The Lord’s Tour
Immerse in tradition and history at the home of Cricket, where even “non-cricket fans” will enjoy learning how one of our favourite pastimes was born in 1787. A personal tour provides an appreciation of architecture from 1826, specially-commissioned, grand paintings adorning the corridors, the story of The Ashes, and a museum designed to evoke admiration for the vision of Thomas Lord. Your tour is rounded off by delicious delights of traditional afternoon tea with home-made scones and cakes that will satisfy your craving for all things English and an appreciation of why countries around the world have adopted this traditional sport and the pivotal role played by Lord’s.
Step behind the scenes at Broadcasting House where the BBC is known and admired by listeners and viewers around the world. This is a working building so no tours are identical but rest assured, you’ll be entertained! You are likely to visit the broadcasting theatre where guests are invited to experience reading the news and weather on an interactive set, from autocue, or participate as an actor or sound operator in the radio theatre. There will be opportunities to apply for free tickets to attend both radio and television shows – designed to showcase how the BBC brings entertainment to life and provide an appreciation of their state-of-the-art multimedia skills right in the heart of London. Small groups can even play actor for day by creating and performing their very own radio play.
Historic Royal Palaces
From a private tour of the Crown Jewels to the Undercroft of the Banqueting House used for gambling during the reign of Charles II, London has an array of historic monuments and palaces where our English monarchs lived and reigned, where defining moments of the day help explain our nation.
The Crown Jewels are spectacular, priceless symbols of our monarchy – many still worn today by The Queen. Why is a crown the symbol of Royal power? You’ll know the answer to this, and many other questions, after your tour.
Beefeaters, (officially called Yeoman Warders), were the original bodyguards to our kings and queens, whose name derived from their privileged position of being permitted to eat as much beef from the royal table as they liked. Our private tours allow them to personally entertain with tales of torture and imprisonment at the Tower of London.
Hampton Court Palace was home to Henry VIII and William III, and your tour will take you along the corridors of royal power and pleasure. The Great Hall is England’s oldest medieval hall and theatre and the Chapel Royal has layer upon layer of history and colour. The Royal Chocolate Kitchen lay hidden for years, but was restored to former glory and re-opened in 2014. Whilst built for William III, the story of royal chocolatier Thomas Tosier evolves. 60 acres of palatial gardens rolling gently down to the River Thames, the winding paths of the maze garden dating back to 1690 and the first ever tennis court built for Cardinal Wolesy in 1529 are even more reasons to immerse yourself in an entire day of English heritage. If your visit is in the Summer months, we’ll transport you by river with a picnic to enjoy the River Thames from a different perspective, (tide permitting).
Private tours, receptions and dinners will be accommodated in the most majestic of surroundings. During each tour you will be absorbed in the course of history, be amused by salacious gossip and ghost tours or just enjoy a traditional English Summer evening at either The Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kew Palace, Kensington Palace or the Banqueting House.
Travel to the birthplace of time at Royal Greenwich by river and see the world’s first time signal. Time galleries will demonstrate time and longitude and you can stand astride the meridian line-0 degrees. Visit the world’s largest maritime museum where it began life for children of seafarers in 1807, and then opened to the public in 1937. Discover the history of exploration, see the original uniform of Nelson when he was shot at Trafalgar, get on board the restored Cutty Sark, one of the oldest tea clippers in the world or enjoy the quirky shopping in Greenwich Market. The Old Royal Naval College was the original hospital for wounded seaman in 1694 and housed the Painted Hall with its sumptuous ceiling created by Sir Christopher Wren.
Nestled in town houses running alongside the palatial Greenwich Park lies the Fan Museum. Although initially created in Indian and Chinese colonies, this cooling device was imported from Europe by merchant traders designed for nobility and represented a status symbol for the wealthy. Exploring 3,000 years of history with a collection that shows over 5,000 fans, an experienced curator will demonstrate wealth and knowledge of this craft, and give an educating and practical insight to the craft of fans. Traditional afternoon tea in the orangery is included in this tour.
Charles Dickens’ London
You don’t have to have read a Charles Dickens novel to enjoy this tailor-made walking tour. Following in the footsteps of Charles Dickens, you will be visiting inspirational locations for his famous novels and alleyways for his private pleasures, learning of his troubled childhood and his rise to fame from journalist to world-famous author. Hidden nooks and crannies, gas-lit courtyards and a buzzing market help paint the picture of the rags to riches story and all delivered by a specialist guide and author who will give you a fascinating insight into Dickensian London.
Private tours of Westminster Abbey are delivered with “Blue Badge Guide of the Year” for the Abbey. This means Pinpoint Britain customers have access to the very best trained guide who will carefully relay stories of great Statesmen, Kings and Queens, and explain the historic traditions of this 1000 year-old church. Tours can include the Abbey itself, cloisters, Chapter House, College Garden – with a round up over afternoon tea!
Jack the Ripper
It’s twilight in Whitechapel, East London and the cobblestoned courtyards and sinister alleyways of 1888 are inviting a trail of terror and bloodshed by Jack the Ripper. Follow the winding pathways of his murderous spree and perfect escape routes and handle original 1888 street photographs to give you a full appreciation of why these crimes horrified Victorian London. You’ll be guided by an expert who has studied, published documents and acted in Jack the Ripper documentaries, and be prepared to easily engage in his entertaining delivery. We will provide a traditional end to the tour by feasting on fish and chips in a local East End pub, accompanied by traditional ale or beer.
The Wimbledon journey will take you through time, showcasing unsurpassed memorabilia from 1555, the first Championship in 1877 and the transformation of this party game into a multi-million, worldwide sport. The tour incorporates the museum gallery, film and video footage, 360 degree viewing experience, tour of the grounds, players dressing rooms – finished off with strawberries and cream on the picnic terrace!
The recent refurbishment of London’s Regent Street is a haven for shoppers wanting to indulge in famous brands. Regent Street is owned by The Crown Estate and brings quality, heritage and style to the shopping experience. Throughout the year visitors can enjoy added value of art installations, street exhibitions, traffic-free zones, and Pinpoint Britain visitors receive their personal shopping discount portfolio. Shopping in Regent Street is suggested as free time following the BBC Tour (which can be selected from the menu).
Personal Shopping experiences provide the ultimate in customer service allowing you to relax over a glass of champagne or tea/coffee, allowing others to search and find your purchases – complimented by the essential authentic afternoon tea.
River Thames Rush
Sightseeing from the river puts a different perspective on London, and whilst River Thames sightseeing vessels are numerous, Pinpoint Britain recommends a Thames Rush – “James Bond” style! Love speed? Don’t mind splashing water? The Thames Jet starts with a gentle flow along the river and then when it has reached its permitted location increases to the extreme with awesome acquabatics and the thrill of high speeds on London’s latest and fastest jet-powered ribs. Pinpoint Britain has negotiated exclusive group rates and private hire for adrenalin junkies, which includes a post-trip, subdued lunch aboard The Hispaniola, to gently calm down before moving on.
The London Helicopter
Enjoy London’s famous and iconic sights from above with breath-taking views of London’s greatest landmarks including Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, London Eye, The Shard and St Paul’s Cathedral. Flying at over 1000 feet, you can choose your itinerary, which ranges from Richmond Park and Kew Bridge in West London, to the Millennium Dome and Canary Wharf in East London. Times and prices vary, according to route, but will be confirmed upon request.
London has some of the most diverse hotels in the world and the choice is endless and time-consuming. So let us choose for you! We have negotiated rates for traditional, boutique hotels suited to smaller groups located in prime locations, allowing fast and easy access to your chosen itinerary for London. We will always include a “little something extra” as a thank you for choosing Pinpoint Britain!