With Nabucco and The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House, performances at the Barbican, Royal Albert Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields and a very special Christmas Eve Dinner at Simpson’s-in-the-Strand. Literary touring, Firmdale Covent Garden Hotel.
Basking in the festive glow of the Covent Garden Christmas Market, hearing the carollers in an Abbey or a visit to Trafalgar Square, with its towering Norwegian spruce tree, will help to put you in the spirit of Christmas—and we hope the excellent performances, tours and meals we have arranged on this Victoran London Holiday tour will bring you the joy of the season.
Our hotel will be the deluxe Firmdale Covent Garden in the heart of London’s West End, and we will, as always, enjoy excellent cuisine and wine at some of the city’s finest restaurants.
Wednesday, December 22
Departures from your country of residence (for overnight flights).
Thursday, December 23
Upon arrival at Heathrow or Gatwick, you are met and transferred to the Firmdale Covent Garden Hotel.
19.00 We meet this evening for a Cocktail Reception (hot & cold buffet) in the Hotel’s Drawing Room.
Friday, December 24
10.00 Following breakfast (included each day) we meet for a guided highlights tour of London (by coach).
15.30 This afternoon we depart for the Royal Albert Hall for a concert of seasonal music. 16.30 start.
19.30 A very special Christmas Eve Dinner is included at the storied Simpson’s-in-the-Strand.
Saturday, December 25
Enjoy the morning at leisure to celebrate in your own fashion.
14.00 This afternoon we attend Evensong at Westminster Abbey.
19.00 A festive Christmas Dinner is served at one of our favourite’s, Brasserie Balthazar.
Sunday, December 26
10.15 Meet in the lobby and make our way to the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms for a private tour (11.00).
13.30 We then stop for a superb pub lunch at the Red Lion Westminster.
Monday, December 27
10.00 This morning we tour Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and then enjoy a lunch before touring the Tate Modern.
19.00 Make our way to a performance at St Martin-in-the-Fields (TBA; 19.30 start).
Tuesday, December 28
10.00 This morning we tour the Courtauld Gallery in Somerset House.
17.30 We gather and walk to the Royal Opera House where we enjoy pre-curtain dinner at the Opera House’s Balconies Restaurant.
19.15 We take our seats for Verdi’s Nabucco (19.30 curtain), under the baton of Daniel Oren.
Wednesday, December 29
Enjoy the morning at leisure.
15.00 Depart for Afternoon Tea at the Savoy.
18.30 This evening we transfer to the National Theatre for a performance of Manor, a darkly comic new play by Moira Buffini (The Dig, Handbagged), featuring Nancy Carroll (The Crown) and Shaun Evans (Endeavour)..
Thursday, December 30
The morning is at leisure.
13.00 Depart for an exclusive tour of Buckingham Palace (14.00)
19.15 Meet and make our way to a performance of The Comedy of Errors by the Royal Shakespeare Company at The Barbican.
Friday, December 31
09.45 Depart to tour the British Museum.
15.15 Depart for The Nutcracker (16.00 curtain) at the Royal Opera House.
20.30 New Year’s Eve Dinner is included at Brasserie Max.
Saturday, January 1
Enjoy the final morning at leisure.
12.45 We gather in the lobby and depart for a tour to Hampton Court,
where we explore little-known aspects of the palace.
19.00 Tonight our Farewell Dinner is at nearby J Sheeky.
Sunday, January 2
Departure transfers included. Details will be discussed on-site.