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What the Dickens – Lights already?!

London is going back in time this Christmas,  to the 19th century and Charles Dickens to celebrate his classic tale A Christmas Carol.

The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, recently announced the plan to bring Dickensian cheer to London this Christmas, coinciding with Disney’s new version starring Jim Carey as Ebeneezer Scrooge, Colin Firth and Bob Hoskins. All three will take a part in switching on the Christmas lights this year ; Colin will be in Regent Street (so is our office so we’ll try and get a pic of Colin tomorrow) and Jim Carey in Oxford Street. Bob will be on stage for a spectacular light show at St Paul’s Cathedral. The lights in Regent Street and Oxford Street will for the first time ever have the same theme. After the lights go on, the stage will be set for a world record carol singing attempt led by St Paul’s Cathedral Choir.

The world premier of the film will follow in London’s Leicester Square, with the stars of the show gracing the red carpet.

All this will happen tomorrow on Tuesday 3rd November, catapulting us ever earlier into Christmas.

The spectacular array of events will raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, of which Dickens was a founding patron. Dickens having led a tough life was concerned with social justice and particularly with the poor children of London and the injustices in life that they suffered, which is emphasised in this great classic.

When taking one of our London tours be sure to ask your London tour guide to drive down the famous streets to see this year’s Christmas lights. See London day tours and London by night

- Nikki
British Tours Ltd

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