2. London Eye & Meal
- We have two exclusive packages with the London Eye, either a flight and a meal at Porters English Restaurant, or a flight and a meal at Covent Garden Grill. Both restaurants offer superb food and service and are situated in Covent Garden, less than 10 minutes stroll from the London Eye. To book either package please choose one of the options at the foot of this page.
- Today, the London Eye has become, quite literally, the way the world sees London. It is one of the most spectacular and popular attractions in the world, drawing visitors from far and wide. Its success is unquestionable, as is its popularity with tourists and Londoners alike. Yet it was conceived, designed and built against considerable odds. Of all the remarkable facts about the London Eye, perhaps the most astonishing is that it was ever built at all. It is one of London's few attractions that enjoys a significant portion of repeat business, say no more.
The London Eye 4.
- Porters English Restaurant, less than 10 minutes walk from the London Eye in the heart of Covent Garden's theatreland is famous for serving excellent homemade real English food. This year is their 25th Anniversary so we think that they must be doing something right! Porters best sellers include Steak, Guinness and Mushroom Pie, Pork, Leek and Sage Sausages, Salmon and Prawn Fish Cakes, not to mention wonderfully calorific puddings like Steamed Syrup Sponge and Spotted Dick. A choice of either starter and maincourse or maincourse and pudding from Porters table d'hote menu is included along with bottomless coffee or tea. Porters is open everyday from 12noon until 11.30pm (10.30pm on Sundays) Your reservation can be made at any time.
- Covent Garden Grill (as the name suggests) is in London's Covent Garden and less than 10 minutes stroll from the London Eye. Intimate yet bright, the grill is popular with both locals and tourists without ever becoming oppressively packed. The ground floor is divided up into sumptuous leather upholstered booths, whilst downstairs the ambience is slightly calmer with plenty of room and a feeling of exclusivity. Apart from the extremely tempting menu choices there is an excellent wine list (sensibly priced) obviously selected by someone with knowledge. The list of beers and lagers is equally interesting, there are about two dozen to choose from.
Covent Garden Grill 6. 7. We collect you from your Hotel or any other placeby arrangement, and your tour starts the moment you get aboard You will be the only party on our tour meaning that you can stop for longer or shorter periodsat the attractions, get dropped off at thetheatre or a West End restaurant afterwards. Starting at 9.00 am, we make our way through toWestminster Abbey. Here we will have ampleopportunity to take photographs of the Houses of Parliamentand Big Ben before entering the Abbey 8.
- A tour of Westminster Abbey lasts about 90 minutes, and when you come out there is just enough time for the short drive to watch the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace. [Note. This can be cancelled due to bad weather] We have an excellent viewing place at the Palace and the Guards and Band march within a few feet of where you will be standing. Our clients have some excellent photographs to prove it.
9. But we must not dwell to long at the Palaceas Tower of London beckons On our drive from Buckingham Palace to the Tower, wewe will pass the home of the Prime Minister inDowning Street, the Horse Guards at Horse Guards Parade and along the Thames Embankment 10. There will be a chance to see Shakespeare's Globe Theatre- maybe a tour for another day? We will also pass The Monument where the Great Fire of London started in 1666, and finally arrive at the Tower of London. The Tower is steeped in history and many of the places you can visit inside the grounds are over 700 years old. The tour of the Tower of London last between 90 minutes and two hours, and when you have finished there is still plenty more of London to see. Within walking distance of the Tower there is Tower Bridge and also nearby is part of the Roman Wall, which surrounded London 1800 years ago. 11. Now it is back on the road again, passing Lloyds of London, the London Stock Exchange, and the Bank of England and St Paul's Cathedral. Continuing with the tour we will drive around Trafalgar Square and see Nelson's Column, drive down The Mall and visit St James's Palace and then Kensington Palace, the Royal Albert Hall and Albert Memorial. The tour should finish at 5.00 pm at your Hotel, but if all that history has made you hungry why not let us drop you off at Porters English Restaurant in Covent Garden for a traditional English Meal. 12.
- Located in the middle of the barren expanse of Salisbury Plain, with its horizontal lintel, it is unique among stone circles. The ancient Britons quarried, carved and lifted these massive stones, how it was constructed still defies belief. The first stone was placed here 5000 years ago and the monument was finally completed 1400 years later.
- We head on towards Bath, the countryside changing from the bleak and barren Salisbury Plain to the fertile and beautiful landscape of Wiltshire and Somerset. In Regency Bath which is a world heritage site, we find elegant stone buildings with their terraces, crescents and graceful squares spread before us. We visit the original Roman Baths and the Georgian Pump Room where the natural mineral water attracted all fashionable society from far and wide. There is time to explore the Pulteney Bridge standing astride the River Avon, topped by shops and buildings or see Bath Abbey.
- With our River Red Rover ticket you can travel on board our fleet of luxury riverliners and hop on and off the boat at four points - Westminster Pier, Waterloo Pier, Tower Pier and Greenwich Pier. With regular cruises every day of the year you can travel in comfort and style and enjoy our on-board catering and bar services. The ticket lasts all day, so hop on and off as many times as you like.
River Red Rover 15. See the splendour and sights of London aboard City Cruises' scheduled sightseeing service between Westminster, Waterloo, Tower and Greenwich piers. As the Thames weaves its way through the capital there is history round every bend - and the best way to see it is from the river. City Cruises has regular departures from Westminster Pier, Waterloo Pier (London Eye), Tower Pier (beside the Tower of London) and Greenwich Pier (in front of the Cutty Sark) every day of the year except Christmas Day. During June, July and August you can take an evening cruise between Westminster, Waterloo and Tower piers and enjoy our full on-board bar services. Step aboard one of our wheelchair-friendly fleet of 500-seat riverliners, with their distinctive red and white livery, and cruise in comfort and style past London's unique landmarks. Visit the World Heritage centre of Greenwich, with its National Maritime Museum, Queen's House, Old Royal Observatory and traditional covered market, all in a day. 16.
- The Tower of London and Porters English Restaurant have teamed up to present you with this exceptional day out. Our tickets for the Tower of London simply need to be presented at the group ticket desk. After your visit to the Tower, jump on a London bus (about 13 minutes), tube (9 minutes) or taxi (about 12) to Porters in the heart of Covent Garden.
- Founded by William the Conqueror in 1066 and enlarged and modified by successive sovereigns, today the Tower of London is one of the world's most famous and spectacular fortresses.The Tower of London has been an integral part of British royal history for nearly 1,000 years. Only at the Tower can you marvel at the breathtaking Crown Jewels, stand on the execution site of three English queens and hear the myths and legends that make a visit to the Tower a day out to die for! Although the Tower of London is today seen as a visitor attraction, it is also a thriving community; about 150 people still live within its walls, mainly the Yeoman Warders (or 'Beefeaters') and their families.
The Tower of London 18.
- Admittedly Porters hasnt been around quite as long as the Tower, a mere 25 years, which by London restaurant standards is actually quite an achievement. Owned by The 7th Earl of Bradford; Porters serves traditional English food, their policy of keeping standards high and prices low is definitely a recipe for success. One is tempted to say that before dining at Porters one should check with Mother and double check with Nanny that it is alright to have such an unashamed indulgence. Prepare to return to the good old days and the reassurance that wholesome English food is what made the Empire great and can still delight and embolden the visitor to Covent Garden. Covent Garden Life - 2004 A two-course meal from Porters excellent table dhote menu is included along with the fast-track ticket for the Tower of London.