BLS - 2020 Visit - London

BLS - 2020 Visit - London

Following the very successful 2019 BLS trip to Cambridge, in 2020 we will be going to London and have an exciting programme planned:





fco 150x100Guided tour of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with the official historian of the Foreign Office.





armourers hall 150x113Tour of the Armourers and Brasiers Hall, home of The Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers one of the Livery Companies of the City of London. The Armourers' Guild was established in 1322; it received a Royal Charter in 1453. The tour will be guided by Peter Bateman, Clerk of the Company and former British Ambassador to Luxembourg.



middle temple hall 150x101A sandwich lunch at Middle Temple Hall followed by a tour of the buildings.
The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, commonly known simply as "Middle Temple", is one of the four Inns of Court exclusively entitled to call their members to the English Bar as barristers. We will be accompanied by Sir Nicholas Forwood, one of the Patrons of the BLS.


reform club 150x113Dinner at the Reform Club Pall Mall.
The Reform Club was founded in 1836, in Pall Mall, in the centre of what is often called London's Clubland. The founders commissioned a leading architect of the day, Charles Barry, to build an imposing and palatial clubhouse. We hope to welcome the Luxembourg Ambassador and his wife as our guests.

palace of westminster 300x118

Visit to the Houses of Parliament – House of Commons / Lords – arrangements pending the outcome of the UK General Election on 12th December.


inside lloyd s of london 150x105Visit to the Insurance centre of Lloyds of London





royal opera house and ballerina 150x136Guided tour of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden – front and/or back stage.





vam kimono 150x134Victoria and Albert Museum - Private talk by the curator of the upcoming exhibition: Kimono- Kyoto to Catwalk - followed by a visit to the exhibition.




embassy of luxembourg 150x200Visit to the Embassy of Luxembourg - the home of the Luxembourg government-in-exile during the Second World War.
Reception hosted by the Luxembourg Ambassador to United Kingdom.






gone to chelsea 150x100An opportunity to visit the Chelsea Flower Show
Held at Chelsea since 1912, it is the most famous flower and landscape gardens show in the United Kingdom, and perhaps in the world.


wallace collection 150x113A visit to the Wallace Collection, Manchester Square, Marylebone, London W1U 3BN,with lunch in their French brasserie set in the Wallace Collection's glass-roofed courtyard and sculpture garden.

This would be ideal for Sunday prior to departure for Heathrow. The Wallace Collection is a national museum, with free entry, which displays the wonderful, mainly French, works of art collected in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by the first four Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace, the son of the 4th Marquess.


The travel and accommodation will, as last time, be handled by Voyage Emile Weber and will include travel insurance.


We appreciate that accommodation is always a significant portion of any tour and London is no exception, especially at the beginning of the summer season with the Chelsea Flower show in progress. We are exploring various options with prices in the range of £300-360 per night for a double room including an English breakfast. Single rooms and single occupancy quotes will also be obtained.

For the present our preferred option is:

durrants hotel 150x90Durrants Hotel
George St, London W1H 5BJ

Durrants was established in 1789 and has been owned by the Miller family since 1921 and is one of the last privately owned remaining hotels in London. It is located near to Marylebone High Street, the Wallace collection art galleries are located opposite, while the shopping of Oxford Street is just minutes away.

€180 per person sharing
€260 Single – There are a few single rooms available
Or €315 single use of a double room

These rates include full English breakfast.


Some of the events and tours will be provided free of charge. Some meals will be self-pay.

Voyages Emile Weber will be arranging travel and accommodation.

A very rough estimate of the cost of travel and accommodation is €850 pp for couples and €1,100 for singles.

We are under considerable pressure to confirm reservations and the BLS will need to make a, returnable, deposit to secure reservations.

Expression of interest

Please register (below) if you would like to join this tour.
If you will be going as a couple please give their name in the comments section of your reservation.

We will let you know the total cost once we have explored the alternatives.

As we will have to make a, returnable, security deposit could you please make an initial, returnable, deposit of EUR 150 per person to the Society’s bank account LU38 0019 5155 3387 2000. The deposit may eventually also be used to cover expenses incurred during the tour (meals, entry etc)

Best wishes,

Jacqueline Spence and David Clark
Joint organisers

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Event Details

Event Date 21-05-2020
Event End Date 24-05-2020
Capacity 17
Location London

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