Itinerary · London, UK · June 3rd - 11th, 2019 · 12 spots left

One thing to note: this itinerary is the current plan and things may change. We will make every effort to provide the tours and experiences that are described below. However, the nature of an ever changing city means that plans may change at the last minute. Also, you always have the option of skipping a particular excursion, but please note that we will be unable to make refunds for any missed meals or other events.

Activity Level: Medium

Expect some long strolls of up to 4 hours, standing for periods up to an hour, walking on uneven ground in the city as well as the occasional dash for buses, trains, and cabs.

 

 

Day 1 / London
We will meet up on the first day in the early afternoon at our hotel for introductions. Our group will take up every room in our boutique hotel, turning it into our own private residence for the length of our stay. We’ll kick off our time together that evening with an enticing small plate dinner and educational wine tasting at one of our favorite wine bars in the burgeoning food scene of Bermondsey. The atmosphere and energy will give us all the chance to settle into London life as well as connect with our fellow travelers on the tour. Nothing helps build camaraderie like food and wine!
**please note – this is a 3 floor walk-up hotel with no lift – the staff with help with luggage**

 

Day 2 / London
After our private breakfast at our hotel, our day will start in earnest with a guided morning walking tour of London’s famous, historical places of interest like Buckingham Palace, Parliament, Big Ben, the secrets of Trafalgar Square and an overall sense of what London was like at the height of the Empire. Our walking tour will end at a classic British pub famous for ales and pies for a well-deserved lunch. The afternoon will be free to explore the shopping, sights, and sounds London has to offer. We’ll dine at one of Ottolenghi’s restaurants, enjoying the action, food and wine from our perch at our private chef’s table.

Day 3 / London
We’ll enjoy breakfast at our hotel as we collectively shake off any travel rust and adjust to London’s pace of life. Get your competitive juices flowing as we gear up and enjoy a “British Bake Off” style afternoon with a lesson in baking with our own local teacher. We’ll learn three classic British recipes and then engage in a little friendly competition (with your tour guides acting as judges)! The night will be free for our travelers to make their own dinner decisions. We have a list of suggestions and are happy to help make reservations at any restaurant you prefer.

Day 4 / London
Get your trainers on ‘cause we’re gonna cover some ground today! After a delicious breakfast at our hotel (which we’re all starting to take for granted by now) we’ll explore and enjoy London’s famous Borough Market, led by a personal guide and vendor, Dominic Coyte. We’ll find our own lunch among the throngs of vendors at the market who feature everything from sausage rolls to paella. The afternoon is free for exploring London; check out the Tate Modern, shop the West End or stroll the Thames and uncover the hidden gems along its banks. In the evening we’ll attend Ham School at Brindisa in Borough Market. We’ll learn how to slice, serve and enjoy the famous Iberico hams of Spain. A Spanish and ham themed dinner will follow, complete with wine.

 

 

Day 5 / Winchester in the morning and afternoon, then London in the evening
After the long day of walking and shopping, our breakfast will be very welcome and fuel our morning. Well sated, we’ll board a private bus and head to the country for a visit with one of England’s premier sparkling wine makers. We’ll tour the vineyards, learn how the wine is made, enjoy numerous tasting comparisons and nosh on a ploughman’s style lunch of cheese, charcuterie and more. Heads swooning with romance, beauty, and bubbles, we’ll explore the surrounding area before heading back to the city that night.

Day 6 / London
Saturday in London! We’ll fill up on our exceptional breakfast at the hotel before engaging with the hip, happening food scene at the Rope Walk on Maltby Street. Every weekend the street explodes with people, fun and food and we’re going to join the fun. Self-guided exploration is encouraged and we’ll eat, drink and play our way through funky market. We’ll gird our loins in the afternoon in order to get ready for a lot of fun, learning, and flavor at Neal’s Yard Dairy that evening. NYD is not only the premier exporter and seller of British cheeses in the world, they’re kissing cousins with Zingerman’s, having worked together for more than 30 years. Wine, note taking and eating lots of cheese will be the focus of the evening and one meal you’ll remember for years to come.

Day 7 / London
After our traditional breakfast at the hotel, we’ll put on our walking shoes and head out with our new friends from London Tailored Tours to experience the ethnic street food of London. From curry to Pakistani chicken to traditional sausage carts, we’ll nibble, drink and chat while we uncover the culinary delights the locals love. Our bellies full, we’ll return to the hotel for some free time before putting on our duds for an edible journey through the British history of gin and cuisine at The Distillery. This dinner and drink experience will leave us full, educated, and free from scurvy.

Day 8 / London
Breakfast at the hotel? Check. Explore London’s counter-culture? How about heading to Camden Market to do just that! The market in Camden town is famous for fashion, curiosity and cuisine. The cafes buzz with activity and the London Zoo is right next door. After our last free afternoon of exploration, we’ll gather on a boat in the canals for a private dinner replete with wine and seafood. We’ll be joined by the guides and teachers we got to know and love during the week for our last dinner together. It will be magical and a London experience we’ll remember forever.

Day 9 / London
The saddest day of all: the day we all depart. After our final, delicious breakfast at the hotel, we’ll start to break away and make our own way. Some of us will head to the airport, some may begin their own personal tours of London and beyond. Regardless of where we go, we’ll have that strange, beautiful feeling that comes with the last day of summer camp: strangers became friends and now our circles are larger.

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