There’s so much to do in London that it’s easy to miss the capital’s fascinating history and most interesting sights.
Here are 5 walking tours which showcase some of the best things London has to offer.
Tour for Muggles
Discover the magical side of London on this weird and wonderful tour of the Harry Potter movie locations.
A must-do for fans of the film, Tour for Muggles explores several locations from the movies, fascinating behind-the-scenes stories and the city landmarks which inspired J.K Rowling.
The tours have been so popular amongst muggles, that it won the Tripadvisor Award for Excellence from 2012 to 2017 and is consistently named as Time Out Critic’s Choice.
Tours tend to sell out fast, so it’s best to book in advance.
Duration – Approximately 2.5 hours
The Jack the Ripper Tour
Even if you know the legend of Jack the Ripper well, this tour will bring the Autumn of Terror to life.
Using Rippervision - handheld projectors which emblazon 5ft historical images onto the tour’s many points of interest – you can experience the true gruesome nature of one of London’s most notorious criminals.
Tourists will visit the murder locations and learn more about the possible identities of the infamous Jack the Ripper.
Winter is the perfect time to experience this tour, as the dark nights enhance the absorbing atmosphere.
Duration – 90 minutes
Food tour of London
Be transported back to London’s bustling trading ports by eating and drinking in some of the capital’s oldest dockside pubs.
Learn about how pirates, sailors and thieves once roamed the dockyards of Wapping and savour the classic pub grub with 5 tasting sessions.
Then wash it down with traditional British ales or craft beers, courtesy of this unique walking tour.
Duration - 4 hours
The Undiscovered London Company offers a variety of tours exploring some of the diverse cultures within the capital as well as some of the city’s lesser-known areas.
The East End of London is renowned for its unique street art, booming fashion scene and gangster past, all of which feature heavily in Undiscover London’s East End and Street Art Tour.
However, if music is more your scene then check out the company’s Camden Walking Tour, which includes how the area inspired icons from Jimi Hendrix to Amy Winehouse and turned Camden into the rock and roll capital of London.
And if you’re looking for something more central, the free Royal London Walking Tour takes tourists around Green Park, Trafalgar Square, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace.
Duration – Each tour is approximately 2-3 hours
West End Musical Tours
Join musical theatre expert Neil Maxfield on the only West End musical walking tour in London.
Enjoy a whistle-stop tour of London’s renowned West End theatres with in-depth commentary on the magnificent buildings along with insight into famous productions from performers and composers of the shows.
Neil, a trained soloist, also performs songs and routines from iconic hit shows currently running in London.
Duration - 2 hours.
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