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The Regent Street cinema was the first in the country to show moving pictures. In 1896, when the Lumière brothers’ showed flickering moving images to a paying audience here, British cinema was born. Used as a lecture theatre for many years, major restorations have created a stunning, pristine, little single screen independent cinema.

This fun little Christmas trip starts with a matinee followed by a tour that combines London in Film with the Christmas Lights & Sights. The Christmas matinees are classics from the 1940s to the 1960s.

Arrive Regents Street at 11.00am for time to buy a coffee and enjoy the live cinema organ prelude to the midday matinee. Then break for a bite to eat locally and a look in the shops - Hamleys and Libertys are a stone’s throw away. The Blue Badge Guide meets you at 3.30pm for the tour and you head home at 6.30pm.

Or arrive at 2.00pm for a bite to eat locally before the 3.30pm matinee. The Blue Badge Guide will come and meet you at 5.30pm to begin the tour and don’t worry about the rush hour traffic - that’s exactly what you want for a slow drive so that you can take everything in!

We tell the story of film, seek out famous locations and share the secrets of the movie industry. Where do the stars stay? How do you close Trafalgar Square for your film? How can you become an extra or have your house star in the next blockbuster? We’re in the tourist hotspots today so the tour also doubles as a tour of the Christmas Lights & Sights.

We’ll finish with a fish & chip supper with a hot drink and y ou’ll be ready to head home at 6.30pm.

Adults & Seniors: £29

Available Wednesdays only in November & December

Price Valid to 31 March 2021

20 miles