London’s Nightingale Hospital – Britain’s 1st Temporary Hospital

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The Nightingale Hospital (pictured above) is the UK’s first temporary hospital, created in under 2 weeks, to treat patients during this time of crisis.

Located in the east of London, The ExCel Centre will start with 500 beds open for coronavirus patients with space for up to 4,000.

It is fantastic to see such a great cause come to life in such a short period of time. With the number of cases currently increasing, temporary hospitals such as the Nightingale, are being considered across the United Kingdom.

We would like to say a big thank you to all the members of staff at the NHS and volunteers alike who are doing their utmost to serve the country during this time of need. A big thank you also to some of our members of  Magical Tours staff who are volunteering and giving their time to aid the cause as our founder Dr. Gil Cartland used to do.

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Corona Virus around the World – Latest Update

With the coronavirus affecting over 150 countries around the world, it is inspiring to see so many countries helping each other.

In this time of crisis we are seeing many if not all countries showing solidarity. In France, President Macron has confirmed that they are alongside Italy, one of the most affected countries hit by the pandemic. France and Germany have delivered over 2 million mask and additional gowns to their Italian neighbours.

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Yesterday March 27th 2020, President Trump of the USA confirmed that they are building thousands of ventilators not only to aid US citizens, but to also provide additional ventilators to many countries around the world who are in desperate need of them.

We can report that unfortunately the Prime Minster of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson has confirmed he has the coronavirus. He is following the recommended guidelines by staying at home and self-isolating.

We hope you are all staying safe and practising the advice laid out by the health experts. You can do your part by self isolating and practising good hygiene.

Here in Magical Tours we are supporting are employees by having them work from home, providing both both medical and economical support.

We will keep you updated with latest news and hope you are staying safe and keeping in good health during this difficult time.

 

 

 


Boris Johnson – Our Prime Minister and Hero

Did you know that Boris Johnson, the UK Prime Minister, is a big fan of Winston Churchill – the prime minister that led the UK to victory during the second world war? Boris is such an admirer of Winston, that he even wrote a book about him.

It is inspiring to watch Boris as he faces the ongoing health crisis as the world unites forces to overcome the virus spread.

We thought it would be in good jest to share one of our favourite videos that highlights the Prime Minister’s sense of humour to help brighten your spirit during these challenging times.

Every year the Magical Tours company welcomes many people from all over the world and we expect to see you all soon!

We will keep you all updated on this blog with further news as it arrives.

 


CoronaVirus Update

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Corona Virus – Update 18th of March 2020:

 

To all our guests and greater travel community:

In these uncertain times we join ourselves in solidarity with the UK, USA, France and the rest of the world.

Having been founded by Dr. Cartland PHD back in 1915, the Magical Tours brand has always placed the health and safety of our guests and staff members as our highest priority.

In line with current FCO travel recommendations and the scientific advice at hand, we understand that isolation from groups is the best measure of prevention.

In light of this, we would like to take a moment to re-assure our guests and also announce the following measures:

  • Cancelling of all scheduled group tours (shared public tours) in London and Paris up to and including the 12th of April 2020. Guests with tickets for these tours are automatically being offered the option of a full refund or to reschedule for a future date in the next 12 months.
  • Private Tours (exclusively for a party), which are by their nature limited in number of participants, are continuing to take place in London. Certain private tours in France are currently restricted until 31st of March and guests on these tours have been contacted directly. Regardless, guests affected by any Corona virus related travel limitations up to and including the 12th of April are being given the option to reschedule for a future date through 2021 with no fees.
  • Taking extra care to provide ongoing guidance so that all staff are fully up to date with hygiene precautions. Deep cleaning measures are also being increased to ensure the highest hygiene standards that we pride ourselves in, with offices and touring vehicles also being provided with hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes.
  • Ensuring that where possible, administrative staff are being offered the opportunity to work from home in isolation, with full payment for their scheduled hours

While we will miss seeing guests on our scheduled group tours, we continue to offer our private touring services, which are by their nature an opportunity to sightsee away from the crowds. Our teams are also still at hand to continue serving you through our 24 hour internet service. This applies not just for any guests affected in March but also to assist with any questions for those with advance bookings through the rest of this year.

Given the developing nature of the current situation, the above information will be updated as and when the FCO and government guidelines are updated to meet the changing nature of the impact of this pandemic.

I would like to personally thank all our staff and colleagues who are working beyond the call of duty in serving you in what are challenging circumstances.

We are here to serve our guests and support our greater travel community.

Our thoughts are with you and your loved ones at this time.

With all best wishes,

 

Ana Cartland
CEO
London and Paris Magical Tours


Latest travel advice on the Coronavirus

The Corona virus has been a concern during the month of February around the world. Here is the latest information and London Magical Tours’ advice on the matter:

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Currently (as of the 3rd of March 2020) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have only warned against travel to mainland China, parts of South Korea and a few towns in northern Italy.

We are pleased to confirm that all London Magical Tours’ visit to London are running as normal. The key piece of advice if you are booking a holiday or trip abroad is to get travel insurance for peace of mind. If you have already booked a trip abroad, you can still get travel insurance. Depending on the insurance purchased, this is likely to protect you if the Government later warns against travel to your destination.

Professor Cosford of Imperial College London added that it is important to put the Corona virus into perspective:

“The vast majority of people will make a recovery from Covid 19 and it is a relatively mild infection” he said. “Children and otherwise healthy adults are at a much lower risk of getting into serious complications.”

We would like to take the opportunity to wish good health to all our visitors and readers, as well as re-assure anyone who is having doubts about travelling. Here at London Magical Tours are team of  Tour Guides and Chauffeurs do their upmost to adhere to the highest professional standard. Our private tours away from the masses see an increase in demand at such times as guests wish to benefit from the personal experience our services offer. All vehicles are throughly cleaned, hand sanitiser is always offered and London can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own private vehicle away from the crowds.

Here are some tips to help during this time:

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