Accompanying Persons Activities
Accompanying persons rate includes the following
Tuesday 12 July
Welcome Reception at St Paul’s Cathedral Courtyard
Wednesday 13 July
Evening meal aboard The Silver Sturgeon
Thursday 14 July
Harry Potter Walking Tour (am)
· Experience a magical Harry Potter themed walking tour across London by looking at the places where the films were made.
· Find out which Hogwarts House you belong in and test your Harry Potter knowledge
· Stroll down Diagon Alley, visit the Leaky Cauldron, and more
· See iconic London sites such as Borough Market, The London Eye, and Trafalgar Square.
Walk in the footsteps of your favourite wizards (and witches) around Muggle London. Your Harry Potter enthusiast guide will be armed with weird and wonderful trivia all along the way.
Meet your guide, Jack, and start your adventure by finding out which Hogwarts’ House you belong in. Compete against other Houses in an interactive quiz as you see the sites that inspired J.K. Rowling, from Shakespeare's Globe to the London alleys that inspired Knockturn Alley.
Highlights include passing The Leaky Cauldron, the secret wizarding inn. Explore the real Diagon Alley, where Harry buys his first wand. Even see the bridge destroyed by the Death Eaters in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince".
We will travel to 1. Southwark Cathedral 2. 800-year-old Borough Market 3. Sir Francis Drake's world-famous Golden Hinde 4. Winchester Palace 5. 900-year-old Clink Prison 6. Shakespeare's Globe 7. Millennium Bridge 8. Daniel Radcliffe's School 9. The London Eye 10. River Thames 11. Sherlock Holmes' Pub 12. Great Scotland Yard 13. Gringotts Wizarding Bank 14. The world's smallest police station 15. Trafalgar Square 16. Knockturn Alley 17. Diagon Alley 18. Palace Theatre
London Through the Ages Walking Tour (am)
The City through the Centuries: An in depth walk through almost two thousand years of London's past by a local history teacher. The walk takes in over thirty important and sometimes overlooked sites, from a hidden Roman amphitheatre, to the original London Bridge and the Tower of London. Delve deep into London's history through its often hidden ruins and always colourful characters.
Friday 15 July
Gala Dinner at The Swan (pm – late) - Black Tie encouraged
In addition, the following are optional at an additional cost at limited availability – please register early to avoid disappointment
Tues 12 July
Visit to Highclere Castle and Gardens – Home of Downton Abbey (full day)
Cost - £65 to include transport
The first written records of the estate date back to 749 when an Anglo-Saxon King granted the estate to the Bishops of Winchester. Bishop William of Wykeham built a beautiful medieval palace and gardens in the park. Later on, in 1679, the palace was rebuilt as Highclere Place House when it was purchased by Sir Robert Sawyer, the direct ancestor of the current Earl of Carnarvon. In 1842, Sir Charles Barry, who also designed the Houses of Parliament, transformed Highclere House into the present-day Highclere Castle.
During the First World War, Highclere Castle was converted into a hospital for wounded soldiers run by the 5th Countess of Carnarvon. Then, in the Second World War, Highclere Castle was home to children evacuated from London.
There are between 250 and 300 rooms in the Castle Saloon and during your tour you will explore the main state rooms so familiar from "Downton Abbey". You will see some of the bedrooms after which you will follow the stairs down to the cellars and old staff quarters where you will find the Egyptian Exhibition, celebrating the 5th Earl of Carnarvon's discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun.
Wed 13 July
Afternoon Tea at The Ritz, Mayfair (am – afternoon)
Cost - £65
Indulge in a slice of the finest British tradition and enjoy Afternoon Tea at The Ritz London.
Whilst dining at The Ritz, savour a selection of finely cut sandwiches, freshly baked scones with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry preserve, and a mouth-watering range of exquisitely presented pastries and teacakes, replenished on request.
As well as 18 different types of loose-leaf tea to choose from, why not sip a glass of Champagne to add some extra sparkle to the occasion.
This most charming traditional Afternoon Tea in Mayfair is served in the spectacular surroundings of the hotel’s former Ballroom located in The Ritz Club, on the lower ground floor of the hotel. For the first time in over a century, you can dine in this wonderful venue for a limited time.
The Ritz London is the only hotel in the UK to have a certified Tea Master, Giandomenico Scanu, who travels around the world to various tea plantations to source our wonderful teas.
Thursday 14 July
Dine Arounds (pm) – additional charge on the evening at the venue
Optional Post Conference Tours are also available to the Accompanying Persons
Saturday 15 July
Warner Brothers Studios (Harry Potter) with themed Afternoon Tea (full day)
The Coach will collect guest from the hotel at 10am to drive to the Warner Bros Studios. This experience will take you on a behind-the-scenes tour, showcasing the various costumes, props and sets that made the films so unforgettable. You’ll learn all about the special effects used for stunts, and the techniques used to create the illusion of spell-casting and flying. Visitors will even have the opportunity to walk through Gringott’s Bank! This painstakingly reconstructed set has been built by some of the original production team whose work has earned the films a variety of prestigious awards, and will make you feel like you’re walking amongst the goblins. Marvel at the detailed prosthetics used to make Warwick Davis into Griphook the goblin, and the costumes that brought the characters to life. Once you’ve finished the tour, the coach will take you to Hunton Park Hotel for afternoon tea. Enjoy a traditional array of freshly-made finger sandwiches, homemade scones with clotted cream and jam, cakes and pastries over tea and coffee. The perfect end to a perfect day! The coach will collect you from the hotel at 17:30 to return to Leonardo St Pauls Hotel.
Cost - £110 to include transport
Windsor Castle Guided Tour with Afternoon Tea (full day)
Cost - £110 to include transport
The coach will collect you from the hotel at 09:30am to drive to Windsor Castle. Explore the world's largest inhabitated castle together with a visit to Windsor Castle. An iconic part of British Royal Heritage with over 900 years of history, the home of HM The Queen is one of the country's most significant landmarks. The two of you can explore it at your leisure, including the magnificently furnished State Apartments, boasting fine art by Rembrandt, Rubens, Canaletto and Gainsborough. You will then take the 5 minute walk to the Sir Christopher Wren Hotel for afternoon tea. The coach will then collect you at 17:00 to return to the Leonardo St Pauls Hotel.