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Special Interest Tours

Special Interest Tours


Do you have a special Interest? Let us know what it is and we will devise an itinerary just for you.

Here are some examples:

Gardens

 

Gardens of Kent

 A day for dazzling your senses - leaving at 09.00 and returning approx 18.00

 We would love to take you to the jewel of England's gardens - Sissinghurst. Here the writer and arguably England's most famous gardener and garden writer Vita Sackville West made her home and garden during the 1930's. She changed the face of gardening and garden style, and Sissinghurst Castle is still the most visited garden in England, and for good reason. Vita and her husband Harold worked as a team, his legacy: the architectural straight lines of paving, hedging, the pleached lime walk, the bare bones in brick, yew and box. Vita's legacy was extravagant planting, tumbling colour to contrast with Harold's contained landscaping. 'Profusion, even extravagance and exuberance within the confines of the utmost linear severity' - a description of Sissinghurst gardens in Vita's own words.

Garden 'rooms' surprise and delight as you pass from the hot reds and oranges of the cottage garden, the purple border, the Nut Walk, the Herb Garden and most famously, the White Garden - copied but never bettered in countless other English gardens. Despite the crowds, Sissinghurst never disappoints even in the rain.

We would like to combine this with a brief visit to another lovely Kentish garden, Scotney Castle. Utterly different in style, this most romantic of Romantic gardens boasts a moat and castle at the bottom of a sloping garden planted with a profusion of scented shrubs and flowers. A winding path leads you step by step revealing exciting and delightful vistas of what is to come at the bottom - a ruined mediaeval castle now partially covered with climbing plants. Lunch will be at leisure at Sissinghurst Castle in the self-service restaurant.

 

Gardening and antiques in the Cotswolds 

 Departing 09.00 returning about 18.00 - lovely countryside and gorgeous little towns ….

 This day is our idea of heaven - combining browsing in an idyllic little Cotswold town - Chipping Camden, with a heavenly garden, Hidcote.

We set out in a north westerly direction to reach the Cotswolds - an area of outstanding natural beauty, of tiny golden-stoned villages unchanged for centuries. Our destination is Chipping Camden - a tiny market town consisiting of a wide main street with countless delightful little antique and gift shops lining each side. There are lovely churches to discover, super pubs to sit down and refresh yourselves in, or, if you've had enough of antiques, take a stroll to the enchanting houses at the entrance to the town whose front gardens and thatched rooves look almost too perfect to be real.

After an early lunch in Chipping Camden taken at leisure in one of the many pubs and tea rooms, we make our way to Hidcote. A near contemporary of Vita Sackville West, Lawrence Johnston created the very first 'roomed' garden in England. An eccentric in the best British tradition (even though he was American by birth), Lawrence was lucky enough to have a rich mama who helped him create these fantastic gardens. Topiaried yew hedging leads you from one garden room to the next, stunning wide allees with brightly planted borders lead your eye to yet another stunning vista. 


Business and Finance

Financial London

Explore Europe’s most important financial district on a fascinating walking tour

Money – be it euros, pounds or dollars - makes the world go round and did so in fact already in the Roman period! While walking around on the most expensive “square mile” in the UK we ask ourselves: How did the City of London become so wealthy? Which were the events and historical institutions – still very much in business today – that turned the City into an investor’s dream?

We discover the contributions made by Ivan the Terrible to the welfare of the stockbroker, hear of the fundamental importance of coffee drinking, find out where Titanic was insured and learn where and by whom Iraq’s compliance with UN sanctions is monitored.

We will also visit the sites of two of the City’s most architecturally controversial building projects including the aptly nicknamed “Erotic Gherkin”. And talk about some of the richest people in Britain!

The tour takes us past The Royal Exchange, Lloyds of London, Lloyds Register of Shipping, Broadgate, Leadenhall Market (Harry Potter film location), The International Stock Exchange, The Bank of England, The Gold Exchange and more. We pass under three Devils and down some hidden away alleyways during our investigations.

An optional visit and tour of the Bank of England Museum and / or Guildhall – the City Corporation’s headquarters - (both free of charge) can be added on to the tour.


Art and Architecture

Chelsea and Tate Britain Art Walk

Artists could make a very good living in Victorian London. The town was growing rapidly and the middle classes wanted paintings to decorate their new homes. Well heeled artists and writers settled in Kensington and Chelsea, visited eachother’s houses and exchanged ideas.People like Oscar Wild, Ellen Terry, Whistler, John Singer Sergeant and Mark Twain lived a stone’s throw from eachother. How did they relate to one another? Who ran off with who’s wife?

The walking tour is in the area of Kings Road and Tite Street. After a short bus/taxi ride see some of the paintings and sculptures produced by them.

Kensington and Leighton House Art Walk

Same thing, different artists, Kensington was Pre-Raphealite / aesthetic country with artists like Frederick Leighton, Edward Burne-Jones (always falling in love with his models), Lawrence Alma Tadema, GF Watts (it was his wife who ran off by the way).

You could substitute Leighton House for the new V&A British Galleries 1900s rooms. get there by tube or bus or taxi

 

 

 
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