Time travelling in London: 4 historic activities for Incentive Groups

historic themed activities in London

Embark on a journey through time and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of London’s history with these four captivating ideas tailor-made for incentive groups or away days.

From the dazzling opulence of a private viewing of the Crown Jewels at the iconic Tower of London to the serene beauty of an open-top horse-drawn carriage ride through Royal Parks, each experience promises a unique blend of grandeur and nostalgia. Venture beyond the city limits to explore a 900-year-old castle at Windsor, or unravel the secrets of British democracy with an exclusive tour of the Houses of Parliament. With each activity offering a window into the past and a glimpse of royal heritage, your group is bound to create unforgettable memories against the backdrop of London’s storied landmarks and landscapes.

Private Viewing of the Crown Jewels

Step into a world of opulence and grandeur as you marvel at the ‘greatest working collection of Crown Jewels in the world.’ Start your morning early or visit in the evening to witness the Ceremony of the Keys. Both private viewings provide a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the Tower of London, where you can admire these magnificent treasures up close, adorned with dazzling diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and sapphires.  Enter the gates of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and step into the famous bomb-proof vault housing the Crown Jewels, that will be open just for you. You’ll also have time to explore the Tower and learn about the mystery of the Two Princes and the fates of royal prisoners including Anne Boleyn. Meet the Yeoman Warders that guard the Tower and the resident ravens; legend says if these birds ever leave, the kingdom will fall. Afterwards you’ll have the option to return to Westminster on a private Thames boat.

The Tower of London also provides a remarkable backdrop for a number of events and is available for private hire with spaces for intimate receptions and dinners through to larger spaces for product launches or conferences.

Open-Top Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

Transport yourself back to a bygone era with a delightful horse-drawn carriage ride through one of London’s Royal Parks, with options to explore Richmond Park, Bushy Park or Hampton Court Palace. Feel the breeze on your face as you soak in the traditional charm and beauty of the city from a unique vantage point. Sit back in the back of a vintage carriage and make your Bridgerton dreams come true. This is a wonderful way to immersive yourself in the woodland trails and watch the wild deer that roam the royal parks. Cobmine the tour with a unique behind-the-scenes visit to the stables to learn more about the Shire Horses, the last working herd in London.

Journey to a 900-Year-Old Castle

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and venture beyond London to discover a fairy-tale castle steeped in history. Once a beloved residence of English kings, Windsor Castle boasts nine centuries of stories waiting to be explored. Immerse yourself in British history and royal grandeur. Discover St. George’s Chapel, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and the final resting place of many monarchs, including the late Queen Elizabeth II. Afterwards take in breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape in the sprawling castle grounds. If you would like to spend extra time in Windsor after your tour, there are a number of leading venues in the Borough including Ascot Racecourse, Coworth Park and Fairmont Winsor Park.

Exclusive Tour of the Houses of Parliament

Experience an ambiance that whispers tales of political intrigue, historic debates and momentous decisions as you delve into the heart of British democracy with an expert-guided private tour of the Houses of Parliament. Explore this historic landmark outside of normal visiting hours and gain insights into one of the nation’s most significant institutions.

See the House of Commons, the tomb of Sir Issac Newton and the House of Lords. An extraordinary experience than can also be combined with a tour of Westminster Abbey, one of Britain’s most important historic buildings with monuments to a vast number of the county’s most revered people, including Charles Dickens and David Livingstone. The church is also famous for royal weddings and coronations, and you’ll see the chair that every monarch sat on for their coronation since 1308.

Both the House of Commons and the House of Lords are also available for private with a range of spaces, set against the backdrop of breadth-taking panoramic views of the River Thames and the London Eye.

Looking for more historic themed activities in London or other incentive trip activities or away day ideas that engage and inspire? We’re here to help! At Evolve we’re able to open doors to places that even many Londoners haven’t seen, to share aspects of London that others would never find on their own.

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