Opera San Jose presents in conjunction with MWT Associates, Inc.

London Theatre Tour

Personally hosted by Larry Hancock
General Director - Opera San Jose

December 25, 2017 - January 2, 2018

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge
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Savor the excellence of the London stage and conversations with Larry Hancock on a Victorian Christmastime & Theatre visit to London. Experience the locales of Handel and Hendrix and the traditions of Queen Victoria’s time. Included are historic tours to London’s iconic sites, early entrance for the Crown Jewels at the Tower, private tour of Handel and Hendrix's homes. As you explore this historic city visit the many galleries and museums that highlight the art and history of this “island home”. Three theatre performances are included with optional tickets available.

Hampton Court

Hampton Court
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St Pauls

St. Paul's
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London bus

London bus
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Itinerary

Monday/Tuesday, December 25/26, 2017

San Francisco — London

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Late afternoon departure for London on British Airways flight over the pole. Upon arrival clear customs and immigrations and transfer to your hotel. Copthorne Tara, home for the next seven nights.
After checking in, join Larry Hancock and your tour director to savor a pub fare and orientation of the week.

St Martin-in-the-Fields

St Martin-in-the-Fields
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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

National Portrait Gallery & Theatre

OSLO - Matinee performance

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After breakfast, you are off to Trafalgar Square to visit the National Portrait Gallery followed by the included matinee performance of the 2017 Tony Award Winner Best Play, OSLO at the Harold Pinter there. Dinner tonight in the Crypt of Saint Martin-in-the-Fields Church. This beautiful 18th century architecture brick-vaulted ceiling and historic tombstones beneath your feet offer a perfect spot for delicious home-cooked food. Matinee performance included.

London Theatres

Shaftesbury Street - home to many theatres
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Thursday, December 28, 2017

London

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The morning is at leisure before joining Hancock this afternoon for a visit to the homes of Handel and Hendrix, which stand side by side separated by a wall and two hundred years. Evening theatre performance included.

Friday, December 29, 2017

London

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After breakfast meet the Yeoman Warder early at the Tower of London who will direct your guided tour behind the fortress imprisonment. Be one of the first to view the Crown Jewels. Afterwards stop by The Mall where “they’re Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace”.
After a traditional pub lunch visit Sir Christopher Wren’s 17th century masterpiece, Saint Paul’s Cathedral. Architect, astronomer and political strategist, Wren had his plans in front of King Charles II nine days after the Great Fire. This fabulous day ends with a traditional High Tea. Evening at leisure.   

Tower of London

Tower of London
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Saturday, December 30, 2017

London

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Choices today might include the historic Westminster Abbey with a stop at the Poet’s Corner where Chaucer, Dickens, Garrick and Tennyson among others rest or shopping and browsing at the historic Selfridges Department Store, Harrods and Marks & Spencer. This afternoon we are at the Barbican Theatre seeing the Royal Shakespeare Company’s JULIUS CAESAR as part of their Rome Series.   

Sunday, December 31, 2017

London

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Relish a cornucopia of London activities: The British Museum, National Gallery or Victoria and Albert Museum. Tonight enjoy the New Year’s Eve lights.   

Hampton Court

Hampton Court
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Monday, January 1, 2018

Hampton Court

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Pull yourself out of bed for a special visit to Henry VIII’s Hampton Court, built by Cardinal Wolsey in 1514 and was the favorite residence of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Tonight join your host, Larry Hancock, for a farewell dinner and conversation.   

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

London — Home

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Homeward from the land of kings and queens and literature giants or extend your stay in the United Kingdom.

London bus

London street scene
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Big Ben

Big Ben
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London street

Soho Steet
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Globe Theatre

Globe Theatre
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