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10 Unusual Tours to Take in London

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Updated: 11 April 2017
Instead of pounding the London streets with Google Maps, why not head out on a tour of the city? Forget the boring walking tours, these ones will feed you, get you drunk, or inspire you to do something different.

Street art tour

Discover East London’s most colourful and vibrant art with a walking tour that takes in the majesty of the area’s street art. Shoreditch Street Art tours also offer street art photography workshops for those that want to interact with the city streets a bit more.

Afternoon tea bus tour

What could be better than afternoon tea in London? How about tea on board a double decker bus while it’s touring the big sights of London? A favourite of parents, there’s sandwiches, scones and tea. They even do gluten-free and halal options.

Bullshit London

Walking tours get the fake news makeover at Bullshit London, which sets up very silly and possibly untrue tours of London’s best bits. There’s a South Bank tourist trap tour and a City one — you’ll feel as though you’ve fallen into a parallel universe.

Unseen Tours

Discover a London not normally experienced by tourists with an Unseen Tour. Head down to London Bridge for its mysterious alleyways around Southwark Cathedral and The Globe. The company also employs homeless or ex-homeless people to help them get back into work.

The Globe theatre
Discover local secrets | © kevinofsydney / Flickr

Pedibus

Get up to 12 friends and pebble power your way between Borough Market and Liverpool Street on a mobile group bike-cum-drinks machine. You all sit round a table and have a few drinks while your legs are doing the hard work. It’s all about teamwork, people!

Helicopter tour

Take to the skies above the city with a high flying helicopter tour. See the skyscrapers from a new angle and swoop over some of the city’s most famous landmarks. Perfect for solo travellers or groups between two and six people, prices start at £150 per person.

Helicopter on the ground
Zoom over London | © City.and.Color / Flickr

Eating Soho

Uncover Soho’s salubrious history while snacking and drinking your way round this hedonistic area. Eating Europe tours stop for little bites and cocktails in some of Soho’s coolest spots while filling you in on its history.

Harry Potter tour

Twice a week, London tours operate Harry Potter tours of London, taking in the spots associated with the famous wizard and the parts of London that have ended up in the films. Meet outside Bank Tube for a tour that last two hours – Muggles are welcome.

Kings Cross platform from Harry Potter
Will Harry be there? | © City.and.Color / Flickr

East End pub tour

Raise a pint to some of the coolest spots in the East End with this pub and craft beer tour. Discover London’s most creative spots and taste some uber local brews. Hipster beards not essential.

Ghost bus tour

All aboard the ghost bus for this nighttime whirl round London. This slightly OTT tour revels in dark delights (and bad amateur dramatics) as it dishes the dirt on the ghostly goings on round the Houses of Parliament, Tower of London and St Paul’s. London has a ghastly grisly past if you know where to look, and what’s more, it’s a lot of fun.