Monthly Archives: September 2012
Find out about spectator sports in London. See football matches, rugby games and cricket matches at world-famous venues, from Wembley Stadium to Wimbledon. Whatever your sporting passion, we have tickets to some of the hottest sport events across the UK and worldwide. Whether you’re into football, tennis or golf, wrestling or racing we have a spectacular array of sport tickets to create that once in a lifetime break to remember. Our sport tickets provide an ideal gift for a friend or family member or just an exciting treat for yourself!
Recently our selection of great sport events tickets has included Ladies Day at Royal Ascot, the British Grand Prix, Wimbledon and Top Gear Live. Plus for sport tickets in London we offer some outstanding performances at The O2 throughout the year, with past events including WWE Raw and the ATP Tennis World Tour Finals. For fantastic value, book one of our sport tickets today, and get amongst the live atmosphere and experience the excitement and adrenaline first hand. Take a look at our selection of Premier League, Chelsea FC tickets
The very best 2012 Premiership tickets to the best Premiership football matches around. We sell Premiership football tickets for home and away matches. You can either buy your Premiership tickets online by clicking on the links below. We also offer discount tckets all the best UK and wordwide sporting events. Click here for live availability
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Small country, massive character
Scotland is an idyllic land, where ancient castles nestle amidst majestic mountains and world-class heritage sites come alive with a rich, turbulent history. The soul-stirring landscapes of the Highlands give way to a rugged coastline, and beyond, to Scotland’s magical isles.
Of course, this romantic heather-hued backdrop exists alongside a vibrant, contemporary new voice. Edinburgh inspires with its imperious castle and Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s biggest arts festival. Glasgow’s Victorian cityscape is quite remarkable, as are its free public museums. Year round, both cities host world-class festivals and events which celebrate Scotland’s traditional and contemporary culture.
To experience Scotland is to dance an eightsome reel with the locals in a fast-paced ceilidh, to sample melt-in-the-mouth smoked salmon or to savour a dram of rare single malt. Above all, what makes your visit to Scotland complete is the legendary warm welcome from the down-to-earth Scots. Welcome to our life.
As you traverse Scotland, you will experience rapid changes in the landscapes from the soft and rolling countryside of the Scottish Borders in the south to the rugged, towering peaks of the Highlands to the north.
Isles are dotted around the coastline where tranquillity and peaceful beaches await while there is history to be uncovered around the country.
Scotland’s cities boast cultural activities and attractions so that you can enjoy wonderful evening concerts and performances, have fun with the whole family and round things off with some excellent cuisine.
Whether you are interested in beautiful architecture or you want to get active and enjoy a round of golf or some adventurous activities, Scotland has something to suit all tastes. You can sip cocktails in cosmopolitan city barssavour fine dining in outstanding restaurants, step back in time inside the oldest pubs in the country, attend local events and festivals or get away from it all in the remotest of landscapes.
What to do in Scotland
Whether you want to discover iconic castles, enjoy fun attractions or attend traditional events, there are plenty of things to see and do around Scotland. Find out more about Scotland’s castles and stately homes and head to Aberdeen City and Shire to follow Scotland’s Castle Trail which comprises 16 magnificent castles, or enjoy a fascinating insight into the past at beautiful historic houses.
Trace your ancestry to reveal your Scottish roots. From Scotlands People Centre in Edinburgh to the sites where battles played out, a variety of resources will help you in your search.
Plus, getting active In Scotland couldn’t be easier – with towering mountain peaks, lochs, glens and rivers to explore. Take an easy stroll or try something more adventurous.
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Join one of our sightseeing tours from London between November 22nd and December 9th and visit one of the largest, most beautiful, festive markets in Britain. There is time to explore the traditional market after your visit to the Roman Baths
For 18 days, more than 130 quaint wooden stalls line the squares and streets surrounding the impressive Bath Abbey, selling everything you could possibly need for your festive celebrations. Gift ideas abound, including clothing, accessories, crafts and toys as well as more unusual or one-off pieces of art and jewellery. Stock up on festive foods with cheeses, pickles and meats galore, and sample wines, liqueurs and local cider to compliment your choices. Treat yourself to luxurious chocolates and puddings – or why not put together a hamper as a wonderful gift?
Get well and truly into the Christmas spirit and enjoy the atmosphere of the market. The enchanting sound of carols and the tantalising aroma of sumptuous food on the air add to the ambience of the market, creating a magical experience. There is no need to rush – with the market open late most evenings, you can take your time and browse the stalls under twinkling lights, before perhaps retiring to a bar or restaurant.
Ideally located in the heart of Bath’s main shopping area, with well-loved high street brands and designer boutiques all around, you can’t fail to find everything you are looking for. Give yourself a treat this festive season and get your Christmas shopping ‘wrapped up’ in one magical day at Bath Christmas Market
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Design your own day tour, go where you want, stay as long as you want
If you are travelling as a small group, you can design your own day trip or simply select one of our regular itineraries but have exclusive use of the vehicle for the day. We will collect you from any location in Central London, Salisbury, Bath or Oxford. The duration of our tours vary from 10.5 to 12 hours, depending on the places that you are visiting..
Design your our own sightseeing day tour
- Exclusive use of our high quality air conditioned Mercedes mini-coaches and some of the most experienced driver/guides in Britain
- Door to door service (from Central London)
- Create your own itinerary or take any of our regular tour routes – the choice is yours!
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Day tours from London visit crudely one of 3 regions of England. Most tours will visit a permutation of two or three attractions within each region. The regions are: West of London: Windsor, Stonehenge, Winchester, Salisbury, Avebury, Lacock, Bath, Glastonbury, Oxford. North West of London: Oxford, Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace, Stratford Upon Avon, Warwick Castle. South East of London: Canterbury, Dover, Leeds Castle.
Vehicles, Driver/Guides + Scope Of Private Tours
We have a range of touring vehicles with capacities ranging from 8 to 16 seats. We charge a flat fee per vehicle, (not person) for the day, this includes the bus and services of the driver.
We offer a range of options for the driver depending on your groups requirements..
The day is yours, the only rules are imposed by UK law – no smoking on buses and driving hours and breaks governed by UK law. Otherwise you’re free to go where you want to go, when you want to go. We will spend time with you during the planning phase in making sure the itinerary is realistic and suited to your individual group.
One Stop Solution / Transfer Tours
We can offer small groups a one stop travel solution including transfers as well as tours. We also specialise in tour transfers between the cruise ports, Southampton and Dover and London hotels and airports.
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Visiting the Christmas markets of Europe is a great way to pick up some Christmas shopping bargains whilst grabbing some Christmas cheer and spirit along the way too in some of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Alternatively if you are more Prada than Pretzel, we’ve also included our favourite Christmas shopping destinations around the world
Munich Christmas Markets (25 Nov 11 – 24 Dec 11)
Visit Munich for some of the oldest and best Christmas markets in Europe. The Christmas markets are held daily between 25 November and 24 December where you’ll find festive gifts, decorations and typical Bavarian food and drink. You’ll be amazed by the bright lights and smells of delicious fare on sale on the market stalls located in the shadow of the wonderful Rathaus building.
Bruges Christmas Markets (26 Nov 11 – 02 Jan 12)
Come to Bruges for a Christmas market that offers all the traditional gifts you would expect, all set in a festive atmosphere of bright lights and tempting aromas. Visit this beautiful old city where the festival stalls are set amongst a backdrop of cobbled streets and historic buildings. Browse for Belgian chocolates, wooden toys and other jolly gifts before relaxing in a bar as you sample a local beer.
Copenhagen Christmas Markets (11 Nov 11 – 29 Dec 11)
Copenhagen’s main Christmas markets are hosted in Tivoli Gardens, the city’s amusement park. In the land of Hans Christian Andersen you will find a Christmas market that is just as magical, with hundreds of Christmas trees and half a million lights illuminating the festive stalls and surrounding park. Browse for traditional gifts like Copenhagen porcelain or wooden dolls as well as local arts, crafts and decorations.
Helsinki Christmas Markets (07 Dec 11 – 22 Dec 11)
The largest Christmas market in Helsinki is held at the Vanha Ylioppilastalo (old student house) where you’ll find local delights including fried herring, mulled wine and tempting pastries. There’s also the Ladies’ Christmas Market with gifts that are all made and sold by women, and St Thomas Christmas Market held at Esplanade Park where you can buy baked goods and other specialities.
Cologne Christmas Markets (21 Nov 11 – 22 Dec 11)
Offering six Christmas markets, the German city of Cologne attracts almost two million visitors every year. The most impressive is at the Cologne Cathedral due to its imposing backdrop, whilst the oldest is at the Neumarkt, the city’s shopping area. Stalls offer a vast selection of festive goods including arts and crafts, Christmas tree decorations and handmade candles.
Krakow Christmas Markets (01 Dec 11 – 24 Dec 11)
Krakow Christmas market is centred on the city’s huge market square, the Rynek Glowny. Poland’s most beautiful city offers fantastic value and you can pick up some real festive bargains. Take your pick from the handmade Christmas decorations, jewellery and woollen slippers on offer. For New Year’s Eve, Krakow’s entire Old Town historical district turns into one giant ballroom. Thousands of revellers swarm its huge Grand Square and pack into the area’s countless clubs, cafes and restaurants.
Prague Christmas Markets (03 Dec 11 – 01 Jan 11)
The largest and most popular Christmas market in Prague is located in the central square of the Old Town. Between this Christmas market and the one on Wenceslas Square there are about 100 festive market stalls for you to visit. As well as the sparkling rows of decorated stalls you’ll find Christmas concerts and short plays on an open-air stage. A live nativity scene with donkeys, sheep and goats completes the festive setting.
Vienna Christmas Markets (19 Nov 11 – 26 Dec 11)
The Christkindlmarkt on the Town Hall square is Vienna’s famous Christmas market. It is one of the best-known and most visited in all of Europe and when you come you’ll soon see why. It is an unforgettable experience where you’ll be delighted by the smells of spiced fruits, sweets, mulled wine and roasted chestnuts that float around the traditional market stalls.
New York Shopping Break
There’s nothing quite like a Christmas shopping trip in New York City and New Yorkers really like to push the boat out at this time of winter with all of their ‘flagship’ stores such as Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Tiffany and Co’s & Barneys New York going to great lengths to come up with the most beautiful window displays. Take a walk down the famous 5th Avenue to see the best.
Paris Shopping Breaks
Paris boasts some of the world’s most breathtaking department stores, where visitors can browse the latest trends in designer fashion such as Dior and Chanel, browse gourmet food shops, or attend free fashion shows. The Paris department stores are not only shopping shrines, but also architectural treasures, as all are beautifully sculpted and eye catching.
Christmas Market Tours: http://www.sightseeingtours.co.uk/uk-day-tours/christmas-tours-britain-london
Christmas Markets Link: http://www.christmasmarkets.com/UK.html
Next week we focus on UK Christmas Markets
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Very interesting travel article,,,,,,,,
BY 1932, the Midland Red Bus Company established a sufficient foothold in Banbury for those who used its services to have acquired the year’s edition of ‘Helps to Happy Holidays’.
It contained no less than 512 pages and cost 3d. By no stretch of the imagination could it have been termed a brochure and one can only assume that the production costs were offset by advertisements.
Its bulk was due to being made up of four separate sections entitled ‘Super Holiday Tours’, ‘Seaside and Long Distance Services’, ‘Day and Half-Day Coach Tours’ and a ‘Gazetteer to Midland Red Country’.
Whilst ‘Super Holiday Tours’ were dominated by opportunities to explore ‘Glorious Devon’, ‘Wonderful Wales’ and the ‘Sunny South Coast’, the Day and Half-Day Coach Tours were dubbed ‘Mascot Tours’, so named because lines linking places visited within specified areas produced four different shapes. One of these outlines took on the appearance…
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Planning your trip to London
There’s one hell of a lot to do in London some basic planning will avoid unnecessary trapsing around on foot or irritating waiting for public transport. It’s best to plan a day out so as to maximise the number of things you can see – and to go for variety. Below are a few mornings, afternoons and whole days out we’ve arranged for visitors – time permitting, we can offer advice by Email (email@example.com) if there’s anything you particularly want to see. Our Walks and itineraries link points of interest – see the separate page.
Weather – likely to make or break your visit. Although there are plenty of things to do in London in the rain, a week of low slate-grey skies and constant rain is not condusive to having a good time. The best season to come weatherwise is Late Summer or Autumn – latterly we’ve been having Indian Summers from mid-September to the end of October with clear blue skies and 20 degree temperatures. Eventually the weather breaks as the storm fronts move in off the Atlantic, then clears up for Christmas. February – April can be dire, and the heights of summer are very unpredictable. Consult the Meterological office here for facts and figures but beware predictions – they are so often wrong.
When it’s raining there are plenty of museums and galleries to visit – and the tube system is generally very good outside of rush hour. What you’ll miss out on is strolling through London and seeing the many unique pleasures by the wayside. Click here to see when to visit London.
Hotel Location Best to be near a tube station, buses can be slow and unreliable, and taxis expensive. The yellow circle line on the tube map marks the division between central and not-so-central London. Outside of that Zone your transport bill will rise – and once you’re in LT zone three, considerably. The best restaurants are in Islington, Soho/Chinatown and the south west of London which is where the life is. The City is a dead zone evenings and weekends. Hotel accommodation click here.
Baker St tube, Madame Tussauds, walk north to Regent’s Park, the Zoo, then up Primrose Hill, Primrose Hill ‘village’ to Chalk Farm (or cut through Primrose gate by the zoo and along the canal towpath to Camden Lock) and Camden Market (weekends only), Camden Town tube, on a weekend. 4-5 hours.
Train Waterloo – St Margarets, walk 10 mins to Marble Hill House, 5 mins to the foot ferry to, Ham House, walk 25 mins along river to Richmond, tube to Kew Gardens,& back to Waterloo – (can be heavy on the admission charges) Afternoon.
Freemason’s Temple on Great Queen Street, 10 mins from the tube, Covent Garden market, Transport Museum in the Piazza, Backstage tour of Theatre Royal Drury Lane at the back of the transport museum, walk 10 mins to the Strand, the Law Courts and the Inns of Court. Three hours. Circuit round Covent Garden tube.
Tottenham Court Road tube, 10 mins walk to the British Museum, 10 mins walk south to Sir John Soane Museum in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Inns of Court – starting at Lincoln’s Inn, walk 10 mins to the strand and the Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House & Galleries, Charing Cross/Strand. (3-4 hours, depending on how long you stay in the British Museum, Inns of court best weekdays)
Charing Cross tube, 5 mins walk to the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, 5 mins walk down Whitehall to Horseguards, 10 Downing St and the Cabinet War rooms. 10 Mins across St James Park to St James’ Palace, Green Park tube. 3-4 hours.
Westminster tube, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey. 10 mins walk along the river to Tate Britain, Pimlico Tube 2 hours
High St Kensington tube, 10 mins walk to Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, 15 minute walk to Notting Hill, 10 minute walk to Portobello Road market (Saturday – 3 hours) Notting Hill Gate tube.
Old St or Liverpool St tube, 15 min walk/or by bus to Geffrye Museum 10 minute walk to Colombia Road Flower Market, 10 minute walk to Brick Lane, then to Spitalfields Market, Liverpool St tube (on Sundays, 11:00-1500, including lunch)
South Kensington tube, 5 minute walk down tunnel to Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Victoria And Albert Museum, 10 minute walk to Harrods. Knightsbridge tube (for a rainy day)
Queensway or Bayswater tube, hire Skates on Queensway, skate down to Albert Memorial, and thence to Kensington Palace and back to Queensway, exploring the park. Circuit.
Oxford Circus tube, Oxford Street (west half of), St. Christopher’s Place, Wallace collection, Bond Street, Burlington Arcade, Royal Academy. Green park tube.
Waterloo station/tube, London Eye, River walk, Oxo tower, Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe, London Bridge station/tube. 3 hours. See also our walks section.
Tower Hill DLR station/Bank tube, Island gardens DLR station, 10 minutes walk under the foot tunnel, Cutty Sark, Greenwich market, Naval Academy, 10 mins walk to the Queen’s House, Royal Observatory, 15 mins back to Greenwich Pier – boat back to Tower Hill – 4 hours.
Monument tube, Monument, 5 mins to Leadenhall Market & Lloyd’s Building, 10 mins walk to Tower of London, St katherine’s dock, Tower Bridge, Shad Thames. Tower Hill tube. (3 -4 hours)
Mansion House tube, Mansion House, 10 mins walk to Guildhall Art gallery, walk round back of Guildhall up the walkways through the Barbican, Museum of London, 10 mins walk to St Paul’s Cathedral, St Paul’s tube. 4 hours.
Leicester Square tube, Leicester Square, Wardour St, walk through Chinatown to Charing Cross Rd, north to Cambridge Circus, along Old Compton St and Brewer Street through Soho, tp Piccadilly Circus, up Regent Street to Liberties, turn right to Carnaby Street, Piccadilly Circus/Oxford Circus tube. (1-2 hours)
London Attractions – click here
Rest of Britain
Virtually everyone flies into London, even if their reason to visit lies elsewhere. Booking a train trip from London to see the rest of the UK is best done AT LEAST TWO DAYS IN ADVANCE – very cheap fares are available, especially on Virgin Trains – as little as £9 return to Chester 2 weeks or more in advance.
Outside of London the major places of interest (apart from those listed on our trips page) would be the Cotswolds (for which you need a car), North Wales: Snowdonia and the Castles (ditto), Oxford, Cambridge, Chester, York and Bath (easily accessible by train), and we’d recommend the North of Norfolk and the Yorkshire Dales (car needed). In Scotland, Edinburgh is the only city attraction – flights are very cheap on Easyjet (much cheaper than rail travel) if you book in advance. For scenery visit the Fort William area, but beware the midges in summer, and the weather in winter. Cornwall and the Devon coast are beautiful, but a long way from anywhere and quite tourist – you can fly there using the cheap internet airlines – cheap if you book enough in advance. No city except London merits more than one day.
So many tourist boards will bombard you with information trying to sell themselves – caveat emptor is the rule. Britain earns millions of pounds from tourists, make sure you get good independent advice on places outside of London before you even think of visiting them . Many tourist boards have been caught lying and taken to court, and one Chief Tourist Officer of a large northern city resigned because he could no longer go on lying – his city really wasn’t worth visiting despite the tourist propaganda his department put out One seaside resort has been prosecuted for doctoring photos and the 2007/8 season ads for Scotland featured snow footage that was decades old and unlikely to match the reality, due to global warming.
We wouldn’t recommend Manchester (except the Lowry), Liverpool (except for the art galleries – see our art page) despite it being city of Culture, Birmingham or anywhere in the Midlands (except for Chatworth House near Chesterfield), The Lake District ( very beautiful but too crowded unless you’re going hill walking which is excellent – if you are stay at the Gilpin Lodge and do some of the set walks, but allow two/three days minimum.), Leeds, Bradford, Hull, Newcastle (unless you like drunkenness) South Wales except the Black country or the Gower Penninsula, Blackpool – or any seaside resort except Brighton, Portsmouth, The Isle of Wight (expensive ferry) Aberdeen, Inverness (the Lochs excepted), Lancaster or Sunderland (except Hadrian’s Wall). Some of these places are grim by any standards.
If you’re a party animal only, then Manchester has a good club scene and Newcastle is good for overindulgence in alcohol and loose women, as well as streetfights – it’s where the Rolling Stones’ ‘Streetfighting Man’ comes from… A male friend was beaten up by some Geordie lasses outside a nightclub, so maybe streetfighting women as well.
The Knowhere site is good for info on smaller tourist locations, but is aimed at skateboarders – its judgement on the overall character of a place is often spot-on – though generally they’re not a very helpful bunch .
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VisitBritain is seeking to capitalise on the success of London 2012 by launching the next stage of its multi-million pound GREAT inbound tourism campaign.
New research released by the national tourism agency shows that in cities with GREAT activity – launched ahead of the London Olympics – 75% of recent travellers would now consider a holiday in Britain.
The image campaign – which is targeting 14 cities in nine countries including Brazil, the US, Germany, India and Australia – is believed to have reached more than 90 million people so far.
The latest phase includes a seven month run of print advertising in National Geographic, advertorials in Time Out and on Yahoo!.
A new TV advert, ‘Memories are GREAT’, including images from the Olympic opening ceremony, is being positioned on leading consumer websites across the world.
A partnership with British Airways will see £5 million being invested in the US, India, China, Japan and the Middle East, encouraging people to visit the UK for Christmas shopping and the January sales.
VisitBritain is working with STA Travel to promote Britain for music, culture and shopping.
A digital campaign is planned with Expedia in France, Germany and Italy, while a shopping campaign with Virgin Australia is also underway, with a mixture of digital, radio, print and trade advertising.
VisitBritain marketing director Laurence Bresh said: “The main event may be over, but the hard work begins now.
“Britain’s image and reputation around the world is riding high; this next stage of our GREAT campaign aims to convert worldwide interest into increased bookings.
“We’ve captured the world’s imagination on TV screens over the last few weeks, and now is the time to inspire them to come to Britain.”
VisitBritain’s four-year £125 million marketing campaign aims to influence an extra 4.6 million people to choose Britain for their next holiday.
If successful, this would would help inject an additional £2.3 billion to the UK economy by the end of 2015.
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London is the perfect base for making day-long excursions to some of themost ancient, beautiful sights in Europe. Even on winter days, the splendour of these surroundings will warm your heart. Each of these tours makes a perfect outing and will see you back in time for a hearty dinner.
Londoners love Christmas. Our ancient streets come alive as thousands of shoppers and party-goers make their way past carol singers and chestnut vendors under a canopy of shimmering festive lights. The shops are overflowing with gifts, decorations and delicious food, and there are thousands of seasonal events from carol services to wild parties as the holiday spirit takes hold
Why is England a good place to visit at Christmas time?
Christmas is Britain’s most popular holiday and is characterised by traditions that date back hundreds of years. Many Christmas customs that originated in Britain have been adopted in the United States.
There is nothing more magical than wandering through a British garden on a crisp, clear winter day: the sun, low in the sky, sparkling on elegant branches; the satisfying crunch of early morning frost underfoot; the delicate scent of winter-flowering shrubs.
Holly berries bring a splash of colour to the festive season. Shortly after New Year, snowdrops poke their heads through the earth. Hints of spring arrive in late February as buds begin to appear on trees and the petals of early daffodils unfold.
Join us for a host of sightseeing over the Christmas period. All of our fully guided tours on Christmas day include a delicious pub lunch. You will also see below our festive tours for Boxing day and New Years day.
Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath – NEW YEARS DAY 2013
All entrance fees included
Prehistoric Stonehenge, Elegant Bath and Royal Windsor all lined up for a fabulous New Year! Includes Festive Lunch
Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath with traditional pub lunch – Christmas Day
Luxury coach tour with professional guide
Explore the heart of England on Christmas day & see Royal Windsor, historic Stonehenge and Georgian Bath. Plus enjoy a festive lunch in a classic British country pub with Roast Turkey and all the trimmings! Includes festive pub lunch
London, Oxford and Stratford plus Christmas Lunch in the Cotswolds – Christmas Day 2012
Luxury coach tour professional guide
A spectacular Christmas Day tour that combines the highlights of London, Oxford and Shakepeare’s Stratford, with a delicous lunch in the Coswolds. Includes festive pub lunch
Canterbury, Dover and Greenwich plus traditional Christmas Lunch – Christmas Day 2012
Luxury coach tour on Christmas Day with professional guide
Visit Canterbury Cathedral, see the White Cliffs of Dover and the maritime town of Greenwich on Christmas Day. Plus festive lunch including Roast Turkey and Christmas pudding. Includes festive pub lunch
Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath with fish and chips pub lunch – Boxing day, 26th December 2012
With Champagne reception and lunch included
See Windsor, Stonehenge, Salisbury and Bath all in a day. Includes Champagne reception at Windsor, fast track entrance at Stonehenge and a classic country pub lunch. Fast track entrance at Stonehenge
Warwick Castle, Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford and the Cotswolds – 26th December 2012
See where Harry Potter was filmed
Fast entrance at Warwick Castle, see where Harry Potter was filmed at Oxford. Plus Stratford & the Cotswolds. Special offer includes pub lunch
Luxury Paris Day Trip
Escorted day trip to Paris with a three course lunch cruise on the river
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Happy Christmas from the Sightseeing Team
London is world famous for its ‘West End’ shows, for many people the theatre is the main reason for a visit.
The number of shows in London are many, covering musicals, comedy, plays and classics and are spread across London. The mainstream commercial theatre is centred in the West End around the Covent Garden and Leicester Square area, though top selling shows will also be elsewhere.
The most popular shows are often sold out well in advance, especially at the popular weekend shows.
The top shows, tend to be musicals. The current favourites that everyone wants to see are sold out weeks, sometimes months ahead, especially for popular weekend shows.
Nearly all shows start between 19:30 and 20:00 and a typical show will last between 2 hours 15 minutes and three hours. When you leave the theatre you will typically have an hour before the last Underground train runs. There is also a good night bus network that will get you to all the main hotel districts if you want to eat or drink afterwards or visit a nightclub.
If you get a cab make sure its a proper licensed cab, only London’s famous black cabs are allowed to solicit for business. Purchasing West End Theatre Tickets
When you purchase a theatre ticket, normally the best way to purchase if you can is direct in person from the theatre, for most people this is impractical.
It is not generally possible to purchase tickets direct online from the theatre, there are no e-tickets. Tickets are sold through agents of one kind or another. You can either collect the tickets or have them mailed to you.
When you purchase a theatre ticket you should be made aware of the face value, this is the normal price of the ticket if you bought direct at the theatre. Agents will normally charge you more than the face value, this is their commission and/or mailing fee. If there is an offer you will pay less than the face value of the ticket.
Discount West End Theatre Tickets Around Leicester Square in the heart of the theatre district are a number of kiosks selling ‘last minute’ discounted tickets with unsold seats for that evening.
The official half price discount office should be your first port of call. It is on the south side of Leicester Square itself, (pictured right) and is hard to miss.
There are other kiosks like that pictured below, all around Leicester Square.
Don’t expect to pick up tickets for the popular shows here they are normally sold out well in advance.
Also it may be that only the expensive seats for a show may be made available discounted – there may be cheaper stall seats available from the theatre.
If there is a particular show you want to see then book in advance, don’t gamble on the off chance that you’ll pick up something cheap on the day. As said before the very popular shows are sold out well in advance. If you want to check out the entire entertainment scene in London, covering comedy clubs, film, concerts and ballet as well as mainstream musicals then pick up a copy of Time Out in London. a weekly London entertainment magazine.
A good on-line source of discounted theatre tickets is Lastminute.com, Lastminute.com as well as doing discounted tickets also do deals combining theatre with things like restaurant meals near the theatre.
A great way to both save money and get hold of tickets otherwise not available is to purchase through a consolidator. These agents buy up blocks of seats from the theatres well in advance and bundle them with discounted hotels.
The is a large choice of hotels from the most frugal to 5 star luxury.
Needless to say we have negotiated the best online prices:
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