Join Steve and Sandra on an English shopping adventure. Dig through antique shops, chat with local artisans, line up at the market with locals, and haggle your way through a stall or two. We hope you've got lots of room in your suitcase to bring back all f the unique bargains you find!
Sunday, April 19 – Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Evening departure on British Airways direct service to London, Heathrow. Full inflight services provided.
Arrive at London Heathrow where we will meet and take you to Brighton. The city beside the seaside where in addition to a 450-foot, futuristic glass pod flight in the British Airways i360 with a glass of award-winning Nyetimber Classic Cuvee in your hand, we can organise a guided tour through the famous Lanes which will conclude with a special tour of the Royal Pavilion, the lavish, seaside palace of King George IV and one of the most dazzlingly beautiful buildings in England. With an early supper, there’s the chance for an early night. Overnight at The Old Ship Hotel, Brighton or similar for the next 3 nights. https://www.thecairncollection.co.uk/hotels/brighton/the-old-ship/
After an early breakfast, you’ll be on your way to the Ardingly International Antiques and Collectors Fair, the largest in the south east of England where you’ll find up to 1,700 stalls housing thousands of goods – from fine antique furniture to delicate ceramics. If quality European decorative items are on your shopping list, this is the place to find them. Return to Brighton for dinner independently. The city was named as the top destination in the country for restaurants and bars by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine, so you will have plenty of places to dine during your stay. Being a city by the sea there are great places for seafood.
Because of its size, you might want to return for a second visit to the Ardingly Antique Fair. Alternatively, you may prefer a later start and spend the day discovering Brighton’s many antique shops and flea markets in the labyrinth of twittens (very narrow alleyways) in the Lanes just behind the seafront or the expansive North Laine which is the bohemian heart of the city. Make time to visit Kemp Town, Brighton’s hidden gem.
Departure from Brighton to London, with a visit to the double moated Hever Castle, once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII and Mother of Elizabeth I and of William Waldorf Astor, who used his fortune to restore and extend the Castle in the early 20th century. Once checked into your London hotel, The Queens Park Hotel or similar https://www.queensparkhotel.com/ the balance of the day is at leisure. Each evening is free, and we can make suggestions for you to consider.
London is at your beck and call for the next 3 days and today would be a good one for a few hours at the historic Bermondsey antique market where traders sell everything from cutlery to furniture, china to jewellery, antiques and the unexpected. It starts at 6:00 am and runs through to 2:00 pm, rain or shine. While you’re in this corner of London, you might like to add a visit to the Fashion and Textile Museum, a cutting-edge centre for contemporary fashion and textiles in London, founded by iconic British designer Zandra Rhodes.
This morning’s highlight is undoubtedly Portobello Road, the world’s largest antiques market with over 1,000 dealers selling every kind of antique and collectible. It opens at 9 am so get there early to avoid the worst of the midday crowds. At lunchtime, you might want to head to Harrods and then explore the boutiques on Sloane Street and the Kings Road. Alternatively, this would be a good day for your own independent sightseeing.
After breakfast, we will take you to the colourful Columbia Flower Market where you’ll thoroughly enjoy a visit to Angela Flowers Perfumery, a cult shop that attracts visitors from all over the world and where they are passionate about artisan perfumery. Then join thousands of Londoners in the bustling Spitalfields and Petticoat Lane Markets. While in the area we’ll include a visit to the fascinating Dennis Severs House, a time capsule that gives an intimate portrait of the lives of a family of Huguenot silk-weavers from 1724 to the dawn of the 20th Century. Absolutely NO talking is allowed.
Our last full day in London so we have left it free for individual activities, perhaps a cooking school or a day to High Clare Castle (Downton Abbey). This evening we will have a farewell dinner at one of London’s fine restaurants.
Private transfer to London Heathrow for the return flight to Toronto
• Return airfare from Toronto with British Airways including all taxes & surcharges • 8 nights’ accommodation based on two people sharing a room • Daily buffet breakfast • Welcome and farewell dinner • All sightseeing as per the above itinerary • Private coach for airport transfers , sightseeing and touring as stated in itinerary • A pre-loaded visitor Oyster pass good for 4 days in London • Entrances and admissions as per the program • Porterage of one suitcase • Services of a tour leader
• Meals not specified • Items of a personal nature • Travel insurance, please contact the office for rates
January 01 - 01, 2020
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February 02 - 20, 2020
$6,875 from Toronto based on double occupancy.
February 09 - 19, 2020
$3,695 from Toronto based on double occupancy