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The Villages of London

5 days

An erudite and entertaining five day London break based at the 3* Clarendon Hotel in Blackheath Village 8 miles from Trafalgar Square. We explore the concept of the capital as a tapestry of villages with visits to each point of the compass. We visit Hampstead & Kenwood House, East London including the William Morris Gallery and the Olympic Park, Holland Park, the Design Museum and Kensington Palace and Royal Greenwich and Eltham Palace both near the hotel.

Day One: Arrive for free time in Royal Greenwich before checking in at the hotel with time to relax before a sociable 3-course, 3-choice dinner with coffee is served in the hotel.

Day Two: North

After breakfast depart the hotel at 9.30am with the Blue Badge guide. Today we explore North London with visits to select and opulent Hampstead and Kenwood House. The day includes 1-course lunch with coffee at a London village pub.

Day Three: East

With the Blue Badge guide visit the East End, the William Morris Gallery and enjoy a 2-course lunch & coffee in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park where we visit the Velodrome and the London Aquatic Centre.

Day Four: West

The Royal Borough of Kensington, & Chelsea today with the Blue Badge guide. Includes visits to Holland Park, Chelsea and Kensington Palace for the Diana and Victoria exhibitions and free time in Kensington for lunch with the opportunity to visit the Design Museum in its new home.

Day Five: Royal Greenwich

Check out time is 11am. Visit Eltham Palace - the Art Deco mansion that textiles millionaire Stephen Courtauld built onto the childhood home of Henry VIII before making tracks for home at a time to suit you. Ask for a coach inclusive price or how to gain free places if we book your favourite coach company.

• 4 nights DBB at the 3* Clarendon Hotel

• 3-course, 3-choice dinner every night

• Cooked & continental breakfasts

• 10 single rooms free of supplement

• Three days with a Blue Badge guide

• All entrance fees

• Lunches on days two and three

• Free place for the Group Organiser

• Free driver half board & 24 hr parking

• 100% Passenger Payment Protection

• Free GTO Liability Insurance

Minimum 25 people


The 3* Clarendon Hotel occupies a row of eighteenth century residences with 20th century additions to the rear of the hotel. The hotel consists of 175 rooms with views of Blackheath or the secluded, walled garden to the rear, which is open to residents. The Clarendon Hotel has been independently owned by the same family for over 40 years. The housekeeping is impeccable.

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