household Division
London and Partners
Greenwich Council Tourism Department
The National Gallery
The Thames Festival
Tally Ho! Cycle Tours
The Alternative London Tour
The Tate Modern
Magdalen Bridge Boat House
London Transport Museum
The Horse Stables Market
Chin Chin Labs
Soho Secret Tea Rooms
Christ Church College
Lobb Boot Makers
The Runners Club and Nick Sherrard
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title music by
COLIN WINSTON FLETCHER
post production supervisor
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Travel Channel International
American Public Television
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