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  • Location:London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:10 hours (approx.)

Lunch in the Cotswolds from London

Escape London's crowds for a day trip to the picture-perfect Cotswolds for lunch. You'll visit a region that is forever England, seemingly unchanged by the modern world and famous for its beautiful villages and rolling hills. There will be time to visit quaint villages such as Burford before enjoying a fabulous two-course lunch in a traditional English hotel restaurant.


  • Full-day trip from London to the Cotswolds
  • Walk along Burford's shop-lined high street
  • Enjoy a 2-course lunch at a hotel restaurant in the heart of the Cotswolds
  • Visit pretty Cotswold villages including Bibury, Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold
  • Pickup from selected central London hotels

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

A peaceful escape to a quaint and picturesque region of England. Have a traditional lunch in an old English restaurant, visit teahouses and soak up the charm of the Cotswolds.

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What You Can Expect

Lunch in the Cotswolds from London

Enjoy lunch in the heart of the Cotswolds

Start your day trip from central London and travel to Burford in the Cotswolds, where the town’s magnificent high street features every variety of Cotswold stone. You'll have time to visit the town's small tea houses before continuing to Bibury for a short walking tour around the village.

Lunch beckons and what better way to satisfy your hunger than with a fabulous 2-course lunch in the heart of the Cotswolds? The hotel restaurant boasts a spectacular oak-beamed ceiling and a huge stone fireplace bearing supposed witches' marks, and serves a fabulous range of traditional food, including classic bread and butter pudding for dessert.

Continue to Bourton-on-the-Water in the afternoon, and stretch your legs during a brief 1-hour break. Then, journey onward to your final stop at lovely Stow-on-the-Wold. Use your free time in the village to explore at leisure and scout out the charming cafes, souvenir shops and photo-worthy limestone houses that line the streets.

Leave Stow-on-the-Wold in the late afternoon, and travel back to Victoria in central London where your tour finishes.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Mark was an interesting and very knowledgeable guide. Pickup and drop off worked well.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Wonderful tour - highly recommend. We visited 4 of the most charming villages in the area with free time for exploring in all. Our tour guide was excellent, very knowledgeable, helpful and fun.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Absolutely my favorite excursion. Loved it! Lunch was great, stops were charming, David our tour guide was FABULOUS and so knowledgeable and interesting. Highly, Highly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Guide was excellent. Villages were beautiful. Wished we would have had more time to explore them.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We had a great day on the Lunch in the Cotswold tour yesterday. Nick is a very informative guide and Malcolm is a very good driver. Thanks for a wonderful day. Will remember the Cotswolds for the quaintness of the villages and pretty countryside.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Beautiful region and well worth a visit. Quaint, typically English villages.
Lunch was great and the venue was absolutely amazing.
If you're going to London, do yourself a favour and spend a day in the Cotswolds.
Like us, you won't regret it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Took the Lunch in the Cotswold Tour in July.

On time pickup from the Hotel for transfer to the main coach station. The Tour Guide for the transfer was witty and good natured. The Coach Station waiting area is small and very crowded with a number of coach tours leaving from this location for different destinations. We had no difficulty at the Coach Station and were directed by staff to our specific Coach. Toilets available at this location.

Tour Guide was very knowledgeable with an excellent commentary on places and events throughout the day. The Guides comments were at appropriate times giving ample time for resting or observing the countryside. The Coach Driver was very professional and safe giving a smooth ride with the conditions on the day being intermittent rain and drizzle.

The Tour proceeds through London then out into the countryside. There is ample opportunity to view the city and the countryside from the coach during the trip. The villages are very unique and well worth visiting. There is ample time at each of the village locations to walk around, or have a snack at one of shops. The Tour proceeded at a leisurely pace, and was not rushed.

Lunch was a set menu at a Hotel in one of the villages with choices or either Trout or Ham and vegetables with a dessert. The Trout was apparently very good. The Ham and vegetables could have been a little bigger serving. The dessert was an Apple Crumble which while nice was not as sweet as we are used to. Would have preferred a larger menu selection.

The Tour does not include drop offs at individual Hotels. Various drop off points close to transport are offered. We were dropped off at a Tube Station which was actually within walking distance of our Hotel.

We have gone on other Viator tours in the USA and Europe and find them to be of a very good standard.

Would recommend the Tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

A very enjoyable day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Wonderful tour. Great guide. The start of this tour was a bit chaotic as it leaves from London's Victoria bus station. The information said it left from gate 16 and so the people on were all comming to gate 16 and questioning the bus station attendant there. He was becoming more and more irritated as he had nothing to do with the tour and had other work to do. He made several announcements, the last one sounding quite angry. The tour company attendants were at the next gate over for another tour and so he was spending most of his time redirecting people to them. It would be helpful if they could set up a tours desk to handle all the questions for the tour company and send people to the gate their tour leaves from. The tour was about 15 minutes late leaving as the buses ahead of it using the same gate were late leaving which held everyone behind them up. Once on the road the tour was wonderful. We saw lots of beautiful countryside and quaint villages. The tour guide, Derek, was extremely knowledgeable and kept up the most informative, interesting commentary that we had on any of the tours we took while in Europe. He also answered any questions that were presented to him. The lunch was good. We had the ham, which was good, but wished we had tried the trout. Everyone at our table who had trout enjoyed it. Some of the people were late returning to the bus after lunch and we had wait for them. I think there was a bit of a language barrier for them.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Terrific guide: Carol and the best driver we had in England, Malcolm: a 10

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