Popp London Adventure - Final Information

Jim & Cynthia Popp

Thursday 9th May – Sunday 19th May 2024

Number of Travellers: 2
Duration: 11 Days / 10 Nights

Overview

While we hope things run smoothly for the duration of their stay, we know that unforeseen circumstances do happen and there are times when the clients may need to contact us for assistance. Please see below for ways to get in touch while on the trip;
Email: If you have a general question please feel free to email your Sales Consultant or Agent.
Note – Emails are monitored during office hours only.Call us directly: Office number +44 (0) 1768 721 21
Please note: Office hours are Mon- Fri 9:00 – 5:30
Out of Office Number: +44 (0) 7482 170 401 for use after 5:30pm and at the weekends.
Note: If your require immediate assistance for an issue, problem or emergency, please call or Whatsapp our Out of Office Hours Number

Highlights

Day by Day

Day 1 - Thursday 9th May - Welcome to London - Self-Guided

On arrival at the airport, you will be met by a private driver who will transfer you to your city centre hotel, The Savoy. After settling in, the excitement continues as you take a leisurely stroll to Covent Garden for a delightful lunch at Mildred’s. Following your midday excursion return to The Savoy and meet your private transfer to the London Eye to see the city from a whole new perspective. Step into your exclusive pod, where panoramic views of London’s skyline unfold before your eyes. As you ascend, landmarks such as Big Ben, the Tower of London, and the Shard become miniature marvels below, offering a bird’s-eye view of the bustling metropolis. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight: London | The Savoy
Room Type: Superior Room
Meals Included: None

Day 1 - Flight Details Read More +

Travel Date: May 8, 2024 | Airline: American Airlines | Flight Number: AA 6947
Departure Airport: Austin Bergstrom | Departure Time: 17:55
Arrival Airport: London Heathrow | Arrival Time: 09:35

Day 1 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Pinkberry Cars
Booking Reference: C2337
Pick Up Location: London | Pick Up Time: 09:55 | Approx Duration: 1 hrs
Phone: +44 (0)203 327 6600

Your private driver will meet you at arrivals and have a sign showing your name.

Your driver will then transfer you into the vibrant city of London to The Savoy, your London home.

Drive time from London Heathrow to The Savoy is around 1hr 15 mins depending on traffic.

Day 1 - Lunch Details Read More +

Restaurant: Mildred's | Location: 79 St Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4AA
Reservation Time: 13:00
Website: https://www.mildreds.com/covent-garden/

A reservation has been made at Mildred’s. Please pay directly.

Day 1 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Pinkberry Cars
Booking Reference: C2367
Pick Up Location: Reception - The Savoy | Pick Up Time: 15:00 | Approx Duration: 0.25 hrs
Phone: +44 (0)203 327 6600

Your private driver will be waiting at the entrance of The Savoy to whisk you away to The London Eye.

Drive time from The Savoy to the London Eye is around 20 mins depending on traffic.

Day 1 - London Eye Private Pod Read More +

Activity: London Eye Private Pod
The London Eye:
Start Location: The London Eye | Start Time: 15:45 | Approx Duration: 0.5 hrs

Booking Reference: 150037361428335844
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7967 8021

Your ticket to you private pod is in the Important Information section of your Final Information.  Please have this with you on the day.

When you arrive at The London Eye, please make yourself known to the admissions desk (opposite the London Eye when you are walking towards it).  You will be escorted to a waiting lounge and be collected when your pod is ready.

Your experience will last around 30 minutes.  There is no return transfer to your hotel booked at this time.

Day 2 - Friday 10th May - Artistic London - Fully Guided

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the vibrant streets of London with your private guide leading the way. Begin your day in London with a visit to the iconic St. Paul’s Cathedral in the morning. Explore this architectural marvel, taking in its rich history and stunning design. Next, head over to the Tate Modern to immerse yourself in contemporary art and culture. For lunch, indulge in a culinary adventure at Leadenhall Market, sampling a variety of delicacies from diverse cuisines. After satisfying your appetite, take a leisurely stroll across to St Dunstan in the East Church city garden nestled amongst the ruins of a grade I listed church with a tower & steeple by Christopher Wren. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the vibrant streets of London, perhaps popping into charming shops or enjoying a coffee at a cosy café.

Overnight: London | The Savoy
Room Type: Superior Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 2 - Guide Details - Anne Gowan Read More +

Name: Anne Gowan
Contact Number: +44 (0)7770 380 907
Meeting Place: Reception - The Savoy | Meeting Time: 10:00

Meet your local guide Anne at the Reception of The Savoy. From here you will take a quintessential Black Cab to St Pauls’s Cathedral.

Your experience is a full day and will finish at around 17:30pm.

Day 2 - St Paul's Cathedral entry ticket Read More +

Activity: St Paul's Cathedral entry ticket
St Paul's Cathedral:
Start Location: St Paul's Cathedral | Start Time: 10:30
Booking Reference: 5167607960693893
Phone: +44 (0)20 7246 8350

Your tickets for entry to St Paul’s are in the Important Document section of your Final Information.  Please take these with you on the day.

Day 3 - Saturday 11th May - Gastronomic London - Fully Guided

Immerse yourself in the heart of London’s culinary scene as you embark on a gastronomic adventure through the city’s neighbourhoods. Delight your taste buds with a tour of Borough Market, where eclectic flavours and aromas mingle in the bustling market stalls. Then, wander through the historic cobblestone streets of Leadenhall Market, savouring the sights, sounds, and tastes of this hidden gem. Get to know the city like a true local as you uncover its culinary treasures with your guide. As the day unfolds, treat yourself to a late afternoon private cruise along the serene waters of the River Thames, take in the panoramic views of the city’s iconic landmarks and indulge in a bottle of Moët & Chandon and snacks as you listen to your guide. Let the magic of London sweep you away on this unforgettable adventure.

 

We currently have a private transfer meeting the clients at the hotel, followed by a transfer to Borough Market for a foodie morning (10:30 – 13:00). Here they will finish the tour and head to Soho with their afternoon BBG, indulge in a few drinks in the busting Soho environment before their afternoon cruise on the Thames, their guide will join them to bring the city to life whilst on the cruise. Upon returning to the pier (17:30) they have the option to leisurely stroll back to The Savoy (16min) or pop into a black cab with their guide.

Overnight: London | The Savoy
Room Type: Personality Suite River View
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Pink Berry Cars
Booking Reference: C2366
Pick Up Location: The Savoy | Pick Up Time: 10:00
Phone: +44 (0)203 327 6600

Your private transfer driver will meet you at the reception of your hotel and take you to the start point of your foodie tour.

Drive time from The Savoy to the Barrowboy & Banker is around 30 mins depending on traffic.

 

Day 3 - Private Food Tour Read More +

Activity: Private Food Tour
Borough Market: Chubby Fellows
Start Location: Barrowboy & Banker Pub, 6-8 Borough High St, London SE1 9QQ | Start Time: 10:30 | Approx Duration: 2.5 hrs

Phone: +44 (0)7508 000450

Your private foodie guide David will meet you at the Barrowboy & Banker Pub.  David will be holding an umbrella.

Your experience will last around 2 hrs 30 mins.

Day 3 - Half Day with a local guide Read More +

Activity: Half Day with a local guide
Experienced Local Guide: Manuela Sarcone
Start Location: Barrowboy & Banker Pub | Start Time: 13:00
Phone: +44 7862 658501

You will meet your local expert guide where your foodie guide drops you off.   Your expert local guide will arrange all local taxis and will be with you on your Private Thames Cruise.

Your experience will last around 4hrs 30 mins.

Day 3 - Private Thames Cruise Read More +

Activity: Private Thames Cruise
Thames Limo:
Start Location: Westminster Pier | Start Time: 15:30
Phone: +44 (0) 77 0458 2000

Your local experienced guide will be with you on your Thames Cruise.  The cruise will last around 2 hrs.

There is no transfer booked for return to your hotel at the end of your cruise.  However, your guide will be able to assist if you require.

Day 4 - Sunday 12th May - Wartime London - Self-Guided

Prepare for a day of reflection and discovery as you delve into the rich history of wartime London on a self-guided tour. Begin your journey at the Churchill War Rooms, where the underground nerve centre of Winston Churchill’s wartime operations offers a glimpse into the strategic decisions that shaped history. From there, wander through the city streets, exploring other significant war sites such as the Imperial War Museum and the Cenotaph, paying homage to the sacrifices of generations past. As you immerse yourself in the stories and artefacts of wartime London, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the resilience and courage of those who lived through these tumultuous times.

Overnight: London | The Savoy
Room Type: Personality Suite River View
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 - Churchill War Rooms - Entry Read More +

Activity: Churchill War Rooms - Entry
Churchill War Rooms:
Start Location: Churchill War Rooms, London | Start Time: 10:30
Booking Reference: D5JZK3PY3.1
Phone: +44 (0)207 416 5000

Your tickets for entry to Churchill War Museums are in the Important Documents section of your Final Information.

 

Day 5 - Monday 13th May - Historic London - Fully Guided

Continue your enriching journey through London’s storied past as you join your private guide for an immersive day in the City. Begin by unravelling the mysteries shrouding the Tower of London, where centuries of intrigue and royal drama await discovery within its formidable walls. From there, indulge in a spot of lunch before delving into the rich tapestry of history at Westminster Abbey, where the echoes of coronations, weddings, and significant events resonate through its majestic halls. With your expert guide leading the way, unlock the secrets and stories woven into the fabric of these iconic landmarks, gaining insight into London’s captivating history like never before.

Overnight: London | The Savoy
Room Type: Personality Suite River View
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Full Day Guided Explorations Read More +

Activity: Full Day Guided Explorations
Expert Local Guide: Anne Gowan
Start Location: The Savoy | Start Time: 09:30
Phone: +44 (0) 7770 380907

Your local expert guide will meet you at the reception of your hotel and be with you for the full day, finishing at around 17:30pm.

Your guide will assist with taxi transfers to lunch and back to the hotel should you require.

Day 5 - Lunch Details Read More +

Restaurant: Coppa Club Tower Bridge | Location: London
Reservation Time: 12:30 | Booking Reference: BZPZ774H
Phone: +44 (0)20 8016 9227

Your reservation is booked under Jim Popp.

Day 6 - Tuesday 14th May - Academic Oxford - Partially Guided

Your morning transfer awaits to whisk you away to Paddington Station, where a first-class train will transport you to the historic city of Oxford. Upon arrival, your local guide will lead you on a captivating tour through the city’s storied streets. Marvel at the architectural wonders of Oxford’s renowned colleges, delve into its scholarly heritage and uncover hidden gems known only to locals. The afternoon is yours to wander at your leisure, perhaps indulging in a stroll along the River Thames or perusing the city’s charming shops and cafes. As the day draws to a close, board the evening train back to London, where your transfer eagerly awaits to escort you back to the comfort of your hotel, leaving you with cherished memories of your enchanting day in Oxford.

Overnight: London | The Savoy
Room Type: Personality Suite River View
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Pinkberry Cars
Booking Reference: C2315
Pick Up Location: The Savoy | Pick Up Time: 08:45 | Approx Duration: 0.5 hrs
Phone: +44 (0)203 327 6600

Your driver will meet you in the lobby of the hotel

Day 6 - Train Details Read More +

Travel Date: May 14, 2024 | Rail Operator: Great Western
Departure Train Station: London Paddington | Departure Time: 09:52
Arrival Train Station: Oxford | Arrival Time: 10:43

Your First Class train tickets are in the Important Documents section of your Final Information

Day 6 - Half Day Guided Explorations - Oxford Read More +

Activity: Half Day Guided Explorations - Oxford
Expert Local Guide: Isobel Lewis
Start Location: Oxford Station entrance steps | Start Time: 10:43
Phone: +44 (0) 7976 246 967

Your local expert guide will meet you at the entrance steps to Oxford Train Station.

Your experience will be around 4 hrs.

Day 6 - 30 minute tour Read More +

Activity: 30 minute tour
Bodleian Library:
Start Location: Bodleian Library | Start Time: 15:00
Booking Reference: 20240418-11490495
Phone: +44 (0)1865 277262

Your guide will be with you for your tour.

Your tickets are in the Important Documents section of your Final Information.

Day 6 - Train Details Read More +

Travel Date: May 14, 2024 | Rail Operator: Great Western
Departure Train Station: Oxford | Departure Time: 17:00
Arrival Train Station: London Paddington | Arrival Time: 17:51

Your First Class train tickets are in the Important Documents section of your Final Information

Day 6 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Pinkberry Cars
Booking Reference: C2316
Pick Up Location: London Paddington | Pick Up Time: 17:51 | Approx Duration: 0.5 hrs
Phone: +44 (0)203 327 6600

Your driver will meet you outside the Oliver Bonas store within the concourse of London Paddington Station

Day 7 - Wednesday 15th May - Legal London - Partially Guided

Journey into the heart of legal history as you explore the Royal Courts of Justice and the Inns of Court. Begin your day by marvelling at the grandeur of the Royal Courts, where the weight of significant legal judgments hangs in the air. Delve into the secrets of its Victorian construction and uncover the tales of the characters who have shaped its halls. Don’t forget to peruse the barristers’ and judges’ wigs on sale, a unique souvenir of your visit. Then, immerse yourself in the labyrinthine alleyways and tranquil courtyards of the Inns of Court, which barristers have long called home. Follow in the footsteps of legal luminaries, soaking in the architectural splendour and rich history. From Charles Dickens’ commentary to the secrets of Mrs. Lovell’s pies, your guide will ensure a day filled with intrigue and discovery, leaving you with lasting memories of London’s legal legacy.

Overnight: London | The Savoy
Room Type: Personality Suite River View
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7 - Private Legal London Tour Read More +

Activity: Private Legal London Tour
Royal Courts of Justice:
Start Location: Royal Courts of Justice main entrance | Start Time: 11:45
Phone: +44 (0) 207 947 6000

Your hotel concierge can arrange a taxi to take you to the Royal Courts this morning.

You will meet your guide Tim Wood (+44 (0) 786 669 0618) at the main entrance by the black railings on the Strand.  Your tour will finish around 13:00.

Important Note:

You cannot bring mobile phones, earphones, smart watches including Fitbits, food and drink or large bags (Rucksacks etc) into the Old Bailey if you go into the public galleries after the tour. Handbags are fine. You can have them on the tour after which Tim will show you to the nearby shop by the Old Bailey, where you can leave these items whilst in the public galleries the cost is: £1 Mobile Phones and £3 to £5 for bags depending on size.(You can put several phones in a bag to save on cost)

Day 8 - Thursday 16th May - National Gallery and Royal Parks - Self-Guided

This morning take a serene walk through the lush Royal Parks, where verdant landscapes and tranquil pathways await your exploration. Begin your day with a stroll through Hyde Park, admiring the beauty of its iconic landmarks such as the Serpentine Lake and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain. Continue your peaceful wanderings into Green Park, revelling in the serenity of its open spaces and majestic trees. As the day unfolds, make your way to the renowned National Gallery, where an unparalleled collection of masterpieces awaits. Lose yourself in the artistry of Van Gogh, Monet, and Da Vinci as you meander through its hallowed halls, soaking in the beauty and inspiration that surrounds you. From nature’s tranquillity to the timeless treasures of art, this day promises a harmonious blend of relaxation and cultural enrichment amidst the splendour of London.

Overnight: London | The Savoy
Room Type: Personality Suite River View
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9 - Friday 17th May - Shakespeare's London - Self-Guided

Savour a leisurely morning at your own pace, basking in the charm of London’s vibrant streets before immersing yourself in the timeless magic of Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre. As the sun reaches its zenith, make your way to the iconic Globe for a mid-afternoon performance of “Much Ado About Nothing,” Shakespeare’s beloved comedy. Nestled along the banks of the River Thames, the Globe offers a unique theatrical experience, transporting you back to the Elizabethan era with its open-air stage and authentic atmosphere. Prepare to be swept away by the wit and romance of Shakespeare’s timeless tale, an afternoon filled with laughter, love, and theatrical delight awaits.

Overnight: London | The Savoy
Room Type: Personality Suite River View
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9 - Theatre Show - Much Ado About Nothing Read More +

Activity: Theatre Show - Much Ado About Nothing
Globe Theatre:
Start Location: Shakespeare's Globe | Start Time: 14:00
Booking Reference: 1345-4223-2015
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7401 9919

Your hotel concierge can help you arrange a taxi to take you to the Globe Theatre.

Your theatre tickets are in the Important Documents section of your Final Information.

Day 10 - Saturday 18th May - London at Leisure - Self-Guided

Embrace the freedom of a day to wander at your own pace through the dynamic streets of London. Begin your adventure with no set agenda, allowing the city to unfold before you with each step. Whether you choose to stroll along the serene banks of the River Thames, explore the bustling markets of Covent Garden, or marvel at the iconic landmarks of Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus, the possibilities are endless. Immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of London’s diverse neighbourhoods, stopping to indulge in culinary delights or browse unique boutiques along the way.

Overnight: London | The Savoy
Room Type: Personality Suite River View
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 11 - Sunday 19th May - Departure

A private transfer will collect you from your accommodation and take you to London St Pancras to make your onward journey to Paris. Waving farewell for now but taking with you, the special memories and wonderful stories of your explorations.

Eurostar Business Class – 11:31 – 14:48

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 11 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Pink Berry Cars
Booking Reference: C2317
Pick Up Location: The Savoy | Pick Up Time: 09:45
Phone: +44 (0) 203 327 6600

Your private transfer driver will meet you at the reception of your hotel and take you to London St Pancras in time to catch your train.

Day 11 - Train Details Read More +

Travel Date: May 19, 2024 | Rail Operator: Eurostar
Departure Train Station: St Pancras | Departure Time: 11:31
Arrival Train Station: Paris Gare Du Nord | Arrival Time: 14:48

Your Eurostar train tickets are in the Important Information section of your Final Information.

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • 10 nights accommodation, as stated in the itinerary above
  • Most meals, as stated in the itinerary above
  • The services of a qualified and experienced on 3 Guided days
  • All transfers in a private vehicle
  • Airport Transfer on Arrival Day
  • Airport Transfer on Departure Day
  • Entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically:
    • Entry to St Pauls Cathedral with a private guide
    • Entry to Tate Modern with a private guide
    • Entry to the Tower of London with a private guide
    • Entry to Westminster Abbey with a private guide
    • Private Pod on the London Eye
    • Entry to the Imperial War Museum
    • Entry to Churchill’s War Rooms
    • Return First Class train travel to Oxford
    • Private Afternoon Cruise on the Thames with Guide (2 Hours)
    • Afternoon performance of Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeares Globe
    • Tour of the Inns of Court and Old Bailey with a private guide
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • 24/7 In-Country Support from the Wilderness Team
Exclusions Read More
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Gratuities for the main driver guide
Notes Read More
  • Activities are only private if specifically stated

 

Notes On Weather & Flexibility

Weather – May in England can be a very wide range of weather, and very changeable. Suitable clothing and footwear is essential, as well as a flexible attitude. Plans may have to be changed to accommodate Mother Nature, and your guide will have back-up plans that they will discuss with you if required.

Useful Contacts

24 hour in-country support (Wilderness England):  +44 (0) 1768 721 21 , or out with regular office hours +44 (0) 7482 170401 (urgent calls only)

Emergency services:  999 or 112

NHS 24 (24 hour free medical advice):  111

 

Tipping Guidelines

For tipping our guides – We don’t generally recommend a set amount as tipping is not expected in the same way that it is in North America. However, similar North American travel companies generally suggest something along the lines of £10-30 per person per day for your guide, which is a wide range to choose from. Generally, we would encourage you to ask yourself what you were expecting from your guide, and then think about how they have exceeded those expectations and choose an amount you are comfortable with.

For local services such as restaurants again tipping is not expected but if you receive great service then 10-15% of the bill is normal.

Luggage Notes

Please note that we expect travellers to bring an average of One Large Holdall or Suitcase and up to Two smaller day-bags or hand-luggage sized pieces. If you expect to bring more than this then please let us know well in advance of arrival so that we can ensure there is capacity for this (additional charges will apply if separate luggage transfers are required).

Important Additional Information Read More
  • England General Info - PDF: View Now
  • Jim Popp - Eurostar Ticket - PDF: View Now
  • Cynthia Fraser - Eurostar Ticket - PDF: View Now
  • London Eye - Private Pod ticket - PDF: View Now
  • St Paul's Cathedral entry ticket - PDF: View Now
  • Train Ticket - Oxford to London (1) - PDF: View Now
  • Train Ticket - London to Oxford (1) - PDF: View Now
  • Train Ticket - Oxford to London (2) - PDF: View Now
  • Train Ticket - London to Oxford (2) - PDF: View Now
  • Bodleian Library - Tour Tickets - PDF: View Now
  • Globe Theatre Tickets 1 - PDF: View Now
  • Globe Theatre Tickets 2 - PDF: View Now
  • Churchill War Room Tickets - PDF: View Now
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Accommodation

The Savoy

The Strand | London |
WC2R 0EZ | England
Web: thesavoylondon.com


Meet Your Guide

Anne Gowan

Contact Number: +44 (0)7770 380 907

I love London and I have lived here for over 30 years. I’m enthusiastic to share my love of London, it’s history and culture with visitors to entertain and inform them for their best experience of its highlights. My specialism is in art and design, visiting the major galleries in London and some of the less frequented ones, my original degree was in History of Art and Design, my first job was for the Arts Council. I am a member of the V&A; Tate and the National Gallery as well as a regular visitor to exhibitions in others. When I moved to London, I started a career in publishing and media, working in the commercial arena for three national newspaper groups, The Financial Times, Telegraph Media Group and The Guardian. “Green” London was my special project, London has so much beautifully designed green space to enjoy for visitors as well as residents.  I live not far from Kew Gardens where I have membership, I’m a member of the RHS, and visit The Chelsea Flower Show each year. The Royal Parks and the gardens of London are another great aspect of the city, I enjoy helping visitors to London to experience the best of them.