England Long Weekend
England is surprisingly small. And it’s amazing how many iconic moments you can enjoy over a long weekend. Stay in a castle, relive James Bond, admire the Crown Jewels in private, then ride a helicopter across lush English countryside. All in three days! This is an example experience and an English travel designer can create something unique just for you.
Day 1 - Living Like Royalty
Stay at Warwick Castle
Wake up in a Jacobean four-poster bed. Open your door onto 14th-century battlements. Feel immersed in the style of a bygone era. You’re in the suite that once housed King Edward IV, down the hall from the room where Queen Anne died. 600 years of English royal history plays out in Warwick Castle. Armour and weaponry line the walls. A spiral staircase leads to the dungeon. There are only two suites in this 14th-century Norma castle and they have received many royal guests. Staying here is an experience and you shouldn’t expect too many mod cons. Warwick Castle allows you to sleep in history and feel like royalty, from 500 years ago. Included in your stay is a after-hours tour of the castle, Champagne on arrival, and chauffeur services to be expected by monarchs.
Day 2 - Exclusive London
007 James Bond Tour of London
Bond travels in style and you will start on a private speedboat down the River Thames, recreating the opening scene from Spectre. Famous sites whizz past and you disembark at Duke’s, for the original Bond martini, shaken not stirred of course. Next up you’re in an Aston Martin DB5 or Rolls Royce, exploring casinos, cemeteries, car parks and scenes from car chases. From tiny wooden pubs to opulent suburbs, you’ll visit more than a dozen James Bond movie locations. There’s even a crocodile submarine from Octopussy. There are so many locations you can make this a one, two or three-day experience. There’s a sublime Kensington townhouse that doubles as Bond’s home, meeting Q at Rules Restaurant, and then the Old War Office building, seen as MI6 headquarters in three movies. And if you really love Bond this travel moment can be extended, with an Aston Martin Vanquish taking you to Blenheim Palace, Stoke Park and the Cotswolds.
Private Viewing of the Crown Jewels, Tower of London
The world’s largest cut diamond sparkles before your eyes, 530.2 carats outshining the rest. Emeralds and rubies and sapphires twinkle in all directions. 6000 individual diamonds cover the Imperial Crown of India. There is no greater jewelry collection on the planet. These are the Crown Jewels, collected over 1000 years of British monarchs, including crowns and staffs still used by Queen Elizabeth II. This magnificent collection is kept behind 24-hour guard in the Tower of London, the iconic fortress of British monarchy. Usually you can’t appreciate their true splendour, because there are too many people packed inside the room. A guide knows the password and a Beefeater Guard will take you down to this room of sparkles. And then for one hour you have exclusive and private access to this magnificent collection.
Day 3 - Magnificent English Landscapes
England by Helicopter Multi-Day Tour
England from the air creates a wonderful paradox. Every landscape and angle appears different from the next. Yet it is all so quintessentially English. Oak lined rivers and stone cottages flowing through the Cotswolds. Glorious rolling hills in the Peak District and Yorkshire Dales. Vast castles appearing from nowhere. Industrial cities of charming red brick terraces. Discover England from the air on a multi-day helicopter tour, a luxurious way to see the country in speed and style. The route can be customised to your interests, including Oxford, Bath, Manchester, Liverpool and the wild heathlands of Northumberland. It can include everything from Tudor homes to castle hotels, the London skyline to the Lake District.