Eltham Palace and Gardens in south east London will opens its Art Deco doors to the trade this winter for a new ‘Millionaire Package’.
Operators and group travel organisers can book the whole of Eltham Palace so clients and group members can experience the 1930s high life (November 1-January 31).
Up to 50 people can be hosted on a 1.5-hour personalised tour of the Art Deco mansion, to hear about the decadent lifestyle of society millionaires Stephen and Virginia Courtauld, who transformed the site of the medieval palace into a 1930s Hollywood-style party house. The English Heritage package also includes tea or coffee and cake served in the Eltham Palace Orangery.
The cost is £500 to open the house, plus a £25 per person charge for the tour and refreshments – for a group of 50, that is £35 per person.
• English Heritage has also introduced a guided tour at Kenwood – Robert Adam’s architectural masterpiece in Hampstead, London.
Called ‘Slavery and Justice’, the tour looks at the slave trade and the impact Lord Mansfield – late 18th-century owner of Kenwood – had on its abolition in his role as Lord Chief Justice. It delves into the story of Dido Belle, Lord Mansfield’s great niece, a woman of mixed heritage who grew up at Kenwood.
Guided tours of Kenwood’s extensive art collection, which includes works by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Van Dyke, Constable, Turner and many of the Dutch masters, are also available.