London Arts Tour
Begin your tour with a trip to do workshops in Oxford, home to royals and academics for 800 years.
- The Ruskin School of Fine Arts of Oxford University will host 1-2 day workshops studying the clothed/nude model, botanical drawing, and painting. Spend part of your workshop in the oldest university museum, the Ashmolean, to study, sketch, and paint on site.
- The Music Department of Oxford University will host choral and instrumental workshops tailored to your group’s interests, framed by lectures if so desired.
- Theater workshops will be offered by the Oxford School of Drama, one of the UK’s top 5 Drama schools.
An excursion to Stratford-Upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace, will lead you to an 800 year old market town in which you can explore, with your guide, the history of Shakespeare. Stay for an overnight if a theater workshop at the Royal Shakespeare Company followed by a play is for you.
Check in to your downtown hotel in London and embark on a guided walking tour of London’s sights and history, including a tour of the Tower of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Visit the National Gallery for a guided tour and have time to explore and sketch. Embark on another guided walking tour of the sights of London, including a tour of Westminster Abbey. Guided visit to Tate Modern to demystify modern art.
Three separate walking tours will deepen your exploration of the Arts:
- Street Art walking tour followed by a workshop with a local artist
- Shakespeare/Dickens walking tour followed by a tour of the Globe Theater
- Haendel/Mozart walking tour followed by a concert in one of the Haendel houses
Tour either the Royal Opera House or the National Theater, followed by a performance.
Attend a workshop at the Globe Theater followed by a play, if Stratford-Upon-Avon was not on your itinerary.
Enjoy a guided tour of the British Museum, and choose from a handful of other museums you might like to tour, such as the Victoria and Albert or the Museum of Design.
Explore historic markets for lunches, or trendier ones, and discover London’s street food scene. Decide for yourselves how much free time you would like to explore.
Round off your England Arts Tour with a relaxing last day at Hampton Court Palace, easily accessible by train or, in the summer, by boat. Experience Tudor England with guided tours, historical reenactments, and a run through the world-famous maze.
Spend your last evening taking a loop on the London Eye for an amazing panorama view or just stroll along the South Bank to enjoy the lights of the city across the river.