London is one of the world's most exciting cities and the winter holidays are a particularly brilliant and sparkling season.  From the shopping bustle of Oxford Street and Knightsbridge, to gala performances of all kinds, to its convivial "pub culture," there's something for everyone in this most cosmopolitan of cities.

While we sample London's many pleasures, our objective is to meet with the leaders of organizations like the Royal Society, the world's oldest continuously operating scientific society, and the Royal Society of Arts, an organization that had our own Benjamin Franklin as one of its Fellows in the 18th century! We visit thrilling sights like the Enlightenment Gallery at the British Museum, the "secret" library at Sir Christopher Wren's magnificent St. Paul's Cathedral, and the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, where we learn how Britain was able to rule the seas because an humble man discovered how to solve the great problem in navigation, the Longitude Problem.

London is a large and dynamic city and getting around in it is a fine way to learn how to negotiate the public transportation system of a great metropolis that is committed to public transportation of all kinds. During your time in London, you'll experience travel on the London Underground ("the Tube"), on one of the ubiquitous red double-decker buses, on river buses that ply the River Thames between London and Greenwich, and surely in one of the familiar London "black cabs" with a driver who possesses The Knowledge.

Our lodging in London is in the fashionable Bloomsbury neighborhood, where we generally stay in flats in terraced houses on Bedford Place, halfway between Russell Square and Bedford Square and right around the corner from the British Museum.  Our opening and closing dinners are in two of the grand clubs of St. James and there is one group luncheon at the Royal Society of Arts.

When we complete our London program, we travel to Cambridge on the fast train from Kings Cross Station where, before boarding, you'll have a chance to visit the ever popular Platform 9 ¾, beloved of Harry Potter fans!

Music: "A Foggy Day", Rosemary Clooney, Everything's Coming Up Rosie, ©  Concord Jazz, Inc. 1977

© Terry Grundy 2018