CHRISTMAS AT THE RITZ – AFTERNOON TEA with a glass of champagne.
During the Christmas season (from 19 November until the end of December), traditional Afternoon Tea in The Palm Court or The Ritz Club is given an elegant, festive twist. You will enjoy a choice of 18 different types of loose-leaf tea, servings of delicate finger sandwiches, delicious pastries, mouth-watering cakes and of course their famous freshly made ‘light-as-a-feather ‘ scones with Cornish clotted cream & strawberry preserve. To complement your Afternoon Tea, a glass of Barons de Rothschild Reservé Champagne will be served to help celebrate the start of the Festive Season. Cheers!
Palm Court is traditionally transformed into an Edwardian winter wonderland, surrounded by rich red and gold trimmings and a beautiful lavishly decorated Christmas tree in the centre of the room, making it feel absolutely enchanting.
Gratuities are at your discretion. The Ritz prides itself in delivering the highest of service standards and maintaining traditional values by not including a service charge. Tips of course are always welcome if you are happy with your experience.
YOUR DAY WILL BEGIN from your preferred local pick-up on our luxury executive coach. You will be whisked up to London and dropped off in Manchester Square for an optional visit to the exquisite Wallace Collection in Hertford House (TBC), where you can spend as little or as much time as you like between drop-off and pick-up. With Oxford Street just a few minutes walk away, there will be plenty of eateries to choose from for lunch and you may want to take this opportunity of some pre-Christmas shopping.
NB. This may be amended to another London venue of interest, but as bookings are not taken until later in the year for many such alternatives, The Wallace Collection is currently the preferred option.
Later in the afternoon, we will meet the coach for our transfer to Piccadilly for dining at The Ritz before leaving London at around 1930.
Please see the itinerary below for full details.
RITZ DRESS CODE:
Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie (jeans & sportswear are not permitted for either ladies or gentlemen).
Tables for 2 persons and 4 persons have been reserved.
NB. As shorts, trainers & sportswear are not permitted in any of the hotel’s restaurants or bars, you will be able to wear comfortable shoes & attire during the day, leaving a ‘change’ on the coach before arriving at The Ritz for Christmas Afternoon Tea.
The Ritz London has also published a cookbook, celebrating recipes from Executive Chef, John Williams MBE. This can be purchased during your visit to the Ritz.
COACH ONLY PLACES
(or Hyde Park Winter Wonderland places if dates coincide)
A certain number of Luxury Coach-Only places will be available so you can do your own thing until 7.30pm!! Enjoy a glass of wine & nibbles during your journey home!
0845 Coach leaves Panache Coach Depot, Hedge End
0930 Coach leaves Stokes Bay – Sailing Club Bus Shelter
0940 Pick-up at Lee on the Solent – Bus stop opposite seafront shops
0950 Pick up at Stubbington – Red Lion
1000 Pick up Peak Lane, Fareham
1215 Arrive London Oxford Street area
Drop off: Manchester Square for The Wallace Collection – Free time to explore Hertford House & the amazing Wallace Collection ((Free Guided tour at 1430 – book on arrival – see below) PLUS nearby Oxford Street for Christmas Shopping/Lunch/sight-seeing etc
1630 Pick up at Manchester Square for coach to drop off for The Ritz, Piccadilly
1730 Enjoy a delicious Christmas Afternoon Tea with champagne in the Ritz Palm Court/The Ritz Club
1730 COACH ONLY CLIENTS – FREE TIME to enjoy an early evening meal of your choice in the Piccadilly area
1945 Meet coach – by Green Park Underground
1950 Coach leaves for journey home (latest)
Complimentary glass of wine & nibbles during journey home
2145 Arrive in home area
The above itinerary is only provisional, but will give you an idea of the time schedule expected. The itinerary will be confirmed 7-days beforehand.
Solent Events & Leisure reserve the right to alter the final tour itinerary as necessary if circumstances change beyond their control.
NB. Please do not ask us to pick-up or drop-off at stops not specifically listed above, as unfortunately we are unable to do so.
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