Regent Street Cinema

 

Regent Street Cinema

A little down the way from the excitement of Hamley’s Toy Store, just off from the BBC’s Broadcasting House sits Regent Street Cinema, the first UK Cinema to ever broadcast film to a paying audience. After extensive restoration work, the cinema re-opened its doors to the public, carefully returned to its art deco styling. Its foyer nods to this art deco theme with a gold and black colour scheme, and is a pretty great place to relax before watching a film.

The cinema has been refurbished to a high standard and is certainly a comfortable way to watch a classic film.

We’re all big film goers here at British Tours, so it’s exciting to visit a place that caters to our varied interests. From cult classics like The Big Lebowski and Withnail and I to the modern blockbusters such as Star Wars: the Force Awakens, this cinema has us covered. A minute walk from Oxford Circus tube station, the theatre is perfectly located for an evening film after a busy day of touring London’s great sites.

Regent Street Cinema holds regular screenings throughout the year and several film festivals. For more information click here to see some of their upcoming films.

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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.

Learn about Political History with House of Parliament Tours

Take an exhilarating step back in time with a guided tour of London’s iconic Westminster Palace and experience all the intriguing and political history that it has to offer.

For over 900 years The Houses of Parliament (AKA the Palace of Westminster) has been the centre of power throughout Britain.  William II completed construction of the Palace of Westminster started in 1097and in 1099; at the time of its completion it was the largest hall in all of England.

Its initial role was to be a royal only residence, but by 1512 a fire destroyed the private quarters of Henry VIII, after that Henry moved out and the lawyers and politicians moved in, it has been the hub for Britain’s political powers ever since.

The Palace of Westminster held numerous high profile treason trials between the 15th and 18th centuries. King Charles I being one of the most notable who in 1649 was tried and condemned as a traitor, tyrant, and murderer, despite the court having no real legal authority over him. In 1606 Guy Fawkes along with his co-conspirators in the Gunpowder Plot were tried, convicted, and executed.

The Palace has endured a myriad of bombings and other act of violence during it’s over 900 of years of existence. During the Blitz of World War 2 alone the Palace was hit more than 14 times. In 1812 former Prime Minister Spencer Percival was assassinated there, and in 1885 a Fenian bomb severely damaged the Palaces common chamber as well as seriously injuring three people.

You can explore further into the aforementioned as well as many other historical factoids related to the Palace whilst on your House of Parliament tour!

Enjoying London like a local with Private London Tours

 

There are many famous attractions to visit in London and the hardest part of a trip is probably deciding which places to visit during a day trip. Tours of London need at least a full day to even touch the surface of what London has to offer for a tourist. A London Day Tour can be highly personalised and tailored to individual requirements.  When you visit, it is best to have private transport as this means you can visit all the attractions you wish to see without waiting around.  This maximises your experience of this fabulous city.

If it is your first trip to London then you will probably be most interested in visiting the most iconic locations right across this capital city. Watch the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace or take a wander across the beautiful royal parks in area. If it is large churches which you wish to marvel then visits to St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey are sure to be on the agenda.  Buckingham Palace is certainly a sight not to be missed; as well as this; Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament are part of the iconic view across the Thames.

During the day if it’s hot and busy then take a cool and refreshing trip along the river Thames. This allows you to have a completely different view of the fantastic buildings that run along the riverside, and give you a completely different and refreshing perspective of this truly spectacular and fascinating city.

A more experienced and frequent visitor to London could take a London Tour with a completely different format. If it is history that fascinates you then a trip to some of London’s finest museums are surely places to go. The choice is overwhelming with the Natural History, Science and Victoria and Albert museums within a stone’s throw of each other.