Christmas 2015 in London

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As Summer starts to draw to a close, preparations are ripe for the return of our seasonal favourite Christmas tours starting from November. Here’s a little behind the scenes sneak peak at what visitors  can expect from this year’s offerings …

London’s ORIGINAL and ONLY FULLY THEMED Christmas tours return once again this 2015 holiday season. The key dates for this year’s calendar are 10th of November 2015 through to 6th of January 2016.

Mrs. Wilcox from Somerset, UK on her Magical Christmas Tour of London

Image ©, London Magical Tours. Mrs. Wilcox from Somerset, UK on her Magical Christmas Tour of London

London is fully transformed during the christmas period. The nights get frosty and the christmas lights are all lit aglow. From the bright illuminations of Harrods, to the famous Norwegian Spruce tree in Trafalgar Square, there is no better time of year to visit the capital!

Have a festive christmas shopping experience in London with your very own personal shopper

Image © BBC. Have a festive christmas shopping experience in London with your very own personal shopper

Why not spoil the children, a loved one or take the whole family for an evening to remember on the complete London Christmas experience. Take a London Christmas Lights Tour, visiting the festive related landmarks of London and off the beaten path secrets which are transformed with lights and festive decorations. Remember that unlike other tour offerings, this is not just the usual London landmarks – this is the only FULLY GUIDED Christmas themed Tours of London – with tales and stories behind the history of a London Christmas.

New additions to the 2015 London Christmas Tours include:

  • The chance to pre-book in advance tickets to one of London’s best Ice Skating Rink for a christmas skating experience
  • Visit Mr. Claus himself at the North Pole in his very own grotto during your London Christmas Tour
  • Enjoy a traditional christmas dinner at one of our traditional London pubs, including mulled wine and christmas dinner in the run up to 25th of December
  • Personal Shopper Experience. London is a huge city, with an over-whelming number of stores and shopping districts. Why not opt to shop with an expert Londoner, with an unrivalled insider knowledge of the city and its shops to go in search for that perfect gift.
  • Finish your London Magical Christmas Tour with a visit the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park – enjoy the London Christmas markets and fair ground rides.
Enjoy a festive skate at the Natural History Museum's Ice Rink from October 2015

Image © Natural History Museum. Enjoy a festive skate at the Natural History Museum’s Ice Rink as part of the Magical Christmas London Tours.

Here is a little taste of what you can expect on our London Christmas Tours:

For the best traditional London Christmas Experience make sure to book your London Christmas Tour and make Christmas 2015 one to remember!

 


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.


My favourite part of London was …

We are happy to share comments from our younger visitors who visited London with London Magical Tours in recent weeks.

Our tours of London and the surrounding cities are made even more enjoyable by children visitors and we love to hear what they enjoyed during their tours.

On our VIP London Tours, London Magical Tours provides specialised tour guides that interact with children through games and activities, turning learning and education into a fun and memorable experience.  Prizes are handed out at the end of the tour to whoever who participated the most and the best are entered into our annual award competitions, where bigger prizes are awarded.

Here are a few examples of our current favourite comments, submitted by our clever young visitors during their London Magical Tour:

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Wimbledon Tennis Tours

We are the champions: familiar faces Roger Federer and Serena Williams

We are the champions: familiar faces Roger Federer and Serena Williams

Located in the south west of the capital, Wimbledon is world-renown as the home of the prestigious lawn-tennis championships. But did you know that there is plenty to do in SW19 beyond this? Of course it gets busy during the 2 weeks of tennis (which run from the last week of June to the first week of July), but during the other 50 weeks of the year Wimbledon is a fantastic place to enjoy some ‘me-time’ with many shops, parks, restaurants, pubs and bars.

The horses from Wimbledon Village Stables passing through Wimbledon Village

The horses from Wimbledon Village Stables passing through Wimbledon Village

The beauty behind Wimbledon is that it somehow makes you feel like you are in the countryside while still being in greater London. This is especially true when you arrive into Wimbledon Common, the gorgeous open parkland located just behind Wimbledon Village. The Common provides the perfect place for cycling, walks or enjoying a picnic by the lake.

It is rare to find this combination of shopping, restaurants and park life all perfectly wrapped up in one town. As you walk around SW19 you can easily see why people are drawn to visit here no only for the tennis but for the variety of activities on offer.

You will also find many pubs and bars where you can enjoy a nice meal or a pint or two. A popular pub is the Alexandra located in the centre of Wimbledon, with its open roof terrace, especially welcoming during the warm summer months with panoramic views across the town.

Enjoy a refreshing meal on the roof top terrace of the Alexandra, Wimbledon

Enjoy a refreshing meal on the roof top terrace of the Alexandra, Wimbledon

A short walk will find you among the many shops of the town centre, the Wimbledon Imax Cinema, classic british supermarkets such as Tesco and Morrisons, as well as Centre Court – a shopping mall home to a variety of shops and restaurants. As you make your way up Wimbledon hill you will find Wimbledon Village, full of beautiful buildings and independent  shops as well as famous fashion brands.

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Tennis Rackets as found inside the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

The Ultimate Prize in Tennis: The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship Cup

The Ultimate Prize in Tennis: The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship Cup

For those visiting, London Magical Tours offers a fantastic outing to Wimbledon where you can visit Wimbledon village, Wimbledon Common and the famous lawn tennis club, including tours of the world’s most famous tennis courts and the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum. Here you can experience the magic of Wimbledon any time of year. If visiting during Wimbledon, enjoy a Private VIP London Guided Tour in the morning before enjoying a pre-booked traditional meal in Wimbledon, followed by a match at the world famous Wimbledon tennis courts, exclusively for London Magical Tours clients (large groups are also welcome).

With the tennis just around the corner and the British Summer about to kick off, it is a fantastic time to come and discover Wimbledon with London Magical Tours.

a London Magical Tours group admiring the Fred Perry Statue during a visit to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Grounds

A London Magical Tours group admiring the Fred Perry Statue during a visit to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Grounds


Mothers Day 2015

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Did you know that Mothers Day (Mothering Sunday) in Great Britain is celebrated in March? Whereas in the USA and other parts of the world including South America, Mothers Day is celebrated during the month of May. In fact mother’s day (which originates from way back in 1908 when Anna Jarvis decided to have a memorial for the passing of her mother) is also celebrated during the months of June (in Mongolia), July (if you are in South Sudan), August (if you are in Costa Rica or Thailand) and during the months of October to December, depending on which part of the world you are in!

The term “Mothering Sunday” in fact refers to the celebration which occurs on the 4th Sunday of Lent and is a holiday celebrated by the Catholic and Protestant Church in Europe, whereby we honour our mothers by celebrating and giving them presents. In Great Britain, Mothering Sunday is celebrated in the same way as it is in other parts of the world.

If you would really like to spoil mum, “mothers day” should be celebrate every day. Why not go out of your way to treat her to a day out in London? If it feels like you have already taken her to the theatre or the Royal Chelsea flower show, why not opt for something a little different?

London Magical Tours provides a fantastic way to spoil mum. Book a day out in London this mothers day and treat mum to the sights of the capital followed by traditional high english tea with London Magical Tours.