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March 2023 UPDATE
The recent governing body update announced that selected Bethels would resume tours from June 1, 2023. We still have no confirmed date for when London Bethel will reopen, but we are making preparations. The financial landscape has changed dramatically in the 3+ years since we last ran a trip, and so we intend to operate a research trip before taking any other confirmed bookings, but we are happy to receive enquiries in the meantime.

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Other Options for London Sights & Culture

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    Whats On:

  • Seasonal Events and Shows: may also be possible; these are generally not publicised until about two months before the event, or at the start of the spring season. These can include:

  • Places to see:

  • Tower of London: A guided tour of the Tower, or our own free introductory (and much shorter) visit & commentary outside the gates on Tower Hill, with views.
  • 3-course Medieval Dinner or Lunch: at St Katherine's Dock, near to the Tower of London
  • Docklands Light Railway: ride to GREENWICH with inclusive lunch. A 21st-century ride!
  • Museum of London
  • Transport Museum (Covent Garden)
  • Tower Bridge Experience
  • Shard
  • BBC Studio Tours (2hrs) - at White City, £10. See bbc.co.uk
  • Westminster Abbey Chapel
  • Golden Hinde (ancient ship)- Click here for details.
  • Globe Theatre (authentic Shakespeare)
  • Docklands DLR railway
  • Globe Theatre (authentic Shakespeare)
  • London Theatre Museum - at Acton, £10 entry
  • Arts & Crafts house - Emery Walker House W6 9TS. Free, but 8 visitors only.

  • Advance Booking needed:

  • Maritime Museum: everything to do with ships, the sea, navigation
  • London Eye: A high-flying, expensive and short ride!
  • Walking Tour90-minute walk around royal London with our guide
  • Buckingham Palace tour or Apsley House with Wellington Arch
  • Apsley House; home of Duke of Wellington; free on June 18th
  • Evening Dinner Function on the South Bank at 'Doggetts Coat & Badge', classic Thames pub, with great views of London & the riverbanks.
  • River Thames Cruise: with commentary and lunch
  • Afternoon Tea: Fortnum & Masons/ Lords/ Ritz/Waldorf/City Cruises
  • Clarence House tour (Prince Charles residence)
  • Royal Mews
  • Cabinet War Rooms- Click here for details.
  • Houses of Parliament tour
  • Prince Henry Room (genuine 17th Century)
  • Jungle Fever Latin Café - Shaftesbury Ave, live music, rain! www.therainforestcafe.co.uk

  • Free entry (in central city area):

  • Holocaust Museum: free entry to Imperial War and Holocaust Museum in London. We can do a happier 'survivors' commentary here
  • Shopping Choices: Especially if timed for the January Sales, this takes you to several major shopping areas of London; Primark, Liberty's, Carnaby Street, Hamleys, Harrods...
  • British Library
  • Docklands/ Canary Wharf
  • St Katherines Dock
  • Westminster Abbey Cloisters
  • Borough Market
  • Wobbly Bridge/ Tate Modern Gallery
  • Tate Britain
  • Banqueting House
  • Chelsea Physic Garden - tours also available. www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk
  • Chelsea area - Westfield store; RedCross charity shop SW3 5BS (Gucci used); 'Stockpot' lowcost bistro cafe.
  • National Gallery/ Portrait Gallery

  • Free entry (further out):

  • (If already using our coach) A longer sight-seeing guided coach ride around London: if most people in your group were infirm or elderly, this may be a good option, and may include time in a park or by the river
  • Mill Hill Bethel Meeting & Bethel Buffet Breakfast: You would be guests of Ron Drage and the Mill Hill congregation for their Sunday 10am meeting.
  • 3rd Weekend in September - free big house entry; see www.openhouselondon.org.uk
  • William Morris Kelmscott House at Chiswick - williammorrissociety.org Free, 2-5 Thurs & Sats only.
  • Petrie Museum (Egypt mostly) - free entry.

  • Further afield:

  • Natural History & Its Evidence for Intelligent Creation: A guided tour of the Natural History Museum offering an honest look at evidence relating to Bible themes.
  • Arts & Crafts:
    • Wightwick Manor: An inspirational stop near Wolverhampton, if you are travelling from the north or midlands
    • William Morris Gallery: The astounding Arts & Crafts Pre-Raphaelite creator of furnishings, art and 'new world' writings. Our own guide can do a passionate tour of this facility (free admission).
    • Port Sunlight: Visit the village and art gallery
    • Kelmscott Manor: with its exquisite homely atmosphere and charm. Also linked perhaps with the V&A, or the National Gallery.
  • Air Line (cable car): A high-flying ride in the East end of London
  • Kew Gardens: a longer time would be needed for this option, but it is possible on the Sunday.
  • London Zoo, Whipsnade Zoo or Paradise Park (near Hatfield)
  • Old McDonalds Farm (off M25, north) See omdfarm.co.uk
  • Hampton Court Palace: including maze and gardens
  • Welwyn Garden City: a short detour to see a remarkable example of a pre-war 'healthy-living Garden City'
  • Discount Shopping Stop: On the return journey, we can arrange to stop at a Boundary Mill or similar, for some final low-cost but high-class shopping. Top brands, up to 70% off
  • Bletchley Park
  • Legoland (near Windsor, not close to our other sights)

  • At our hotel (with advance planning):

  • Ragtime/Classical Piano: in the hotel lounge. This adds a touch of the 'Savoy' to your hotel; very happy, quiet and pleasant music for all
  • Swimming: Some of our hotels have a free large pool & gym; opening times are usually referred to on your Itinerary sheet.
  • Leisure Facilities: A 'dry' gymnasium is available in most hotels, free of charge

See Also:

Other 'Congregation Outings'