November 27, 2018

A Travel Agent’s Tips On London

Winston Churchill once said “I’m easy to please, I like the best.”

This became the theme for our anniversary trip to London. We had limited time so we decided that short and sweet was going to be the call.

We met in London 38 years ago, so there was no better place to celebrate. It began with a nonstop business class flight on Delta. The fully reclining seats and attentive service got things off to a jolly good start. But the best was yet to come.

Joy and Tom Thrun at the Ritz

The address for our stay was The London Ritz in Piccadilly. An iconic hotel with the best location in town. This is one of only three original Cesar Ritz Hotels, we only have one left to visit.

It was over the top luxury, from high tea in the Palm Court to the signature Vespers and proper G&T’s at the Ravioli bar. In fact the robes and towels were so thick I could barely close my suitcase.

Joy and Tom at High Tea in the London Ritz
Joy Thrun at the London Ritz Hotel
Joy and Tom at High Tea in the London Ritz

On our actual anniversary we had the entire day meticulously orchestrated. It began with a champagne flight on the London Eye. It was a crystal clear day without a cloud in the sky, so the view was spectacular and the champagne wasn’t bad either.

Joy Thrun Enjoying Wine On The London Eye
Tom Thrun Enjoying Wine On The London Eye
Joy Thrun in front of the London Eye

That afternoon we had reservations at the Ivy in Covent Garden for a pre-show gastronomic extravaganza, it did not disappoint. After dinner, we jumped into one of the ‘new’ traditional London cabs to take us to Royal Albert Hall.

Dinner at the Ivy in Covent Garden
Rodriguez - "Searching For Sugar Man" in London
Royal Albert Hall in London

We had scored box seats to see Rodriguez in the concert, the ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ legend. Seeing anything at this legendary venue is a special experience, by the way I counted exactly 4000 holes.

Royal Albert Hall in London

The next day we took the tour inside of Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews. This tour is only available during the months of August and September and is well worth it. The time spent in the palace and on the grounds was more than I expected. Her majesty says ‘Helloooo.’

Joy and Tom Thrun at Buckingham Palace
Joy Thrun at the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace in London
Joy Thrun at the Entrance of Buckingham Palace

After our royal visit we continued to Churchill’s War rooms. This site is virtually frozen in time. It is the same as it was during the war. The Churchill Museum, adjacent to the war rooms, is a fitting tribute to this multi-faceted icon. Having visited Normandy for the first time the year before it was especially poignant.

Churchill War Rooms in London

The next day, we embarked on the magical mystery tour and took the train to Liverpool. On our trip we met Nikki Take, Liverpool’s most famous drag queen. He/she gave us a different take on the home of the Beatles. He/she said it was one of the nicest cities in Great Britain and he/she was spot on.

The Home of the Beatles in Liverpool

We arrived at Lime Street Station, located in the heart of town and walked the streets the Fab Four called home. We made our way back to the revitalized dockyard for lunch and a visit to the Beatles Museum. Afterward we boarded the magical mystery tour bus for an escorted visit to over 30 Beatles related sites.

The Magic Mystery Tour in London- To Liverpool

We ended our perfect day where it all began for the Mop Tops, dancing to twist and shout at the Cavern Club, yeah yeah yeah! If you’re a Beatle fan this is a must do, even if you’re not, Liverpool is worth a visit, especially for those of us who visit London on a regular basis.

Meeting Nikki Take at The Cavern in London

The rest of our time in London we immersed ourselves in all things British, pubs, fish and chips and west end theatre.

Joy and Tom Thrun At The Pubs In London
The Best Fish and Chips in London

Our decision to return to the scene of the crime for our 34th wedding anniversary and enjoy our anglophilic adventure was “simply lovely” even though it was a Hard Days Night.

Now if only I could stop saying ‘lovely’ and kick this clotted cream addiction.

London is a city with many wonderful things to do. Getting good advice can assure you get everything in you want to do by having skip the line entrances, show tickets and pre-paid tours.

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Cheers,
Tom and Joy Thrun

Tom grew up in the travel business. His family owned travel agencies throughout the Detroit area as well as the Sans Souci Hotel in Jamaica. Before joining Classic Travel, Tom’s focus was on group managing and escorting, which he has done all over the world. Joy and Tom feel fortunate that their careers have combined their expertise, love for travel, and personal pleasure in providing wonderful travel experiences to Classic Travel’s valued clients.

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