If you're after something entertaining with a unique edge, why not give someone the adrenaline rush of a lifetime with bungee jumping outside the O2 Arena. The O2 Arena, formerly the Millennium Dome, has become one of the top entertainment venues in the world and the characteristics of the building make it a magnificent sight. The last thing you'll hear is, '3 - 2 - 1 - BUNGEE!' before you take the plunge! The drop speed at the O2 is 0-60mph in 1.9 seconds and jumpers will experience 2g. Bungee jumping is a safe but exhilarating experience, guaranteed to be a great gift for any thrill seeker.
With your feet still firmly on the ground, you will be weighed and be brought up to speed on safety procedures. You will be fitted with your harnesses before being winched up in the cage with a jump master. Once the health and safety checks are completed, it will be '3-2-1 BUNGEE' and off you go! Please note that all booking times are approximate. The club operates a ticket system: you will be given a numbered ticket when you register on the day which you will be asked to present prior to your jump.
Photo's, DVD's and other merchandise can be purchased on site.
Paintball Matrix in Sidcup are a friendly, independent paintball site with over 15 acres of varied woodland, incorporating multiple unique game zones. Game zones include The Bunker, The Seigfreid Line, Abandoned Village (a hybrid woodland and speedball field), Flag to Flag Zone, Centre Flag Zone and The Chemical Dump. All site marshals are fully trained, helpful and friendly and they have a central safezone for easy game zone access.
This is the ultimate game of elimination and exhilaration, easily one of the most exciting games you’ll ever be part of. Paintball is a high adrenaline combat sport that requires strategy, field-leadership and teamwork. You will need to be cunning and resourceful, and your senses will be racing as you run around hunting for the enemy.
As part of the package, you and 7 friends will have entrance to Paintball Matrix in Sidcup, London where you will enjoy multiple game scenarios. Each session will be based around purpose-built 'battlefields'
On arrival, you and 7 friends will be provided with combat overalls, full protection goggles and the latest semi-automatic paintball gun. Your action packed day begins with a full safety brief from experienced staff before practicing your aim on a dedicated target range. You will experience varied games all set within differently themed scenarios during your full day experience.
At any point during the day you may face the wrath of the Terminator, be sure to defeat him in battle in order to secure his upgrade gun for the remainder of the game. Whichever battle you're thrown into, you can be sure of an amazing day of paint-filled fun!
Paintballs are not included but you're welcome to buy as many as you like on the day.
Join Secret London Runs on a fun 10km gin running tour. With this gin themed run you and your guest will stop at various points of interest that relate to London’s dark gin history and will also play a couple of games along route, although all is kept secret until the day. At the end of the run, all runners will enjoy a well-deserved gin and tonic from an authentic gin palace.
The gin run starts off at Ye Olde Cock Tavern, a former 19th century gin palace where all runners and running guides meet. Here you find a designated area where you can drop your bags off before heading to the starting point. Before the running tour starts, your guide will go through health and safety dos and don’ts and will give you a short briefing as to what to expect from the 10k gin fun run.
Whether you’re a running pro, casual Sunday runner or merely just want to take part because of the gin, this run caters for all abilities and paces as there will be several markers to help you keep on track. Along the way you will stop at various points of interest key to London’s gin history and you will also play a couple of games, which is kept secret until the day. The running tour will end back at Ye Olde Cock Tavern, where you will be given a well-deserved G&T to quench your thirst.
Segway Events was established in 2010 and is the market leader in Segway experiences in the UK.
With permanent locations nationwide, Segway Events operates at sites across the UK offering an all encompassing service from gift experiences to corporate events. Segway Events has also featured in a number of television appearances including Sky One's "A League of Their Own" and the London Paralympic Games.
A Segway rally provides a fun and exciting experience for all ages. Designed to mirror the process of human walking, Segways are able to concur many different terrains at speed. You will use your body weight to navigate the twists and turns of your chosen Segway course.
Riding a Segway is a truly unique experience which needs to be tried before you can understand how amazing it really is.
You will start your experience by being kitted out in your safety gear, before a full instruction and safety briefing, this will give you the opportunity to get to grips with the unique controls before setting off on the varied terrain track for your Segway rally experience. You will also receive a certificate as a memento of your amazing day.
Experience the best sightseeing trip of your life down the River Thames with Thames Rockets. Blast your way from the iconic London Eye Pier for a 50 minute speedboat tour and take in the incredible sights that London has to offer from Big Ben to Tower Bridge, with plenty of photo taking opportunities.
Once you have arrived at London Eye Pier you will be kitted out with waterproofs and a life jacket and met by one of their award winning guides, handpicked to provide you with a history lesson with a comical twist. Think you know London? Think again! Hear the 630 horsepower engines rev up Rocket style and whoop as you whoosh up to speeds of 30 knots. Twist and turn along the Thames, past Big Ben and Tower of London, with a bespoke medley of thrilling classics playing in the background to get you in the mood.
Though be prepared, you may experience a bit of a splash from the waves rushing past...are you ready for a tour like no other?
Red Cloud Photography Days is the leading short photography training course / workshop provider. They run a variety of courses all over the UK. Their courses are fun, practical and creative.
Build on your existing photography knowledge on this three hour tour in the popular Camden Market area. This fun and informative tour will give you the opportunity to learn how to shoot busy and varied scenes and will allow your creative juices to flow. You’ll have the opportunity to take stunning photographs of the market, traders and customers, as well as canal views, street art and historic music venues.
Your professional tutor will be on hand to help you learn the tricks, tips and techniques to capture the best images possible of this vibrant environment.
You will meet the tutor and other members of the group at the designated outdoor meeting point, before embarking on your tour around Camden Market. Please note, you will need to bring your own camera in order to take part.
Fans of fromage won’t want to miss the chance to discover London’s cheesiest highlights for two palate-provoking hours. You and your fellow cheese enthusiasts will be guided around one of the planet’s most renowned cities when it comes to good food, stopping off at cheese counters, restaurants, a pizzeria and even a department store, discovering many delicious varieties of cheese along the way. Whether your passion for cheese is mild or mature, you’re sure to leave the Cheese Crawl with your cheese fix truly satisfied and maybe a new found favourite. May the best cheese win!
Not only will you get to explore London in a unique way, you’ll get to enjoy some of the finest cheese known to man whilst at it. You’ll also get a couple of glasses of bubbles and test your cheese knowledge with an interactive quiz as you wander.
So where are you going to go? You’ll kick things off in Mayfair, sampling some blue cheese from Fortnum & Mason at a counter that’s been serving the good stuff for more than 300 years. You’ll then make your way to Soho for Prosecco cheese at Lina Stores, sample some very moreish grilled cheese, dig into a stone-baked margherita at pizza dons Homeslice, before hitting Prosecco and Fromage for… you guessed it, fizz and fromage!
The Ghost Bus Tours Company or The Necropolis Bus Company to some, organise haunted trips around the nation’s capital. Travelling around some of London's most haunted places, be prepared to be scared, frightened and full of terror. This trip isn't for the faint hearted.
The Classic Tour is a sightseeing tour like no other and is the finest way to experience the whole city in just one journey. An open top bus tour of London on an original 1960s Route master bus, with superb comedic tour guides and unique technical additions which create an immersive audio visual experience to remember. The route has been designed exclusively by a team who have years of experience with sightseeing tours in London, creating a bus tour that runs for 60-75 minutes (depending on traffic) and shows you all the main sights of London.
See all of London’s iconic buildings, including Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, The Shard, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and many more! On-board screens and a state of the art sound system bring this innovative tour of London to life. During the trip you will be shown clips of London through the ages while listening to site-specific music, songs and subtle sound effects to create an enjoyable soundtrack.
Did you know there are over 270,000 species of flowers around the world? Discover the wondrous world of floristry in a unique floral design class at Moyses Stevens Flower School and learn the different skills and techniques to create your very own Moyses-style bouquet.
When you arrive at Moyses Stevens Flowers, enjoy a glass of Prosecco followed by a short demonstration from one of their skilled florists.
Next, learn essential tips to find the perfect balance of colours, textures, shapes and varieties and observe how to tie and wrap a bouquet. Afterwards, choose from a selection of fresh flowers and foliage to design your very own masterpiece to keep. Use your new-found skills to impress all your friends and family!
Hampton Court Palace is the magnificent home of Henry VIII. Located on the banks of the River Thames, the palace provides the perfect destination for an easy going vintage bike ride. Each bike comes with a bell and optional basket which is perfect for resting your coat or keeping your camera close to hand. All of the bikes are single gear, highlighting just how flat and relaxing the routes are. Suitable for any shape or size, they have a comfy leather saddle and leather handlebars for a smooth ride and easy cruising.
The tour starts at Hampton Court train station, with a short walk to jump aboard their vintage-style bikes. The route is a flat 8 miles in total and passes through Royal Parks and the historic grounds of Hampton Court Palace with plenty of time to take photos and enjoy the sights. You will explore the ancient hunting grounds of Henry VIII and reveal the secret WW2 and Cold War history of the area before pausing at a pub, where refreshments are available to purchase.
After returning to the palace along the river Thames, you can leave the bikes and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Explore the famous Palace & Gardens or return directly to London. In season and dependent on tide times, it is possible to take the boat back to either Richmond or Westminster.
Whether you know your Polyjuice potion from your Felix Felicis or are just simply fascinated by Harry Potter’s magical world, you and a friend can discover the London or Edinburgh sites renowned for being shrouded in the story’s magic and mystery.
If you choose to visit London, you will meet your tour guide outside the Palace Theatre, home to the blockbuster theatre production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, where you’ll receive an overview of what you can expect from the tour and the sites which will later be revealed. Throughout the two hour tour, you’ll not only visit famed landmarks within the muggle world, such as Big Ben and the Tate Modern, but you’ll also get to explore London’s exclusive Harry Potter hot spots. Along your way discover the entrances to Diagon Alley and Leaky Cauldron, visit Platform 9 ¾ and enjoy views from the bridge which was destroyed in the Half Blood Prince!
If you choose to visit Edinburgh, you will meet your tour guide outside the Museum on the Mound, where you’ll again receive an overview of what you can expect from the tour and the sites which will later be revealed.mYou will explore the exquisitely magical world that Harry and his friends found themselves in. Use your knowledge of spells to outwit the guide and seek out inspirations and film locations around the stunning city of Edinburgh!
Marvel at locations, such as the entrance to the fictional Hogwarts, invisible to the Muggle world, the inspirational winding streets of Edinburgh's old town to the spot where JK Rowling wrote the books! Soak in Edinburgh in all its historical glory! And so much more!
Full to the brim with facts, trivia and fantastic photo opportunities, this tour is essential for any Harry Potter fan.
Did you know that London is the third busiest production centre in the world? With its unique charm and history, both London and throughout the UK have long been featured in film and TV from Bridget Jones to Pride and Prejudice and from Harry Potter to James Bond. It is one giant movie set.
Founded in 2009 by Director Lewis Swan, a graduate of the University of London, Brit Movie Tours is a family run business that offer more than just sightseeing tours. Departing from locations in London, Bath and South Wales their diverse range of walking and bus tours educate, entertain and appeal to visitors of all ages, nationalities and interests bringing these movies and TV shows to life.
"TV and Film fans love to know more about their favourite films and the actors who starred in them," says Lewis Swan, Brit Movie Tours founder. "To see or stand at a location where a favourite film or TV show was shot or a famous actor or actress strolled is a huge thrill for movie fans."
This 2½ hour guided London film locations walking tour is action-packed with blockbuster film locations. You will follow onscreen heroes such as James Bond, Johnny English and Jack Ryan as they fight to protect London and defeat the forces of evil.
Some of the London film locations you’ll visit are from films including Agent Cody Banks 2, Austin Powers in Goldmember, Doctor Strange, Fast and the Furious 6, Harry Potter films, Justice League, Minions, One Night at the Museum 3, Sexy Beast, Spooks, The Avengers, The Dark Knight, The Mummy Returns, The World is Not Enough, Tomorrow Never Dies and Wonder Woman.
The tour is also a great way to see some of London’s famous landmarks including Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and much more. As you go on this cinematic journey through the heart of the capital, you will see stills taken from the films mentioned as you stop at the actual locations and hear fascinating behind-the-scenes information. There will also be a short bus ride as part of the tour so make sure you bring a valid Zone 1 Travelcard/Oystercard. The tour will include plenty of opportunities to take photos as well as seeing the locations up-close.
Join Liquid History Tours Ltd and share gourmet delights from London’s famous markets, sip a pint in Shakespeare’s local pub, hunt for the illusive street art of Banksy, or escape the 'big smoke' to enjoy an idyllic riverside cycle to a historic palace or castle. Come and see London icons and leave with local tips, quirky history, fabulous photos and an insider knowledge not found in the guidebooks.
You and your guest will enjoy a guided afternoon walk through history to some of London’s most famous pubs & ale houses.
This London pub tour is a gentle 2 mile amble through some of London’s ancient streets, enjoying fine views, quirky history and a drink or two along the way. You will stop at, at least 4 different London pubs to quench your thirst, the small group provides a personal touch and the local feel.
You will start your trip from St. Paul's underground station, outside Cafe Nero Express on Panyer Alley. The trip finishes close to Holborn Underground station where you will be a short walk away from the theatres, shops and restaurants in London’s West End.
Walk in the footsteps of Olympic legends and football greats with this London Stadium Tour. Formerly known as the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, East London, this much loved destination has now been transformed into a superb multi-use venue for music and sporting events, as well as playing host to Premier League football club West Ham United.
Take the famous tunnel walk and walk in the footsteps of West Ham heroes such as Mark Noble, Declan Rice and Felipe Anderson have walked. Imagine their nerves and excitement as they inch closer to the pitch on game day, furiously cheered on by 60,000 screaming fans.
You can visit the dugout where manager Manuel Pellegrini sits on game day and explore the changing rooms where the West Ham team spend many tense and season-defining moments. Test your speed on the official indoor running track as used by many elite world athletes and there are plenty of unique photo opportunities to help you capture memories of your tour.
To commemorate your fantastic day out you will receive a free personalised certificate and you will also receive 15% off in the café located in the stadium store.
This experience is for up to two adults and two children.
The London Time Tour Bus is an entertaining and educational sightseeing trip around the ancient city of London, combining live theatrics, an air of mystery and an insightful look into the Capital’s rich history.
Join Professor Quantum as you are taken on a voyage around London's famous sites on board a classic 1960s Routemaster bus. You will travel past a selection of London’s famous sites, including The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Downing Street, St. Paul’s Cathedral, The Tower of London, Tower Bridge and London Bridge.
Throughout the tour the Professor will share his knowledge of his past, present and future and there will be the opportunity for interaction with historical figures via the Professor’s time phone.
You will both receive a London Time Tour guide book to take home.
See London in a different light as you travel back to a time when crime and murder was rife. With the help of your guide you’ll find out all the gruesome details of the places that you visit and what life was like for those who lived there.
As an added extra you will also receive a £10 gift voucher for any future tours.
Go on a 2 hour paranormal tour hunting for ghosts, poltergeists and strange encounters of the supernatural kind. Use Ouija boards, K2 Meters and Dowsing Rods to uncover the stories of murder, plague pits and the ghosts that linger.
During your 2 hour tour you will discover London’s largest execution site, the mountains of bodies commuters walk across daily, the infamous of Cock Lane, the grisly end of William Wallace and abandoned gaol cells that housed the world’s worst serial killer. Includes a visit to a traditional London Gin Palace and abandoned gaol cells. At each stop we will attempt to make contact with the other side if you dare.
The View from The Shard is a premium visitor attraction at the top of Western Europe’s tallest building, The Shard. Travelling skyward in a high-speed lift, this multi-sensory journey takes you 72 floors above the capital, to the highest viewing point of the city.
Located 800ft above London’s iconic skyline, The View from The Shard is a must do for all visitors to London, enabling guests to experience the entire city like never before. Be it sipping champagne above the clouds or discovering the capital’s rich history from a new perspective, this breath-taking 360° panoramic experience is not to be missed.
With The Shard weather guarantee, if you cannot see at least 3 of the following 5 landmarks during your time of visit, The Shard will give you a return ticket for £5, allowing you to return at a time of your choice within three months:
20 Fenchurch Street
One Canada Square
St Paul's Cathedral
Staff at the ticket desk will let you know on the day if the weather guarantee has been authorised and will arrange the return ticket. The £5 payment will be taken by cash or card at the ticket desk and you must claim your return ticket on the day of your visit before you leave the attraction.
Your voucher is not your entry ticket, pre-booking is essential.
Upon arrival you’ll be greeted by one the friendly staff members who will provide you with a refillable drinking glass to sample the craft beers, cider, wine, gin, whisky, and various soft drinks. Your ticket will also entitle you to a free festival magazine and access to the pop-up kitchens and music acts.
We are Beer believe this is the best way to enjoy the diversity in beer and the awesome world of brewing in a fun and lively atmosphere amongst other fellow beer enthusiasts.
Food is not included with any ticket, however can be purchased from the various food stands and pop-up kitchens on site.
*Strictly no under 18s allowed. They operate a challenge 25 policy, so please bring legal ID.*
*Please note this experience is currently not available until 31st March*
Become part of London's gruesome history and travel back in time to an age of adventure and uncover the dark secrets that lie beneath the world's most famous and most haunted bridge. Laugh, scream and cheer your way through 2000 years of horrible history!
The London Bridge Experience really is a fully integrated character led journey through history. Learn about the Great Fire of London, Jack the Ripper and explore the streets of Victorian Southwark.
Once you have finished with the bridge, it's time to face your fears! Whether it's clowns that make your blood run cold or confined spaces that make your hairs stand on end, the London Tombs is sure to leave your throat sore from screaming! Formerly a plague pit, the London Tombs will excite you, scare you, make your pulse race. Basically, it's Halloween every day of the year!
You just need to turn up on the day with your voucher, there is no need to book in advance so please check the attraction's website for admission times.
Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world, and the Queen of England’s favourite. Embrace the wind in your hair as you tour along the river bank. Lap up the freedom as you pass the sights and take in riverside life. Ring the bell and wave to passers-by and feel a million miles away from London.
Located on a scenic cliff-top location above the River Thames, this is the perfect destination for this gentle bike tour. After meeting at Windsor & Eton Riverside station, you will jump on board the comfy bikes to begin the tour. Each bike comes with a bell and optional basket which is perfect for resting your coat or keeping your camera close to hand. All of the bikes are single gear, highlighting just how flat and relaxing the routes are. With a comfy leather saddle and handlebars, you're sure to be in for a smooth ride and easy cruising.
The bike tour around the scenic Thames Valley is a flat and largely traffic-free 8 miles (13km) through country lanes and designated bike tracks. There is plenty of time to stop and take photos en-route. During the tour you will pause in the walled garden of a Tudor mansion where afternoon tea is available to purchase, before returning to Windsor via the Olympic rowing lake and stunning views of the castle. A final cycle down to Eton College will reveal where 19 of our British Prime Ministers have been educated.
The tour finishes back in central Windsor, a short walk from the castle, the towns various shopping & eating destinations or trains stations for your return to London. A truly historic day out guaranteed!
Enjoy this fine British tradition of afternoon tea relaxing in the Number Twelve Restaurant whilst savouring their freshly prepared scones, fruit tartlets, dainty sandwiches and fine tea.
When you arrive you will be welcomed by the staff which will show you to your seats. You will be presented with a choice of teas, carefully cut finger sandwiches such as pickled cucumber sherry vinegar and black pepper, salt beef, English mustard and watercress, egg chive and mayonnaise and Scottish salmon cream cheese. These will be followed by freshly baked scones served warm with Devonshire clotted cream, strawberry and raspberry preserve, fresh fruit tartlets, afternoon tea cakes and pastries. All to be washed down with your choice of a selection of fine teas or freshly ground coffee.
Located in the fashionable Bloomsbury district, the Ambassadors Bloomsbury Hotel is a great choice for a relaxing afternoon tea treat. Located near Oxford Street, Covent Garden and Soho, this hotel is perfectly situated for those who wish to explore London.
The Number Twelve Restaurant serves gourmet Italian cuisine made from fresh and seasonal produce with views of London streets.
On arrival you will be greeted by friendly staff who will seat you in the contemporary Number Twelve Restaurant.
Your afternoon tea will include a selection of freshly made sandwiches and baked scones served warm with Devonshire clotted cream. You will also have fresh fruit tartlets, delicious tea cakes, pastries and strawberries all the while being served a choice of fine teas or freshly ground coffee.
*Please note that bookings cannot be made at the moment*
The Around the World with Different Gins tasting experience takes places at The Flock Bar in London and is ran by Interrupt the Routine. Their fun gin tasting nights have been specifically designed for people who have a love of gin and want to experience an enjoyable, inclusive event.
Upon arrival you and your guest will be given a refreshing gin based cocktail to kick off the evening with all things gin.
You will then be shown to your table and depending on which session you attend, you will be looking at gins from either Europe or Oceania and the wonderful history of the spirit that is defined by the world's oldest known essential oil: Juniper.
On the tables will be a selection of botanicals for you to familiarise yourself with (after all, not everyone knows what botanicals look, smell or taste like!).
Each guest will receive a taster of Genever and 3 modern and contrasting gins. After sampling each gin, you will be invited up to the bar where the bartender will make you a delicious gin based cocktail using a range of quality mixers and garnishes.
At the end of the evening, each guest will receive a certificate from Interrupt the Routine and as a bonus will have the opportunity to purchase some of their merchandise before this goes on sale to the public. For anyone who books another session on the night, they will also receive a discount.
Bring a guest to Map Maison and enjoy a relaxing afternoon or evening drinking Prosecco and cocktails whilst grazing on tapas.
You will be greeted at the stylish venue by the welcoming staff with a cocktail of your choice each. Enjoy these delicious cocktails with a tapas platter that offers a selection of delicious plates, including; 18 month aged Iberico ham platter, sourdough with Iberico ham, avocado mash, buffalo mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes and many more. Once you are fully settled in you and your guest can follow this up with a another choice of one cocktail each from Map Maison’s signature & experimental selection. Choose from a wide variety of cocktails, including the zesty Pink Lady, aromatic Into the Woods, fruity Perfect Poison or enjoy a classic such as an Espresso Martini to finish your experience. Non alcoholic cocktail options are available at an additional cost
Budding bakers can put their culinary hats on for a 2 hour macaroon making class. Throughout your experience, you will create a selection of macaroons in a variety of flavours. The fully qualified chefs at the Smart School of Cookery have designed the perfect class that will teach you how to make these delicate confections, achieving perfect results every time. Their pretty colours and endless selection of fillings mean they not only look great, but will taste delicious too.
Upon arrival you will be greeted by one of the chefs at the Smart School of Cookery. They will give you a brief overview of what to expect from the class, then you will get changed in to your apron, ready to get your cook on!
With the experts you will learn the skill of making an array of classic French macaroons, with a selection of delicious fillings.
The chef will ask a small group at a time to join him/her to prepare and cook during the session. Their extensive experience and success ensures maximum knowledge is passed onto all participants. Once the class has finished, you will be sent an email within 24 hours with all recipes you learnt from that day.
*Please make the venue aware if you have any food allergies, if you are diabetic or vegetarian. If you have a stomach upset you must not attend the experience, but you may be able to re-book subject to obtaining a doctor's certificate.
Founded by chocolate lover Hannah Saxton, this is the first company dedicated exclusively to chocolate-making workshops.
Kicking off with a quick (and tasty) history lesson, Master Chocolatiers will guide you through the magical legend of chocolate, with the chance to sample plenty of exotic tasters along the way. With a bean-to-bar discovery and chocolate connoisseur tasting session, you’ll then be sampling raw cocoa nibs, 100% pure chocolate and special secret ingredients, for developing a discerning palate.
Diving in to the chocolate making, you’ll be creating your very own personalised giant chocolate button using professional dipping forks to create marbled effects.
After demonstrations from the Master Chocolatiers, the chocolate making and chocolate decorating continues with fresh-cream truffles. You’ll be dipping and decorating your way to swish creations using dark chocolate ganache, milk chocolate fudge, bowls of melted chocolate and decorations such as, white chocolate flakes, honeycomb and strawberry curls.
You will leave with your very own chocolate creations (including the giant button and at least 15 handmade chocolates), packaged up in gorgeous ribbon tied bags.
Hampton Court, London
Stacey from Customer Service, August 2019
We decided to take part in the Hampton Court bike tour during the August bank holiday. The weather was perfect for biking around the grounds, sunny and hot with a gentle breeze coming from river Thames which runs alongside the palace.
The meeting point for the tour was Hampton Court train station which is a cute little station, located next to the palace. Once your group have all arrived it is time to set off and collect your bikes. The tour started behind a pub over the bridge called the Prince of Wales. Each bike had its own royal name ranging from Anne to Henry. The bikes were vintage and had a spacious basket for you to pop your belongings in. Within our group there were 8 people which is the average sized group for the tour. Here is where our guide introduced herself and allowed us to test out the bike, all seats are adjustable to suit your needs.
Hampton Court is located on the edge of Richmond upon Thames due to the fabulous weather the streets were buzzing with people coming to visit the palace. The guide advised us it would be better to walk our bikes over to the palace instead of biking due the busy streets and narrow bridge. As soon as we reached the palace grounds, our guide informed us of where we going during the tour – through the gardens, along Chestnut Avenue, through the parks which were Henry VIII’s hunting grounds to the pub for a nice refreshment and back along the palace grounds via a bike trail next to the Thames.
Our guide led the tour and everyone could go at their own pace, she would stop at different places and wait for everyone to arrive before telling us stories and the history of Hampton court. The ground was flat and easy to bike around however the bikes do take a little getting used too.
The pub is called the White Hart which has a lovely beer garden full of flowers and live music which made for a perfect pit stop. Everyone had time to enjoy the scenery and a much needed drink before setting off back to Hampton Court whilst riding along the river Thames. The tour ended at the palace where the guide told us about Henry and his many wives. After which you were welcome to spend the day in the grounds or exploring the facilities around you.
Ensure you arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the tour start time.