Extension: London Through the Eyes Of a Local

Experience the iconic city of London at your own pace before or after your Odyssey at Sea adventure, complete with a stay at a centrally-located hotel.
Program No. 23710RJ
4 days
Starts at

At a Glance

From food and culture to architecture and history, there are countless reasons why London is one of the world's most iconic cities. Depending on your departure date, spend two nights in this colorful metropolis before or after your Odyssey At Sea. In addition to a relaxing stay at centrally-located hotel, you'll kick off your exploration of local English life during a city orientation by motorcoach. What's more, you'll have the chance to explore whichever landmarks interest you the most, thanks to a city attraction pass and plenty of independent time.

Program Extension

To take this extension, enroll in this main program first.

Odyssey at Sea: Discoveries in Portugal, Spain & France

Join us for an unforgettable voyage along the coasts of Portugal, Spain, France and England aboard our floating campus, the Aegean Odyssey.
Activity Level
On Your Feet

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Enjoy two nights in a centrally-located hotel, as well as an expert-led city exploration.
  • Independently explore the cultural gems that make this city famous, such as visiting Buckingham Palace and Big Ben or experiencing renowned Borough Market, a public market dating back to the 13th century.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
London A Social History
by Roy Porter
'Roy Porter, a historian of formidable range, turns to urban history in this marvellously lucid, informative and passionate book... Porter's facts are always at the service of the narrative, which has a finely maintained momentum, balancing statistics with the words of historians, diarists and novelists, poets and churchmen: Pepys, Boswell, Fielding, Walpole, Blake, Mayhew, Wells, Woolf, Spark, ... a timely and brilliant book.' CLAIRE TOMALIN, EVENING STANDARD 'A vivid celebration of the city, but also an elegy for its decline, bubbling with statistics and anecdote, from Boadicea to Betjeman.' RICHARD HOLMES, DAILY TELEGRAPH BOOKS OF THE YEAR
London - The Biography
by Peter Ackroyd
Probably there is no one better placed than Ackroyd--the author of mammoth lives of Dickens and Blake, and novels such as Hawksmoor and Dan Leno and the Lime House Golem which set singular characters against the backdrop of a city constantly shifting in time--to write such a rich, sinewy account of "Infinite London". Ackroyd's London is no mere chronology. Its chapters take on such varied themes as drinking, sex, childhood, poverty, crime and punishment, sewage, food, pestilence and fire, immigration, maps, theatre and war. We learn that gin was "the demon of London for half a century", and that "it has been estimated that in the 1740s and 1750s there were 17,000 'gin-houses'." Fleet Street was an area known for its "violent delights" where "a 14-year-old boy, only 18 inches high, was to be seen in 1702 at a grocer's shop called the Eagle and Child by Shoe Lane." By the mid 19th century "London had become known as the greatest city on earth." By 1939 "one in five of the British population had become a Londoner."
by Edward Rutherfurd
Available in audio-cassette form: ISBN 0679443819 - fiction but gives a real feel for the period. London has perhaps the most remarkable history of any city in the world. Now, its story has a unique voice. In this epic novel, Edward Rutherfurd takes the reader on a magnificent journey across sixteen centuries from the days of the Romans to the Victorian engineers of Tower Bridge and the era of Dockland development today. Through the lives and adventures of his colourful cast of characters, he brings all the richness of London's past unforgettably to life.

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