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Alumni Love London

SU Alumni Love London

See London as an SU insider during
Alumni Love London Weekend!

Every semester, the faculty and staff at SU London arrange unforgettable experiences for SU students. Now, we're inviting alumni like you to join us!

Alumni Love London Weekend is four days full of exclusive, insider events that begins Thursday, January 31, 2013, and continues through Sunday, February 3, 2013. See the full schedule below. Many of the events are led by SU London faculty and will include impressive SU London students. The weekend culminates with a gala dinner on Saturday night in a private dining room at Tas Bloomsbury, featuring exquisite Anatolian Turkish cuisine.

Register Now!

The cost of participating in the weekend is $500 per person, of which $400 is a tax-deductible contribution to support SU London students. (Your gift makes sure future students can have these same kind of experiences!) You handle your own travel arrangements, but we've arranged discounted airfare and hotel options for you.

Space is limited to ensure a personalized experience, so register now. Have questions or special requests? Don't hesitate to contact David Murray at (315) 443-5178 or drmurray@syr.edu.


Full Schedule of Events*

Thursday, January 31

NOON–5 P.M., FOR ALL
Check in at Faraday House, SU London's headquarters
Pick up your personal information packet with details about the weekend, maps, and instructions. We'll offer tours of Faraday House as time permits. Check in at your hotel first, then come to Faraday House, 48-51 Old Gloucester Street, Camden, London (nearest Tube stop: Holborn).

EVENING, CHOOSE ONE:

  • Billy Elliott, The Musical    
    Join other alumni and students for a thrilling production of Billy Elliott: The Musical at The Victoria Palace Theatre. Winner of 10 Tony awards, including Best Musical, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. With unforgettable music by Elton John, sensational dance, and a powerful storyline, this astonishing theatrical experience will stay with you forever. 
  • Tatyana by Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker
    Set to an eclectic soundtrack featuring Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and contemporary music, experience one of Brazil's leading contemporary dance companies, Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker, as they explore the four main characters from Pushkin's classic novel Eugene Onegin. Passion, rejection, lust, and love stalk the stage in this physically daring and thrilling production. At the famous Barbican theatre.

Friday, February 1

NOON–5 P.M., FOR ALL
Check in at Faraday House, SU London's headquarters
If you haven't already, check in at Faraday House. Pick up your personal information packet with details about the weekend, maps, and instructions. We'll offer tours of Faraday House as time permits. Check in at your hotel first, then come to Faraday House, 48-51 Old Gloucester Street, Camden, London (nearest Tube stop: Holborn).

MORNING, CHOOSE ONE:

  • Fuller’s Brewery tour in Chiswick
    Fuller’s, the brewer of the United Kingdom’s leading cask ale, London Pride, opens its doors to show the public just how its award-winning brew is created. Founded in 1845, this regional brewery is not only comprised of the factories used to brew, but an entire estate of 350 public houses. Enjoy a tour through the Fuller’s Brewery and experience how this iconic part of British culture truly takes shape. 
  • Tower of London tour with Professor Norman Reuter
    From the Normans to the Tudors, the Tower of London has acted as a symbol of law and punishment in Great Britain. Visit this London stronghold—begun by William the Conqueror in the 1080s and added to by successive monarchs through Henry VIII—with students and fellow alumni. Take a tour with one of SU London’s own professors, Norman Reuter, and experience the Crown Jewels, a full exhibit of fascinating royal armor spanning five centuries, modern Yeoman Warders standing guard throughout the tour, and, of course, the legendary ravens of the Tower.
  • Southbank Stroll with Professor Ian Hessenberg
    Stretching two square miles along the southern face of the River Thames, the modern Southbank, as we know it today, has been 100 years in the making. Wanting some fresh air? Take a stroll and see the numerous highlights Southbank has to offer: the Royal National Theatre, BFI Southbank, the London Eye, the Sea Life London Aquarium, and the London Film Museum to name a few. Not to mention The Southbank Centre, home to Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and The Hayward, where thousands of musicians, dancers, and artists perform for millions of visitors each year.

AFTERNOON, CHOOSE ONE:

  • Westminster Abbey tour with Professor Norman Reuter
    Acting as the coronation church of the sitting monarchy of the United Kingdom since 1066 and the final resting place of seventeen monarchs, Westminster Abbey is steeped in British history. Join current SU London students and fellow alumni as Professor Norman Reuter accompanies you through the present church, started in 1245 during the reign of Henry VIII. The building is a spectacular example of Gothic architecture, houses a full archive of historical books and manuscripts, is the resting place of several noteworthy figures, and holds an abundance of priceless paintings and artifacts. 
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral and environs tour with Blue Badge Guide
    David Mildon

    St. Paul’s Cathedral, seat of the Bishop of London, is the mother church of the Diocese of London. The Cathedral was designed by Christopher Wren with a dome inspired by St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. It is located at the highest point in the City of London, and is a perfect stepping-off point for a tour of the area. David Mildon will show you around the Cathedral and then tell you the story of its neighborhood during this wide-ranging and fascinating adventure.
  • Borough Market tour in Southwark
    Do we have any foodies in the group? Then a stop at Borough Market, London’s most renowned food market, is the perfect trip for you to join this weekend. Bringing together a mix of British cuisine and a plethora of international cuisine including Punjabi, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Arabica, Argentinian, and many others, Borough Market is a one-stop shopping experience for food of all kinds. Founded in the 18th century, but having its roots in a 13th century market, this expanse of buildings and free standing stalls prides itself on both quality and quantity in anything your heart could desire.

EVENING, FOR ALL
SU London all-alumni Happy Hour at Yorkshire Grey Pub,
Theobald's Road

The best way to start the evening is your drink of choice in a warm pub surrounded by likeminded souls. In other words, an SU London happy hour! Join Faraday House staff and SU locals in London for a no-host happy hour and a tame pub crawl. Meet at Faraday House, then proceed to the Yorkshire Grey Pub on Theobald’s Road.

Saturday, February 2

MORNING, CHOOSE ONE:

  • Royal Opera House backstage tour
    With a flourishing world of performing art, London is a city that stands above the rest when it comes to its historic and beautiful artistic venues—the Royal Opera House being one. Located in Covent Garden, the Royal Opera House is a beautiful venue with seating for over 2,000 spectators, and home to performances by The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet. Join this backstage tour to find out just how elaborate running a modern opera house is. Learning about the history of the theater, its redevelopment, and how the it operates is an opportunity you don’t want to pass up.
  • Hampstead Heath Walk with Professor Dennis Bury
    Join SU London professor Dennis Bury on a cultural walk to one of London’s largest parks, Hampstead Heath. In addition to sprawling grassy knolls, beautifully modest ponds, and rolling hills, this 320-acre ancient London park also provides modern comforts like children’s playgrounds, cafés, and paths for walks through the scenery. Take the time to enjoy fresh air and take in one of the natural oases just outside central London.
  • Department Stores tour with Professor Leonard Wiltshire
    In a city filled with monuments, museums, cultural neighborhoods, and galleries, London has another attraction that many can’t resist. Shopping! Join SU London instructor and retail guru Leonard Witshire on a journey through London’s best-known department stores, enjoying several retailers that the city offers to locals and visitors alike.

AFTERNOON, CHOOSE ONE:

  • Tour of Chelsea Football Club soccer stadium
    Any sports fans out there? If so, a trip to the home of the Chelsea Football Club (European football, not American) will be right up your alley! Chelsea F.C., founded in 1905, is one of England’s most famous football clubs; playing in the English Premier League and based in Fulham, London, at the nearly 42,000 seat Stamford Bridge stadium. Taking you through press rooms, locker rooms, the dugouts, and the newly added museum, this is a fun, informative experience you will never forget.
  • Houses of Parliament tour
    The United States has the Capitol Building; the United Kingdom has the Houses of Parliament. In this unique opportunity, those accompanying this tour will have the chance to walk the halls of the very center of British legislation. Comprised of edifices such as the Palace of Westminster and soon-to-be named Elizabeth Tower (holding famous Big Ben) along the bank of the River Thames, the Houses of Parliament is the symbol of the government and strength in the United Kingdom and its territories.
  • Sunset Flight on the London Eye in a private pod
    Board the breathtaking and iconic Ferris wheel cantilevered over the Thames for a private spin through the skies above London. Your photos of the skyline during the golden hour before sunset will inspire awe and admiration upon your return. Along the way, you'll get to know other SU alumni and current SU London students.

EVENING, FOR ALL
Gala dinner for Alumni Love London Weekend guests at Tas Bloomsbury
Join your fellow returning alumni plus current students, faculty, and staff for a gala dinner celebrating SU, London, and you! Enjoy spectacular cuisine by Head Chef Önder Şahan and choose from a modern Anatolian Turkish menu.

Sunday, February 3

MORNING, CHOOSE ONE

  • Camden Market Brunch and Primrose Hill tour with Brian Nocella
    Have a vision of the old London? Prim and proper locals keeping to themselves? Well you surely have never been through the streets of Camden! If you want another view of the city you love, join our group for brunch at the American Blues Kitchen before wandering through Camden Market with SU London’s very own Brian Nocella. Filled with vendors selling antiques, handmade goods, and delicious cuisine, Camden Market will prove to be an exceptionally fun experience.
  • Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studios tour in Watford
    After the past 15 years, thanks to the now-famous J.K. Rowling, it is hard to imagine hearing “Great Britain,” “UK,” or “London” and not have Harry Potter come to mind. The magical world of Potter and his epic story has now come to life and SU London is happy to bring its students and alumni to the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studios. A short journey 20 miles northwest from the heart of London, this tour of the studios will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the amazing sets, elaborate costumes, and eccentric props of the world that is Harry Potter.

EVENING, FOR ALL
Private open-top bus tour of London      
A fairly new addition to the Love London Experience, SU London has coordinated an exclusive open-top bus tour of the city. Afraid you’ve missed something during your visit? The bus tour is a great way to see all of the sights before you leave. After a full and eventful weekend, sit back, relax, and enjoy this tour on four wheels. 

* Schedule of events subject to change


Additional Details

Airfare Discount

You may travel to London however you wish. We've arranged an 8-13% discount on United Airlines flights from the U.S. to London. You may leave the U.S. starting Monday, January 28, and must return by Wednesday, February 6. To qualify for the discount, you must book at www.united.com and enter Offer Code ZNAM957088. (Fare classes F, A, J, C, Y, B, M, E, U, and H are discounted 13%. Others receive an 8% discount.)

Hotel Discount

You may stay wherever you wish. We have arranged discounted rates at two excellent hotels close to Faraday House, SU London's headquarters. These are the hotels we recommend to visitors from campus! You must book before January 10 to receive these rates.

  • The Ridgemount Hotel
    The Ridgemount Hotel is a traditional English bed and breakfast, owned by the family of a 2011 Syracuse University graduate. It's offering a £10 discount off their standard rates, which range from £50 to £150 per night, including breakfast. A double or twin room with private bath would cost £84 plus tax. To reserve, call +44-20-7636-1141 or visit the hotel's website and type “Syracuse University rate” in the "Additional Information" section.
  • The Grange Holbourn Hotel
    The Grange Holbourn Hotel, a five-star hotel next door to Faraday House, is offering a discounted rate of £169 plus tax for a double or twin room with private bath. To reserve, call +44-20-7242-1800 or e-mail reservations@grangehotels.com and request the “Syracuse University rate” at the Holbourn Hotel. 

Questions?

Please direct questions about the Alumni Love London Weekend to David Murray at Syracuse University, (315) 443-5178 or drmurray@syr.edu. Once you arrive in London, you may contact Faraday House at 020-7400-9310. The address for Faraday House is 48-51 Old Gloucester Street, London, WC1N 3AE. 

Cancellation Policy

Should you be unable to attend Alumni Love London Weekend, we will convert the full amount of your contribution to a charitable gift supporting SU London students. Your airfare, hotel, and other travel arrangements are on your own. We recommend travel insurance.