Here at London’s Red Carnation Hotels, the Concierge is always on hand to give insider tips on not only the capital’s most impressive sites and best places to eat and drink, but also the best tours to take in London and beyond. By setting out on a day trip with our sister company Evan Evans, guests are introduced to the country’s most magnificent attractions, idyllic villages nestled in the English countryside, and inspiring university towns.
Having lead excursions across Britain since 1930, Evan Evans knows how to deliver the highest standard; from travelling in comfort on luxury coaches to being escorted on the tour by professional local guides, visitors know they’ll see each site in its best light while discovering the stories behind them.
For guests who want to see more of the capital, it’s hard to beat the London in One Day trip, which takes in many of the city’s most iconic sights. Beginning with a drive around some of these famous monuments, the tour takes in the architecturally impressive Parliament Square, where statues of former prime ministers and presidents stand, including memorials for Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln and Nelson Mandela. This historic square is overlooked by the Gothic Westminster Abbey, where coronations and Royal weddings have taken place throughout British history.
From the site of Royal weddings to a Royal residence, the tour continues on to Kensington Palace, a Jacobean mansion on the edge of Hyde Park, which is the former home of Diana, Princess of Wales, and the present home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Wills and Kate). After then passing the Royal Albert Hall, where many of the world’s most prominent artists have performed, the tour introduces guests to the Albert Memorial, commissioned by Queen Victoria after Prince Albert’s death in 1861.
One of the most anticipated sites for visitors to London is of course Buckingham Palace, so this is where the tour stops off next, to coincide with the ceremonial Changing of the Guard; don’t forget to see if the Royal Standard flag is in flight, signifying the Queen is at home.
One of London’s most iconic landmarks – instantly recognizable on the city’s skyline – is St Paul’s Cathedral. And as impressive as it is from the outside, this 17th century monument is even more fascinating upon stepping within its Baroque walls. Passionate guides lead visitors throughout the cavernous interior while revealing the fascinating stories behind its creation and events throughout its long and eventful history.
From here, the Tower of London is the next port of call; another landmark that visitors will have seen portrayed countless times before coming to London. Founded by William the Conqueror in 1066, this is where the Crown Jewels are exhibited, and as a Royal Palace, armoury and former prison, the building conjures up a wealth of historic tales, which the guides are eager to impart.
Finally, it’s time for guests to step aboard their Thames River Cruise, travelling along the great river from the Tower of London to Westminster Pier – the ideal dropping off point for further exploration of the city.
Back in the resplendent surroundings of our London hotels guests can reflect on their day of exploration and share the stories they’ve learned, perhaps over a traditional Afternoon Tea or sampling the best of British cuisine.