Happy Easter 2017!

London Magical Tour's guests celebrating their Easter Egg Hunt victory at the London Eye

London Magical Tour’s guests celebrating their Easter Egg Hunt victory at the London Eye

Easter is an egg-cellent time to be in London. Get ready for an egg-ceptional Easter blog update (Ed comment: ok – at this point we had to step in. To ensure quality of material we had to scale down the egg related one liners – they’re not all they’re cracked up to be!)

From indulging in chocolates and easter egg hunts to sightseeing over the bank holiday weekend, there is something to do for everyone. Whats more, the first Bank-Holiday weekend of the year in the UK falls over the Easter weekend  – a great time to unwind and soak in the spring sunshine.

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An egg-ceptionally well dressed guard in traditional bear-skin, taking in the London sights at Westminster

Here’s a look at the best things to do in London this Easter 2017:

London Magical Tours: From March through to April 2017

Discover London’s famous landmarks with an Easter theme. Spoil the kids (and adults alike) and book your very on London Tour with Easter Egg hunt experience.

For more on our Easter Activities visit London Magical Tours and add the Easter Egg Hunt to any of the London Tours!

LMT's Magical Golden Eggs - where in London will you find them!

LMT’s Magical Golden Eggs – where in London will you find them?

 

Easter Egg prizes galore with London Magical Tours

Chocolate Heaven: Giant Easter Egg Hunts with London Magical Tours

London Easter Egg Hunts: March 24th to April 28th 2017 

Throughout April and the Easter weekend, there are a number of Easter Egg hunts going on in London. Our personal favourite will take place in the spectacular Parlour at our partners Fortnum and Mason. Keep your eyes pealed for the Golden Egg which will be hidden among the treats. Winners will receive the honour of being named Fortnum’s ‘Ice Cream Taster of the Year’. Now that’s Egg-tastic!

Enjoy some of the finest chocolate treats in London's Fortnum and Mason

Enjoy some of the finest chocolate treats in London’s Fortnum and Mason

The Passion of the Christ: April 14th 2017:

Let’s not forget the real reason why we celebrate Easter. The passion of Jesus Christ will be performed at Trafalgar Square on the 14th of April and admission is free of charge. A true London spectacle.

Make sure to catch the Passion of the Christ in London's Trafalgar Square

Make sure to catch the Passion of the Christ in London’s Trafalgar Square this Easter

 

Why not book a day out in London for your family and friends this Spring? Booking a personal private London tour to enjoy a truly memorable day out.


2 Birthdays for a very special Queen – Happy Birthday to Her Majesty!

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The month of April is not only the first full month of British Springtime, but it also marks a special day for her Majesty. Thats right, this month Queen Elizabeth will be celebrating her 90th birthday!

Elizabeth II turns 90 on April 21 but also has an official birthday in June

Elizabeth II turns 90 on April 21 but also has an official birthday in June

The Queen celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday on the 21st of April and her official birthday on a Saturday in June. Not many are fortunate to have two birthdays a year!

The tradition of having 2 birthdays dates back to the time of King Edward VII, who’s real date of birth fell in November. Naturally, he preferred to celebrate it during the sunnier months of Summer and decided to hold his birthday parade, known as the Trooping of the Colour, during May or June.

The special day for Her Majesty will be marked by gun salutes all around London at mid-day: in Hyde Park,  Windsor Great Park and at the Tower of London. Make sure you are here for the celebrations and book your Private London Tour to make sure you have the best seat in the house!

We wanted to send a huge birthday greeting to Her Majesty for being such a great ambassador for the United Kingdom and for all the great work she has done over all these years. Thank you for being a brilliant Queen!

Young visitors on our tours have also been celebrating: here are a few words and drawings made by children on our family friendly London tours,  congratulating the Queen.

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Isn’t this beautiful? One of our young visitor’s painting of the Queen celebrating her birthday – Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Victoria (from left to right)

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God Save the Queen – Great work from Clarie Robertson, age 12 on her visit to London

 


Spring has arrived in London!

The sunshine has finally made its way back to London. Without doubt, the spring and summer seasons are fantastic times of the year to visit the capital and always help make outings and day trips that much better!

Big Ben looking glorious in the London Spring Sun

Big Ben looking glorious in the London Spring Sun

So what are we looking forward to over the coming months? Well to begin with, there’s:

– Strawberries and cream at the Wimbledon Lawn tennis club
– UEFA Euro 2016 Football. Its been four years since the last tournament: catch the best matches on big screens all over London or for the more adventurous, pop over to Paris to see the games live with our friends at Paris Magical Tours.
– Music festivals, garden parties and lunches at roof top terrace pubs

– The horse racing season, including Royal Ascot: ladies in fine hats and dresses and gentlemen in tails

– Royal Celebrations: The Trooping of the Colour to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday and the Order of the Garter ceremony at Windsor Castle: a stunning display of British tradition at its very best.
… and last but not least: more more hours of sunshine goodness!

London will also host for the very first time the London Games Festival. Celebrating everything from culture, art, the  business of games and video games – there is something for everyone including workshops, activities and the largest Monopoly board in Trafalgar Square!

Did you know that the Queen is lucky enough to have 2 birthdays? That’s right: although Her Majesty’s official birthday is in June, the Queen’s actual birthday falls on the 21st April. Look out for gun salutes being fired in Central London to mark the occasion.

Why not book a day out in London and spoil family and friends this Spring 2016? To make sure you have a wonderful experience this Spring, make sure to visit London Magical Tours to find out all about their  fantastic days out.


We have a winner! Children’s Art Competition 2015 Prize Winners

As we near the end 2015, we delight in being able to announce the winners of this year’s Children’s Art Competition for both the over 10 and under 10 years old categories.

Children on London Magical Tours’ trips and excursions are given the chance to enter this fun competition which is run annually, drawing or writing all about their favourite London experience.

 

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Smiling faces! Children with their entries for the 2015 Art Competition

The London Magical Tours judges had a very difficult decision to make given the quality of this year’s entrants: it was no easy feat choosing from the hundred of standout entries. In the end though, they managed to narrow it down to a select group of finalists.

So without further ado, here are the winner and runner up entries for the Children’s Art Competition 2015:

Winner 10 Years and Over: Goes to Joan Matthew age 11, Massachusetts. Written during one of our Magical Christmas Tours in December, Joan tells “Father Christmas” all about her action packed day in London, including when she got to see Her Majesty The Queen. What a lovely letter!

 

Dear Santa Winner

 

Winner Under 10’s: What an amazing effort from Aiden Zinke from Maryland – aged just 6! His beautiful description of seeing the Cullinan Diamond at the Jewel House inside the Tower of London warmed the hearts of all the judges.

 

Childrens Art Competition Under 10

 

Congratulations are due for all the prize winners. Stand out entries to have also made the final four included:

Claire Robertson age 12, from Texas. The judges loved reading how Claire recalled seeing the horses at the Royal stables (the Royal Mews) and how much of a highlight this was for her personally, as well as this wonderfully colourful piece of art by Claudia Sitjar age 5, from Barcelona, Spain.

 

God save the queen

 

Children Art Competition Colouring Entries

 

A huge thank you to everyone who entered for such great effort and work. Gifts and prizes are on their way to the lucky winners.

Would you like to enter next year’s competition? Read all about our London Tours for children with London Magical Tours for a fun and educational day out.


London Layover Tours from Heathrow, Gatwick and City Airport

Missionary group enjoying afternoon tea during a London layover

Missionary group enjoying afternoon tea during a London layover

Looking for ideas to spend the time during a layover at the London airports?

Our award winning London Tours from Heathrow Airport offer the opportunity to visit one of the world’s most important cities direct from the moment you land in London. Our Layover Tours are widely recommended by national and international media. Here’s just a recent example from the Washington Post.

As the Founders of Layover Tours we know how important your time is when flying through the capital: we are there to help you maximise this to its best. Forget all the problems of arriving into a new city – leave the hassle to us. A professional London guide and a qualified licensed chauffeur. With collection directly from your terminal arrival and return in time for your outbound departure, why not turn your next London layover into a real experience of sightseeing and discovery!

Want to know more information on the logistics – terminals, what happens to your luggage? Read our helpful London Layover Guide articles:

Lugagge On A London Layover

Which Terminal at Heathrow Airport

Every day we received hundreds of happy visitors from all corners of the globe travelling through London’s airports. Their thoughts and comments are featured across the London Magical Tours blog. Also click on the video link below to hear other visitors talk about their Layover Tour experiences with us:



Next time you are flying through London don’t forget that there’s so much more to do than just sit waiting at the airport- make the most of the opportunity with a Layover Tour with London Magical Tours.