International search offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences in the city
There are myriads of things to see and do in London, but to get that message truly across, VisitLondon.com, the official visitor’s guide to the capital of Great Britain, together with Visit Britain have embarked on an international search to find the city’s Official Guest of Honour. The winning guest will not only get to see London like never before but also be treated to several once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
The winning guest will be invited to London in February 2015 with an accompanying guest and will have the privilege of opening Tower Bridge, seeing a West End musical with international singing star Jessie J and visiting the Science Museum with renowned physicist Professor Stephen Hawking. There’s also an afternoon tea session planned with Downton Abbey’s butler Carson (Jim Carter) at Lord’s Cricket Ground and a tour at the Houses of Parliament with the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow.
In addition, the guests will also be treated to a personal meal cooked by Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton and be treated to a visit to the Royal Opera House with Plácido Domingo and British ballerina & Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell. As part of the experience, the Official Guest of Honour will fire the guns from HMS Belfast, walk the red carpet at a film premiere in Central London, and meet the English tennis star Tim Henman for a VIP tour of the All England Tennis Club, which hosts The Wimbledon Championships.
The Official Guest of Honour will also have a chance to be the Keeper for the day at ZSL London Zoo and receive an All Access Pass to London’s most celebrated fashion hub, Oxford Street, including VIP styling and a nearly USD8,000 shopping spree. Highlights of the spectacular two-week holiday experience will be captured on film for the rest of the world to see.
To apply to be London’s Official Guest of Honour, entrants must go to Visitlondon.com, submit a short film or image and in 70 words describe their perfect day in London. The closing date is 9 December 2014 with the winner to be announced in January next year.