A Marvellous and Magical Mary Poppins Adventure in London
Musicals, themed walking tours, afternoon teas and private screenings, hit the streets of London for this five day Mary Poppins extravaganza. Jam-packed with practically-perfect delights, that Mary herself would approve of, this trip is the spoon full of sugar, sure to make any medicine go down.
Itinerary at a Glance:
- Settle in for a private screening of the iconic 1964 version of Mary Poppins
- Feed the birds on the steps of St Pauls after a tour of the cathedral
- 'With your feet on the ground you're a bird in flight with your fist holding tight to' not a kite, but your guide on a walking tour of some of the most beloved moments from the film
- Just a spoon full of afternoon tea makes the medicine go down - indulge in a themed tea-time delight with panoramic views of London
- Step in royal footprints on a tour of suppliers with Royal Warrants - come away with you're own bespoke umbrella
- Picnic on Parliament Hill
- Try and spot No.17 Cherry Tree Lane on walking tour of Kensington and Chelsea
- Hit the lights of the West End, watching Mary Poppins the Musical - complete with a backstage tour
When To Travel
Day 1: A Practically Perfect first Day
When you arrive in London to start your Mary Poppins London itinerary, you will be met at the airport by your private driver and transferred to your stylish hotel in the heart of London.
You'll want to take some time this afternoon to freshen up after your long journey. London is a city best explored by foot, so get ready to hit the streets for a stroll along the winding, buzzy lanes of this most iconic of cities.
Following your afternoon stroll, it's time to get ready for your first evening in town. Setting the tone for the next few days, tonight it's time to settle into a cosy, velvet-covered seat for a private cinema screening of the classic Mary Poppins Disney film. This much-loved classic saw Julie Andrews win her Best Actress Oscar back in 1964. Watching Mary fly in on the wind, arriving into Edwardian London and heading to the home of the (charming-yet-dysfunctional) Banks family, will never fail to spark child-like excitement and nostalgic joy.
With a bucket full of popcorn by your side and the screen alight in front of you, this really is a practically perfect first night.
Day 2: Feeding the Birds and Yourself around St Pauls
"Winds in the east, mist coming in. Like somethin' is brewin' and about to begin." Just as Bert predicted through these famous lines - the mist might be coming in and something is about to begin, as you rise early this morning to meet your private guide at St Pauls Cathedral for a sunrise tour.
The world-famous cathedral dome cuts through the London skyline, creating a striking scene once the orange sun rises in the sky. Inside, your footsteps will echo around the cavernous interior, as you tread the black and white tiles where so many have been before. As you hear about the cathedral's fascinating history, turn your head to the ceiling, where the dome - gilded with gold and framed by frescos - is the centrepiece of this place of worship. Once your head is spinning from looking up, it's time to head outside; tuppence might not buy you much nowadays but it's your chance to feed the birds, recreating the poignant scene with 'little old bird woman' as 'her birds fill the skies'.
After your early start, you will be ready for a delicious breakfast at the Royal Exchange in London's city centre. It's located right next to the old Bank of England, which is where Mr Banks worked. Time may have moved most things on, but the atmosphere is still recognisable from those old scenes. It's the perfect place to continue the day's adventures.
Hopefully, you have some comfy shoes on as you hit the streets, footloose and fancy-free on a walking tour, visiting all the beloved places from the film. Listen to the classic stories about your favourite characters, visit locations where the films were shot and indulge in the timeless and irresistible nature of the most iconic of nannies. Your stroll will take you across the River Thames, taking in the iconic sites of Tower Bridge, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben - such pillars of the London skyline; you won't forget the sight of the turreted rooftop and the clock-adorned tower anytime soon.
Lingering a moment to watch Big Ben glint in the afternoon's glow, it's time for a spot of afternoon tea. The most English of activities, you'll sit down to a cup of tea accompanied by a tiered-platter of sandwiches and patisseries, crowned (of course) with golden-glazed scones, smothered in clotted cream and jam. This is not just any old tea - you'll be able to enjoy your scones with a Poppins-esque twist with a panoramic view of the capital. Wander along a playful memory lane as you indulge in nostalgic and creative sweets and savouries that pay homage to P.L. Travers' famous books.
Suitably full from your afternoon treats, it's time to head back to your hotel to relax - this evening is yours to enjoy.
Day 3: Royal Warrants, and Practically-Perfect Picnics
After breakfast this morning, you will be met at your hotel by your private guide, ready for a Royal Warrant Tour around Mayfair and St James.
A Royal Warrant is a royal seal of approval - any establishment graced with a royal seal has been carefully selected. Receiving one is a mark of recognition to those that have supplied services to the Households of HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh or HRH The Prince of Wales for at least five years and have an ongoing trade arrangement.
Your morning tour will end with an insight into Mary Poppin's favourite mode of transport; the humble umbrella. Sadly we can't guarantee the provision of a flying contraption, but we can arrange for your own bespoke brolly to be created at one of London's historic establishments of fine craftsmanship. This is a unique experience that will leave you with a memento to enjoy for years to come - this place has been designing and making exquisite, carved wood umbrellas since 1830, so you might want to only use this one for special occasions.
Once you have had your tour of the official suppliers of the royal family (and made notes of what to stock up on) it's time to head north, to Hampstead Heath. This is where you'll find the house that gave P.L. Travers the idea for Admiral Boom's house, (apparently the original owner used to fire cannons off the top of his building to mark royal birthdays!).
After seeing this inspirational house, it's time for an afternoon stroll to the top of Parliament Hill - just try and stop yourself humming With your feet on the ground, You're a bird in a flight, With your fist holding tight, To the string of your kite! However, today you can dance on the breeze for just as long as you please before settling down in front of the view with a delicious picnic to enjoy.
Once full up on your picnic goodies you have the evening to fill as you wish.
Day 4: A Guided Tour
Comfy shoes are essential this morning - it's time for another walking tour. This time you'll be deep diving into the streets of The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea with a private guide.
Wandering along, you'll spot a myriad of houses that look very similar to No.17 Cherry Tree Lane. Keep an eye out for a little blue plaque - it's an English Heritage plaque dedicated to PL Travers. While living at 50 Smith Street in Chelsea, Travers published the fourth book in the Mary Poppins series and negotiated the rights for her books to be turned into a Walt Disney musical. Try your hand at drawing on the pavement in chalk, just as Bert does in the films, losing yourself in a world of cartoon and colour. Create your own characters, telling your very own story - it's time to bring out your inner child. Stepping in the footsteps of PL Travers and her wonderful chimney sweep, Bert is a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious way to while away a few hours in London.
Your Jolly Holiday culminates this evening, in a practically perfect way - you'll be hitting the West End to watch the well-loved Mary Poppins musical. Produced by the world-renowned Cameron Mackintosh (the man behind iconic shows such as Les Miserable, Cats and Hamilton), the story has been adapted for the stage by Julian Fellowes, writer of Downton Abbey. Sit back and let the magic of the world's most famous nanny glitter in front of your eyes, as the cast lights up the stage and dances the night away.
After the final bows, once the curtain has fallen for the last time that evening and as everyone else heads off into the city night, you'll be heading backstage for a showstopping private backstage tour. Meet some of the cast who will still be in full costume - did we hear you say perfect photo opportunity?
Leave the theatre with eyes bright and more than a mere glint of magic as you find yourself singing all the way home.
Day 5: Home Time
Sadly this morning marks the end of your Mary Poppins London itinerary. You'll be collected by your private driver and taken to the airport to begin your journey home. Flying high over London, remember Mary's wise words - There's the whole world at your feet as you flick through your memories of these wonderful few days in London.
Susie is our expert for this itinerary and, as a seasoned traveller, has the inside track on the most memorable adventures.