The Crawleys are back in prim and proper style this January, as Britain’s favorite period drama, Downton Abbey, finally hits US screens for its third season, and it seems America just can’t get enough of Edwardian-era England. So get your top hats and teacups at the ready, because visitors to London can now add Downton Abbey tours to their itineraries.
London’s spectacular Christmas lights cast a spell over the city’s landmarks throughout the holiday season, setting the scene for a festive shopping frenzy right up until the tail end of Christmas Eve. Get in the mood long before the big day with Christmas Eve Lights Tour in London Led by Santa!, a perfect way to see the famous lights along Oxford Street and Bond Street, or take a River Thames Christmas Cruise and view the glittering lights along the embankment.
Things to Do This Week in London: Dec 16th – 30th
Merry Christmas! It’s Christmas this week in London so stuff yourself with turkey and Christmas pudding; lavish your friends and family with gifts; and make the most of all things festive with these seasonal events.
This Christmas, special ‘Hogwarts at Christmas’ tours run from November 15th – January 6th with the studio sets undergoing a festive makeover in the run up to the big day. The Great Hall will be laid out with yuletide delicacies like turkeys, hams, plum puddings and snow cakes, flanked by glittering Christmas trees and decorated with sprigs of mistletoe and wreaths. You’ll even get the chance to experience a white Christmas, as the spectacular model of Hogwarts Castle will be blanketed in artificial snow throughout the holiday season.
With ice rinks popping up all over town and the streets awash with glittering Christmas lights, London’s holiday season makes for an atmospheric shopping experience. Here are a few pointers to get you started.
Since releasing her first best-selling album in 1985, Whitney Houston quickly cemented her position among the great icons of music history, clocking up seven consecutive number 1s on the Billboard chart, an acting career that included the cult hit The Bodyguard, and of course, the phenomenal success of ‘I Will Always Love You’, the best-selling female artist single of all time. In special tribute to the star, whose untimely death in 2012 devastated fans around the world, Madame Tussauds London unveiled a new wax figure of Houston on October 19th, welcomed to the museum by a 30-strong gospel choir.
For Americans, Thanksgiving (this year falling on Thursday November 28th) is one of the biggest celebrations of the year and you don’t have to miss out on traditions just because you’re away from friends and family. Many London hotels, bars and restaurants will be pulling out the stars and stripes, and serving Thanksgiving specialties like roast turkey, chowder and pumpkin pie in honor of their US guests, so to help you plan for the big event, here are some of the best places for celebrating American Thanksgiving in London.
With the spookiest night of the year just around the corner, London is all set for its annual ghoulish makeover, bringing with it a week of gruesome attractions and spine-tingling events. Largely reported to be one of the most haunted capital cities in the world, there’s nowhere better to celebrate Halloween than London.
‘Remember remember the fifth of November, gunpower treason and plot.’ These are the words to a nursery rhyme that every child growing up in England knows. The rhyme tell the story of Guy Fawkes and his twelve co-plotters who decided to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605 because they were sick of feeling persecuted for being Catholic.