Tourists in London are spoilt for choice when it comes to tours and attractions. It doesn’t matter whether you are a regular day tripper to the Big Smoke or a one-off international traveller landing in London for the first time, there is always more to see.
I’ve taken a look at some of the tours available in and around London for you to consider on your next London city trip. Without further ado, here are my top picks of London tours:
Harry Potter Film Locations (Walking Tour)
Harry Potter has developed from a series of children’s books in to an international institution adored by adults and youngsters alike! London features heavily in the books (and movies) and there is a guided tour that will take you to the key spots that you will recognise from the big screen.
The tour starts at the Palace Theatre in the West End where Harry Potter and The Cursed Child is played on-stage. Your knowledgable tour guide will then guide and entertain in equal measures as you visit Platform 9 3/4, Diagon Alley, Borough Market, St Pauls Cathedral, Great Scotland Yard and many more.
There is a tour that combines the Harry Potter elements with a river cruise down The Thames. The river cruise is a top pick in its own right so is worth adding to your tour ticket. All-in, this 2.5hr tour is a must-do for Harry Potter fans!
Prices start at £25. Buy your tickets for this 5* Harry Potter tour here.
If your fictional literature references are bit older than Harry Potter then you may be interested in a Sherlock Holmes tour. You will get to see landmarks that inspired Doyle as well as filming locations that Robert Downey Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch so expertly helped bring the stories to the big screen. Find out the full details of the Sherlock Holmes tour here.
Dr Who more your thing? Discover 50 years of filming history in this inspired walking tour.
Wembley Stadium Tour
We started with literature and film and we’re now moving to sport. Wembley Stadium is the national stadium for a football-obsessed country and you can get exclusive access to normally off-limits areas. Follow in the footsteps of the worlds greatest footballers and even musicians who now sell the arena out. The changing rooms, tunnel and even the Royal Box where the FA Cup proudly sits are all part of this access all areas Wembley Stadium tour.
Wembley Stadium is an impressive piece of architecture that is steeped in sporting history. You can take a look at the iconic 315 metre illuminated arch and the inner workings of the stadium on a guided tour. Get your hands on Wembley Stadium tour tickets here.
Hop-On, Hop-Off London Bus Tour
This bus ticket is your passport to exploring London. Golden Tours operate buses that leave every 5-10 minutes from over 70 stops all over the city so you are never too far away from your next adventure. One pass for the tour will give you unlimited access to any bus run by Golden Tours. Put your oyster card away and see the sights from an open-top bus with an optional audio tour! There is an English language guide on-board and 11 languages are available via an audio guide.
As well as the obvious benefits of being able to see all of London sights with a single ticket, there are a couple of other benefits worth mentioning. Free on-board wifi will help you stay connected and plan the rest of your day and the 3D treasure hunt game is fun for all!
There is currently an offer that allows you to get a free walking tour, complimentary boat tour and 24 hours of additional access to the buses for no charge. Not an offer to ignore and you can book it here.
Buckingham Palace Tour
The Royal Family are as quintessentially British as it comes! Buckingham Palace stands proud at the end of The Mall and attracts millions of visitors to the area each year. Surrounding the palace itself are parks and buildings that help tell the story of Royal’s in London.
Take a guided tour around the area from an expert before stepping in to the 19 state rooms of Buckingham Palace itself. Top off the tour with a walk down the 47-metre long picture gallery and feast your eyes on the world-renowned Royal art collection.
A tour not to be missed and you can get a ticket deal for Buckingham Palace here.