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Tracy McCully

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Year: 2001

Maritime Travel escorted trip to London.
6 nights at the Copthorne Tara Hotel in Kensington
full day excursion with Evans Evans Tours to Oxford, Statford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle

as well as visits to
-Tower of London
-Buckingham Palace changing of the Guard
-Kensington Palace
-Oxford Street shopping
-London theatre

This was my first trip to London and I fell head-over-heels in love with this city.  I have since returned twice.  For me, London has everything to offer.....history, architecture, shopping, theatre...... you name it.  And there is so much more to see within a 1-hour train ride from the city center.   On this trip we saw many famous London sights....Buckingham Palace, Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Kensington Palace, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London.  My most memorable moment was when we took a Thames cruise.  We boarded at Westminster bridge and cruised down the river and then we came around the bend in the river and there was Tower Bridge in the distance .... it was just a  great way to get my very first view of the iconic landmark.

Our day excursion with EvanEvans tours was magical. Our first stop was Oxford and we had a short walking tour of this charming university town.  Then we drove through the Cotswalds to Statford-upon-Avon, Shakespear's birthplace.  We toured his home and there was a Salvation Army Band playing in the square.  I just loved seeing that.  Then on to Warwick Castle and since it was early December, the holly was in bloom and the great room was decorated for Christmas. 

The Copthorne-Tara hotel is well-appointed, serves a great breakfast and is conveniently located in Kensington just a 5-minute walk to the tube stop at HighStreet Kensington.  This station has a pharmacy inside it and on the HighStreet there is a Marks&Spencer with a grocery store in the basement.  There are many shops and restaurants on this main artery as well and it's not a far walk to Kensington Palace and the Albert Memorial.