London Christmas 2013 – Tour Updates

London Christmas 2013

London Christmas 2013

As we approach the official start of 2013’s Christmas tours, we can now reveal some of the little optional extras we have added for this year’s itineraries:

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What better way to enjoy the best of the London decorations and lights than with the most famous of English Christmas traditions – a delicious mince pie with a glass of red wine – perfect to keep warm on a frosty Christmas night!

This special treat is available to order with your tour at 10 GBP per person.

Personal Visit from Father Christmas
For many years we have received special requests asking whether there was any way to be able to guarantee a visit from Santa during the Magical Christmas tours. Well, for the first time ever and after much deliberation with the man himself … we now can!

Father Christmas will be taking a well deserved break from his workshop at the North Pole on select dates during November and December to pay a totally private and personal visit to guests who request this service. Magically appearing during the course of your Christmas tour, Santa Claus will be on hand with a special gift to make your tour a truly memorable experience, with plenty of photograph opportunities. Offered exclusively as an option on our private tours.

Luxury Car Upgrade- 50% off Promotion
Wish to sightsee in true style? For that extra special touch, upgrade to our luxury fleet of Mercedes and Jaguar vehicles to enjoy the best of London at Christmas in the utmost comfort. Offered on select dates during November and December at a promotional rate, saving 50% off the standard upgrade price.

Watch the latest Christmas tours teaser video, new for 2013 with tour comments and sample tour footage:

Still needing a little extra holiday cheer? Get into the spirit by viewing our official London Christmas Tours video trailer, which is also the featured video of the month at VisitBritain.tv, the TV channel for the official tourist board for Great Britain.

Let us be the first to wish you a magical Christmas season – we look forward to seeing you!


London Private Tours with Fast Track Food Service

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Here at London Magical Tours we offer our clients a special service to enjoy a full British culinary experience while on tour. Our traditional London pubs are local, hand selected historic pubs away from the masses to provide you with just that – delicious Great British food, served fresh on your arrival with complimentary cordial drinks in reserved seating.

The exclusivity of our fast track service means no waiting in line to order your meal; we understand our client’s desires to get the best out of their time. To this effect, food is freshly prepared 15 minutes before your arrival, enabling you to make the most of your London Magical Tour without worrying about lengthy restaurant lines or cooking time.

 

To view an example of a food menu for LONDON please click here: Fast Track Priority Service Food Menu

For WINDSOR please click here: Fast Track Priority Service Food Example Windsor

Read more about our range of London tours and Private London tours


London’s Music Scene: Where to Shop and Where to Catch a Show!

For the avid music lover visiting London, Denmark Street is where you can find an array of music stores filled with vintage and modern gear. Denmark street is also home to various music venues and clubs such as the 12 bar club which hosts live music on a nightly basis.

Back in the 1950’s and 1960’s artists such as The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix would set up shop here and produce their first recordings at Denmark Street’s Regent Sounds Studios. Elton John wrote his first released song ‘Your Song’ here.

Outside of Denmark Street popular haunts include Camden Town in North London, where you can find music venues such as Dingwalls and bars always filled with live music such as Camden’s Blues Kitchen.

St. John’ Wood has been a hotspot for tourists since The Beatles first recorded their Abbey Road LP at the infamous recording studio there and took what is now one of the most iconic album covers of all time, outside on the crossing of Abbey Road. You can visit Abbey Road and many more famous London music landmarks on London Magical Tours’ Private London Tours. The studios and much of the recording gear are still in use today for recording and mastering purposes for the budding musician in us.


A Cup Of Tea To Remember

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The good old English cup of tea. Renowned throughout the world, revered by many and yet so often the source of much confusion to visitors to London. High tea, low tea, afternoon tea ….. ok we admit it can be a little complex!

Tea drinking is said to have been popularised during the first part of the 19th century, at a time when it was quite common for people to only have two main meals a day – breakfast and dinner. Although luncheon was beginning to catch on, stories accredit a certain Duchess of Bedford by the name of Anna for starting the idea of a serving light snacks with a hot pot of tea to help combat that sinking feeling in the middle of the day, essentially creating a bridge between the main meals.

Noticing how popular this idea became amongst her close circle of friends, it wasn’t long before the Duchess was sending out formal tea party invitations, the idea eventually spreading across all of London’s Victorian high society and beyond.

The upper classes in society, who could afford the addition of what was in reality a third meal, drank tea in the afternoon. This type of afternoon tea was called low tea, drank on comfortable low chairs or sofas. The poorer members of society would instead have a more filling high tea in place of their evening meal at the dinner table, the name referring to the height of the table on which the tea was served.

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Despite this, visitors to London will today typically find high tea being advertised; over time it is true that the original notion has evolved and the upper classes sought their own version of high tea but instead of the addition of potatoes or even pies, looked to add salmon and fruit. Of course as any good Londoner will tell you – tea today is really an excuse for cake!

We recently caught up with Mrs. Mclease, a guest on one of our private tours of London to share with us a tea drinking experience from her visit to the capital:


Fortnum’s (the shortened name for the store Fortnum & Mason) is an iconic British institution founded as a grocer in 1761. Today it continues to stock a variety of exotic provisions, just one of the reasons why it is an official provider of tea to Her Majesty.

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