Day 1: Mid-morning meet at Hampton Court and meeting with Sophie Campbell. Deposit luggage with luggage porter which will be transported to your first hotel. Walk from Hampton Court to Richmond with en-route visit to Strawberry Hill House. Strawberry Hill House, famous for being Britain's finest example of Georgian Gothic revival architecture, was built in 1749 by Horace Walpole to house his vast collection of treasures. Walpole built the house with the intention of creating a theatrical experience for the visitor - you will get to explore the house from the grey stone entrance hall to the sumptuous Gallery, Round Room and State Apartment, whilst learning about the restoration of the house.
Arrive at the Richmond Hill Hotel for check-in. Evening welcome drink and dinner with wine at the hotel.
Day 2: Walk from Richmond to Wandsworth with en-route visits to Kew Palace and Gardens and Coach House, Hammersmith based in the basement of William Morris' Kelmscott House. Kew Palace, located in Kew Gardens, has a rich history spanning nearly 400 years and was first built in 1631 by Samuel Fortrey. Bought by King George III in 1781 for his wife Queen Caroline and their ever-growing family, the Palace has undergone a ten-year internal and external restoration opening to the public in 2006. Coach House, Hammersmith, based inside the basement of William Morris' Kelmscott House, houses the Morris Society's comprehensive collection of Morris and Co. wallpapers, watercolour designs, and textiles ranging from a Hammersmith rug and woven hangings to printed cottons, silks and embroideries. Please note that Kelmscott House is privately owned and not open to the public.
Arrive at the Alma Hotel, Wandsworth for check-in. Evening welcome drink and dinner with wine at the hotel.
Day 3: Walk from Wandsworth to Rotherhithe with en-route visits (time permitting) to the Chelsea Old Church, Carlyle's House, the home of historian and philosopher Thomas Carlyle and his wife Jane Welsh Carlyle, located at No. 24 Cheyne Row in Chelsea, the Tate Britain and the Tate Modern.
Arrive at the Hilton London Docklands Riverside Hotel for check-in. Evening welcome drink and dinner with wine at the hotel.
Day 4: Walk from Rotherhithe to the Thames Barrier with en-route visits to the Brunel Museum and the Queens House, Greenwich. The Brunel Museum, originally the Brunel Engine House built to house the drainage pumps for the Thames Tunnel, displays information on the construction of the tunnel and other projects undertaken by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. You will get the chance to descend into the Grand Entrance Hall of the Tunnel, first opened in 1843. The Queens House in Greenwich designed by Inigo Jones was the first classical building in England. Jones' original design features can still be seen in the Great Hall, which is a perfect cube in shape, as well as the Tulip Stairs and distinctive marble flooring with its black and white geometric pattern. The house has just been reopened after a major restoration project. The tour will finish at the Thames Barrier mid-afternoon.
NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion
The distances which will be walked each day are as follows:
Day 1: 9.5 miles
Day 2: 13 miles
Day 3: 14 miles
Day 4: 11 miles
The group will depart the hotel at 09.00 and finish each day at approximately 17.00. Your luggage will be transferred from hotel to hotel leaving you free to enjoy the walk. A small day bag is a good idea to carry waterproofs, a bottle of water etc.
Please note, as this is a walking tour there will be a considerable amount of walking and is therefore not suitable for people with walking difficulties.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 22 passengers.