London's melting-pot exudes a spirit that is British, but cosmopolitan. It is a city of villages within which lie some of the greatest monuments and squares in the world – Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben....the list goes on and on. Whether your passion is dining, theatre, shopping or just exploring, it offers seemingly endless options.

We have put together some tours we hope will show you some of London's highlights. Advance registrations are recommended as availability is limited. We will have a hospitality desk with London travel staff at The Dorchester after you arrive to assist you with any additional London tours and activities that may be of interest.

Tour registration due: March 15, 2018
Last day to cancel for refund: March 30, 2018
Exception: Theatre tickets and Kensington tour tickets are non-refundable once they are reserved.


If you have any questions about the tours, please reach out to Karin Holmes at isob@tandt.com

As many flights arrive into London early morning, we are offering two orientation tours to explore the local area surrounding the hotel while you wait for your room at the Dorchester to become available.


 Tours and Activities

Walking Tours

Welcome to London Orientation Walk

After a long flight, this tour is a good way to stretch your legs and find out more about London! This orientation tour of the area around the hotel will provide information regarding transportation, shopping and sites within walking distance of the hotel, as well as information regarding restaurants and general aspects of London. Each walk will take approximately 45 minutes - 1 hour and include, Park Lane, Grosvenor Square, Green Park and the Mall.

When:
Sunday, April 15:      9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, or 12:00pm
Cost: Complimentary

Southbank Walking Tour

StPaulsCathedral_63827547After a coach transfer to Southwark, we will begin a walking tour led by a qualified London tour guide. The area of Southwark was originally a series of Islands on the south bank of the river Thames. It was here that the Romans built what would be the only bridge across the river for hundreds of years. At night, the bridge would be closed and travelers would need to sleep the night in one of the many Inns and Taverns. In mediaeval times, the area became the entertainment district filled with brothels, theatres and bear baiting arenas. Today it is undergoing a massive program regeneration with iconic buildings such as the Shard being built in the area. Walking along the river, you will get breathtaking views across the City and St. Paul's and see the Shakespeare Gove Theatre, Southwark Cathedral and the Tate Modern Gallery before arriving at the Borough Market.

When: Monday, April 16:   1:30pm - 4:30pm
Cost: $94.00 per person

West End Walking Tour

After a coach transfer to Piccadilly Circus, we will begin a walking tour led by a qualified London tour guide of the entertainment district of London and then finish in Covent Garden for time to explore the many shops, restaurants and street entertainment. The walk will take us through a little section of China Town and Soho, once the red-light district. It will take us past the many cinemas of Leicester square which have played host to many first nights. We will then pass areas from which Harry Potter film references are drawn and Covent Garden where ‘Eliza Doolittle’ was discovered in the film My Fair Lady.

When: Tuesday, April 17:    1:30pm - 5:00pm
Cost: $94.00 per person

Legal Walking Tour

A motorcoach will take you into Fleet Street, where you will arrive at the Royal Courts of Justice. The Royal Courts of Justice have been called 'the most astonishing assemblage of spires and turrets, and gable and cloisters that ever sprang from one Englishman's brain'. Queen Victoria opening the building in 1884. Barristers have been know to use the massive foyer as a badminton court in their 'off duty' moments. Off the foyer, is the entrance to the Galley where a fascinating display of historical barristers costumes and wigs can be seen. From here, the walk will continue on to Lincoln’s Inn Fields, whose residents have included half a dozen Lord Chancellors, Lord Mansfield, Sir William Blackstone and Ramsay MacDonald. To the east of the fields lay the four Inns of Court - Lincoln's, Middle Temple, Inner Temple and Gray's. Middle Temple holds records since 1501 and a visit is made to magnificent Middle Temple Hall which boasts a double hammer beam roof and a remarkable Elizabethan screen along with portraits of Elizabeth I and Stuart monarchs.

When: Wednesday, April 18:    1:45pm - 5:00pm
Cost: $94.00 per person

City Tours

London Panoramic TourTowerofLondon_162966862

Whether it is your first time to London or you just want to re-familiarize yourself with its landmarks, this panoramic tour on a motor coach provides a wonderful overview of London's 610 square miles. It does not include any scheduled stops, just a few photos opportunities. You will pass along most of London’s principal sights and places of interest in the two central areas known as the ‘West End’ and the ‘City’. The West End features views of Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the imposing government buildings of Whitehall and Trafalgar Square. The tour passes through the major shopping areas of the West End, the entertainment sections around Piccadilly Circus and the Strand and Royal Parks.

When:
Saturday, April 14:  1:30pm - 4:30pm
Sunday, April 15:     1:30pm - 4:30pm 
Cost: $66.00 per person

City of London Tour

TowerofLondon_162966862The old heart of London lies in the very separate and distinct area known as "The City", which covers just one of London's 610 square miles. It embraces The Roman historian, Tacitus, who described its original Roman Londinium as a "meeting-place for merchants of many nations." The City remains that today, one of the world's three leading centers of international finance. Amid the towers of commerce, there are 40 churches of historical interest, 21 of them built by Sir Christopher Wren in addition to his master work, St. Paul's Cathedral, the city's serene centerpiece. This tour includes inside visits and admission to St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London, where the Crown Jewels may be viewed within a fortress prison originally constructed after the Norman Conquest of 1066.

When: Monday, April 16:  1:30pm - 4:30pm
Cost: $167.00 per person
Kensington Palace

KensingtonFormerly Nottingham House, Kensington Palace began its royal history in 1689 as a country home for William and Mary. Formerly the home of both the late Princess of Wales, Diana, and Princess Margaret and currently a private residence for several other members of the Royal family. The palace contains impressive State Apartments where guests have the opportunity to admire the fine decorations, paintings and furniture reflecting the style and splendor of court life over 300 years.

When: Monday, April 16:  1:45pm - 4:30pm
Cost: $106.00 per person

Middle Temple Tour and Lunch

After lunch at the Inner Temple, you will enjoy a presentation and tour of the Middle Temple. Middle Temple is one of the four Inns of Court which have the exclusive right to call students to the Bar. The education and training of advocates is at the heart of the Inn, but it is also a professional society for membership worldwide; and maintains a heritage estate in central London which houses chambers from which barristers practice. The Middle Temple and the other three Inns of Court were established by the middle of the 14th century. The Inn's name derives from the Knights Templar who had been in possession of the Temple site for over 150 years even prior its establishment. By late Elizabethan times the four Inns were described as the third university of England. The Inns educated the sons of the nobility and country gentry, in addition to others who would require some knowledge of the law in their lives.

When: Tuesday, April 17:    12:15pm - 4:30pm
Cost: $113.00 per person
Runnymede & Windsor Castle

WindsorCastleA short drive west from Mayfair takes you past the water meadows of Runnymede, where King John is said to have sealed Magna Carta, the foundation of British democracy and the common law system. A few miles further along the banks of the River Thames lies Windsor, where you will visit the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the world and principal country residence of Her Majesty the Queen. William the Conqueror began this stupendous royal fortress, about the same time as the Tower of London was begun in 1078. The most important architectural structure within the castle is the 16th Century St. George's Chapel, which ranks with King's College Chapel in Cambridge, and Henry VII's Chapel in Westminster as the finest example of English late Gothic work. The State Apartments are the formal rooms used for Court ceremonial, State and Official occasions and have been resorted to their original glory. After the castle tour enjoy time for a beverage and shopping in the quaint town of Windsor.

Note: As a working Royal palace, the Castle is used frequently by The Queen for State ceremonies and official entertaining and opening arrangements may change at short notice.

When: Tuesday, April 17:    1:00pm - 5:30pm 
Cost: $149.00 per person

London Highlight Tour


LodonWestEndAfter a motor coach transfer to the West End of London, we will begin a walking tour led by a qualified London tour guide to see many highlights of this area. Lying to the west of the old City area, is the City of Westminster also known as the 'West End' of London. It took shape around the Palace of Westminster founded more than 900 years ago on the site where the Houses of Parliament are now located. See Westminster Abbey where sovereigns have been crowned since 1066. The Abbey, subsequently re-built, is a centerpiece of English history, housing many royal tombs and memorials of historic figures. The tour then continues past the governmental buildings of Whitehall to Trafalgar Square, where Nelson's column commemorates the great naval hero, and the National Gallery. It travels through the West End shopping streets and the entertainment sector around Piccadilly Circus, past some of the Royal Parks which provide nearly 1200 acres of open space in central London and around other royal residences past and present, being - St. James' Palace and Buckingham Palace.

When: Tuesday, April 17:   1:30pm - 5:00pm
Cost: $111.00 per person

Churchill War Rooms & Churchill Museum

The first museum dedicated to the life and times of Winston Churchill offers both a look into the history of World War II and a contemporary multimedia offering that explores Churchill's private and public life. The Cabinet War Rooms have been preserved intact. This part of the museum offers an opportunity to walk back in history and see preserved quarters where Winston Churchill lived and where he met with staff and worked during the Second World War. The Map Room, the central hub of operations throughout the Second World War, was manned 24 hours a day from a week before the war broke out in 1939 until the lights were switched off in August 1945. Still in the same condition, you will view maps with tens of thousands of tiny pin holes showing precisely tracked convoy movements around the world. Still preserved are rationed sugar cubes carefully squirreled away by one of the Map Room officers who forgot them when he left in August 1945. The tour ends in the Churchill Museum where you will see highlights of this award-winning museum dedicate to the life and times of Winston Churchill.

When: Wednesday, April 18:  1:30pm - 4:30pm
 Cost: $112.00 per person
Victoria and Albert Museum & Tate Britain Gallery 

Victoria and Albert MuseumThis tour will encompass two of the world’s greatest museums, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Tate Britain Gallery. The first stop is the Victoria and Albert Museum, known as the V&A. The foundation stone of the present building was laid by Queen Victoria in 1899 and it was formally opened by Edward VII in 1909 as the national museum of Fine and Applied Arts. With its extensive collection of material from many countries and periods, it is one of the world's greatest museums. Following a visit to the V&A the tour will move on to the Tate Gallery. On the site of former Millbank Prison, Sir Henry Tate's gallery was built to hold his collection of contemporary British painting and sculpture. More British works from the 16th Century onwards have been added from the national gallery including the entire Turner Bequest.

Wednesday, April 18 from 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Cost: $102.00 per person


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