The capital of the United Kingdom bustles with activity and exudes heritage with a concentration of historic charm and cultural attractions. The River Thames winds through the heart of the city beneath the soaring figure of the Tower Bridge and beside the iconic image of Parliament. Your flight lands at Heathrow International Airport, where your private transfer greets the family upon arrival. You have time to relax in the comforts of your luxury hotel located in central London before your guide welcomes the family in the lobby for an exceptional walking tour.
The Romans established the first historical settlement for what would become modern London approximately 2,000 years ago. The kids watch the streets of London Bridge fold letting a tall boat pass. Bells chime letting the cars know the bridge is pulling up the roadway. You pass the Globe Theatre, the famous playhouse associated with William Shakespeare. The original structure was built in 1599, however, a fire in 1613 destroyed the building. A second playhouse by the same name was erected over the original foundations but closed in1642.
The current Globe Theatre has celebrated the exceptional works of Shakespeare on the site of the original playhouse since 1997. Your guide leads you to one a hidden historical gem of the city, the 41 Cloth Fair, the oldest house in London. The family would have passed the street unnoticed if not for your guide who explains the house was erected between 1597 to 1614 and is the only house in the entire city that survived the 1666 Great Fire. The preserved and refurbished home reflects the depth of the city’s history found in the dramatic spires of the Tower of London and along the quiet roads tucked away from the central bustle of tourists.