Stonehenge: Latest News

Pre-historic shafts, said to have been dug thousands of years ago, have been found by archaeologists near Stonehenge (just 2miles/ 3km from the landmark).

The shafts may have served as a border to a sacred region connected to stonehenge. The shaft (yellow dots) can been seen in the figure below:

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Yellow dots mark the area of the pre-historic shaft which surrounds Stonehenge

National Trust archaeologist Dr Nick Snashall hailed the news of the finding as an “astonishing discovery”. She said :”

As the place where the builders of Stonehenge lived and feasted Durrington Walls is key to unlocking the story of the wider Stonehenge landscape, and this astonishing discovery offers us new insights into the lives and beliefs of our Neolithic ancestors.

“The Hidden Landscapes team have combined cutting-edge, archaeological fieldwork with good old-fashioned detective work to reveal this extraordinary discovery and write a whole new chapter in the story of the Stonehenge landscape.”

The latest news from Stonehenge comes after celebrating the Summer Solstice, which this year took place online as the annual event at Stonehenge was put on hold to next year due to the coronavirus. Footage of this years summer solstice at Stonehenge can be seen in the video below:

Why not discover and learn the fascinating history behind Stonehenge? London Magical Tours provides Private Stonehenge Tours where you are accompanied by your very own team of professional tour guide and chauffeur to make sure you have a magical trip to remember!

 


A Lovely London Magical Tours Review from our friends from New York

We hope everyone is doing well during the current climate.

Every year we receive thousands of comments from happy visitors from across the globe that visit the UK on our group and private London tours.  Many are featured in the customer comments section of the main London Magical Tours website. Every now and then we do however receive wonderful trip reports with stories and photos to match. We wanted to share one such example in this week’s blog, courtesy of the Terezakis family from New York.

Thank you for having the time to share your thoughts and comments on your London Magical Tour. We are thrilled to hear you had a truly magical time with us exploring London!

 

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We only had 2 full days in London and didn’t want to waste them trying to see all the sights by ourselves so we booked a private tour with London Magical Tours. What a WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE! Our tour guide made it so much fun for all of us especially our 2 teenagers. His knowledge of the history of all the places we visited truly made the experience unforgettable. From St. James Palace to the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, fish and chips in Kensington, Westminster Abbey, the London Eye and ending with high tea, we covered so much in one day. Our driver was amazing as well!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND. We had a memorable experience thanks to London Magical Tours!


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Thank you again for taking the time to send this wonderful feedback. We look forward to welcoming you again to London and the surrounding cities!

 

The London Magical Tours Blog Team


London Holiday Lights Tours

London Christmas Tours 2019

 

Our annual Christmas tours are now in full swing!

London is looking more festive than ever this year and we are delighted to hear how much our guests are enjoying discovering the best of the capital’s Christmas lights and decorations on our Magical London Christmas tours.

Our award winning London holiday lights tours return this holiday season from 10th of November 2019 to 6th of January 2020. Much more than just the best of the Christmas lights, the tours go on a special holiday  journey of discovery through the ages, from Dickens and secret Christmas trees, to the Victorian Squares and off the beaten path neighbourhoods from which so many of our festive traditions originate.

This year guests can opt to join one of our scheduled group tours or a private tour for ultimate privacy. Get away from the crowds with your own tour team: your own professional London Magical Tours guide plus in addition, an extra chauffeur, to avoid all parking worries. The tour makes extended stops to go outside of the vehicle with your professional guide, with plenty of opportunities for photographs and optional visits to Hamleys Toy Store, Harrods Christmas World or the traditional Victorian Arcades. Collection and return to your central London hotel or accommodation is included on private tours for the perfect holiday experience.

 

London Holiday Lights Tours 2019

 

Still need convincing?

We understand how useful it is to see live videos and hear previous guests talk about their tours when choosing your own sightseeing experience. To this end, our ever popular Client of the Month Featurette is making a holiday special return this month:

Filmed live on location immediately after a tour, it places the spotlight on one of our guests to share their thoughts on their sightseeing experience. No scripts, gimmicks or special effects. Just a simple live action review in their own words.

The latest entry is a review of the Private Magical Christmas Tour at VIP level. Simply click on the video link below to see it in full 4K High Definition:

 

 

Wish to watch more guest feedback videos? You can view other client of the month videos by clicking on these links:
Client of the Month Part I
Client of the Month Part II
Client of the Month Part III
Client of the Month Part IV
Client of the Month Part V
Client of the Month Part VI

 


Tours from Gatwick Airport

 

Do you have a layover through London Gatwick Airport and wish to make the most of your available time schedule?

London Magical Tours receives thousands of happy guests each month from the London Airports in a similar position. Why opt to stay at the airport when you can take the opportunity to visit the capital or some of England’s most beautiful cities?

London Magical Tours are the founders of layover tours, specialists in helping you to maximise your flight itinerary. Our tours from Gatwick Airport offer complete peace of mind for the weary traveler. Forget rushing or having to learn how to navigate the largest city in Europe in the fear of missing your connecting flight.

With our Layover Tours from Gatwick Airport your day begins directly on landing. No need to get lost or risk missing a connecting flight. Your party is met at the arrivals hall straight after coming off your flight. Once the tour is finished you are returned directly to your departure terminal to continue with your journey, without any worries or concerns: the perfect way to discover the best of London and the UK.

Click on the video link above to see a recent review kindly provided by some of our recent guests. No reading from a script, just a simple comment in their own words. It’s a sample of the type of reviews we receive on a daily basis from guests who discover how much can be achieved on our tours from the London airports.

Gatwick Airport Terminals

London Magical Tours’ trips are all available from any of the terminals at Gatwick Airport. The terminals at Gatwick are named either North or South. Collection is included from your arrival terminal, with the tour finishing at your departure terminal of you to continue with your journey.

Enjoy the comfort and safety of a London Magical Tour during your next stopover at Gatwick Airport – layovers can actually be a lot of fun!


Shakespeare in Love – Valentines Day 2019

Hear my soul speak:

The very instant that I saw you, did

My heart fly to your service.

Hamlet, William Shakespeare

 

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It’s February and romance is in the air!

With all its world famous theatres, restaurants and night life, London is one of the most romantic places to spend Valentine’s day.

To make the most of the occasion this year, why not treat your loved one to a private tour of London for a truly memorable experience. This special time of year sees a marked increase in requests for our Evening and Night tours, which can be customised to include special behind the scenes visit to discover the London of the the greatest writer on the theme of love himself – William Shakespeare.

Although Shakespeare was born in Stratford upon Avon, it was in the City of London where he wrote most of his best plays over four hundred years ago: plays which are still being performed today.

Back in 1580 Greater London’s population was c. 200,000 inhabitants, versus almost 14 million today. While much has changed since the end of the Elizabethan period that Shakespeare was writing in, there are still a surprising number of curiosities and off the beaten path locations from the great bard’s time which can be discovered on London Magical Tours’ private London tours, including:

 

  • The Staple Inn, a Tudor building on the south side of High Holborn street, the last surviving Inn of Chancery. It was designated a grade I listed building in 1974.
  • Majestic Southwark Cathedral.  A gothic structure with foundations dating back to the year 1220, Southwark Cathedral is located only a few steps away from where Shakespeare’s original Globe Theatre was located back then. A life size statue of the playwright is found inside the cathedral. Opposite it are stain colour windows that reflect some of his most famous plays including The Tempest and Hamlet. Did you know that one of Shakespeare’s brothers was actually a fine actor?
  • Back in Shakespeare’s time, St. Paul Cathedral existed but without the famous dome built years later by Sir Christopher Wren. That original St Paul’s burnt down as a consequence of the Fire of London of 1666.
  • As part of several off the beaten path Shakespeare locations, is a great little treat in Cripple Gate, the old neighbourhood where Shakespeare actually lived. He has never been forgotten in his neighbourhood and hints of romance exist all around …

 

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London Magical Tours is offering romantic Valentines Day London Tours throughout the month of February, including the night of the 14th. Make sure not to miss the London Night Tour which takes on a very special romantic twist: it includes the best night lit highlights of Royal London with your own professional tour guide, plus an additional chauffeur to avoid parking worries and enjoy a truly special experience. Whats more, VIP level guests can include champagne and chocolate gifts in the comfort of your private chauffeur driven vehicle, the perfect romantic treat to help make Valentines Day 2019 the best one yet.