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Six Classic London Experiences, Done Differently

Westminster Bridge with Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in the background
Westminster Bridge with Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in the background | © Pawel Charkiewicz / EyeEm / Getty Images
There’s a lot to see and do in London – and a bewildering number of ways to enjoy the sights that make the city so special. Culture Trip’s curated list of tours and experiences will take you to the very heart of the English capital.

Everybody knows the picture-postcard London attractions, but now you have the chance to experience and enjoy them a little differently. Instead of seeing the sights of Westminster on foot, why not take a tour in a classic Morris Minor with a glass of champagne in hand? Culture Trip has curated a list of top experiences to take your trip to London from great to unforgettable.

ToursDownton Abbey' TV Locations and Blenheim Palace Tour from London
From $187 per person
10 hours
4.5 (48)
Learn about the lives and love interests of the fictional Crawley family on a full-day 'Downton Abbey' filming location tour! Depart from London and travel to the county of Oxfordshire to explore villages such as Cogges, Bampton and Swinbrook where the British period TV drama has been filmed. In the afternoon, tour Blenheim Palace — a UNESCO site not used in the series but magnificent nonetheless — for an insight into the daily lives of upper-crust English aristocracy.
ToursPrivate Tour: London City Tour in a Vintage Car with Optional Champagne
From $251 per person
1 hour
5 (5)
Get up close to London’s most famous landmarks on a private, 1-hour tour by vintage car. Sitting comfortably in the passenger seat of an iconic Morris Minor convertible, cruise along the capital’s streets and see showstopper sights including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the London Eye. Then, soak up the hustle and bustle of London’s famous shopping strips and learn more about London from your guide’s revealing commentary. Upgrade to enjoy your experience with a bottle of Champagne.
ToursHistorical London Walking Tour in Westminster & Entry to Churchill War Rooms
From $74 per person
2 hours
5 (176)
Discover Westminster’s Second World War sights with a knowledgeable guide and visit the fascinating Churchill War Rooms, an underground network of bunkers that served as the government wartime offices. The 2-hour walking tour includes little-known war tales and tidbits of London history as well as facts about the much-loved maverick leader Sir Winston Churchill. Learn of his life and legacy on an audio tour of the Churchill War Rooms' museum and cabinet rooms. The tour also takes in top London sights such as Big Ben and Westminster Abbey.
ToursSmall-Group Changing of the Guard Walking Tour
From $23 per person
1 hour 30 minutes
5 (44)
See British tradition come to life on this fully-guided Changing of the Guard walking tour that ensures you get the very best views of this spectacular ceremony!  Don’t make the same mistake that so many visitors often – and understandably – make, believing the prime vantage point from where to experience this time-honoured tradition is outside Buckingham Palace.

These spectators’ enthusiasm quickly turns to disappointment when they realise that they have waited for hours only to see the very end of this unique performance, their view often blocked by the throngs of people crowding around them. Instead, follow your guide on a dynamic journey that takes in the entire Changing of the Guard from beginning to end as they expertly navigate the crowds to take you to the best – and most photographable – viewpoints.
ToursLondon Canals Private Walking Tour
From $179 per person
3 hours
4 (1)
Before cars and even trains, London was a canal city like many in Britain were.

Then as now, one of the best things about canals is that it takes you away from the noise and chaos of the busy streets and opens up areas that you couldn’t reach otherwise. In fact you’d never even know you were in the middle of London.

Canals are enjoying a huge resurgence for social and leisure activities and we will see plenty of boats, some even converted into book shops, cafes or even a barbers. Some are used as homes, moored up on the towpath whilst others chug merrily along going about their slow and peaceful business.

This private 3 hour walking tour will reveal a side to London that most never get to see. Away from the hustle and bustle of the busy street, this walk combines area of almost rural beauty and tranquility, modern cafe culture and incredible areas of urban renewal in a way only London can do.
ToursLondon Landmarks & Secret Gems, Historic Pub and British Bikes with Local Guides
From $54 per person
3 hours 30 minutes
5 (18)
The London Landmarks Bike Tour is our original award winning, small-group bike tour of Royal London & Westminster. Designed around a safe and easy-going cycling route, the Landmarks tour offers a fun introduction to London’s top iconic locations, Royal Palaces and hidden gems.