January in London – the best time and place for a spot of shopping!

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Now that the christmas festivities and new year celebrations have drawn to a close, January is the perfect time of the year to purchase gifts and even spoil yourself with a spot of shopping in London.

In the last few years shoppers would normally have to wait until January for the sales, however it has become more common for sales to start during the weeks leading up to the new year. From the 26th of December (Boxing Day) through to the end of January you can expect to find sales and save a fair amount, with certain stores boasting a saving of  up to 70% off retail prices.

London, being one of the biggest fashion and retail capitals of the world has lots to offer. From department stores such as Harrods and Selfridges to smaller independent stores, you are sure to find the best for everyone.

London Magical Tours is offering an exclusive VIP shopping experience so that you can make the most of your time during your visit to the capital. Skip the big crowds and shop in style!

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London’s Best Christmas Lights

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Love Christmas? If you don’t already know it – London is spectacular at Christmas. Cards, carols, crackers – even Dickens. Yes, Dickens’ Christmas Carol of Scrooge and Tiny Tim fame. The Victorians practically invented Christmas as we know it.

If you are lucky enough to be visiting London during the festive season you’ll certainly be in for a treat: from the bright lights of Regents and Oxford Street, to the ice rinks and Christmas trees spread all across town, here’s a quick rundown of some of our favourite London festive lights to help get you in the spirit.

 

Covent Garden Plaza:

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Steal a kiss under the mistletoe by the famous christmas tree of Covent Garden for that perfect Hollywood moment. Don’t forget to take a visit to the market for some great gift ideas and enjoy a fun stroll down the Candy Cane walk, amongst the fragrances of roasting chestnuts and mulled wine.

 

Regent Street& Oxford Street

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Look out for the traffic free weekends taking place throughout December at what is one of the world’s best locations for Christmas lights. Thanks to ACT Lighting Design (the team who have previously worked on the Champs Elysees, Paris), Regent Street will look absolutely spectacular once again this year. Expect music and special guest appearances throughout the season – and would Christmas in London really be Christmas without a visit to Hamley’s toy store?

 

Carnaby Street

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Carnaby Street are putting on a Christmas party for shoppers this year. Shops, bars and restaurants are also offering savings, so make sure to grab a bargain while enjoying the light shows. And if that was not enough, live music and DJs are sure to keep everyone on high festive spirits throughout the season in this quirky London neighbourhood.

 

The Royal Exchange

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For a more traditional christmas tree, the huge tree at the Royal Exchange found in the City of London is hard to beat. What’s more, the East London Chorus choir will be supplying Christmas Carols for all at its official switch on this year.

 

If you’re looking to learn about Christmas in London and take in the beautiful holiday lights (along with many off the beaten path secrets), London Magical Tours is offering the chance to discover the best of the holiday season during their London Christmas Lights Tours through November and December until the 6th of January 2016. Make sure to book your visit and make this a christmas for all the family to remember!

 

 


Paris Condolences

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After the sad news over the events in Paris on the 13th of November 2015,  we are writing to send our condolences to all our friends and colleagues over in France and our Paris Magical Tours team.  Our prayers and thoughts are with all of them during this difficult time.

As far as we have been communicated, no personnel have been affected and we thank everyone who wrote in to express their concern.

On behalf of all the Magical Tours team, please keep strong and stay safe. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

 


Children’s Art Competition – Favourite Entries

We are delighted to share with you all our favourite entries so far for this year’s Children Art Competition.

Throughout the year we enjoy treating our young visitors to the history of the sights of London, as well as the surrounding cities:

London Magical Tours guides are specialised in ensuring children have a balanced historical and enjoyable experience, very much valuing the importance of participating in a way that is both fun and educational. There is nothing better than seeing our visitor’s faces light up as they see history brought to life before their eyes, the ideal way to create lasting memories!

Below are some of our favourite entries so far for this year’s competition. Winner will be announced next month with prizes sent out to the winners in time for christmas – so stay tuned!

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Buckingham Palace

 

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London Eye

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London Christmas Tours – Starting Soon!



There’s truly nothing like spending Christmas time in London and preparations are in full swing for the London Christmas Tours – just 90 days left until the big day!

With a record number of advance bookings and many sold out dates, there is great excitement for this holiday season’s tours to begin.

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Young visitors getting into the spirit of the season on the Magical Christmas London Tour

There are limited number of christmas tour dates still available so make sure not to miss out on the fun. From the festive christmas lights, to enjoying a visit to traditional markets, a spot of ice skating or even trying some traditional mulled wine – there is something for everyone.

Much more than just the holiday lights, these are London’s only fully Christmas themed tours. The experiences are led by sightseeing teams of professional guides touring alongside a chauffeur, with stops made throughout to learn about the stories and traditions behind a London Christmas.

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Enjoy traditional christmas markets and secret off the beaten path festive locations

Enjoy guided visits through Victorian squares and traditional Georgian streets to enjoy the best of the festive decorations and hear all about Christmas through the ages.

All chauffeurs wear their red festive hats while soothing holiday music favourites play in the background – perfect to get into the spirit of the season.

For full Christmas tour details, including schedules on the London Christmas Lights Bus Tours as well as the Private Christmas London Tours and information for booking online, please visit: http://www.londonmagicaltours.com