A great amount of work goes on behind the scenes at London Magical Tours to ensure we are continuously reaching the high standards we set ourselves to provide an award winning sightseeing experience.
All this effort is really made worthwhile when it comes to receiving appreciative post tour feedback. There is no greater satisfaction for us than when a client takes the time to write in to express their gratitude.
To this end we are introducing a new monthly feature, a spotlight on one of our guests to tell us about their sightseeing experience. No gimmicks, no special effects. Just a simple review in their own words. Simply click on the video link below and enjoy in full HD:
You may not have even picked it up in the news but Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday was in fact yesterday April the 21st!
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born on the 21st of April 1926. Known simply as ‘Her Majesty’ to you and I, the Queen is fortunate to be able to celebrate her birthday twice a year; on the 21st of April and on a Saturday in June when she celebrates her coronation ceremony in her annual birthday parade, officially known as ‘The Trooping of the Colour’.
The ceremony occurs on a sunnier Saturday in June, where the Queen is joined by members of the Royal Family, invited guests as well as members of the public. The parade is carried out by foot guards and the calvary on Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall, which is located close to Buckingham Palace here in London.
Next time you’re visiting London as part of our London Tours, make sure to see Horse Guards Parade, it is one of the largest open spaces in central London. Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, this famous birthday venue of the monarch was also used as a one off venue during the 2012 London Olympic games – for the beach volleyball!
View Footage from Queen’s Birthday Ceremony ‘The Trooping of the Colour’ below:
Passengers with layovers in London will normally have their luggage sent to their final destination from their original airport of departure. This will however depend on whether your flights into and out of London are from the same airport:
London Layovers: Arriving and Departing from the SAME Airport
Passengers on layover tours arriving and departing from the same London airport will normally have their luggage sent to their final destination from their airport of origin. Passengers are welcome to bring their carry on hand luggage on board the tour.
A layover in London in between flights from Dallas Fortworth, Texas, USA to Johannesburg, South Africa connecting at London Heathrow. Luggage will be sent directly from Dallas to Johannesburg.
London Heathrow Airport (LHR) is the main airport for London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom.
Situated west of the city and covering just under 5 square miles in size, Heathrow is the busiest airport in the United Kingdom and handles more international passengers than any other airport in the world.
Apart from being the home hub of British Airways, over 90 airlines fly from Heathrow to over 180 locations across the globe, carrying approx. 70 million passengers each year.
Heathrow has five terminals, numbered 1 through to 5:
How To Check Your Terminal:
When booking a tour from Heathrow Airport, it is important to know which terminal your flights will arrive and depart from. This information should normally be provided by your airline, either on your flight ticket or on their website. If you are unsure, please check with your airline directly. Terminal information is not the same as gate information, gate information will not normally be released until the last moment before a flight.
London has the busiest airport system of any world city by passenger traffic, with over 133 million passengers travelling through the city’s various airports each year.
As the original founders of layover tours, our tours from the London Airports are very popular with visitors on transit through London to destinations all across the globe.
In an effort to offer guests greater details on what they can expect at the airports, we are compiling a list of blog posts focusing on useful tips and information, covering topics ranging from the different terminals, to what happens to your luggage on a layover, through to where to meet your tour guide.
We begin with some general airport articles followed by useful information on the two major international airports that service London and from which our Layover London Tours are run – Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport.