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London New Years Eve Party, Dinner and Fireworks

New Years Eve in London is an amazing experience, considered one of the best places to be in the world to be and is topped off with a magnificent Firework display.

We are often asked how is the best way to spend the evening and see the fireworks and the answer is to join the party on board one of the Thames River cruises, with 4-course gala dinner, that approaching midnight moor up at a perfect spot to see the fireworks and receive complimentary champagne.

For example here is a great  New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner Cruise with City Cruises.

  •  Welcome Drink
  • River Thames Cruise
  • Half Bottle of Wine and Glass of Champagne at midnight
  • 4-course Festive Dinner
  • Live Band and Dancing
  • Cash Bar Open Throughout
  • Viewing Position on the River Thames

This exclusive tour can be booked here

Tower bridge with firework, celebration of the New Year in London, UK.

Celebrate the arrival of 2016 in style with a gala sit-down dinner and dance cruise aboard a modern Millennium River-liner. You will be welcomed aboard with a drinks reception. You will be shown to your reserved table where your dinner will be served. Tranquilly cruise through central London. After a delectable dinner, you can dance the night away and, at midnight; toast the arrival of 2016 with a glass of champagne whilst listening to Big Ben ringing in the New Year.

Inclusions:

  • Welcome Drink
  • River Thames Cruise
  • Half Bottle of Wine and Glass of Champagne at midnight
  • 4-course Festive Dinner
  • Live Band and Dancing
  • Cash Bar Open Throughout
  • Viewing Position on the River Thames

This exclusive tour can be booked here

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Christmas Day Tour and Lunch

Staying in London over Christmas means being away from home and the traditional Christmas Day lunch with family and we are often asked for suggestions of alternative ways to spend the day.

The most popular is a combined day including a tour of London, seeing the famous landmarks, plus festive decorations and a traditional Christmas Day lunch.

For example here is a great Christmas Day London tour with Lunch on the Thames

  • 3 hour 15 minute River Thames Cruise on Christmas Day
  • See London Attractions from the Beautifully Decorated Boat
  • Three Course Festive Lunch
  • Tea and Coffee with Mince Pies
  • Welcome glass of sparkling wine
  • Festive Music and Carols

This exclusive tour can be booked here

LONDON, UK - 19TH DECEMBER 2014: A beautiful view of Tower Bridge during Christmas time in London on 19th December 2014.

Feel the magic in the air during a Christmas Day lunch cruise with City Cruises! Do something a little different this Christmas Day and sail down the River Thames during an enchanting 3 hour 15 minute cruise.

You will board the Thames Cruiser and enjoy a Welcome glass of sparkling wine to kick off your Christmas Day lunch cruise in London. The modern sightseeing boat features a roomy, open-air deck and large glass windows for city sightseeing at its most spectacular! The interior will be splendidly decorated for this special day.

Take your seat at the reserved table and get ready for your festive Christmas Day lunch to begin! You’ll be served three delicious courses comprised of traditional Christmas fare, followed by tea and coffee with mini mince pies to complete the feast.

Some top London sights will drift past as you savour your Christmas lunch and relax in the scenic surroundings. Once the cruise has finished, the boat will return to Westminster Pier and deliver you safely back on dry land to enjoy the remainder of your Christmas Day in London.

Inclusions:

  • 3 hour 15 minute River Thames Cruise on Christmas Day
  • See London Attractions from the Beautifully Decorated Boat
  • Three Course Festive Lunch
  • Tea and Coffee with Mince Pies
  • Welcome glass of sparkling wine
  • Festive Music and Carols

This exclusive tour can be booked here

London Christmas Eve Tours

London New Years Eve Tours

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What is the Best Value way to tour London

London is the most visited tourist city in the world and has a considerable number of famous historic and modern landmarks to see. Paying individual entry fees at each site can add up and be very expensive, plus time consuming queuing. By far the best value way to tour London and enjoy all the main attractions is by an all inclusive day tour with everything included. Touring this way can be as much as a 1/3 cheaper than paying separately.

Here is the best value example of this type of tour we could find:

  • Entry to St. Paul’s Cathedral with special access to the Quire
  • Panoramic tour of London
  • See the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace
  • Optional Lunch
  • Entry to Tower of London
  • Meet the Yeoman Warders
  • See the famous Crown Jewels
  • Thames River boat ride
  • London Eye Experience
  • Luxury air–conditioned vehicle

This exclusive tour can be booked here

London Eye

Comprehensive Panoramic Tour 

Enjoy a whistle stop tour of London’s famous monuments and marvel at the history of London’s modern masterpieces from the comfort of your seat. Have your cameras ready for our photo stop at the spectacular Westminster Abbey.

St. Paul’s Cathedral
Towering high over the City of London, magnificent St Paul’s Cathedral is widely considered to be Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece. Enter the Quire and marvel at the beautiful mosaics inside.

Buckingham Palace and Changing of the Guard
As iconic an image of London as red telephone boxes and double–decker buses, the Changing of the Guard is a not–to–be–missed royal feast of bearskin hats and red tunics. *We will visit Horseguards Parade when the ceremony is not available.

Optional Lunch
Tantalise your taste buds with a traditional one course meal.

The Tower of London and Crown Jewels

During its 1000 year history this impressive fortress has been a Royal Palace, prison, mint and even a zoo! Be dazzled by the Cullinan diamonds and the spectacular Kohi–i–Noor at the Crown Jewels.

Exclusive feature
Join a Yeoman Warder (‘Beefeater’) for an exclusive and very different view of the famous Tower of London on this guided tour. You will hear the story of the peasants’ revolt and attack on the Tower of 1381, the military cunning used to ensure the safety of the Monarch within, and how the Tower’s very architecture protects it from attack.

River Thames Boat Ride
Take to the water on a River Thames boat ride and enjoy a panoramic tour of London’s array of attractions.

The London Eye Experience
End your day with a London Eye experience and enjoy breathtaking views of London in the luxury of your glass capsule.

Your tour will finish at approximately 6:00pm at the London Eye Pier.

Inclusions:

  • Admissions to Tower of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • Panoramic Tour of London
  • River Boat Ride
  • London Eye Experience
  • Transportation by Air-Conditioned Coach
  • Professional Guide
  • Complimentary hotel pick up from over 80 central London hotels. You will be taken to our departure point to board your tour.

This exclusive tour can be booked here

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Foreign landmarks tower above the UK’s in minds of British

IT WAS promoted as an opportunity to appreciate the splendour of your own country while saving a pound or two. Yet the “stay-cation” has failed to make a lasting impression on the British public, according to a new poll which found that holidaymakers are better at recognising foreign landmarks than one in their own country.

The Eiffel Tower. Picture: Getty

The Eiffel Tower. Picture: Getty

Despite having some of the most iconic buildings and scenery in the world, such as Edinburgh Castle and the white cliffs of Dover, British landmarks faired poorly in a new survey that sought to discover the most recognisable tourist icons among British holidaymakers.

While not a single person out of the 1,714 British holidaymakers polled by sunshine.co.uk, an online travel agent, failed to recognise the Eiffel Tower, only 77 per cent recognised Stonehenge, it is claimed.

To add insult to injury, places such as the Sydney Opera House and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge were more recognisable than Trafalgar Square and the London Eye.

Only Big Ben in London and Stonehenge made it into the top ten of the most recognised landmarks in the world. While 98 per cent recognised the Pyramids, 96 per cent identified the Statue of Liberty in New York and 95 per cent recognised the Great Wall of China. Big Ben had a “score” of 93 per cent but Trafalgar Square and the London Eye failed to make it into the top ten of most-recognised landmarks.

The Great Wall of China came fourth with 95 per cent of those polled recognising it, while the Taj Mahal came in sixth with 84 per cent.

The top ten most recognised landmarks for UK holidaymakers was completed by Stonehenge in seventh place, the Sydney Opera House in eighth place, the Colosseum in Rome in ninth place and San Francisco’s Golden Gate bridge in tenth place.

Yesterday, Chris Clarkson, the co-founder of Sunshine.co.uk said: “I actually can’t quite believe that more UK-based landmarks didn’t feature in the top ten here. To see that more people recognised the Golden Gate Bridge above the likes of the London Eye and Trafalgar Square is a bit of an eye opener.”

However, Mike Cantlay, chairman of VisitScotland said it aimed to make people more familiar with Scotland’s landmarks as well as the more out-of-the-way places in the country.

He said: “One of the main aims of our ongoing marketing campaign, Surprise Yourself, is to encourage more Scots to get out and about and explore what’s on their very doorstep.

“From iconic landmarks, such as Edinburgh Castle or Loch Ness, to hidden gems that you won’t find in the guidebooks, VisitScotland is working hard alongside Scotland’s tourism industry to promote every area of our stunning country and make sure Scots staycationers have every reason to stay close to home for their autumnal break.

“No matter how well you think you know Scotland, the beauty of it is there’s always something new to discover.”

TOP TEN

1. Eiffel Tower – 100%

2. Pyramids – 98%

3. Statue of Liberty – 96%

4. Great Wall of China – 95%

5. Big Ben – 93%

6. Taj Mahal – 84%

7. Stonehenge – 77%

8. Sydney Opera House – 71%

9. Colosseum, Rome – 69%

10. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco – 65%

By ANGUS HOWARTH  – http://www.scotsman.com
Published on Monday 8 October 2012 00:00

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