Final Information - Liewald Exploration of London

Suzanne, Daniel and Family

Wednesday 22nd May – Sunday 26th May 2024

Number of Travellers: 4
Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights

Highlights

  • Explore some of London's most iconic landmarks with an expert guide
  • Absorb the vibrant city life of London as you explore by foot and soak in the culture
  • Enjoy luxury surrounding with your incredible city centre accommodation

Day by Day

Day 1 - Wednesday 22nd May - Arrival in London - Partially guided - 4 Hours

Touch down in London and as you enter the arrivals hall, meet your private driver who will whisk you away to the heart of the city. Arriving at the prestigious Raffles OWO, settle into luxury and comfort, taking a moment to unwind before your next adventure. Soon, your dapper drivers arrive, ready to take you on a tour of London in classic Mini Coopers, promising a blend of nostalgia and excitement as you weave through the city’s iconic streets. After an exhilarating exploration, you return to the hotel to bask in the elegance of your rooms, revelling in the opulent surroundings.

Overnight: London | Raffles London at The OWO
Room Type: Superior Rooms x2
Meals Included: None

Day 1 - Flight Details Read More +

Travel Date: May 21, 2024 | Airline: United Airlines | Flight Number: UA 880
Departure Airport: IAH | Departure Time: 16:20
Arrival Airport: LHR | Arrival Time: 07:40

Please note: Flight arrives on the 22nd May

Day 1 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Pink Berry Cars
Booking Reference: C449463
Pick Up Location: London Heathrow | Pick Up Time: 08:00
Phone: +44 (0)203 327 6600

Your private transfer will meet you at the arrival gate barrier or in front of WHSmith (blue stationary shop) with a sign showing your name.

Day 1 - Mini Cooper Tour Read More +

Activity: Mini Cooper Tour
Small Car Big City:
Start Location: Raffles London at the OWO | Start Time: 12:30
Phone: +44 2078 396 737

Your Dapper driver will meet you at the reception of your hotel and take you on a 4 hour highlights tour of London. Please note: there will be 2 Mini Coopers (2 pax per car)

Day 2 - Thursday 23rd May - A Taste of England

Begin your culinary adventure with a private transfer to a coastal cooking masterclass designed to tantalise your taste buds and expand your culinary repertoire. Led by an expert chef, this immersive experience blends traditional and modern Indian cooking techniques, focusing on dishes originating from the vibrant coasts of India while drawing inspiration from across the subcontinent. Learn how to expertly incorporate the finest fish and seafood available in the U.K. into Indian-spiced creations, striking a perfect balance between flavours. The class not only imparts valuable skills but also sparks creativity, encouraging you to fuse the best of both culinary worlds. Following the hands-on session, indulge in a sumptuous three-course lunch featuring highlights from the class, expertly paired with wines to complement the flavours.

Drive time from Raffles OWO to Cinnamon Kitchen is around 30 mins depending on traffic.

Overnight: London | Raffles London at The OWO
Room Type: Superior Rooms x2
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 2 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Pink Berry Cars
Booking Reference: C449464/1
Pick Up Location: Raffles London at The OWO | Pick Up Time: 09:45
Phone: +44 (0)203 327 6600

Your private transfer driver will meet you at the reception of your hotel.

Day 2 - Chef Masterclass Read More +

Activity: Chef Masterclass
Cinnamon Kitchen:
Start Location: Cinnamon Kitchen City (Liverpool Street Station) | Start Time: 10:30 | Approx Duration: 4.5 hrs

Phone: +44 (0)207 626 5000

Please note; the masterclass will begin with a light breakfast and with introductions to the chef and Indian food, followed by the masterclass and lunch to follow.

Day 2 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Pink Berry Cars
Booking Reference: C449464/2
Pick Up Location: Cinnamon Kitchen | Pick Up Time: 14:30
Phone: +44 (0)203 327 6600

Your private driver will meet you at Cinnamon Kitchen and return you to your hotel.

Day 3 - Friday 24th May - Historic London - Guided - Full Day

Step into the vibrant tapestry of London, and meet a local guide at your hotel, ready to unveil the city’s treasures. Your journey begins with a private transfer to the iconic Tower of London, where centuries of history await your discovery. With your guide leading the way, you delve into the fascinating tales of monarchs, prisoners, and the Crown Jewels, immersing yourself in the rich heritage of this storied fortress. Crossing the majestic Tower Bridge on foot, you’re guided to Borough Market, a bustling culinary haven where flavours from around the world converge. After a delectable lunch, hop into a classic black cab, continuing your historical odyssey with a visit to Westminster. Here, amidst the grandeur of Parliament and Big Ben, uncover the political pulse of the nation. With each step, the city’s past comes alive, painting a vivid picture of its enduring legacy. As the evening unfolds, venture back into the city, where the lights of the West End beckon. Your destination: “Mamma Mia!” The musical extravaganza awaits, promising an unforgettable evening filled with music, laughter, and the timeless tunes of ABBA. Truly, your London escapade is off to a magnificent start.

Overnight: London | Raffles London at The OWO
Room Type: Superior Rooms x2
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Pink Berry Cars
Booking Reference: C449466
Pick Up Location: Raffles London at The OWO | Pick Up Time: 09:00 | Approx Duration: 0.25 hrs
Phone: +44 (0)203 327 6600

Your private transfer will meet you at the reception of your hotel.

Day 3 - Local City Guide Read More +

Activity: Local City Guide
Expert Local Guide: Sue Hyde
Start Location: Reception of the hotel | Start Time: 09:00
Phone: +44 (0)7967 341157

Your local expert guide will meet you in reception of your hotel and will travel with you in the transfer to the Tower of London.

Day 3 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Pink Berry Cars
Pick Up Location: Raffles The OWO | Pick Up Time: 18:30
Phone: +44 (0) 203 327 6600

Your private transfer driver will meet you at the reception of the hotel.

Day 3 - Theatre Tickets Read More +

Activity: Theatre Tickets
Mamma Mia: Novello Theatre
Start Location: Novello Theatre London | Start Time: 19:30
Booking Reference: PHS51599
Phone: 0344 482 5151

Your theatre tickets are in the Travel Documents section of your Final Information.  Please make sure to print them out or take them electronically to the theatre.

Running time: 2 hours 35 minutes including an interval of 15 minutes

Please note: latecomers will be admitted at a suitable point during the performance

Day 3 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Pink Berry Cars
Pick Up Location: Novello Theatre | Pick Up Time: 22:05
Phone: +44 (0) 203 3276600

Your driver will let you know where they will be picking you up when they drop you off.

Day 4 - Saturday 25th May - Exploring London - Evening Guide - 2 Hours

With a free morning at your disposal, set out to explore the captivating streets of London. Wander through bustling markets, marvel at historic landmarks, and soak in the vibrant atmosphere of this dynamic city. As the afternoon approaches, embark on a leisurely shopping excursion, perusing luxury boutiques and bustling streets for treasures to cherish.

As night falls, you will head to the River Thames for a wonderful sunset cruise.  With canapés in hand, you set sail along the illuminated Thames, taking in the glittering skyline and iconic landmarks as your evening guide shares tales of London’s rich history and vibrant culture. It’s an enchanting end to a day filled with exploration and indulgence in the heart of the city.

Overnight: London | Raffles London at The OWO
Room Type: Superior Rooms x2
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Thames evening boat tour Read More +

Activity: Thames evening boat tour
Thames Limo:
Start Location: Westminster Pier | Start Time: 20:15 | Approx Duration: 2 hrs

Booking Reference: SI-2097
Phone: +44 (0) 77 0458 2000

Please note: Drinks and canapés are included in the cruise

It is a 10 minute walk to Westminster Pier from your hotel or you can ask your hotel to arrange a cab for you.

Day 5 - Sunday 26th May - Onward Travel

As your London adventure draws to a close, meet your private driver for your onward journey to Heathrow Airport in style, enjoying the comfort and convenience of a private transfer.

Day 5 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Pink Berry Cars
Booking Reference: C449469
Pick Up Location: Raffles London at The OWO | Pick Up Time: 07:00
Phone: +44(0) 203 327 6600

Your private driver will meet you at the reception of your hotel to take you to Heathrow Airport T2 for your return flight.

Day 5 - Flight Details Read More +

Travel Date: May 26, 2024 | Airline: United Airlines | Flight Number: UA 879
Departure Airport: LHR | Departure Time: 10:35
Arrival Airport: Houston | Arrival Time: 14:50

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • 4 nights’ accommodation, as stated in the itinerary above
  • Most meals, as stated in the itinerary above
  • The services of a qualified and experienced guide on Day 3
  • Airport Transfer on Arrival Day
  • Airport Transfer on Departure Day
  • Entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically:
    • Private Tour of the city in a Traditional Mini Cooper
    • Evening performance of Mamma Mia (Stalls) OR Moulin Rouge
    • Day Course at Cordon Bleu – Mastering the Art of the Beef Wellington
    • Entry to the Tower of London with a Private Guide
    • Evening Cruise on the Thames with Canapes (7-9pm)
  • 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.

 

Essential Packing List

  • Waterproof jacket with hood
  • Waterproof over-pants
  • Sturdy hiking boots/shoes (sneakers or tennis shoes are not suitable for any hiking in Scotland)
  • Day pack 20-30 litre for carrying water and extra layers
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Warm layers
  • Warm hat, gloves and a neck gaiter
  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Smart casual attire for dinners

Note: If you would like us to provide trekking poles for your use then please just let us know and we will ensure these are available for you.

 

Useful Contacts

24 hour in-country support (Wilderness England):  +44 (0)1768 721 210, or out with regular office hours +44 (0) 07482 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
  • Eat | See | Stay - London - PDF: View Now
Terms & Conditions Read More

Please see our booking terms here.


Accommodation

Raffles London at The OWO

Whitehall | London |
SW1A 2BX | England
Phone: +44(0) 20 3907 7500
Web: raffles.com/london