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Episode 33 – Enjoying a Virtual Cuppa & a chat about all things British with guest Victoria of Cotswold Teacup Tours

In episode 33 of the UK Travel Planning Podcast Tracy chats with Victoria of Cotswold Teacup Tours to answer questions posed by the UK Travel Planning Facebook group.

In this podcast we chat about all things British from our love of tea, why we enjoy visiting gardens, and why we recommend staying in a B&B or heading to a local village pub if you want to meet the locals!

We answered questions posed by the Facebook group including general questions such as where to stay in London, our favourite UK foods, recommended castle hotels and more destination specific such as the best place to eat in Chipping Camden for afternoon tea or a roast dinner and how long to allow for a visit to the Tower of London!

We also shared our favourite books we are reading at the moment which are set in (or are about) the UK.

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Episode 33 – Show Notes

Enjoying a Virtual Cuppa & a chat about all things British with guest Victoria of Cotswold Teacup Tours

Topics and questions we covered in this episode include:

  • Do the British have any pet peeves about American tourists?
  • The best ways to meet local people in the UK
  • What is the difference between pubs and bars in the UK?
  • What to expect when visiting the Cotswolds in April
  • Why we love English gardens
  • The Cotswold Way and walks in the Cotswolds
  • Are fish and chips the national favourite meal? 
  • What is pub fare? 
  • Where to stay in London (recommended areas)
  • Our favourite drink – tea!
  • Recommend apps for booking restaurants in the UK
  • Favourite castle hotels in England
  • Tips to combat jetlag
  • What to pack when visiting England in April
  • Do you need a whole day to visit Windsor Castle
  • What will it be like in London during the Coronation?
  • How much time to plan to spend at the Tower of London
  • Lunch, afternoon tea or an evening meal at The Shard?
  • Our recommended reads (books about or set in the UK)

Places mentioned in this episode include

  • Chipping Camden >> Cotswold market town: Victoria recommended the Bantam Tea rooms for afternoon tea and the Eight Bells for Sunday Roast.
  • Hever Castle >> Childhood home of Anne Boleyn
  • Tower of London >> London’s most popular tourist attraction
  • Hidcote Gardens >> One of the most famous and influential Arts and Crafts gardens in Britain.
  • Kiftsgate Gardens >> Family-run garden in the Cotswolds featuring rare plants and shrubs including the world-famous Kiftsgate rose.
  • Tower of London >> Historic castle and home of the Crown Jewels
  • Tregenna Castle >> Castle hotel located in St Ives
  • Windsor Castle >> Royal residence. St George’s Chapel is the resting place of the late Queen
  • The Shard >> Designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano this 72-floor London skyscraper is home to restaurants, a hotel and offices.

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