We visit the magnificent Westminster Abbey, the coronation church since 1066, to see the tombs of the unknown warrior, scientists such as Sir Isaac Newton, Michael Faraday, and Charles Darwin, seventeen monarchs including Mary I and Elizabeth I, and the daughters of Henry VIII.
Take in stunning paintings, stained glass, textiles and a range of artifacts. You will see The Coronation Chair and hear about the Queen’s coronation of 1953 and of course, the famous Poets’ Corner.
After the Abbey, we will board a boat for a 40-minute cruise down the river Thames to Greenwich.
At Greenwich, we will see the former Royal Naval Hospital and Naval College built by Sir Christopher Wren, Nicholas Hawksmoor and John Vanbrugh (opened in 1694) and visit the magnificent Painted Hall. Part of the former Naval College, the Painted Hall is often described as Britain’s answer to the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican!
We will also see the Cutty Sark and the famous ‘tea clipper’ - a ship built for speed to bring tea and spices from India and China into America and London in the 19th century.
We will round off the day with a 20-minute climb up the hill to the Royal Observatory. Stand astride the Greenwich meridian, the notional line dividing the eastern and western hemispheres and visit the wonderful exhibition to find out about the importance of Greenwich in setting world time, and the solution to the ‘longitude problem’.
To learn more about Westminster Abbey and Greenwich itself, why not join one of my tours or include the two in your own personal tour of London which I can devise and conduct. Get in touch.
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