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3-Day Edinburgh Weekend Break by Rail from London: includes a visit to Edinburgh Vaults under South Bridge

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3-Day Edinburgh Weekend Break by Rail from London: includes a visit to Edinburgh Vaults under South Bridg

Visit one of Britain’s most beautiful cities and the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh, in this perfect weekend break. This trip includes return train travel, a guided sightseeing tour with a local Scottish guide, two night bed and breakfast with ensuite accommodation, optional extra trips, plenty of free time to explore, and the services of a tour manager.

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Highlights
Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
Get inside tips from a local
Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
Round-trip train fares
Fully narrated tour
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Led by a local guide
Multi-Day Trip
Breakfast included
After meeting your tour manager in Euston Station, you will depart by train at approximately 8am to Edinburgh’s Waverley Station via Virgin Trains. Upon arrival to the city, meet your local guide and begin a sightseeing tour of the capital. They will be able point out all of the popular attractions you can visit during your stay, such as The National Museum of Scotland or The Royal Museum (admission is free).

Once the tour is over, check in at your hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure. However, you may enjoy taking our extra excursion and join us for a Ghosts and Ghouls Walking Tour. In this tour you will be taken to the Edinburgh Vaults under South Bridge in the Old Town, which is reported to be one of the most haunted sites in the UK. The tour is available in a number of different languages and is around one hour long (not included).

Begin your second day in Edinburgh roaming the city. Or take part in a day trip to Loch Ness (extra charges apply – please note this is a full-day tour from approximately 8am to 2pm). Start by visiting the town of Stirling, where you will have time to visit the famous Castle and admire the beautiful view from the esplanade. Make your way to Loch Katrine. Here you can take a cruise on the loch, have lunch by the water’s edge, or take a short bike ride to see the beautiful surrounding. Travel through Trossachs, where you will stop for photos before arriving at Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary Queens of Scots. Then return to Edinburgh via the Forth Bridges with photo stops.

On the final day in Edinburgh, you will have a free morning to explore the city one last time. At approximately 11:30am you will meet your tour manager at the hotel for the transfer to the station to catch the 12:51pm train back to London. Arrive back at Euston Station at approx 6:39pm.

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26/06/2017 |

Bicester Village Shopping Trip from London: Gift Card, Lunch and VIP Discounts

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Bicester Village Shopping Trip from London: Gift Card, Lunch and VIP Discounts

Enjoy a day of shopping at Bicester Village with a 50-GBP gift card, 2-course lunch, VIP discount card and round-trip transport from London! The luxury shopping outlet is home to more than 130 shops spread around a large outdoor mall, and many big-name brands such as Burberry and Ted Baker offer discounts of up to 60 percent. Use the gift card to maximize your spending power, and enjoy an additional 10 percent off in select boutiques with the VIP discount card.

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Highlights
Excellent value for money
Lunch included
Receive discounts at selected restaurants, shops and attractions
Meet your host in central London, and then hop aboard your luxury coach for your journey to Bicester Village, the luxury shopping outlet roughly 1 hour away. On arrival, leave your coach and head inside to enjoy 6 hours of shopping at leisure.

Explore the spacious outdoor mall independently and browse the wares at more than 130 luxury shops, discovering mens’ and womens’ clothing, sportswear, accessories, cosmetics and more. The village boasts a range of international brands including Matthew Williamson, Ted Baker and Yves St Laurent, and many shops offer savings of up to 60 percent. Use your 50-GBP gift card to shop ‘til you drop!

As an additional bonus, your shopping experience includes a VIP discount card, which entitles you to a further 10 percent off in select boutiques.

Take a break from shopping by paying a visit to one of the outlet’s eight cafes, each offering a range of food and drink to suit your appetite and budget. A delicious 2-course lunch with water at Villandry Grand Café is included.

At the prearranged time, meet your host back on board the coach and then travel back to London where your day trip finishes.

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23/06/2017 |

Half-Day Private London Walking Tour: see the all of London’s famous sights including Trafalgar Square

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Half-Day Private London Walking Tour: see the all of London’s famous sights including Trafalgar Square

Hear the history, and see the all of London’s famous sights from Westminster Abbey to London Bridge with a private, local guide. A flexible start time is available, along with a hotel pick up. If there are specific places of interest you would like to see, such as a location from a favourite London set movie, this can be incorporated into your walk (let us know in advance to be extra sure your request can be accommodated).

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Along the tour you will see: The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Downing Street, Churchill’s War Rooms, Parliament Square and Trafalgar Square. You will see the National Gallery, the Sherlock Holmes pub and more.

Your tour guide will provide a pithy history of London and walk you through The Mall, St James’s Park, and Admiralty Arch, to see Buckingham Palace, the official residence of the royal family, and other aristocratic addresses including St James’s Palace, Lancaster House and Clarence House. The walk crosses the Golden Jubilee Bridge, with a panoramic view of London, with views of the National Theatre, the 3500 year old Cleopatra’s Needle, and the quirky new skyscrapers such as the ‘Shard’ and ‘Gherkin’ that have quickly become a symbols of the city.

The walk continues along the South Bank, passing St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe theatre and Southwark Cathedral, to Borough Market and London Bridge. From here there are views of the Tower of London, City Hall and Tower Bridge. London in half a day!

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23/06/2017 |

Small Group: London Historic Pub and Wine Cave Tour: Including a visit to the Victorian Gin Palace in London

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Small Group: London Historic Pub and Wine Cave Tour: Including a visit to the Victorian Gin Palace in London

You can’t get any more of an English experience than supping a pint of ale in a centuries-old public house or having a Gin in a Gin Palace. London is awash with such places, remarkably so in some respects, given the destruction wreaked by the Great Fire of London, Second World War bombs and post-war planners.

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Small Group: London Historic Pub and Wine Cave Tour: Including a visit to the Victorian Gin Palace in London

Highlights
– Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
– Led by a local guide
– Informative, friendly and professional guide
– We start at 15:00 making sure we get to the these fascinating places before they get to busy.

First stop is the oldest Victorian Gin Palace in London have you ever heard the phrase ‘One for the road or on the Wagon?”

We now try to find our way to what’s said to be the most difficult pub to find (according to one story, one man worked just around the corner for six years without finding it), but it is well worth the effort.

From there we wonder the narrow passages and century old alley ways to the next pub a favourite among literary greats such as Charles Dickens and Dr Samuel Johnson a real labyrinth of a place but don’t worry we shall help you escape this maze of a place.

The adventure continues with a short bus ride to London”s oldest wine cave set in cellars that are all candlelit and have an amazing cheese, bread and pickle selection. This place only serves wine and port.

The last stop is a pub that was voted as the greatest pub in the United Kingdom with great beer and real cider selection. The atmosphere in this pub is always electric being in the middle of theatre district there is always a chance of bumping in to someone famous.

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19/06/2017 |

LEGOLAND® Windsor Admission with Transport from London: over 55 attractions and live shows to entertain the whole family

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LEGOLAND® Windsor Admission with Transport from London: over 55 attractions and live shows to entertain the whole family

Get ready for this extraordinary adventure in the magic world of LEGOLAND®, a place where imagination knows no boundaries! With over 55 interactive rides, live shows, building workshops, driving schools and attractions all set in 150 acres of beautiful land, LEGOLAND Windsor is a unique family theme park.

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Meet Star Wars™ characters, including Stormtroopers, and climb aboard the life-sized Landspeeder replica at the LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland Experience.  LEGOLAND Windsor is an inspirational land where the fun never stops.

Suitable for children of all ages, this theme park features incredible LEGO® models and over 55 attractions and live shows to entertain the whole family. With this 1-day admission to LEGOLAND Windsor your round-trip transportation from London is also included, leaving you the flexibility to choose your preferred return time with regular services running all day! Prepare for a soaking on some wet ‘n’ wild water rides: follow a pirate trail, fly through the treetops to escape fearsome dragons, or join a Viking fleet and battle sea monsters and rough waters.

Have fun on LEGOLAND’s many interactive rides, including the Kingdom of the Pharaohs, where you’ll fight your way through the ancient land in search of hidden treasure. Or, take a trip to a galaxy far, far away at the UK’s only indoor LEGO Star Wars Miniland Experience. Here, witness seven of the most famous scenes from the six live-action Star Wars movies made out of 1.5 million LEGO bricks! Then, visit LEGO City by the harbor; but watch where you go, as the pirates have invaded!

Stroll around Miniland, which contains the highest number of LEGO bricks in the park. Nearly 40 million pieces have been used to recreate scenes from daily life in the USA and Europe, all bustling with sounds, traffic, trains and boats. Join the crew at Pirates Landing, explore the Knights Kingdom, or enjoy 4D entertainment at the Imagination Centre.

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19/06/2017 |

Beatles Fab 4 London Taxi Tour: Take in top sites of interest such as Abbey Road Studios

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Beatles Fab 4 London Taxi Tour: Take in top sites of interest such as Abbey Road Studios

Take a trip back to the swinging sixties — when the Fab Four ruled the radio waves — on this 3-hour Beatles taxi tour in London. Travel through London by taxi as a guide plays hit records from the 1960s. Take in top sites of interest such as Abbey Road Studios, the Apple headquarters, and the place where John and Yoko met. Along the way, see where ‘Hey Jude’ and ‘I Wanna Hold your Hand’ were recorded. This 3-hour driving tour includes pickup and drop-off at your London hotel.

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Highlights
Family friendly
Tour is wheelchair accessible
Hotel pickup included
Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
Hop into your taxi at 9am at your centrally located London hotel, then spin through the city streets as your guide brings 1960s London to life.

During your 3-hour driving tour, visit key sites of interest including Abbey Road Studios and its famous pedestrian crossing, the Apple headquarters, and the house where Paul wrote ‘I Wanna Hold your Hand’.

View properties that the Beatles owned and worked in, see where John and Yoko met, and where ‘Hey Jude’ and part of the White Album were recorded. Along the way, listen to music of the era and perhaps sing along to your favourite Beatles records.

Flick through photographs of the Fab Four from their London heyday, then finish your tour in Covent Garden or back at your London hotel.

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15/06/2017 |

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in London: admire its collection of some 700 artifacts from around the world

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in London: admire its collection of some 700 artifacts from around the world

Step into the weird and wonderful world of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in London’s West End, and discover a unique collection of bizarre and unusual artifacts from around the world. Designed to challenge the mind and produce gasps of astonishment at every twist and turn, the attraction appeals to young and old alike, making a trip here a perfect family day out! Explore at leisure and discover interactive zones like the Mirror Maze, mind-boggling models like the matchstick replica of Tower Bridge, and much more!

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Highlights
All entrance fees included
Family friendly
Popular choice with kids
Head inside Ripley’s Believe It or Not! with your entrance ticket and explore this fascinating attraction independently, admiring its collection of some 700 artifacts from around the world. Audio guides and maps are available for you to purchase at your own expense, or alternatively, just amble around the six-floor exhibition at your own pace.

The man who coined the expression ‘believe it or not’ was the exhibition’s founder – Robert Ripley. An eccentric cartoon artist and intrepid explorer, he created the attraction with the aim of satisfying people’s basic curiosities through challenging and unusual exhibits – the types of things that people had to see to believe. Do just that and discover crazy artifacts like the 13-foot (4-meter) model of Tower Bridge made from matchsticks, and the Tsantsa collection – a baffling assortment of shrunken heads from the Amazon jungle!

See a life-sized knitted Ferrari car, and wander through interactive discovery zones like the Mirror Maze. Jump, crawl and twist your way through beams of light in the Laser Race and prepare to feel dizzy as you walk through the attraction’s legendary Vortex Tunnel. The largest collection of Olympic torches can be found in the Legend’s Gallery, and this includes the London torch signed by the British gold medalist cycler Laura Trot.

Take a break from the weird and wonderful by relaxing in the center’s coffee bar, or perhaps browse for intriguing souvenirs in the gift shop. If you visit during peak times (April to October) then you can also expect to see additional live performances in the foyer.

Most visitors find that two hours is sufficient to see everything in Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, but if you want to stay longer, then no problem! Your ticket allows you to spend as much time as you want inside.

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12/06/2017 |

Travelling this weekend ?? Here is your travel forecast for the weekend.

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Here is our weekly travel update to help you get around London this weekend, 10-11 June, and also the following week. There is no work affecting the Tube. Most of the network will be open with services running as normal, but please check if any of the following affect you.

London Overground

Tonight, Thursday, there will be no service between Hackney Downs and Chingford after 22:30, for Network Rail track work.

All weekend there will be no service between the following stations:
• Edmonton Green and Cheshunt due to Network Rail infrastructure work
• Hackney Downs and Chingford due to Network Rail track work
• Willesden Junction and Shepherd’s Bush due to Network Rail infrastructure work

On Sunday there will be no service between the following stations:
• Gospel Oak and Barking for Network Rail major works to enable new, longer trains to run between Gospel Oak and Barking from 2018
• Gospel Oak and Stratford after 22:00 due to Network Rail track work

Buses
Bus users may be affected by the following this weekend. While we will try to maintain a good service, buses may be delayed or stop short of their normal destination:

Central London – Until 17:00 tomorrow, Friday, there are lane restrictions on Gloucester Place at the junction of Dorset Square. This is for utility works.

City of London – Road closures will be in place from 06:00 on Saturday until 02:00 on Sunday. This is for a sporting event. For full details of road closures, please visit tfl.gov.uk/womens-tour-travel

Central London – From 08:00 on Saturday, there will be closures of Constitution Hill, The Mall, Birdcage Walk, Spur Road, and Marlborough Road. There will also be short closures at times throughout the day on Buckingham Palace Road northbound at the junction of Bressenden Place, Buckingham Gate, and Palace Street. This is for an event.

Wembley – From 12:30 on Saturday until the end of the day, roads around the stadium will be busier than usual, including A406, Harrow Road and Wembley High Road. This is due to an event.

Finsbury Park – Between 21:30 and 23:00 on Saturday and 21:00 and 22:30 on Sunday, Stroud Green Road will be closed between Tollington Park and Seven Sisters Road. There will also be delays to traffic in the area. This is for an event.

Central London – On Sunday, extensive road closures will be in place from 03:00 until 21:00 for a sporting event. For full details of road closures, including affected bus routes, please visit tfl.gov.uk/womens-tour-travel

Central London – Next week, the following roads will be closed: Horse Guards Road between 11:30 and 18:00 on Monday, 14:00 and 23:15 on Tuesday, 14:00 and 23:00 on Wednesday and Thursday; Birdcage Walk between 15:00 and 17:15, and 19:30 and 22:00 on Tuesday; all roads in St James’s Park including Constitution Hill, The Mall, and Birdcage Walk between 17:00 and 23:30 on Wednesday and Thursday. This is for a ceremonial event.

Roads
Road users may be affected by the following this weekend:

Central London – Until 17:00 tomorrow, Friday, there are lane restrictions on Gloucester Place at the junction of Dorset Square. This is for utility works.

City of London – Road closures will be in place from 06:00 on Saturday until 02:00 on Sunday. This is for a sporting event. For full details of road closures, please visit tfl.gov.uk/womens-tour-travel

Central London – From 08:00 on Saturday, there will be closures of Constitution Hill, The Mall, Birdcage Walk, Spur Road, and Marlborough Road. There will also be short closures at times throughout the day on Buckingham Palace Road northbound at the junction of Bressenden Place, Buckingham Gate, and Palace Street. This is for an event.

Wembley – From 12:30 on Saturday until the end of the day, roads around the stadium will be busier than usual, including A406, Harrow Road and Wembley High Road. This is due to an event.

Finsbury Park – Between 21:30 and 23:00 on Saturday and 21:00 and 22:30 on Sunday, Stroud Green Road will be closed between Tollington Park and Seven Sisters Road. There will also be delays to traffic in the area. This is for an event.

Central London – On Sunday, extensive road closures will be in place from 03:00 until 21:00 for a sporting event. For full details of road closures, please visit tfl.gov.uk/womens-tour-travel

Central London – Next week, the following roads will be closed: Horse Guards Road between 11:30 and 18:00 on Monday, 14:00 and 23:15 on Tuesday, 14:00 and 23:00 on Wednesday and Thursday; Birdcage Walk between 15:00 and 17:15, and 19:30 and 22:00 on Tuesday; all roads in St James’s Park including Constitution Hill, The Mall, and Birdcage Walk between 17:00 and 23:30 on Wednesday and Thursday. This is for a ceremonial event.

Santander Cycles
The following docking stations will be out of service this weekend:

South Quay West, Foley Street, Clifford Street, Cardinal Place and Bourne Street, for building works
Westfield Eastern Access Road, for site redevelopment
Rodney Street, for works
Emperor’s Gate, for footway reconstruction
Abingdon Green, for an event


09/06/2017 |

Westminster to Greenwich via the Thames Barrier Sightseeing Cruise: on modern or traditional vessels

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Westminster to Greenwich via the Thames Barrier Sightseeing Cruise: on modern or traditional vessels

Enjoy a sightseeing cruise to the Thames Barrier. Starting at Westminster Pier you will cruise down to Greenwich on a sightseeing cruise before moving onto the Thames Barrier. Opened in 1984 by the Queen, the Thames Barrier is London’s principal defense against flooding.

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Highlights
Choice of several departures throughout the day
Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
Fully narrated tour
Board at your leisure at Westminster Pier for your cruise and enjoy the comfort of being on modern or traditional vessels. Enjoy the panoramic views of London’s sights from the open deck of the vessel whilst enjoying a live audio commentary of London’s fascinating history.

The full Westminster to Greenwich and Thames Barrier single cruise takes 1.5 hours whilst a return cruise on this route takes 3 hours. See what Greenwich has to offer in the way of attractions with Greenwich Market, Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich Park and Royal Observatory Greenwich all within walking distance of the pier (on expense).

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08/06/2017 |

Oxford, Stratford and Warwick Castle Guided Tour by Minibus from London: Be part of Britain’s greatest medieval experience

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Oxford, Stratford and Warwick Castle Guided Tour by Minibus from London: Be part of Britain’s greatest medieval experience

Take a walking tour of Oxford and drive through the Cotswolds. Explore Shakespeare’s birthplace and enjoy some time to explore Stratford-Upon-Avon. Have an extended visit of Warwick Castle and savor a traditional lunch (own expense).

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Highlights
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Small group ensures personal service
Family friendly
Oxford is famous for being home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world – countless bright young things have wandered the town’s cobbled streets over the years! During your guided walking tour you will see the stunning Bodleian Library and furtively discover unspoilt narrow alleyways, ancient squares and towering spires.

Enjoy views of the breathtaking countryside, sleepy villages, and bustling market towns as you drive through the charming scenery of one of England’s most beautiful regions- The Cotswolds.

A unique market town, Stratford–upon–Avon is the famous home of William Shakespeare, arguably the world’s greatest writer. Visit the picturesque half–timber house where the legendary bard was born, and gain fascinating insights into his childhood.

Be part of Britain’s greatest medieval experience! Deep in the heart of Warwick Castle, the Great Hall is a hive of activity! Immerse yourself in battle preparations and feel the weight of a medieval sword. Become a soldier – try on a battle helmet for size! Visit the spectacular State Rooms and feast your eyes on Victorian party preparations.

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01/06/2017 |
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