2022 was a year that made history in the UK, with the monumental celebrations of the Queen’s Jubilee in June, sadly followed by the passing of Queen Elizabeth II in September and the new reign of King Charles III, the world watched as Britain adjusted to a new monarchy. Now, in 2023, the world is getting ready to celebrate once again with the coronation of King Charles in May and visitors in the millions expected to flock to London to enjoy the fanfare.
Aside from grand royal occasions, 2023 in the UK is shaping up to be a pretty spectacular year in the UK with countless cultural, sporting and celebratory events filling up our calendars. With the capital city expected to be busier than ever, get access to Elevate London, offering a unique to True Travel dedicated on-the-ground concierge service with exclusive behind-the-scenes access to all London has to offer.
A Royal Occasion
Year-long celebrations are well underway for Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee but it’s the first week in June when the real fun begins. After four days of festivities, flag-waving and clinking champagne glasses, clients can retreat to the English countryside. Ending their trip with a relaxing stay at a beautifully restored Georgian manor surrounded by enchanting woodland and gardens.
SEE: LONDON WALKING TOUR
With one of our expert Blue Badge Guides in tow, uncover the secrets of the capital’s most iconic royal landmarks on our St James Walking Tour. For the ultimate luxury experience, then our Mayfair Jewels and Afternoon Tea is a must. Discover rare, handcrafted jewels with a renowned heritage jeweller followed by an opulent champagne afternoon tea.
STAY: HECKFIELD PLACE
Pair a city break with a countryside escape at Heckfield Place. A sustainable haven when you’re not touring the pleasure grounds or trying your hand at a game of croquette, guests can unwind in its serene spa. This fantastic retreat was also recently awarded a Green Michelin Star for its outstanding farm-to-table dining experience.
Game, Set, Match
128 of the world’s most talented players, 675 head-turning matches, and more Pimms, strawberries, and cream consumed over two weeks than in an entire British summer. Okay, the latter might be a slight exaggeration but what is for certain is that Wimbledon is a sporting spectacle not to be missed. Whether you’re cheering courtside or hollering from Henman Hill.
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join a sporting legend for the ultimate coaching session, take a tennis lesson from a Wimbledon lesson. Hear all about their fascinating career as you learn all the tricks of the trade. Let’s face it, not many people can say they’ve beaten a Wimbledon champion at their own game – this is your chance.
STAY: HENRY’S TOWNHOUSE
This beautiful regency-inspired townhouse is the perfect home-from-home. The former residence of Jane Austen’s favourite brother, Henry, is as rich in stories as it is character. When you’re not out exploring the city, settle in the carriage snug with a good book and in the evenings your very own first-class chef will be on-hand for extravagant dinner parties.
London in Full Bloom
Spring 2023 sees the return of the world’s most famous display of horticultural splendour. RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a demonstration of outstanding garden design where talented horticulturalists create outdoor sanctuaries and exceptional innovative landscapes. A truly unique day out for your clients that will inspire their inner gardeners.
Kew Gardens is nothing short of a botanical marvel. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to over 50,000 living plants and has become one of the world’s most important centres for conservation. From the vast Arboretum to its Alpine Rock Garden, discover nearly 200 years of British history in 320 acres of glorious landscapes.
STAY: BEAVERBROOK TOWNHOUSE
Boasting a prime perch on the stylish Sloane Square, Beaverbrook Townhouse is just a stone’s throw from the main event. This grand Chelsea townhouse combines British charm, Japanese allure and the flamboyancy of Lord Beaverbrook himself. Sample expertly made craft cocktails at Sir Frank’s Bar and savour exquisite Asian cuisine in the Fuji Grill.
Swing Easy in Scotland
With a reputation for being the ‘home of golf’, it seems more than fitting that St Andrews, Scotland is to host the landmark 150th Open. Top players from around the world will head to the rugged, beautiful coastline of Fife to play off in this prestigious tournament. Where days off the course can be spent uncovering intriguing history, exploring the expansive wilderness, and sampling a whisky, or five.
Take a day trip to the charming Scottish capital with a historian who will help you uncover the secrets of Edinburgh’s iconic cobbled streets and captivating castles. Once you’ve tasted local delicacies and visited the city’s most famous sites extend your stay with a trip to the island of Islay, an outdoor enthusiasts’ paradise.
STAY: THE TAY HOUSE
In the heart of one of Scotland‘s most beautiful villages, just an hour away from St Andrews, Tay House is the perfect lodgings for golf enthusiasts. When you’re not taking in all the action on the course, get involved with local sporting activities. Try your hand at a simulated clay day or do a spot of fly fishing in The River Tay.
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