Itinerary for May 2017

Itinerary for the May Visit

Friday 19 May

18.00pm The Montesson coach party arrives at Christchurch, Upper High Street. There is parking across the road.
Welcome drinks reception.
Dinner with hosts.

Saturday 20 May

9.00am The French coach will leave Lord William’s Upper School (coach park) for The Wallace Collection promptly. Please collect picnic from Linda before you enter the bus.

10.45am Arrive at The Wallace Collection, London. The Wallace Collection is a national museum in an historic London town house. In 25 galleries are unsurpassed displays of French 18th-century painting, furniture and porcelain with superb Old Master paintings and a world class armoury.

11.00am Unguided tour of galleries. From 11:30 to 12:30 there is a a free tour called “Highlights Tour” but tour numbers are strictly limited to 25 people per tour. If there are places available collect a badge from the Information Desk to secure a place on the tour. 

13.00 Picnic at Paddington Street Gardens. 600m, 7min walk. Weather permitting.

14:00 to16.00 Free time to shop, have afternoon tea etc

16:00 Meet by The Wallace Collection Museum, then return to Thame.

18.00 Hosts to collect guests outside the Town Hall. Dinner with hosts

Sunday 21 May

10:00am Visit to Rycote Chapel. Hosts to take guests to Rycote Chapel where possible. In the early Tudor period the manor house was destroyed to make way for a new royal palace. Rycote Palace became an important royal residence, used by a succession of Tudor monarchs including Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. Henry even spent part of his 5th honeymoon at Rycote. During the reign of Mary Tudor her sister Elizabeth was held at Rycote as a virtual prisoner under the care of Sir John Williams of Thame. Elizabeth became great friends with Sir John's daughter Marjorie, who married Sir John Norreys (Norris) in 1560. When Sir John died, the estate passed to the Norris couple, and it was they who built the ornately carved pew that is one of the historic highlights of Rycote.

12:00 pm Reception and lunch at the Three Horseshoes at Towersey.
The coach will be parked on the recreation ground as usual. Please load luggage on to the coach at 12.00 before going down to the Three Horseshoes.

14:00pm The French coach leaves.

Useful numbers & Addresses:

Linda 07805 229556 Address: Linda, 21 Maple Road, Thame, OX9 2BH

Address: Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, Marylebone, London W1U 3BN

Driver Accommodation,Travel Lodge Thame, A418, Thame OX9 3SB

Information about parking in Central London

https://en.parkopedia.co.uk/mobile-parking-apps/

Travelling Around London https:

https//tfl.gov.uk/travel-information/visiting-london/getting-around- london/best-ways-for-visitors-to-pay

One day bus pass in London

If you don’t want to use an Oyster card and don’t have a contactless card, you can buy a £5 One Day Bus Pass for unlimited bus travel until 04.29am the following day. It’s available from all underground ticket machines, Oyster ticket stops, London Overground ticket offices, train station ticket offices and London Transport Visitor Centres.

Visitor Oyster card is a smartcard. It's a quick and easy way to pay for journeys on bus,
Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail, River Bus and most National Rail
services in London.
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