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Contemporary London

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Contemporary London

6 Days

This five-night programme is specially designed to showcase London’s innovative architecture, modern art and the most contemporary cultural attractions. Whether this is your first visit to the city or you have visited many times before, with the help of specialist guides and private tours, uncover London’s modern cultural gems.

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HOLIDAY ITINERARY



Day One: Arrive London and spend day at leisure

Day Two: Enjoy a private chauffeur-driven panoramic tour of the city

Day Three: Private guided tours of The Saatchi Gallery & Serpentine Galleries

Day Four: Private guided tour of the Victoria & Albert Museum

Day Five: Visit two of London’s foremost galleries; Tate Britain and Tate Modern

Day Six: Homeward Bound

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HIGHLIGHTS

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Day One: Arrival in London

On arrival at London Heathrow Airport be met and welcomed by your local chauffeur-guide who will provide a safe and comfortable journey to your first luxury accommodation, situated on a tree-lined street in fashionable Knightsbridge. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day Two: London through a Lens

Enjoy a private chauffeur-driven panoramic tour of London. It will provide a wonderful overview of London’s most iconic sights. This afternoon, join your “guide”, a legendary photojournalist and street photography enthusiast, and learn how to up your game. Your guide will lead you around a London neighbourhood, showing you how to engage with strangers, compose the ideal frame and get the shots you really want.  Note: all guests will need to bring their own camera and should have a good working knowledge of its functions.

Day Three: A Contemporary London

The day begins with a private guided tour of The Saatchi Gallery. Your guide’s knowledge of the inspiring collections will ensure an insightful and unique experience. Following your tour, enjoy a three-course lunch accompanied by a glass of champagne in the gallery’s critically acclaimed restaurant.

Spend the afternoon accompanied by a second private guide, a professional artist. Explore contemporary art amidst the greenery of Hyde Park with visits to both the old and new Serpentine Galleries. Your guide will provide a brief history of the Serpentine: how it’s organised, its main curators and directors, and the role they play in contemporary art. Follow with a visit to the Serpentine Sackler Gallery.

Day Four: Victoria and Albert Museum

Enjoy a privately guided introductory tour of the Victoria and Albert. Discover the origins of the Museum and learn about the many fascinating treasures housed inside. To follow, enjoy a second guided tour of the museum, focussed on one of your particular interests.

Perhaps explore the history of tea drinking, from its origins in the East to its popularity in Victorian Britain; marvel at the V&A’s world-renowned fashion collection which covers changing shapes and tastes in style from the 17th century to 21st century haute couture; discover the British Galleries, critically acclaimed and unmatched in scope they display the most wide-ranging collection of British art and design on view anywhere in the world.

Day Five: Shaping the City

Accompanied by our expert guide, visit two of London’s foremost galleries; Tate Britain and Tate Modern. Begin at Tate Britain, home to British art that dates from 1500 to the present day before travelling to Tate Modern via the Tate Boat, which cruises along the River Thames, passing iconic London landmarks including the Big Ben and the London Eye on the journey. Tate Modern hosts a renowned collection of international modern and contemporary art. Later, step inside Trellick Tower, an architectural icon of post-war Brutalism, to visit our guide’s residency studio. Here you can discover what’s happening in the world of fine art and architecture.

Day Six: Onward Travel

Your chauffeur-guide will accompany you to London Heathrow Airport where you will board your flight for onward travel.

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HIGHLIGHTS

A visual glimpse of the key things to do and places that will be visited on this exciting itinerary

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THINGS TO DO

THE SAATCHI GALLERY

Originally opened by Charles Saatchi in 1985, the sprawling exhibition space shows contemporary art.

SERPENTINE SACKLER GALLERY

Opened in 2013, it is located within a former 1805 gunpowder store.

VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM

Is London’s, if not the world’s, greatest museum of art and design.

TATE BRITAIN

Is one of the capital’s most popular art museums.

TATE MODERN

Hosts a renowned collection of international modern and contemporary art

TRELLICK TOWER

Is a Grade II listed masterpiece, an icon of Brutalism and an architectural style.

PLACES VISITED

LONDON

London, with its unique blend of history and culture, is constantly changing, with new landmarks, stylish restaurants and clubs opening up all the time. Recently voted as the gourmet capital of the world, London is the European capital to stay in touch with all that’s new and exciting, while enjoying its wealth of historic buildings and eclectic mix of museums and art galleries. With its unique blend of history and culture, the bustling metropolis of London has long been considered a must-see destination. The city is constantly changing, offering a wealth of historic buildings and monuments, as well as an eclectic mix of museums, art galleries and world famous attractions.

HYDE PARK

Hyde Park is one of London’s eight Royal Parks and covers some 350 acres. The park is home to a number of famous landmarks including the Serpentine Lake, Speakers’ Corner and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain. It is hard to imagine Henry VIII and his court thundering across here in the mid-1500s in pursuit of deer and wild boar.

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  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

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