London is a forest, and before Christmas, many of her trees acquire a twinkly new coat. From Park Lane to Exhibition Road, London Plane trees bloom into a fairyland above our heads.
In the main shopping streets, the coloured lights are up and the windows draw our eyes. Other quieter corners gleam with elegant shapes of angels and peacocks.
Find out why last year the Norwegian ambassador was caught up in the great tree debate. And why a Russian visitor was enchanted by London in the late 1700s, before the streets were lit.
Many of our Christmas traditions are Victorian, introduced by Prince Albert and immortalised by Dickens. We’ll find the most Dickensian streets and contrast the old and the new.
A little bit of shop hopping, a little bit of technology, a celebration of allies mixed up with a dollop of social history. The brightest, sparkliest streets and the soft glow of gas. Pre-Christmas London may be quiet this year, but she’s still wearing sequins.
About Our Tour Guide
Fiona Lukas has a B.A. in English Literature and Drama and trained as an actress before turning her attention to the streets of London. Over the last 20 years, she has qualified as a City of London guide, a Westminster guide, and a London Blue Badge guide–winning awards each time! In the last 6 months, Fiona has gone online and is enjoying the challenges and opportunities of virtual tours.
“It’s a new medium, mixing the best of a physical walking tour, with the freedom to explore anywhere. I want to create something memorable, informative and fun, and most of all, transport you away from your front room.”