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Happy New Year 2017

 

Happy New Year from all of us here at British Tours. We hope that the early moments of 2017 have already been wonderful for you.

To plan your travels for 2017 and beyond, please contact us now to discuss your itinerary.

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from everyone here at British Tours! We hope you’re enjoying the holiday season!

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What to do around Christmas time in London?

As the Christmas season approaches, and London begins it’s decent into Christmas lights and tinsel, here at British Tours we are fast preparing our Christmas tours, events and making sure the all-important mince pies are in stock. For visitors, we know you’ll want to know where the best events are this year, and have included some central London events here for you to plan out your Christmas break in London.

Winter Wonderland

Every winter, London’s Hyde Park hosts the spectacular Winter Wonderland, boasting an array of attractions such as Christmas markets, with traditional spiced mulled wine, and fun-filled rides.

From 18th November at 5pm, then daily from 10am to 10pm (except Christmas Day), until 2nd January. Santa’s Grotto open every day 10am-6pm

A family Christmas – Handle and Hendrix in London

Situated in the home of former Georgian composer Handels, this interactive concert introduces families to festive music from past composers.

10th December, 2pm. Tickets must be booked in advance. For full event details, please visit https://handelhendrix.org/whats-on/events/a-family-christmas/

Cockpit Arms Design Studio Open day

The home of upcoming designers and crafters, Cockpit Arms will be opening its doors for a behind the scenes visit, and a chance to meet with designers and buy a range of crafts.

24th to 27th November, Thurday 6pm-9pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11am-6pm. For more information, please visit: http://cockpitarts.com/shop-cockpit/open-studios/

Southbank Market

A cultural delight all year round, Southbank will be holding its Winter festival during the holiday season.

The Rekorderlig cider lodge will provide ample opportunity to taste some Swedish cider, and the roller disco brings some Eighties nostalgia to the festivities.

Assorted events, 11th November to 25th January. For more information, please visit the following link: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/winter-festival

Eltham Palace Concerts and Party

Enjoy the sounds of traditional and 1930’s Christmas with these two events at Eltham Palace, the outer London retreat of the wealthy Courtauld family. During a break from the music, take a look round the fabulous art deco interiors, which borrow designs from Sweden, Italy and Hungary. Added to the mix is the Tudor Great Hall, wonderfully restored by the Courtaulds.

Carol Concert: 11th December, 7:30pm-9pm. Christmas Party: 4th December, 11am-3pm, Pre-booking essential

Old Royal Naval College Christmas Concert

Situated in beautiful maritime Greenwich, this Christmas concert features many classical carols, as well as a few select readings. Guests can choose to have a mulled wine and mince pie reception prior to the carols or alternatively opt for a champagne reception and then a two course meal served in the Admiral House.

10th December, 7pm-8:30pm, or 10:30pm with the meal, Pre-booking essential

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone here at British Tours! We hope you’re all enjoying the day and spending time with your families!

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London as the Londoners do it

At British Tours, we understand that you’ll want to get off the beaten track and experience London as a local and as such we’ve written a small list to help you discover your inner Londoner when you tour with us.

1) Take the Tube

One of the world’s oldest underground passenger trains, the London underground (or the tube as it is more commonly known) is one of the fastest ways to get across London. Its symbol and map are now as well known as the trains themselves.

2) Take a stroll around the British Museum.

British Museum – used with kind permission of Nigel Young Foster And Partners

While some of the items in the British Museum aren’t British in origin, the museum is a cultural highlight for Londoners. The Egyptian Gallery for example houses some of the most well-known Egyptian artefacts in the country, with the Rosetta stone and the giant statues of Ramesses the great, sourced by the Italian strongman and Archaeologist Belzoni.

3) Go for a ride in an iconic Black Taxi.

Iconic and comfortable, Black Taxi drivers are a proud and much loved addition to London. You can take a 3 hour highlights tour or a longer tour popping in and out of sites.

4) Grab a bite to eat at Borough Market

For most Londoners, Borough Market is a well-deserved treat, with fresh produce and preserves from country farms. It also hold a street food market, which makes it a perfect fit for those wishing to maximize the time they have on tour with a quick but scrumptious meal. 

5) Immerse yourself in one of London’s many historical suburbs.

Surely the best way to see London like a Londoner is through one of its many neighbourhoods. Take a browse through Greenwich Market, take a drive through Chelsea or travel up to Hampstead Heath to see one of the city’s most famous views.

Once you’ve completed all of these, relax in the comfort of your hotel and make sure to order yourself a well-deserved cup of tea!

New Multi-day Poldark Tour from British Tours

Poldark Series 1 during production in Cornwall. Image used with kind permission of Visit Cornwall and St Aubyn Estates Holidays

British Tours is very excited to announce that we are now offering Poldark Tours to our visitors, based on the current BBC adaptation now showing in the UK and the USA. We really enjoyed putting this particular tour together; it gave us an excuse to re-watch all of series 1!

Poldark Filming Locations Tour

Explore Poldark’s Cornwall on this multi-day tour from London, taking in the breath-taking landscapes used in filming the hit BBC series. With your private driver-guide, you’ll see the rugged landscape that features as Nampara, Ross and Demelza’s home; the stunning beach and cliffs where the ill-fated couple look out towards the sea; Wheel Leisure mine and the real mine where the interior shots from the series were filmed; Elizabeth and Francis’s country home of Trenwith, the main Poldark family seat; the two towns that feature as Truro, where Ross first meets Demelza and where Vertity elopes with Captain Blamey and many other beautiful beaches from the dramatic period drama!

Image used with kind permission of Visit Cornwall and Adam Gibbard

 

This tour requires a minimum of 4 days, and prices start from 2680 for 2 people. Prices include your guide, private car/minibus, overnight allowance for guide, tax and collection and return to your central London hotel. Prices do not include entrance fees, parking, meals or hotels.

Contact British Tours now to set up your private Poldark tour!

Vegetarian food while on your London sightseeing tour

While planning vegetarian meals in a foreign country can feel like you are missing out, as a city, London caters very well for vegetarians. In fact, the United Kingdom has been rated as having one of the highest levels of vegetarianism in Europe in recent studies! When touring with a British Tours private driver-guide, you can certainly try the best vegetarian food London has to offer!

London vegetarian restaurants range from the homely to the sophisticated, with plenty in between to satisfy. One of the older vegetarian restaurants, Manna in Primrose hill, is a wonderful choice offering international as well as British cuisine, just on the door step of one of London’s more beautiful viewing spots. Closer to the centre, our clients are spoilt for choice. Sagar in Covent Garden offers dosas (Savoury pancakes that will make you forget sweet ones) and Mildreds in soho, with sweet potato chips to die for! Another great site in London with some history to it is Govinda’s in Soho Square, a curry house which famously has links with George Harrison of the Beatles!

Food Markets, such as Camden Market, Borough Market and Greenwich Market all offer an extensive range of vegetarian street foods. These are often vendors who sell vegetarian options as well as meat options, but occasionally you will see dedicated vegan or vegetarian food stalls. These can range from creative burgers, wraps and finger foods to delightfully decorated vegan cupcakes and vegetarian churros!

Ask your private London driver-guide to take you to one of London’s markets to sample some London vegetarian food while on your London sightseeing tour.

 

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