Shrouds of the Somme - Sunday Special

To mark 100 years since the end of the First World War, this November an astonishing art installation will be created next to the ArcelorMittal Orbit in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. 72,396 shrouded figures, all made by one man (Somerset artist Rob Heard) will be laid out in rows, shoulder to shoulder covering an area over 4,000 square metres.

Each figure represents a British serviceman killed at the Somme who has no known grave, many of whose bodies were never recovered from the battlefields. The display will be extraordinary in its impact and recognition of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Visitors entering the ArcelorMittal Orbit will have the opportunity to admire this installation from the observation platforms and the outside observation walkway suspended 262ft above the ground.

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Holiday Highlights

  • Return coach travel
  • Overnight stay at the 4-star Tower Hotel with full English breakfast
  • Entrance to the Shrouds of the Somme display at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
  • Free time in London

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Tower Hotel

The Tower Hotel looks over the River Thames and is neighbour to some of the city’s most iconic sights including St Katharine Docks, Tower Bridge and one of London’s World Heritage Sites, The Tower of London. The hotel is a 7 minute walk from Tower Hill tube station and Tower Gateway DLR, and there are also bus and river links nearby, making it a convenient and easy base for exploring the city. The hotel’s Brasserie Restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy great food, and there’s a terrace for alfresco dining during the summer months. Alternatively, try the Xi bar and lounge for snacks and drinks. There’s a fitness centre for guests’ use. Free, unlimited Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.  Room amenities include air conditioning, flat screen TV with Freeview, iron/ironing board, mineral water, tea/coffee making facilities, and a safe.

Day 1

From a morning pickup in your local area we travel by comfortable coach into central London where we check in to the Tower Hotel. Then the rest of day is at leisure to enjoy the capital at your own pace. From a trip on the London Eye, to a spot of shopping on Oxford Street or strolling through Hyde Park – there is plenty to do.

Day 2

After a full English breakfast at the hotel, we travel by coach to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to see the extraordinary Shrouds of the Somme display, either from the ground or from the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit (supplement applies). We rejoin the coach mid-afternoon for our return journey home.