Christmas in London 2013: Where to go and what to see: Part I

As we say goodbye to the summer, we are already very much looking forward to what Christmas 2013 will have to offer. To begin to get you into the festive spirit, here is part 1 of our mini-guide to everything Christmas in London 2013:

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St Martins in the fields, Trafalgar Square: Annual Christmas Carol Service

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St. Martin’s in the fields is located in Trafalgar Square next to the National Art Gallery (the nearest underground station is Charing Cross/ Leicester Square Station)

Christmas is the most important time for concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields and this season features a packed programme of festive favourites; make sure not to miss the annual candle light concert, free for all!

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Theatre in London: The West End

London's West End

London's West End

The West End is a flexible term used by Londoners to describe the entertainment district in central London, notably the streets surrounding Leicester Square, Covent Garden and the shopping districts of Regent Street, Oxford Street and Bond Street, along with the bright lights of Piccadilly Circus.

Widely covered on a Private London Tour, The West End is however much more than just shopping and restaurants. It is also used to mean the capital’s theatreland!

Showing live shows every day of the week, London boasts the biggest commercial theatre scene in the world – over 14 million visitors last year spent just under $1 billon in ticket sales.

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London’s Music Scene: Where to Shop and Where to Catch a Show!

For the avid music lover visiting London, Denmark Street is where you can find an array of music stores filled with vintage and modern gear. Denmark street is also home to various music venues and clubs such as the 12 bar club which hosts live music on a nightly basis.

Back in the 1950’s and 1960’s artists such as The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix would set up shop here and produce their first recordings at Denmark Street’s Regent Sounds Studios. Elton John wrote his first released song ‘Your Song’ here.

Outside of Denmark Street popular haunts include Camden Town in North London, where you can find music venues such as Dingwalls and bars always filled with live music such as Camden’s Blues Kitchen.

St. John’ Wood has been a hotspot for tourists since The Beatles first recorded their Abbey Road LP at the infamous recording studio there and took what is now one of the most iconic album covers of all time, outside on the crossing of Abbey Road. You can visit Abbey Road and many more famous London music landmarks on London Magical Tours’ Private London Tours. The studios and much of the recording gear are still in use today for recording and mastering purposes for the budding musician in us.