Carnaby Street

Historically known to be the birthplace of Swinging London in the 60's, the home to Mod's, rockers, punks and more, Carnaby Street is part of the epicentre of London's West End.
The street was manually built in 1882 by Richard Tyler. The road took its name from the first house on the street 'Karnaby House'. 40 years later, the street was redesigned to accustom a meat, fish and vegetable market, this was then known as Carnaby Market. You are able to visit the Shakespearean public-house at the end of Carnaby Street which was built in 1735. By 1823, other major streets such as Regent Street were completed. This split Carnaby street from Soho and Mayfair. The mid 19th century saw the street flourishing into a street drawing in the attention of many celebrities such as Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. One of the most famous photographs was taken by Ray Stevenson in 1976, which shows The Sex Pistols pictured on the streets.

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London's West End: Soho, Covent Garden & Chinatown Private Tour
Explore the quaint yet uniquely vibrant streets of Soho, Covent Garden, and Chinatown, in the heart of London's West End, on this private walking tour of central London’s arts, music, shopping, gourmet, and theatre scene. 

On your private tour, you will:

  • Enjoy a private walking tour of one of London's hippest parts of town;
  • Stroll through London’s Theatre District the famous West End, and enjoy the buzz and vibrant colours of Chinatown;
  • Wander the rickety cobbled streets, back alleys, and historic squares which are home to a plethora of boutiques, traditional pubs, late-night clubs, bars and gourmet restaurants;
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Soho is bursting with fascinating history, architectural curiosities and one of England’s most vibrant entertainment scenes. This colourful neighbourhood continues to be at the epicentre of British counterculture, the arts, and the LGBTQ community. 

Home to the beautiful theatres of the West End, the area is full of actors, musicians and artists of all stripes, and consequentially is a hub of gourmet restaurants and fabulous bars too. 

Walk around the colourful Chinatown with its deliciously mouth-watering aromas, and learn all about its fascinating history; get lost down the cobbled alleys around the magnificent Seven Dials; move away from the tourist traps on Oxford Circus and wander down the glittering Carnaby Street, stop in at Liberty, a famous shopping emporium, with the famous black and white Tudor architecture. 

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Experience the magical time of the holiday season in London on a Christmas Lights private walking tour where your tour guide will take you to the best areas with dazzling lights and decorations

On your private tour, you will:

  • Explore Trafalgar Square and discover Norway's gift to the city of London;
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  • Walk the iconic Piccadilly Circus! (London’s equivalent to Times Square);
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  • Walk up the dazzling Carnaby Street – bursting with creativity and glittery lights, always a holiday spectacular!;
  • Marvel at the iconic lights of St. Christopher's Place, just around the corner from Oxford Street;
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  • Embrace the Christmas spirit in London's Hyde Park;
  • Finish your tour at the lively Winter Wonderland, where you can taste amazing street food, go ice skating, listen to live music, and more!.
There is no better place to get into the Christmas spirit than a lively tour of central London: Trafalgar SquarePiccadilly Circus, and Regent Street – have all become synonymous with the razzle-dazzle of Christmas in London with their dazzling lights, beautiful shop-front displays, and joyful bustle and banter of the Christmas markets. 

Your tour will start at Trafalgar Square to discover the gift that Oslo, the Norwegian capital city, gives to London every year for Christmas and hear the story that began this tradition.

You’ll have a chance to enjoy the Leicester Square Christmas Market and stop for a delicious warming hot chocolate or mulled wine, and heading towards Soho, your next stop will be the famous Carnaby Street

Carnaby always displays amazing art installations and has a fabulous atmosphere, never more so than at Christmas when it really sparkles! You’ll then walk down Regent Street, famous the world over for its truly spectacular, dazzling, glittering Christmas light displays, as well as Hamleys Toy Shop, with the iconic Piccadilly Circus at the end. 

You will end this magical tour in London's Hyde Park, home to the lively Winter Wonderland, where your guide will part ways with you so you have the opportunity to ice skate, listen to live music, enjoy different rides, or taste amazing street food at your leisure! 

PLEASE NOTE: This tour runs only from 18th November 2022 – 2nd January 2023
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On your private tour your will: 

  • Meet your expert driver guide at your hotel in central London or Embankment, and be swept up in a traditional London Taxi to see all the razzle-dazzle of London’s spectacular Christmas light displays; 
  • Visit the two most famous shopping areas of London: Regent Street and Oxford Street and be totally dazzled by their historic Christmas light shows that have been going on since 1948 and 1959;
  • Drive through marvellous Marylebone, always tastefully decorated, and admire the sumptuous window displays of the designer shops on upmarket Bond Street, festooned with garlands of holly and ivy as well as artistic lights;
  • Enjoy a walkabout and photo opportunity at Carnaby Street - always one of the most cheerful, ambitiously creative, and brightly coloured streets of London bordering Soho;
  • Wander around the famous Covent Garden - truly the hub of Christmas in London with its vibrant atmosphere, bright lights, comforting winter smells of mulled wine and giant 60-foot Christmas tree;
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  • Enjoy drive-bys along famous streets like the Strand, and hidden gems like Connaught Street and the 7 Dials
  • Pass by Buckingham Palace - home of the British monarchy and stunningly flood-lit at night; 
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Enjoy the magic of London’s streets lit up at Christmas time from the comfort of a classic London Cab. With your expert private guide, you’ll also get a whistle stop tour of many of the most important and famous landmarks, streets, views, and markets of the British capital city! 

You’ll enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of the Christmas markets, soak up the fairy-tale wonder of the dazzling light displays all over the city and learn about famous London sights, history, and Christmas traditions - all from a glass-roofed cab to ensure you make the very most of this incredible experience. 

Your 2.5-hour private driving tour will ensure you see all the best viewing points of London beautifully alight at Christmas! 



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