Christmas day in London with British Tours



On Christmas day, as a sleigh descends in the North Pole after a busy night of deliveries, your private driver-guide arrives at your central London hotel ready to take you on a festive tour! With no public transport and a quieter atmosphere, it’s the perfect time to take a panoramic tour of London, seeing the sites light up from the comfort of your private car. You can also stop off at one of the open pubs, and try a festive drink or British Christmas lunch, complete with the (almost) obligatory Christmas cracker containing cheesy ‘dad’ jokes to share with your family.
While London sites won’t be open for sightseeing, cathedrals and abbeys in London will be open for worship. Southwark cathedral will be organising a sung Eucharist, and both Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral offer Eucharist and choral evensongs on Christmas day, so you’ll be able to take in the atmosphere and decorations of the churches will enjoying the services.
Outside of London, Salisbury cathedral will be open at midday for sightseeing, and your guide will be able to take you through its beautiful gothic interiors while exploring the country. One of our popular sites for touring, Avebury, will also be open on Christmas day. Avebury has the world’s largest stone circle, and you can even walk amongst the stones! Both of these sites can be visited in an 8 hour tour from London, so you’ll be back in time to open your presents and enjoy a lovely family dinner!

British Tours offer private tours on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day in London and beyond. Please contact us directly to plan your tour!

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Christmas festivities in London

Picadilly circus lights Jenny 2015

When it comes to Christmas, London doesn’t do things by halves. From Mid-November onwards, the capital transforms with spectacular Christmas lights and decorations, ranging from the unusual and inventive clockwork Regent Street lights, to the intricately placed spheres of light on Oxford Street. While on your tour with your British Tours driver guide, you will no doubt pass many of these lights, and be able to marvel at the different designs on London’s streets.

Festivities in London over the Christmas period also provide ample shopping opportunities for keen Christmas shoppers. From the Christmas displays at shops like Harrods and Selfridges, to the crafts and wares at quaint Christmas markets with wooden chalets, finding unique gifts during your London tour is certainly not a problem. With the Christmas fairs, there is also the chance to try some speciality food and drink, with tasters and samples of produce. There are a few staple British Christmas foods not to be missed; mulled wine, a lightly spiced mulled red wine drink popular since the time of Queen Victoria and also minced pies, small short crust pastry pies filed with dried fruit, spirits and spices. These two are popular combination in the UK and great Christmas treat to try on tour!

Visit London in the Christmas period with British Tours, learning about the city’s history and culture while soaking up the festive atmosphere. For tours taking place on either the 25, 26 of December 2015, and the 1st of January 2016, please contact us directly.