8 months ago
Reading description of tour, it delivered as advertised with museums, monuments, art & architecture daily, hourly experienced. Highlights: Greenwich boat trip with pub dinner delightfully overlooking the Thames; Hampton Court Palace - period costumed actors milling about giving humorous mini performances; the small serene Romanesque St John's Chapel in the Tower, Mike Armitage's interesting insightful afternoon neighborhood tour-walks & last but not least, happily intersecting with the daily lives of intrepid Londoners.
Millennium Gloucester Hotel: location across from the Gloucester underground made getting around super easy, tour & solo; MGH's bell-desk service is second to none - highly competent, most approachable, supplying one with a wealth of information about many & varied topics serving both veterans & new visitors alike. Don't hesitate to ask. Within a stone's throw are pubs, a well stocked new grocery store, 2 pharmacies, a lovely tea shop, a 24 hr conv store & several varied restaurants & more, a little self contained village really. Downside to MGH: rooms rather spartan & some are a ways from elevators. Ask & you may find you may change; breakfast traditional English one; its' fare does/can get repetitious after a few days.
Our tour guide, Mike, assuredly knows London & was an enthusiastic, knowledgable & considerate leader, responding gracefully & promptly to folks needs & desires. London being a so vast a city & its' history so large, he was tasked with quite a job & succeeded.
Been on 6 RS tours, this my 1st Independent. Beyond the obvious, different than "regular" ones - missed being scheduled together in the aft/end of day(s) as info/experiences informally passed on by being with each other more, doesn't have opportunity to occur. Appreciate what fellow traveler wrote in being able to have means to electronically communicate itineraries/ideas thereby assisting in planning open times near areas where we've just completed our morning tour(s).