Social Programme

Provisional programme as at 9th. July 2014

Thursday 14th. May  Reception (open to all delegates with a 3 day ticket, and any delegate who has purchased a ticket)

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAFriday 15th.  May 7.45 pm to 10.30 pm May River boat cruise of Thames, showing many London sights.  Jazz band (early booking essential) with a stop to pick up traditional fish and chips to be eaten on the board.  £25 per person (not including fish and chips, or other refreshments.
The boat, the London Rose, is provided by Viscountess Cruises http://www.viscountcruises.com/. We will muster in the Hoare Memorial Hall in  Church House at 7.30 pm leaving there at 7.45 to walk to Westminster Pier (on the embankment, below the north side of Westminster Bridge) to board the boat at 8pm.

Friday 15th. May 6 pm to 7.30 pm Exclusive group tour of Westminster Abbey. The magnificent and historic Westminster Abbey will be open exclusively to conference delegates and their companions for a private tour between 6-7.30pm. The tour will consist of 4 small groups, each with their own experienced and knowledgeable guide who will talk them through the 1000 years of history in which the Abbey is steepedA treasure house of paintings, stained glass, pavements, textiles and other artefacts, Westminster Abbey is also the place where some of the most significant people in the nation’s history are buried or commemorated. Many coronations, Royal funerals, and Royal weddings have taken place here.

Taken as a whole the tombs and memorials comprise the most significant single collection of monumental sculpture anywhere in the UK and is a unique opportunity not to be missed. Early booking is essential. £30 per person

Saturday 16th. May Dinner followed by traditional UK dance  with ceilidh band and ‘caller’ (who gives the dancers instructions). Limited numbers.  Early booking essential. Price not included in ticket. A Ceilidh is a traditional social event which includes dancing to live Scottish music. Everybody can take part in these lively country dances and reels, and the simple steps will be shown to you by the band ‘caller’. The wonderful ‘Lochnagar Ceilidh Band’ are guaranteed to have you on your feet for an exciting and fun-filled evening.

One of our existential colleagues has agreed to host walks to find the real ‘Jack the Ripper’. Tours can be booked on the day or you can book in advance through the official website. Click here to book your place.

London offers many attractions including many museums, world famous galleries (notably the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, the Tate gallery, and the Tate Modern gallery), buildings (e.g. the Tower of London), and locations, such as Trafalgar Square and Tower Bridge.  It is also possible to travel out of London in a few hours to visit Hampton Court, the Wisley Garden, Windsor Park, Oxford, Cambridge, Stonehenge, or the coastline.  We will be able to provide details of tour companies who can make arrangements for you, and will post these in the near future.  It is easy, though, to arrange trips yourself by train or coach.

Travel within London can be simplified by buying a visitor’s Oyster card  or if you want access to sites too, a London Pass but see here for the limitations of this.  There is a charge for these cards, and if you are only planning to make a few journeys they are not cost effective.  Please note that you cannot pay cash for London buses.  So you will need a card for bus travel.  You can still buy tickets for the Underground, either from a machine or from a ticket office, where queues can be long.

Travel information is available from Transport for London for London and from National Rail for travel throughout the UK by rail.  Booking trains ahead of time is much cheaper than travel on the day and tickets can be collected from machines in local stations.

More information about travel and more at http://www.visitlondon.com.