Explore thousands of years of Black history in London and learn how individuals of the African diaspora shaped the London culture of today.

Starting at: $4,890 * Price includes special offer Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 London's iconic Trafalgar Square.  Enjoy walking tours of London's iconic sites.  Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery. Credit: London On View  Art on view at the National Gallery. Credit: London On View  St. Paul's Cathedral, London. Credit: London On View  Enjoy a toe-tapping jazz performance.  Credit: Jorge Zapata  London's Tower Bridge  Houses of Parliament overlooking the Thames River  London and the River Thames. Credit: Julian Lovel, London and Partners  Lobby of the historic Radisson Blu Vanderbilt Hotel, Kensington, London

London: The African Diaspora

9 days from $4,890

Explore thousands of years of Black history in London and learn how individuals of the African diaspora shaped the London culture of today.

or Call 855-330-1542


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Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt

London, United Kingdom

The Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt is an elegant four-star hotel located in the heart of South Kensington, London – close to first-class museums and fine shopping and dining. This beautifully refurbished building was originally home to the Vanderbilt family. Bedrooms are welcoming and have traditional decor with contemporary touches. Public spaces retain a more historic ambiance with stained glass windows and dark wood paneling. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

Number of nights: 7

Activity Level

Activity Level 3: Moderate / Active

Expectations: Week-long Cultural Stay featuring one city and hotel stay. Full-day excursions within the city but well-paced. Walking tours of up to 2 hours through neighborhoods, museums, and outdoor sites and there will be stairs at some locations, sometimes without handrails. Requires the use of public transportation within the city. The hotel is centrally located for easy access to museums, sites, shops, and restaurants, which is ideal for time at leisure.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, lead active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities, and expect some physical exertion.

Special Air Rates/Services

FlexAir is designed to provide you with the flexibility and choice you need to personalize your air travel experience. Explore a wide range of flight options in consultation with our experienced travel professionals to select the flights, routing, class of service, and dates of travel that most fit your needs. Our partner tour operator has negotiated contracts with a wide variety of carriers that allow them to hold flight reservations and then issue your ticket close to departure without additional fees. This protects you from the need to purchase published-fare tickets, which must be ticketed within 24 hours of purchase. FlexAir reservations provide the flexibility to adjust reservations without penalty and to accommodate extensions and upgrades right up until ticketing time, usually around 45 days before departure. We look forward to providing you with more choice and the best possible itinerary for your air travel plans.

Program Includes:

  • Guaranteed transfers between the airport and your overseas accommodations upon arrival and departure (in most cases). We will provide you with all of the details you need to guarantee your transfer.
  • Air schedule change and delay assistance. Book FlexAir to ensure assistance should schedule changes or delays impact your air travel plans.
  • Flight insurance worth up to $250,000, subject to policy terms, is automatically included.
  • Confirmed airline seat assignments at the time of booking (in most cases).
Reading List

Highly Recommended

A Traveller's History of London
By: Tames, Richard
DK Eyewitness London: 2020 (Travel Guide)
By: DK Eyewitness
Streetwise London Map - Laminated City Center Street Map of London, England (Michelin Streetwise Maps)
By: Michelin
Black London: The Imperial Metropolis and Decolonization in the Twentieth Century (Volume 22) (California World History Library)
By: Matera, Marc

Also Recommended

Black and British: A Forgotten History
By: Olusoga, David
The African Diaspora: A History Through Culture (Columbia Studies in International and Global History)
By: Manning, Patrick
Reversing Sail: A History of the African Diaspora (Cambridge Studies on the African Diaspora)
By: Gomez, Michael A
London is the Place for Me: Black Britons, Citizenship and the Politics of Race (Transgressing Boundaries: Studies in Black Politics and Black Communities)
By: Perry, Kennetta Hammond
Black Tudors: The Untold Story
By: Kaufmann, Miranda
City Secrets London: The Essential Insider's Guide
London: The Biography
By: Ackroyd, Peter
Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now--As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Left It, and Long for It
By: Taylor, Craig
Thames: Sacred River
By: Ackroyd, Peter
24x36 World Wall Map by Smithsonian Journeys - Tan Oceans Special Edition (24x36 Laminated)
Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Travel Guard provides an on-tour Insurance Plan. On-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only). It also includes up to $25,000 medical and up to $500 dental expense coverage, and 24-hour worldwide travel and medical assistance. Please click here to view complete coverage details.

Please visit www.TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys or call Travel Guard at 1-800-208-6142 to learn about additional (optional) coverage.