Board magnificent ships and get to the center of time itself, all within a short distance of central London.
Two millennia of history within two hours of London. Start with stories of monarchs and merchants mastering the seas, move on to gloriously ancient sites of royally sanctioned murder and of saints and pilgrimage. Sit beneath a world-famous tree, punt upriver or sink a pint with Lord Nelson, England’s greatest naval hero.
Royal Observatory Greenwich and the Meridian Line Take a selfie (#PrimeMeridian) on the historic Prime Meridian of the World at Royal Observatory Greenwich. Pie and mash at Goddards at Greenwich Established in 1890, Goddards at Greenwich serves London’s most traditional meal of pie, mash and liquor. Explore The Old Royal Naval College and visit The Painted Hall The centrepiece of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, the classical buildings of the Old Royal Naval College are considered amongst the finest in Europe. The Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich is one of the most spectacular and important baroque interiors in Europe. Cutty Sark Built in 1869, history comes to life onboard the Cutty Sark, the last remaining tea clipper in the world The Emirates Air Line Experience Take to the air on the capital’s only cable car and enjoy a truly unique experience in east London. Eltham Palace and Gardens Once a medieval royal house, today Eltham Palace is a striking Art Deco mansion. Early evening cocktail at Eighteen Sky Bar at InterContinental London This bar has sensational views over the O2, Canary Wharf, the Thames Barrier and Docklands.
Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England and forms part of a World Heritage Site. It’s also the resting place of the ‘architect’ of the Magna Carta, Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1207-1228. When you visit you’ll also hear about Archbishop Thomas Becket who was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170 on the orders of King Henry II. The city became engulfed by pilgrims, who continued to visit Becket’s shrine for centuries to come. Two hundred years on, pilgrimage to Becket’s shrine inspired Geoffrey Chaucer to write ‘The Canterbury Tales’.
Visit Canterbury Cathedral and the tomb of Thomas Becket Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England and the location for the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket who was murdered in in 1170 on the orders of King Henry II.
The Canterbury Come and hear a Knight, a Miller, a Pardoner and the Wife of Bath tell the tales to compete for a meal at the Tabard Inn as they travel the road from London to Canterbury to pay homage to St Thomas Beckett.
Pre-theatre dinner follow by a visit to the Marlowe Theatre Christopher Marlowe was born in Canterbury in 1564 and during his short life he set the Elizabethan stage alight for all who followed, including Shakespeare who was born the same year. He was not only a leading playwright and poet, but also a spy – his life and work blazed with danger and ideas, bringing audiences flocking and landing him with charges of blasphemy. Killed by stabbing at the age of 29, his brilliant cultural legacy lives on at the modern Marlowe Theatre.
Explore Trinity College, University of Cambridge Isaac Newton came to Trinity in 1661 to work on his Principia Mathematica in which his famous work on Gravity is recorded. The falling apple that prompted the work is in Lincolnshire, but a tree grown from a cutting of that tree grows outside his old rooms at Trinity College.
See the Corpus Clock outside of the Taylor Library at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University Prof Hawking studied for his MA at Trinity Hall and PhD at Gonville and Caius during which he researched and published his book “A Brief History of Time”. He was appointed Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, the post Newton once held. He unveiled the Corpus Clock in 2009, which features ripples emanating from the centre to symbolise his big bang theory.
Punting Tour on the River Cam The shallow River Cam meanders through ‘The Backs’ offering majestic views of Cambridge’s riverside colleges and gardens.
Dinner at The Eagle Pub where DNA was discovered as the ‘Secret of life’ Opened in the 16th century as ‘The Eagle and Child’ and today known as The Eagle, it remains the last galleried pub in Cambridge. It has seen its fair share of intrigue over the years.