Getting on/off a motorcoach in the evening. Walking approximately 3 miles; standing up to 3 hours; city pavements.
In the hotel dining room, the breakfast buffet offers a range of hot and cold items such as eggs, bacon, sausages, hash browns, mushrooms, tomatoes, cereals, cheese, cold cuts, yoghurts, pastries, toast, milk, juices, coffee, tea, water.
We will begin with a lecture by our Study Leader on the origins of the city. Next, we will set out together on a walking field trip through parts of London's East End, beginning at St. Katharine’s Dock outside the hotel. A hospital, a medieval church, and more than 1,000 houses were demolished to make room for this dock in 1828. Warehouses were filled with tea, rubber, wool, marble, sugar, and other commodities. The small entrance to the dock made it difficult to succeed as a commercial dock. In the heart of Tower Hill we will also see the most impressive surviving parts of the Roman Wall, built around 200 CE to defend and protect the people of London from attack. We will then walk on to Aldgate.
At a restaurant on Brick Lane, we’ll have an Indian meal. This vibrant area is famed for bagels and curries. Take in the atmosphere and admire the colourful street art.
This afternoon we will immerse ourselves in contemporary art at the Whitechapel Gallery. A touchstone for contemporary art internationally, it plays a central role in London’s cultural landscape and the growth of the world’s most vibrant contemporary art quarter. The gallery has premiered world-class artists from modern masters such as Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Frida Kahlo to contemporaries such as Sophie Calle, Paul Noble, Thomas Struth, Sarah Lucas, and Mark Wallinger. We will also have a talk on the collections and the importance of this gallery to the art world as we explore the beautiful galleries, exhibitions, artist commissions, collection displays, and historic archives. We will then walk back to the hotel.
We will travel by motorcoach to the Mayflower Pub in Rotherhithe Village, the oldest pub on the River Thames, for a 2-course dinner with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase at the bar. Our Study Leader will tell us about the intertwined stories of the pub and its namesake, the “Mayflower” — the ship on which the Pilgrims sailed to the new world. It departed London in July 1620 and later took on passengers from the ill-fated “Speedwell.” The “Mayflower” eventually crossed the Atlantic in 66 days. The charming, typically English pub is surrounded by cobbled streets, and we can spot the original 1620 mooring point.
Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the evening is at leisure.