Spare the Horses, James
In the latter half of the 19th century, Queen Victoria, whose name this city proudly bears, had a carriage driver named James Darling. Traditionally, staff was addressed only by their surname. As such, Queen Victoria would have addressed Mr. Darling as ‘Darling’ – possibly inappropriately. So, she called him ‘James’. Always impatient and anxious to get home to the palace, “Home James, and don’t spare the horses’, is said to have been a phrase she used regularly.
But we’re in no hurry here. Your carriage driver (it may not be James) will entertain you with tales about Victoria. At the end, you will be dropped at one of our gourmet restaurant partners: Bon Bistro & Bar, Camille's, Pescatores or Restaurant Matisse.
This package includes:
- A 30 minute private carriage ride
- A $100 gift certificate for dinner (Reservations are required for dinner and the carriage ride. You may take the 30 minute carriage ride at any time during the day if you prefer.)
Add this package to any stay for only $169 (a $190 value)
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We're historic ... so, hey, slow down James!