Fancy joining us in London before or after your Cotswolds Tour, to explore the magic of England’s incredible capital? It’s hard to beat a luxury boat ride along the River Thames passing the Tower of London, Shakespeare’s Globe, Tate Modern, the Southbank Centre, the National Theatre, the London Eye and the London Dungeon.
Seeing London from the water provides a unique viewing of this world-class, creative city. Its history stretches back thousands of years, and remnants of this fascinating past can still be seen today. Come and uncover the culture and heritage and learn why the River Thames played a central role in making London a global economic, political powerhouse.
Indulge in delicious food, iconic sites, luxury hotels, and cosy wine bars along the way. We know the best spots in town on and off the tourist trail.
Upon arrival to London you will be picked up by your chauffeur from the airport and driven to your hotel (choose from either our 4* or 5* options) including The London Edition in Fitzrovia. You will have the rest of the day to get situated, and your guide will be on site to take a stroll with you down to Soho and Oxford Street to explore the shops, or enjoy a leisurely afternoon at Regent’s or Hyde Park. We will make dinner reservations for you this evening and for the remainder of your trip.
Today you will enjoy a leisurely private boat ride along the Thames from Embankment down to Greenwich, learning about the rich history, architecture – old and new – and heritage of London. We will drop in at the Royal Observatory and introduce you to one of London’s best pop-up eateries before exploring on foot Greenwich’s famous arts and crafts markets. On our way back, you will be dropped on the south side of the Thames to visit the Tate Modern, which houses one of the largest contemporary art collections in the world, before continuing along the Thames on foot passing by Shakespeare’s Globe.
In the afternoon we will chauffeur you back to your hotel to enjoy a relaxing afternoon or visit the West End, get taken to Notting Hill, famous for its antiques shops, or pop by Chelsea and Kensington to visit Kensington Gardens.
Today your guide will accompany you on a morning jaunt to Westminster to visit some of the city’s most famous sites including: Westminster Abbey, the 1000-year-old Gothic church used for coronations and royal weddings; the Palace of Westminster, where the Houses of Parliament meet; the Churchill War Rooms, a secret, subterranean base used by the Prime Minister during WWII; and Buckingham Palace, the London residence and administrative headquarters of the monarchy.
You will have free time this afternoon to do some more exploring on your own. If you’d like to spend an evening at the theatre, we would be happy to arrange tickets on your behalf. Top off your perfect day with a fancy cocktail, excellent wine or locally brewed beer at a top London pub or bar.
After check-out, your guide will either drop you off at the airport/train station or drive you to your next destination. Follow us into the Cotswolds, down to Cornwall or to the Lake District to see some of the most treasured areas of our beautiful country. Check out our luxury walking and biking trips.
From London, the Cotswolds is 1 hour 10 minutes on the train or a 2 hour drive.
London Airport (Heathrow or Gatwick) / London Train Station
Choose from either of our 4* or 5* options
This tour is rated 2/5 for difficulty meaning it’s appropriate for guests going for a good walk and able to handle an incline or two. We’ll enjoy walking through the city and along the Thames river and it will be gentle preparation before your active trip or a nice way to slow down before you fly home.
We offer a mixture of biking and walking adventures in the Cotswolds.
London to the Cotswolds is only a short 1 hour train journey or 2 hour drive so get in touch to see how you could explore more of England’s finest locations.