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The versatile London Taxi: take a themed taxi tour for Christmas, or at any time of year.

If you want to take in the sights but are short on time, you might want to consider taking a London Taxi tour (011-44-7957-272179; londontaxitour.com). The company provides tours in traditional new London taxis or people carriers. You can zip around London to see the most famous sights or choose a themed tour such as James Bond and Harry Potter tours, which take you to the places featured in their films.

Harry Potter mania has been around for over fifteen years but is still going strong and a tour to see such sites as Diagon Alley and Platform 9 ¾ would make a great Christmas present for the kids. Take advantage of a special winter offer – a 3 hour Harry Potter London tour for £150 (excluding the Christmas public holidays). This has also become popular for travellers facing a long stopover at one of London’s airports. As taxis are able to use the bus lanes, you’ll find yourself speeding past stationary traffic – a great time saver.

If you have more time available, the Potter tours also take in Oxford, Gloucester, Lacock Abbey and Blenheim Palace. The 10 hour Oxford tour is perhaps the most popular, as it offers a blend of contemporary film and history, but as each film comes out, relevant sites are added to the tours, so be sure to keep your eye on the website.

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