3 Days in London
Wearever has planned the perfect itinerary for three very special days in London. Opera, special dinners, a couple hand-picked sights. Here goes~
Day One-You have landed in London! On to your hotel, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide's London choice is just perfect, the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park "a byword for luxury and impeccable Eastern-style service..." Freshen up, and off to tour the Houses of Parliament. There are two Houses of Parliament, The Commons and The Lords. Fun fact-the building holds over 3 million parliamentary records, that is every Act of Parliament passed since 1497!
Back to The Mandarin, change for a show and dinner at The Ivy, a classic and very popular restaurant with celebrities and theater goers. Elegant art deco theme, perfect for people watching. Then, off to the musical comedy, The Pajama Game. Stumble to bed and sleep off the jet lag...
Day Two-Rise and Shine! Today is a lazy day, just going to see one or two or three top sites. You are in London, after all. First stop, the absolutely charming World Heritage Site of Greenwich which features Sir Christopher Wren's Old Royal Navy College and the Royal Observatory. If you have forgotten your old geography lessons, this is where the prime meridian, longitude 0 degrees was established. The town is lovely, and a nice lunch or snack stop. Also, the restored clipper ship, The Cutty Sark is worth a look see.
Travel back to London, and two other classics sites to see are the Tower of London, where you can view the Crown Jewels and an impressive collection of armor. But, don't forget that the Tower was an ancient prison, and to quote DK Eyewitness Travel's London Family Guide~"With its stories of beheadings, child-slayings and torture, the tower has a gory appeal..." After all that gore, it's time to relax with a spin over London on the London Eye, and enormous ferris wheel soaring above the city. What a view.
Have you worked up an appetite? Dinner is at Le Pont De La Tour, an elegant, French restaurant in a 19th-century former tea warehouse near Tower Bridge. If the weather is warm, there is outdoor seating with lovely views of the Bridge. The English National Opera is performing The Pearl Fishers, a tale of friendship tested by a tragic love triangle.
Day Three-Today is going to be a very exciting day. It is off to the races! First stop, the Kensington Palace Bloodstock Sale. Premiere race horses are auctioned at The Orangery at Kensington Palace (Princess Diana's former home.) Most interesting, though, is no horses will be there, only videos and photos. The hook is, the sale is taking place on the eve of the Royal Ascot race, and 19 of the horses running at Ascot are on the bidding block. Wow. Should make for a lively auction. After all, " It's the ultimate in prestige bloodstock auctions." In case you were wondering. Now it is time to travel to Windsor, and the Oakley Court Hotel to get ready for race day at Ascot! Have your hat handy.
Day Four- Windsor and high-class flat horse racing at Royal Ascot which began in 1711. DK Eyewitness Travel's Family London Guide has an informative section on a day trip to Windsor, including other local activities near the castle.
Windsor, a riverside town, is a short train ride from London, and the castle ( Windsor Castle is the world's oldest occupied castle with 1,000 rooms!!) still serves as a working Royal residence for the Queen and her family. Plan to stay at the Oakley Court Hotel in Windsor, a luxurious and historic hotel located right on the River Thames. June is Royal Ascot Week, where there will be 30 races, and hundreds of women with hundreds of fantastic hats. You may remember it from a scene in the musical My Fair Lady. Above all the pomp, though, Royal Ascot is a fun, people watching spectacle. It is also the chance to buy an outrageous hat. Three milliners recommended by Wearever are Leah C. Couture Millinery in NYC, Suzanne Couture Millinery also in NYC, and Louise Macdonald Milliner in Melbourne, AU.
For all you need to know about etiquette at Royal Ascot, consult the expert guide by Debrett's, which includes the exacting standards of Royal Ascot's dress code. You do not want to be caught in a too short dress! http://www.debretts.com/season/royal-ascot
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