22985
England
Pride in England: Celebrate in London & Brighton!
Celebrate the LGBTQ community as you attend Pride London or Brighton Pride, two of the U.K.’s biggest pride events! Enjoy London theater and cabaret, and explore the local art scene.
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Program No. 22985RJ
Length
11 days
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4,399
Flights start at
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11 days
10 nights
15 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrival London, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
London, England
L,D
Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel

Lunch: In the hotel dining room for those arriving by lunchtime. A light lunch with coffee, tea and water; other beverages are available for purchase.

Afternoon: Orientation at 5 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. This program is staffed with both a Group Leader, who will accompany us throughout the program and deal primarily with logistics, and a Study Leader who will lecture, conduct field trips and serve as an information resource on program-related topics. Unless otherwise specified, all transportation will be provided by motorcoach requiring ascending/descending a few steps. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please note that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Evenings at leisure offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable through personal independent exploration, attending performances or other events, or simply relaxing and making new friends among fellow participants. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. Following our Orientation session, we'll enjoy a welcome reception with wine.

Dinner: At the hotel, a 2-course dinner will be served with wine, coffee, tea and water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
3
State of the Nation, Soho, Caberet
London, England
B,D
Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel

Breakfast: Hotel buffet with a wide range of hot and cold options, as well as coffee, tea, water and fruit juices.

Morning: We begin our programme in discussion with our Study Leader, as well as a noted journalist such as Paddy O'Connell. We'll survey the "State of the Nation", and how the changing political and cultural landscape is effecting the everyday life of British people.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. Your Group Leader will be happy to offer recommendations and give directions.

Afternoon: This afternoon we'll set out on foot with our Study Leader to explore the vibrant London district of Soho. Oozing with character, Soho is the beating heart of London's theatreland and it's Southern streets form parts of the city's thriving gay district. We'll discover the long and colourful history of these storied streets, from its cultural benchmarks to its increasingly modern, vital aesthetic.

Dinner: Enjoy a two-course plated and served meal in one of Soho's top restaurants with tea, coffee and water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: After dinner, we'll make our way to one of London's many bustling cabaret venues for an evening of entertainment.

DAY
4
Portobello Road, Theatre Performance
London, England
B
Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Free time to explore your own interests. The Group Leader will be happy to offer advice and give directions.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: This afternoon we gather at the hotel before taking a motor coach to Portobello Road Antiques Market, the largest such market in London. Joining us will be an expert silversmith, who will walk the market with us, giving us a behind the scenes glimpse at this bustling centre of trade.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: Enjoy a performance at one of London's theatres. Performance details will be available in your second set of preparatory materials.

DAY
5
The Geffrye Museum, White Cube Gallery
London, England
B
Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: We’ll board our motorcoach and ride to the unusual, fascinating Geffrye Museum and its enchanting gardens. The museum itself casts its eye over the changing traditions of the English home, presenting rooms as they would have looked from the 17th century to the present day. It provides insights into changing standards of living and how changes in society were reflected in the evolution of the family home.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: This afternoon you will have the opportunity to lose yourself in the White Cube Gallery, one of the world's leading contemporary art spaces.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: Enjoy a performance at one of London's theatres. Performance details will be available in your second set of preparatory materials.

DAY
6
Art Exhibition, Theatre Critic
London, England
B
Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: We travel this morning to one of London's many world-class art galleries, to experience a wonderful exhibition with our Study Leader. Full details will be available in your second set of Preparatory Materials.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: This afternoon we board the motor coach for the Phoenix Artist's Club, where we will meet for a discussion with prominent theatre critic such as Matt Wolf. Something of an underground sensation in the London theatre scene, the Phoenix is a private member's club catering to the needs of both established West End performers and up-and-coming drama students alike. Always lively, they host a regular "open-mic" night for aspiring musical theatre stars to showcase their skills.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: This evening is free to explore London, or perhaps stay in the Phoenix Artist's Club and enjoy the unique entertainment.

DAY
7
London Pride
London, England
B
Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Today we spend the entire day at London Pride, one of the UK's largest Pride festivals. A truly inclusive community celebration, the vibrant march forms the centrepiece of a day festooned with arts events, concerts, arts festivals and much, much more. We'll enjoy the parade, before you have the chance to explore the festivities at your leisure.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Free to continue enjoying everything London has to offer on this special day.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Leighton House, Brunswick House
London, England
B,D
Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: This morning we take the motor coach to Leighton House. A private palace of art, Leighton House was formerly the home of celebrated Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton. Blessed with an astonishing interior wherein the very walls become the canvas, Leighton House is truly a one-of-a-kind collision between architecture and art.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Free time, until we meet at the hotel to travel to dinner. Your Group Leader will inform you of the time on the day.

Dinner: A served dinner at Brunswick House, one of London's most well-regarded fine dining experiences.

Evening: From dinner we travel on foot the short distance to the Vauxhall Tavern, one of London's oldest and most prominent meeting spots for the LGBT community. Here we will be able to relax and take in one of their legendary cabaret performances.

DAY
9
Transfer to Brighton
Brighton
B,D
Jurys Inn Waterfront Brighton

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: This morning is free, before an 11am motor coach transfer to Brighton - a journey of approximately 85 miles.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: After we check in at the hotel, we'll head out into Brighton for an orientation walk with our Study Leader. Focusing on the area around the hotel, we'll also explore The Laines - Brighton's famous, vintage arts district. Following our exploration, drinks will be served at Brighton's brand new British Airways i360 attraction - the world's tallest observation tower, with 360 degree views across Brighton and beyond.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: Following dinner we'll explore Brighton by night, a pulsating town full of lively cabaret.

DAY
10
The Royal Pavillion
Brighton
B,D
Jurys Inn Waterfront Brighton

Breakfast: Hotel buffet with a wide range of hot and cold options, as well as coffee, tea, water and fruit juices.

Morning: Free time.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: This afternoon we will make our way by motor coach for an expertly-led visit to the Royal Pavilion, a somewhat incongruous feature on Brighton's skyline. Looking curiously like the Taj Mahal, the Pavilion was first built as a seaside palace for King George IV in 1787 and retains its spellbinding grandeur to this day.

Dinner: Enjoy a served farewell dinner out in a local eatery.

Evening: At leisure, with time to prepare for tomorrow's departure.

DAY
11
Program Concludes
In Flight
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Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m. See your program’s travel details regarding transfers. If you are in independent traveler (POP status), see “Ground Transportation from Last Location.”

Breakfast: In the hotel. Please note that some participants may depart prior to breakfast.

Morning: Private transfers to London Heathrow Airport. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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