This is a once in a lifetime family luxury trip that money just can’t buy. With expert guides, exciting experiences and amazing connections, Dream Escape have designed this programme for a family in search of an engaging and inspiring trip to the capital. A luxury penthouse at an iconic London hotel provides a perfect base to discover London. Explore the city by horse and carriage and take to the skies in a private capsule on the London Eye. Magical experiences and the chance to create a movie will make this a family trip to remember.GET IN TOUCH
Day Four: Magical London & Kings and Queen’s of Britain
Day Five: Movie Making & Shopping time
Day Six: Onward Travel
Day One: Arrival to London
On arrival into London Heathrow Airport, your chauffeur will accompany you into Central London by luxury passenger van. Check in to your accommodation which is located in the heart of London’s Mayfair, synonymous around the world with luxury.
Designed to perfection in the 1920s, many of its original features remain impeccably in place and today it is considered an “Art Deco jewel”. Easily one of the most exciting eras of design, the Art Deco period mixed the natural forms of Art Nouveau with modern influences of Cubism and Futurism.
Your suite is the Penthouse, an incredibly spacious and luxurious two-bedroom suite with a large, furnished terrace providing some of the finest rooftop views of London.
The balance of your day is at leisure, to be spent doing as much or as little as you like.
Day Two: London Highlights
Your morning starts with a privately guided tour of one of London’s most famous buildings, the Houses of Parliament.
Accompanied by an expert guide, your visit to the Houses of Parliament is out of normal visiting hours while the Houses are being prepared for the working day ahead. Your tour will be tailored to bring the setting to life for children; highlights include the Queen’s Robing Room where HM The Queen puts on the Imperial State Crown before making her way to the House of Lords, and magnificent Westminster Hall which dates back to 1097.
From Parliament, travel across Westminster Bridge to the London Eye. A capsule will be reserved exclusively for your use, allowing you to enjoy the experience as a family in privacy. Your private guide is on hand to point out key places of interest.
Late morning, enjoy a special experience from a bygone era as an open-top horse-drawn carriage takes you on a sight-seeing journey through the city. Travelling at a leisurely pace, pass through one of the Royal Parks and catch glimpses of an array of historical landmarks along the way.
A photographer is on hand to catch some wonderful images.
Following lunch, meet your expert guide who will take you on a tour to discover London in the most delicious way possible!
Choose from two distinctly delicious experiences:
Day Three: The Tower of London & London Scavenger Hunt
Your morning starts with a private, pre-opening tour of the Tower of London – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Tower has borne witness to many defining events in British history. It has imprisoned many bold characters from British history including tthe ‘Princes in the Tower’, explosives expert Guy Fawkes, imprisoned in 1605, and the second wife of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn – arrested on the 2nd May 1536 and beheaded some 17 days later.
Complete the visit at the Jewel House, where you will see the Crown Jewels – “the greatest working collection of Crown Jewels in the world” – comprising 23,578 gems in total.
Following your visit to the Tower of London, you are approached by an “MI5 agent” who advises you that the Queen’s birthday presents have been stolen from Buckingham Palace! MI5 have intercepted some intelligence but the agents need your help to recover the presents before the Queen notices.
You must quickly board your private RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) and blast your way along the Thames to Westminster where you must try and solve this mystery!
What follows is a race around some of London’s most famous sights. Each location will reveal another clue or another rendezvous, which will lead you ultimately to the baddie, an arrest, and a knighthood from the Queen!
Your guide and chauffeur are on hand throughout the day.
Day Four: Magical London & Kings and Queen's of Britain
Following a leisurely breakfast, meet your guide who is an award-winning magician and member of The Magic Circle. Venture off the beaten track to discover the secrets, stories and magic of London. For Harry Potter fans, head over to JK Rowling’s real-life inspiration for Diagon Alley, followed by an exploration of London’s oldest bookshop which specialises in mysticism and the occult.
Enter the magical world of the world’s oldest family-run magic shop. Here you will take a seat and sip on some tea as you experience a private 30-minute magic show performed by your guide himself!
Following lunch at leisure, embark on a tour that allows your children to fully immerse themselves in London’s magnificent history. Set in the affluent area of St James, your children will learn quirky facts about British Kings and Queens whilst meeting craftsmen who work in shops that have served the British Royalty for centuries. On the tour, you will see how perfume is made and create your own personal fragrance in a shop that dates back nearly 300 years.
Late afternoon, enjoy a taste of the magical world of Willy Wonka with a very special Charlie and the Chocolate Factory inspired Afternoon Tea. From decadent golden eggs to blueberry brioche and playful flavoured candy floss, every item reflects the wit and wonder of Roald Dahl’s classic tale. ‘Scrumdiddlyumptious’ teatime treats are presented with a selection of award-winning loose-leaf teas and infusions.
This evening, the best seats will be reserved for you at a top West End Show.
Day Five: Movie Making & Shopping Time
This morning, with their own videographer, the children will create a mini documentary. They will capture some of the iconic city sights and the children will be the reporters as well as helping to film and direct. Afterwards the film will be edited to include some surprising effects – it is a great souvenir of your time in London!
The balance of day is at leisure to fit in some last-minute shopping.
Your guide and chauffeur are on hand to assist throughout the day.
Day Six: Onward Travel
Your chauffeur will take you to London Heathrow Airport in time to board your onward flight.
An airport representative meets you on arrival to assist with check-in and to accompany you to your lounge. A porter is on hand to assist with your luggage.
Explore the magical world of Willy Wonka with a very special ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ inspired Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych. From decadent golden eggs to blueberry brioche and playful flavoured candy floss, every item reflects the wit and wonder of Roald Dahl’s classic tale.
The London Eye is an extraordinary symbol for an extraordinary city. The world’s largest observation wheel offers a spectacular way to take in over 55 of London’s most famous landmarks in just 30 minutes
Create a mini documentary with a private videographer. Capture some of the iconic city sights and the children will be the reporters as well as helping to film and direct. Afterwards the film will be edited to include some surprising effects – it is a great souvenir of your time in London! Visit iconic London stores for some fabulous shopping.
Take in the incredible sights, from Big Ben to Tower Bridge. Once under the Tower Bridge, it’s time to tighten your grip! Hear the 630 horsepower engines rev up and whoop as you whoosh up to speeds of 30 knots (35mph!).
Accompanied by an expert guide, visit the Houses of Parliament out of normal visiting hours while they are being prepared for the working day ahead. The tour will be tailored to your interests; highlights could include the Queen’s Robing Room where HM The Queen puts on the Imperial State Crown before making her way to the House of Lords, the Commons Chamber, and magnificent Westminster Hall which dates back to 1097.
This famed UNESCO World Heritage Site dates back to the early 1080s and has borne witness to many defining events in British history.
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.
Experience London’s theatre district with one of the many spectacular show on offer
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