Team on Tour

Famous Faces And Frights

Stephanie Gilbert is Finance Manager for Group Travel World. Jack Gilbert is her son; he regularly does reviews and works as an assistant for GTW.

We were both really excited about this month’s ‘Team on Tour’, as we were given the opportunity to review two great, renowned attractions in London.

Stephanie and Shrek

Stephanie and Shrek

The first stop was Madame Tussauds, the most famous collection of waxworks ever created, which has remained a truly fascinating and informative attraction since its beginnings over 200 years ago. It was Madame Tussaud herself that studied the art of crafting model semblances out of wax whilst living in Paris, and at the age of 17 her expertise in art proved so adroit that she was given the privilege of tutoring King Louis XVI’s sister at the Palace of Versailles, France. Due to her tenacity and determination in creating this amazing array of waxwork figures, this fantastic attraction now has branches in America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Read More »

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Best of the Best – DoubleTree by Hilton, London West End

This month, a professional, stylish hotel ideally located in the heart of the capital. Stephanie Gilbert and Samantha Noble report.

‘Best of the Best’ once again heads to the capital, where we were lucky enough to stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton, right in the heart of the bustling West End. The hotel is situated close to many top tourist attractions, among them Covent Garden, the British Museum and theatreland.

As the great British weather was being so kind to us, we decided that before checking into the hotel we would take in some of the top tourist sights via an open-top bus tour, which covered most of London’s most famous attractions, including the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace.  You never fail to be amazed at just how much the city has to offer, no matter how many times you visit. Read More »

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Houses of Parliament tours open up a usually private world to visitors

Houses of Parliament tours open up a usually private world to visitors

It is already well  over a decade  since the Houses  of Parliament first  opened its doors  to the public, but that is recent  enough for it to still feel like a  special privilege, and for me not  to have made it there before (to  my shame). It’s still exciting to  walk past the hordes of gawping  tourists outside and head up  to the gates, special permit in  hand. You are plentifully warned  beforehand that airport style  security checks are in operation;  in practice, they are thankfully  over in a flash and much  smoother, on this day at least.  Visitors assemble in Westminster  Hall (which I realised was the one  bit I had been in before, when I  made a 4am trip with my mother  into London to queue and see  the Queen Mother lying in aweinspiring state in the medieval  hall the day before her funeral).  There are an impressive variety  of excellent quality leaflets and  brochures available, covering a  wide range of topics about the  history and current purposes of  Parliament – all highly readable as well as educational. Visitors  also get a chance to appreciate  their ancient surroundings, as  Westminster Hall was built in  1097 and has a magnificent  oak-beamed ceiling – the largest  medieval timber roof in northern  Europe. Read More »

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Sam Noble

Sam Noble is the Circulation & Subscriptions Manager for Group Travel World magazine

“Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to an exclusive tutored tasting evening with Courvoisier and their brand ambassador Rebecca Asseline as part of the launch of ‘Le Voyage de Napoleon’, Courvoisier’s new range exclusively available in airports across the UK and Europe.

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British Museum, Natural History Museum and Ripley’s Believe It or Not

Lorraine Jackson is a Subscriptions & Circulation Executive for Group Travel World magazine. Here she tells us about a day in London exploring some of its best museums

My recent visit to London coincided with the last Friday of the school Easter holiday, as I soon discovered on th

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 Georgina Wilson is a Subscriptions & Circulations Executive for Group Travel World magazine. She recently travelled with a friend to London for the weekend.

My friend and I were lucky enough to both have half a day off work and so could make the most of our visit, arriving at Kings Cross in the middle of the afternoon. As a birthday treat, I had received tickets to see Bloc Party, a British indie-rock band, at the 19,000 capacity Earls Court venue on the Friday night. Read More »

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Mint Leaf And Kingsley By Thistle

 The Kingsley by Thistle.

Generous rooms and peace in a central location at The Kingsley by Thistle.

If there’s one thing that can be said about London, it is surely that it will never stop surprising you, however well you think you know it. I recently needed to stay in the Bloomsbury area of London and it was only when I started researching the area for hotels that I really appreciated just how ideal a location it is. The obvious Bloomsbury associations and sights aside, including the numerous picturesque squares and The British Museum, the area is just yards from the end of Oxford Street and an easy ten minute walk from the edge of theatreland and Covent Garden. Read More »

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Team on Tour – Cambridge

DSC00073-(1)Harley Denham is the Publishing, Marketing and Web Manager here at Group Travel World magazine

“I’d never had the chance to see round Cambridge properly, so last weekend my partner and I headed off to the university city to explore some of what it has to offer visitors. After a busy week at work, checking into our hotel was the first priority, especially after being out in the thick snow which was blanketing the roads and pavements. Read More »

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