Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 5 miles, approximately 1.5 hours. Walking about 2.5 miles, periods of standing. Paved streets, some cobbled areas.
In the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers a variety of choices such as eggs, bacon, sausages, hash brown, tomatoes, mushrooms, make-your-own muesli, cereals, pastries, toast, milk, juices, coffee, tea, water.
Our Study Leader’s lecture series will begin at the hotel with an introduction to the London music scene. After the lecture, we’ll board a motorcoach and ride to the Foundling Museum on Brunswick Square. This museum presents the story of the Foundling Hospital, established in 1739 by philanthropist Thomas Coram as a home for abandoned children, but also holds significant collections of artworks and documents including the Gerald Coke Handel Collection of more than 12,000 items, which we’ll explore with our Study Leader.
At a local restaurant we’ll have a 2-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
We’ll board a motorcoach and ride to Covent Garden, where we’ll take a walk with our Study Leader through this vibrant area which evolved from a 13th century walled garden tended by the monks of Westminster Abbey. Today it is a bustling center of cultural and social life, but the Covent Garden known to the European composers who made their bases in London in the 18th and 19th centuries was a less salubrious place, where taverns, theaters and coffee houses provided opportunities for debauchery of all kinds. During our exploration of the area we’ll see the exterior of the Royal Opera House. As is the case for many of London’s historic performance venues, the Royal Opera House has been rebuilt or repaired on multiple occasions after suffering fires. The first theater on the site was the venue for premieres of Handel’s operas, and we’ll learn more about Handel’s involvement in the early years of the institution from commentary on its history by our Study Leader.
On your own to enjoy what you like.
We’ll board a motorcoach at the hotel and ride to one of London’s renowned concert venues, where we’ll attend a performance. Our program was planned far in advance when details of performances were not available. When confirmed, the information will be posted on the Road Scholar website under this program number and will also be included in preparatory materials sent following enrollment.