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The

 
london
 
trip

2024 DATES

**Trip availabilities change throughout the day and may not be accurately reflected here. To see if space is available for the date you are interested in, please click through to the booking form.

May 23 - 26, 2024

Inaugural trip – $200 off

Aug 29 - Sept 1, 2024

4 Days/3 Nights

starting at $2,299 USD

Payment can be broken down into a $500 deposit + 3 additional installments.

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WHAT TO EXPECT

Our group trip to London is curated for travelers in their 20s and 30s looking to explore historic landmarks, embrace pub culture, and immerse themselves in world-famous art, theater, and museums.

Few cities on the planet have as much going on as London. Start things off in local fashion over a few pints at the pub with your new crew. Over the next four days, you’ll raise a pinkie at high tea in Kensington Gardens (where Prince Harry and William grew up), roam ultra-hip Camden Town, and find out how multiculturalism makes for amazing cuisine in the East End. You’ll even catch a show at the Globe Theater, Shakespeare’s old stomping grounds. 

With arches, spires, and punk rock, this is as authentic, unfiltered, and dynamic as big cities get. Whether you’re spending your entire vacation here or passing through on your way to another European destination, in London, there’s never a shortage of iconic sights to see and explore.

For the love of

MULTICULTURAL CUISINE

ROYAL HIGH TEA

MINDING THE GAP

THE BARD & THE BEATLES

PINTS AT THE PUB

FOOTBALL FANATICS

BANKSY'S CANVAS

LIVING HISTORY

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Included

  • 3 nights of accommodations in London, United Kingdom

  • All accommodations in a shared room with one other person with the option to upgrade to a private room (limited availability)

  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners

  • Welcome Drinks

  • London Pub Hopping

  • Guided walking tour through London’s most colorful boroughs 

  • Royal high tea at Kensington Palace

  • Immersive food experience through East London

  • Show at the iconic Globe Theater

  • 2 Day London Transport pass (zones 1-4)

  • FTLO Trip Leader

*Activities are weather-dependent on all London tours; in the unlikely event that we are unable to run an activity, we will have a suitable alternative in place.

not included

  • Flights to and from London

  • Mandatory trip insurance

  • Meals not mentioned (Budget around $200)

  • Incidental expenses

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day by day

*Itinerary is subject to change

Day by day
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arrive

  
Day 1 - London
London Calling

After catching the tube from the airport or taking a Black Cab past Big Ben and into Central London, it’s only fitting that you kick off day one with a couple pints at the hotel to get to know your new crew.

From there, we’ll head to our welcome dinner at the pub, where you can try your first plate of fish and chips (with nearly 3,500 taverns in the city, a visit to at least one is a requirement for the full English experience). Over background riffs of The Clash on the jukebox and football banter on the telly, you’ll make fast friends in no time.

 

If you’re knackered (exhausted), head back to the hotel, otherwise head out on the town. London’s winding streets are full of historic bars, tiny pubs, chaotic clubs, and everything in between. Cheers, mate!

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taste

  
Day 2 - London
Royal Treatment

After breakfast with the crew, it’s time for you to dive headfirst into London’s culture and heritage from the bohemian to the high-brow. 

 

On a walking tour through Camden’s hip, graffitied streets, stroll past vintage markets, legendary music venues, and more leather jackets and mohawks than you can keep up with. After that, hop on the tube for afternoon tea and a tour of Kensington Gardens. We’ll zig-zag through sprawling, manicured landscapes (originally part of King Henry VIII’s deer hunting grounds in Hyde Park), sip Earl Grey, and indulge like aristocrats in an array of scones, pastries, clotted cream, and jams.

 

That night, dive into London’s diverse immigrant backbone and the cuisine it’s created on an East End food tour with everything from centuries-old local staples to modern delicacies made by award-winning chefs. Delicious.

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Day 3 - London
O Romeo, Romeo

Your morning’s free to explore a few of London’s 192 museums with friends. If you’re a history buff, decipher the past and marvel at the Rosetta Stone in The British Museum, or, if you’re after something more modern, cross the Thames to South Bank.

 

Head to the Tate Modern for contemporary masterpieces and then grab a bite at Borough Market. Take the riverwalk, and you’ll find bright, graffitied concrete walls and pillars in a perpetual state of change (just watch out for the skateboarders).

We’ll recap an amazing four days over a farewell dinner before we step back in time for the ultimate London experience, a show at the world-famous, open-air Globe Theater to watch Shakespeare the way it was intended to be seen.

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Day 4 - London
Tata for Now!

Honestly, you could spend a lifetime exploring London; it’s one of the world’s great cities. 

 

From pints at the pub where Dickens once drank to the buttoned-up scene at Parliament Square, the diversity of experiences you can find here is staggering. And with Westminster Abbey’s stained glass windows, the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace, and Hackney Wick’s wild warehouse parties, there’s always more to discover.

 

If you stick around, you don’t need to decide between The Beatles and The Stones, but you will need to figure out if you’re an Arsenal supporter or Chelsea’s your team. On the other hand, London Heathrow is one of the biggest hubs for mainland Europe (and the rest of the world); now that the jetlag’s gone, you could join us for amazing cuisine in the Basque Country, or come along for dreamy beaches in Sardinia.

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Fast facts

“I’ve been walking about London for the last 30 years, and I find something fresh in it every day.”

 

- Walter Besant

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FAST FACTS

Just for fun

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The Tube is the oldest subway in the world. It opened in 1863!

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The Clash and The Sex Pistols helped kick off punk rock in London in the 70s.

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In 1866, the Great Fire of London burned 70% of the city over four days. It’s the reason most buildings are now made of brick.

Trip notes

  • There are limited single rooms available on our London trips. Book early if you prefer one, as they usually fill up.

  • On European trips, we stay as close to historic city centers as possible. This means your accommodations will often be on the small side, quirky, and unique (we love this!).

  • More information regarding visa requirements and Covid restrictions on the London trip can be found here.

about london

With roots dating to Roman times, London is a global hub of culture and arts. From the British Museum's historical treasures to the vibrant performances in the West End, or world class shopping on Oxford Street it offers a diverse range of experiences. Iconic sights, including the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, London Bridge, Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral, the London Eye, and The Shard, blend history and modernity. Cuisine ranges from traditional British pub fare in Covent Garden to Indian dishes on Brick Lane or the eclectic offerings of Borough Market. At night, the city comes alive with trendy bars in Soho, lively clubs in Shoreditch, and iconic establishments along the South Bank.

Good to Know

  • The national currency of the UK is the British Pound (£).

  • Tipping is not expected in London, but appreciated for good service.

  • The Tube is incredibly convenient and easy to use.

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Flights

Fly into London-Heathrow (LHR), London-Gatwick (LGW), or London Stansted (STN)

You’ll need to arrive at Heathrow by 1:30pm, Gatwick by 1:00pm, or Stansted by 1:00pm on day one of your trip to reach the hotel by 4:00pm.

Depart from London-Heathrow (LHR), London-Gatwick (LGW), or London Stansted (STN)

Check out of the hotel is at 11:00am, but you can fly out at anytime.

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