Free Christmas in London Tour

Duration: 1h and 45min
Quality Verified Registered on January 17, 2023

London with a Local was created in 2018 out of a desire to bring something different to those visiting (or living in) this wonderful, hectic, ever-changing City. We wanted to provide the best quality tours at a price that works for everyone. London is expensive – believe us, we know. Our aim was to provide at least one part of your time here where you feel like you are truly getting your money's worth. London With A Local is made up of a mix of born and bred Londoners, who can give you a picture of how it feels to grow up in the midst of the chaos, and those who decided to become Londoners after visiting as a tourist and falling in love. They combine a knowledge of the secrets that have been passed down through generations, with the hunger and excitement that comes with embracing a new place as your home. Our tours, of course, visit the iconic architectural structures that London the most recognisable city on Earth, but also allow a peak behind the curtain, away from the glitz and glamour of the West End, to give you the opportunity to see the “real” London, far from the tourist trap souvenir shops, to where the true treats and treasures, so often hidden away from tourists, reside. In short, we want everyone who gets the opportunity to join us on a tour, to feel like they are getting to know the essence of this great city. As well as experience in guiding and a knowledge of the history and politics of Britain, our expert guides all come from a performance background. We are actors. We are musicians. We are comedians. We are dancers and directors. Above all, we are storytellers and our aim is not just to reel off a load of dates that will be forgotten in a split second, but to paint you a picture of the people and events that built the foundations that we tread upon.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
    This tour allows payment by electronic means or credit card

Tour description

Experience the wonder of glittering Central London up close this winter with a brand new Christmas Tour. See the dazzling light displays, the grottos, and hundreds upon hundreds of decorated Christmas Trees.

London can trace its first Christmas celebrations back a thousand years, but with each new generation came new traditions to join the old ones. On this tour, you will travel back to Victorian London to discover the origins of Britain’s modern Christmas celebrations, the Christmas tree, crackers, Christmas cards, the inspirations behind Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and so much more.


You know the holiday, now learn the history!
Along the way we will stop at:  

  • Benjamin Pollock's Toy Shop
  • Duke of York's Theatre
  • St Martin's in the Field
  • Cecil Court
  • Royal Opera House
  • Trafalgar Square

And finish at Covent Garden 

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Strand, London WC2N 5HX, UK
    Strand, London WC2N 5HX, UK
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    We begin outside the Clermont Hotel, next to Charing Cross Station, just near the underground station. The station is on the Bakerloo and Northern line, and around a 5 minute walk from Leicester Square and Embankment Station.The guide will be holding a red umbrella

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Trafalgar Square
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Benjamin Pollock's Toyshop
  • 3
    Outside visit
    The Duke of York's Theatre
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Covent Garden
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Seven Dials

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

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EILEEN 29 Dec 2023

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Travelled alone - Dec 2023
Really nice tour, very informative, top guide
Daniel 22 Dec 2023

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Travelled alone - Dec 2023
Lucy is a great stoey teller. Christmas information and walk was very instructive and fun. :)
Ki Nugent 09 Dec 2023

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Travelled alone - Dec 2023
Elena 27 Nov 2022

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Travelled in couple - Nov 2022
BigBen is a nice guy with a lot of knowledge about the Victorians. We would recommend the Christmas Tour.
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
When do you want to go?
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