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London Summer Days
5 days - by Rail

Price from £329.95 per person*
Departures from 14th Aug 2017 to 4th Sep 2017

Single person supplement : £200.00 per person

Everyone knows that summer nights by the Thames river lights don't come cheap. With 4 star rooms in the capital often pushing £200 a night in high season, even with pre–booking, a week in London in July or August might seem out of the question.

Not so with Omega. On this great deal you get a FIVE day break in London at a central 4 star hotel with full English breakfast, and rail travel to and from your local area.

So now your only problem is what to do with all that time in London! Well ok, here's a few ideas about that ...


(Some less than obvious things you could do in Europe's most popular tourist destination. Most of these are free.)

The 10 Peak Challenge

Did you know that ten of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK are all in London, mostly free, and within a mile or two of each other? You can do ten in a week without brandy, a compass and mountain rescue, can't you? Of course you can!

Need some ideas? Here are the ten best places according to TripAdvisor.

Six of the Best

Not just of London, or even the UK, but the world. The Science , the V&A, the Natural History, the British, the National Maritime, and the Imperial War. Museums, that is. You'll find the first three of these right next to each other, and the others are just a few tube stops away. And they're all free entry.

Absolutely Fabulous

Harrods, Selfridges and, of course, Harvey Nicks for some bubbly Bolly.

Here's an interesting write–up of the best five, also including Liberty and Fortnum & Mason. Go forth and multi–buy, darling!

Monopoly Marathon

Your challenge is to walk the Monopoly Board of famous place names from the Old Kent Road through the Angel, Islington, Pall Mall, Vine Street, Leicester Square, Bond Street and all the stations. This is one time you can land on Mayfair without it costing you all your little green houses. You won't need Free Parking either and you can skip the Utilities. If you're wondering about routes, here's a helpful map. The location of the 'Go' square remains a mystery, though Ordnance Survey claimed in 2010 that it was at Lambeth North Tube Station. There is a pub version of this expedition, but since this involves a drink at 26 different stops we don't recommend it (and some pubs have even banned it).

Upstairs Downstairs

Before there was Downton Abbey, there was Upstairs Downstairs. Start from the TV location in Eaton Square and work your way round one of the most exclusive and expensive square miles on Earth, where practically every street is a celebrity and residents don't order their Rolls with butter. Sloane Range your way across Cadogan Gardens, cruise the mews in Kensington and count the Bentleys in Belgravia. Take a walk on the posh side!

One recommends ...

Even if you're not keen to pay the entrance fee and join the queues for Buck House, it would surely be remiss to miss the Changing of the Guard, which takes place in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace at 11.30 every day in summer and alternate days in winter. It's free to watch and lasts about 45 minutes.

Naval Gazing

Take a boat trip or water taxi to see the floating museum of HMS Belfast and the Cutty Sark (trouser outfits are best if you want to clamber around inside these ships). Star gazers shouldn't overlook the chance to go round the Greenwich Observatory and Planetarium.

I Spy with my London Eye

London is full of spy stories, 'spooks' nooks, Ipcress File crannies, James Bond chase locations and real-life former KGB dead drops. MI6 lives in Vauxhall Cross, also known as Legoland, blown up in more than one Bond film, while Blyth House, Kensington is the MI6 location used in the 2011 film Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Meanwhile MI5 can be found at Thames House, Milbank (although in TV's Spooks they used the Freemason's Hall in Covent Garden) while the KGB had a dead drop at Brompton Oratory and another at Café Daquise, where Christine Keeler used to meet her Russian spy lover. If you're a fan of the Great Game, London is the perfect place for a snoop.

Tower Bridge

Did you know you could hire this and hold a party? Named 2012's most unusual venue, this is free to walk across although there's a charge to see the engine rooms and the exhibitions (if giant wheels, pulleys and crankshafts are your thing, check out this nice YouTube video, which will give you an idea what to expect). The bridge has a website where you can check bascule lift times).

London Markets

Camden Market, Petticoat Lane & Portobello Road Market - where people shopped before department stores, and still world famous today; no need to buy, just fun to explore. Here's a handy map of the top 20 markets and their nearest Tube stations.

Parks & Gardens

London has more green spaces than any capital city in the world, among them Regents Park (where the zoo is), Hyde Park, St James' Park and Kensington Gardens. Here's a nice hand–drawn map of all London's green spaces. If you're near Hyde Park's north-east gate on a Sunday, don't miss lively Speakers' Corner (not to be confused with Hyde Park Corner), the place where people have aired their views since the days when the condemned had the right to one last speech before the big drop at nearby Tyburn Gallows.

Houses of Parliament

Free access to listen to debates from the public gallery of either House of Commons or Lords, provided that a) you're a UK citizen, b) Parliament is not in recess and c) you don't mind queuing. You can of course do proper tours, some including afternoon tea. There's also an interactive map which takes you on some fun virtual tours although you'll need to practise using the over–sensitive rotate controls or you'll make yourself seasick.

Bank of England

A lot more interesting than you might think, and you get the chance to lift up a gold bar to feel the weight. They don't let you take notes though (geddit?)... Details here.

Royal Institution

Free museum, on 3 floors, the site where Faraday worked with Humphrey Davy, Ada Lovelace caused a scandal, where 14 Nobel Laureates did their research and where as a game they play Tom Lehrer's rapid-fire song The Elements while you try to spot the 10 discovered on these premises. Serious science doesn't get more seriously fun that this!

Click here to find out what's coming up at the Royal Institution.

Highgate Cemetery

Amazing atmospheric place, like being in a Hammer horror film set (which it was, on one occasion). The Mayfair and Park Lane of the post–mortem in–crowd, this is famously the last repose of Karl Marx but also of Beryl Bainbridge, Douglas Adams, George Eliot, Michael Faraday, Sir Ralph Richardson, Paul Foot, Max Wall, Malcolm McLaren, Jeremy Beadle, and lately George Michael... The East Cemetery is open for a small fee (around £4). The West is by bookable tour only, all details here.

Trafalgar Square

The fourth most visited place on Earth, more popular than Notre Dame de Paris, Niagara Falls, the Golden Gate bridge, the Grand Canyon, Saint Peter's in Rome. Strange but true. The crowds continue to flock, although the poor pigeons have nowadays been banned. Here's an interesting source that tells you about the world's smallest police phone box, why people came here to check their (measurement) rulers, and what's wrong with the Landseer Lions.

Art galleries

Called by Clive James 'the best free show in town', containing some of the world's most famous paintings by Van Gogh, Turner, Holbein, Rembrandt, Hockney, all at the Tate Britain, Tate Modern, National Gallery, National Portrait or Wallace Collection. If they're not in the Louvre, the Prado, the Hermitage, the New York Metropolitan or the Uffizi, they're most likely in one of these London galleries.

Westminster Abbey

Right next to the Houses of Parliament and perfect if you prefer original Gothic with pulpits to neo-Gothic with politicians. Britain's got some outstanding cathedrals and Minsters but this one is the Boss. It has seen 16 royal weddings from Henry and Matilda in 1100 to William and Kate in 2011, and every coronation (bar two) since William the Conqueror. It also contains a Who's Who in tombology, including Chaucer, Newton, Darwin, Dickens, Handel, Hardy, Kipling, Tennyson and many others. Entry is pricey at £20 but you'll probably only do this once and it does include a free audio–guide.

This is the BBC from London

Not exactly free, at £13.50 each, but we couldn't resist including this, a daily tour of the BBC's Broadcasting House in Portland Place, near Oxford Circus. Try the cameras, see the newsroom, have a go at reading the news or making your own play with music and sound effects (note age restriction to age 9 or older). And for your evening in London? Why not try and get free audience tickets to a BBC show? Go here for details.

Public statues, secret stories

There are so many London statues with amazing stories that we can't do a list, but here's our favourite story about a statue in Regent's Park near London Zoo. In the First World War a Canadian vet named Harry Colebourn bought a black bear cub from a hunter in Ontario. He named the cub Winnie after his home town of Winnipeg. On his way to the front he left Winnie in the care of London Zoo, where she became so happy that, after the war, Harry donated her permanently. Hugely attached to the gentle bear was one small boy named Christopher Robin, who told his father AA Milne all about it. Winnie lived happily at the park until 1936.

If you want to see a statue of Paddington Bear, you can find it at... Paddington Station. And, while it's not exactly a statue as such, Harry Potter fans won't want to miss the luggage trolley disappearing into the wall of Platform 9 ¾ at King's Cross Station. They've got a Harry Potter shop there too. Who ever said railway managers don't have a sense of fun?

This tour is organised and operated by Omega Holidays plc ABTA V4782 ATOL 6081

  • Return standard class rail travel from your chosen departure station to London (you may have to pay a supplement for your area. First class travel is offered from most stations.)
  • Four nights stay at a choice of 4 star central London hotels with full English breakfast
  • Excursion to Windsor
  • Free time in London
  • VAT at 20%

Add an optional excursion to Richmond and Hampton Court (£19pp)

* Based on two people sharing a room. A room for single person occupancy is offered, subject to availability, at a supplement of £200pp for the break.

Monday Take the morning train to London from your local station and make your way to the Thistle Euston Hotel or Tower Guoman hotel for check in at around 4pm, after which you can enjoy the first of your four nights stay.

Tuesday After breakfast you have the whole day to do the sights. Some of the big name attractions have big entrance fees to match, so if you're planning on visiting these you might be better off buying a London Pass - see

Wednesday Breakfast, and then our optional excursion to Richmond and Hampton Court Palace, including admission to the palace, the famous maze and gardens, plus a multi–language audio guide and costumed guided tour as well as coach transfer and a visit to Richmond. If you'd like to take this tour, just choose this option at the time of booking (supplement of £19pp).

Thursday Today there is an optional free excursion to Windsor. You can explore the area, stroll down The Long Walk in Windsor Great Park, wander in Windsor Forest by Virginia Water, or perhaps take a short boat trip up the Thames from Windsor Promenade. The castle itself is also open to visitors but a visit takes around 3 hours and queues are common so you might want to pre–book on their website.

Friday After breakfast you have a free day before making your way to the railway station in the mid to late afternoon, for your journey home.

Here are some example hotels or similar ones that we use for this break, actual availability may change with the travel date you choose.

Some hotels have an additional supplement per person, as shown below. Supplements are stated for the break (not per night)

Thistle Euston, London
The Thistle Euston offers affordable luxury accommodation just a short walk from Euston station.
Tower Guoman Hotel, London
One of London's most prestigious addresses, the Tower Guoman overlooks the Thames and is located next to two World Heritage Sites, Tower Bridge and The Tower of London. You can enjoy one of the finest outlooks in London with the majority of rooms offering breathtaking views over the River Thames, Tower Bridge, The Tower of London, St Katharine's Dock and the City of London beyond.

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