Did you know that the word Halloween or Hallowe’en dates back to about 1745 and comes from the Scottish term of All Hallows’ Eve: the evening before All Saints Day, the 1st of November in the Christian calendar.
With Halloween 2019 just around the corner, we wanted to share our excitement with you all by posting some of favourite halloween London themed photos:
Ghosts and Ghouls at the ancient Palace of Westminster
The Tower of London. Dark, sinister and one of London’s most haunted venues. Prepare to be spooked …
Secret alleyways and Victorian gas lights … perfect for a fright night!
Come and enjoy the gruesome and frightening sights of the capital on London Magical Tours’ Private London Tours and make sure to make this halloween the scariest one yet!
Plus don’t forget that all young visitors taking part in our Halloween tour specials will receive a Magical Trick or Treat gift bag in the 2 weeks up to the big day itself.
There are few things that delight us more at London Magical Tours than to receive great post tour feedback.
We’ve been listening to your comments and appreciate how helpful it is to see live tour videos and hear real guests speak about their time when choosing your own sightseeing experience.
To this end, our ever popular Client of the Month Featurette is making a return for 2019:
Filmed on location while touring, it places the spotlight on one of our guests to share their thoughts on the sightseeing experience. No gimmicks, no special effects. Just a stripped back live action review in their own words.
The latest entry is a VIP level private tour of London. Simply click on the video link below to see it in full 4K High Definition:
The capital’s streets are filled with holiday lights and christmas markets open up throughout the city’s different neighbourhoods. Of course though, it wouldn’t quite be Christmas without the return of London Magical Tours’ annual holiday special tours: the 2018 London Christmas Tours dates have now been announced!
To mark the occasion and get your festive appetite going, here are a few of our favourite things to do for Christmas in London during November and December 2018:
Popular London Christmas Markets:
Most of the London Christmas markets open from mid-November and stay open into the new-year (early January). Some of the largest this year will be held at:
Leicester Square Christmas Market: In the centre of London’s West End and close to all the shops and theatres
Winter Wonderland:The Christmas Market at Winter Wonderland is one of the biggest in London. Set in Hyde Park, there are over 200 kiosks on site to spark your imagination and help you find that perfect christmas gift. Once you’ve found it, you can give into temptation and hop on to one of the many fair ground rides – you won’t regret it!
South-Bank Christmas Market: The South Bank’s Winter Market sees the area just south of the river Thames beautifuly transformed into a festive wonderland. With plenty on offer from stocking fillers to mince pies, there is truly something for everyone.
Ice Skating Rinks in London:
The Natural History Museum Ice Rink: Grab your skates and visit this iconic museum in Albertropolis. The rink (pictured above) is a great place to unwind after a day out visiting the museums in South Kensington.
Somerset House Ice Rink: Still the most classic of locations to enjoy a winter’s night skating, the Somerset House ice rink has been featured in many a Christmas movie and is the perfect spot for skating under the stars. Look out for the special themed nights – not to be missed!
The London Christmas Lights:
Oxford Street Christmas Lights: World-reknowned, Oxford Street has some of the most spectacular Christmas lights and festive store displays you will find – not just in London – but in the world.
Carnaby Street Christmas Lights: Fancy a cracking Christmas neighbourhood? Head down to fashionable Carnaby Street, where central London meets hip Soho for an eclectic festive mix: from great local food to unique holiday gift ideas.
Best places to shop in London during Christmas:
Oxford Street, Regents Street, Piccadilly: Make your way from Oxford Street, down Regents Street though Piccadilly to cover all of the best Christmas themed shops in town.
Knightsbridge: From Harrods to Harvey Nicholls and the Sloane Street, there is much to discover in Knightsbridge for the holidays. Make sure to pay a special visit to Christmas World, a whole floor filled with toys, decorations and much, much more.
Christmas Carol’s in London:
St. Martins In the Fields: A traditional event where you will find some of the best choral recitals. For an added bonus, opt to go on the day of the annual Christmas Tree installation, courtesy of our Norwegian friends from Oslo.
The Royal Albert Hall: The annual Christmas festival is sure to get you in the festive mood. From classical christmas choirs to pop numbers, it’s a sure way to make your Christmas an unforgettable one.
Santa’s Grotto in London:
Harrods Department Store: A christmas tradition like no other going back to 1955 , Harrods hosts Father Christmas in their very own Christmas Grotto. Journey through the gingerbread house where children will make memories that will last them a life time.
Hamley’s Toy Store: There’s nothing more exciting than visiting Hamley’s during the Christmas season. Hamley’s is the world’s oldest toy shop, 5 stories and a basement of fun, fun, fun. A must for any child visiting London.
London Magical Tours’ annual Christmas tours will run from 10th of November 2018 to 6th of January 2019.
Our client of the month featurette is back and this one is particularly well timed – to coincide with the start of London Magical Tours’ annual Christmas tours!
The Client of the Month places the spotlight on one of our guests to reveal all about their sightseeing experience: no scripts, no gimmicks, no special effects. Its simply an honest review in one of our visitor’s own words.
This month sees the start of our seasonal special and one of the most popular tours of the whole year – the Magical London Christmas Tours.
The capital’s only fully Christmas themed tours has guests provided with their very own professional tour guide and in addition, a chauffeur to avoid all parking problems and discover the best of London during the holiday season.
Unlike other tours with the word “Christmas” in their title, this is not a regular tour of the London landmarks which happens to take place during the holiday season – this is an actual tour dedicated to what it means to spend Christmas in the greatest city on earth.
So here it is, the latest addition to the Client of the Month series. Simply click on the video link below to watch in glorious Full HD:
See the spectacular holiday lights and decorations, the capital’s main (as well as hidden) Christmas trees, while also learning the important stories behind how the London’s traditions have gone on to shape the way Christmas is celebrated across the world – including the influence of the Victorians and a certain Mr. Charles Dickens!
London is looking extra special this Christmas season. If you’re still needing to be convinced, see more details by visiting the dedicated section for our London Christmas Tours
Don’t forget to view previous clients of the month by clicking these links:
No sooner is Summer drawing to a close when we start being inundated with requests for this year’s Christmas tour dates!
One of the highlights of the holiday season in London, our Christmas special tours are the ultimate night out to discover the best of the capital during what is truly the most wonderful time of the year.
Still haven’t booked yours? Here’s a sneak peak at what you’re missing out on!
You never know who you might run into during a Magical Christmas Tour …
London’s Christmas markets
Our London Christmas Lights Tours are the original holiday themed tours, visiting the best of the festive lights in central London, alongside many off the beaten path locations.
Remember that unlike other tour offerings, this is not just the usual London landmarks. Our professional tour guides will take you out of the chauffeur driven sightseeing vehicles to hear the stories and learn about the traditions behind what it means to spend Christmas in London – the perfect holiday treat.
Christmas fairies – much loved by children on our Christmas tours!