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Summer Experiences With Beyond Curated

Throughout travel month we’ll be taking you around the globe but today we’re celebrating all that the great city of London has to offer with a look at some of the inspired summer experiences on offer from Beyond Curated.

Designed to inspire and uplift, Beyond Curated crafts the very finest private British heritage and cultural experiences. Through immersive and historical experiences, they bring an extensive understanding of the luxury world to you and merge it with a passion for storytelling, beauty and refined culture to create ‘heirloom memories’ that will be treasured for generations.

So if an adventure a little closer to home is calling your name, read on to find out more about their top three experiences…

Royal Palaces, Dazzling Jewels & Afternoon Tea

A magnificent classic Rolls Royce VI, featured in ‘The Crown’, will be your elegant limousine for the day.

The doors of Kensington Palace open exclusively for you to enjoy a private, expert-led tour through the stunning State Apartments and the rooms in which Queen Victoria grew up. Discover the life of the young Queen and her regal predecessors who lived here.

Enjoy privileged access within a royal heritage jeweller, renowned for creating the crowns and tiaras worn by centuries of British royals. In a beautiful private salon their history will be revealed. Try on the magnificent archive tiaras worn by monarchs and senior royals including the late Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana, whilst sipping champagne and enjoying refreshments.

Onwards to one of London’s most exclusive private members clubs, a historic Georgian Mansion with a rich and colourful history. Marvel in the beauty of the period features and painted ceilings as you savour a sumptuous traditional Afternoon Tea in the Drawing Rooms.

Enjoy fascinating stories about the British royal family through the ages with expert insights into the current monarchy, as shared by a royal author. Delve into the worlds of monarchs including the Elizabethans and Tudors and learn how the royals enjoy taking Afternoon Tea. The author will sign and dedicate her book for our guests.

Sir Winston Churchill’s London

Visit the amazing historic Churchill War Rooms to enjoy a private experience with an expert curator, before the rooms open to the public.

Step behind the glass and discover this unique time capsule and its original treasures, as history unfolds and the events that shaped the outcome of the war come to life, exclusively for our guests.

Meet our Churchill expert for a walking tour from Westminster to St James’s, discovering where Churchill worked, was married and lived. Walking across Horse Guards Parade and through St James’s Park via Buckingham Palace and St James’s Palace, guests will enjoy some of the most beautiful parts of London.

You’ll visit Churchill’s favourite haunts and places of historic significance along St James’s, including where Churchill shopped for his hats, shoes and cigars. VIP guests may join the experience in a secret location with Churchill connections!

A vintage Humber Pullman limousine awaits guests in front of St James’s Palace, making for an excellent photo opportunity. En route the chauffeur will share details of the car’s history and how Churchill was regularly driven in just such an elegant and rare British car.

Embark on a private tour of St Paul’s Cathedral to enjoy an in-depth behind the scenes experience. See the Dean’s Staircase as featured in Harry Potter and Mission Impossible, as well as the Library and Great Model, all off limits to the general public.

Optional lunch experience: Dine like Churchill at the iconic Savoy Grill seated at Churchill’s favourite table.

Bond & Beyond – An Immersive Dining Experience

Welcome to a day of Bond-themed glamour, intrigue and indulgence. Inspired by the novels of Ian Fleming and the films of Bond, guests will be immersed in the stylish world of Special Agent 007.

A bespoke private lunch awaits at Scott’s of Mayfair, a British institution and a firm favourite of Mr Bond and his creator, Ian Fleming. Savour five exquisite courses paired with Bond’s favourite drinks, including Beluga Caviar and Dom Perignon among the curated selection. Each course will be introduced by our Bond and culinary expert, who has an encyclopaedic knowledge of all things Bond.

A surprise special guest will then share fascinating tales of her career and time spent starring beside Sean Connery and Roger Moore in two Bond films! Be immersed in the world of espionage as an ex-Detective Inspector divulges spy ‘secrets and insights on MI5 and MI6. As part of the immersive fun, guests will learn the art of lock-picking and how to take fingerprints! Discover how and where the dishes feature in both the novels and films and enjoy unique insights and storytelling which will immerse you in the stylish world of 007. An illusionist will entertain with Bond-themed magic!

After lunch, a beautiful private boat is at your service. Cruise along the Thames taking in spectacular views of London and the iconic settings of famous Bond scenes, including MI6, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Bridge whilst sipping Bond’s favourite champagne.