Merry Christmas Walking Tour

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Date/Time
Sunday December 6th 2015
4:00pm - 6:30pm

Location
Wyndham's Theatre
Leicester Square WC2H 0DA

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Special Festive Tour & Mince Pie Stop

£17 members, £18 non-members | 25 spaces (minimum 8)

Get in the mood for the festive season with this Christmas themed tour of London with Blue Badge Guide Diane Burstein, who led our Hidden City Corners walking tour in September. Devised specially for Who London this tour takes in parts of Covent Garden, The Strand and the South Bank, and also includes a mince pie & drink break with your ticket! The tour, including the break, will last approximately 2.5hrs.

In the course of the walk we’ll learn about Christmas customs and traditions. Who introduced the Christmas tree? When did we start to wrap presents? What was the inspiration for the Christmas Cracker? How did the tradition of pantomime start? Discover all this and more!

While we walk through historic streets decorated for Christmas we’ll uncover the area’s history. Dive into an atmospheric alleyway which few Londoners have visited, view London’s oldest and most haunted theatre, hear tales of market life and stand on the spot where the fictional Eliza Doolittle sold her flowers.

We’ll pause in the beautiful setting of Somerset House for a mince pie & hot drink (included in your ticket price) at 5pm in Fernandez & Wells, and have time to leisurely watch the skaters on their winter ice rink.

After tales of the history of Somerset House with its royal, artistic and naval connections, we cross Waterloo Bridge to visit the South Bank’s Christmas Market. We’ll find out about the growth of this area from an industrial hinterland to a centre for art and culture. After the tour, there’s the option to stay on for a drink and chat at one of the area’s many cafes or bars.

Meeting point: Outside Leicester Square tube (Charing Cross Road South Exit next to Wyndham’s Theatre).

End point: Suitable pub or cafe on South Bank. Nearest tube will be Waterloo.

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