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
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10 hours
4.2 (10)
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.
ToursHistorical London Walking Tour in Westminster & Entry to Churchill War Rooms
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2 hours
4.9 (10)
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.

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ToursSmall-Group Changing of the Guard Walking Tour
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1 hour 30 minutes
4.9 (10)
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.