Visit London Blog » mcfly http://blog.visitlondon.com Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:06:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 McFly Turn on Heathrow Airport’s Christmas Lights http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/11/mcfly-turn-on-heathrow-airports-christmas-lights/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/11/mcfly-turn-on-heathrow-airports-christmas-lights/#comments Wed, 17 Nov 2010 12:30:27 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=16973 McFly: Tom Fletcher, Dougie Poynter, Harry Judd and Danny Jones at Heathrow Airport McFly onstage at Heathrow Airport Tom and Dougie perform at Heathrow Airport

McFly put on pilot uniforms last night for the official switch-on of the Christmas lights at Heathrow airport.

The boys then surprised staff and passengers with a secret gig: possibly the first ever to be performed in an airport.

Heathrow is the world’s busiest international airport, and McFly performed to a crowd of hundreds in Terminal 5 International Arrivals.

After switching on the lights, McFly serenaded passengers and staff with hits such as Party Girl and Shine a Light from their new album, Above the Noise, as well as old favourites, All About You and Star Girl.

The Heathrow Airport Christmas lights will remain on for the whole of the festive season. During that time, three million passengers are expected to fly through Heathrow. Nearly half a million will pass through the airport between Sunday 19 December and Friday 24 December alone.

Passenger John Casey said: “I just touched down from a 10 hour flight and couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw McFly performing.  I’m a huge fan and have always wanted to see them live so this is better than any Christmas present.”

Malcolm Robertson of Heathrow said: “We’re delighted that McFly decided to join us for the official Christmas switch-on to mark the start of the holiday season.  Heathrow doesn’t stop for Christmas, but that doesn’t mean we can’t bring the Christmas spirit to our passengers and staff.”

Did you see the special secret McFly gig? Let us know in the comments below.

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Regent Street’s Christmas Lights Through the Ages http://blog.visitlondon.com/2009/12/regent-streets-christmas-lights-through-the-ages/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2009/12/regent-streets-christmas-lights-through-the-ages/#comments Sat, 05 Dec 2009 10:00:23 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=4621 The Regent Street Christmas lights from 1960: angels and trumpets, and amazing old cars! The 1971 Christmas lights had more of a light-bulb theme In 1985, the fabulous Joan Collins turned on the Christmas lights on Regent Street HRH Prince Edward did the honours in 1987 In 1992, there was a musical theme Peter Moore, Bryan Adams and Harvey Marshall pushed the button in 2001 The People's Lights (and a personal favourite) changed colour when you walked under them in 2007 Last year (seems so long ago!), McFly were the pop act of the moment, with the task of flicking the switch This year's lights, which were voted the best by you!

Congratulations to Regent Street, who topped our recent poll of London’s Christmas Lights!

As a special treat, take a look at this wonderful gallery of Regent Street lights through the ages. If you’ve got any memories of festive lights from Christmasses past, let us know!

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