Six London Experiences That Show You the Best of British

A view over the City of London, with St Paul's Cathedral and the Millennium Bridge
A view over the City of London, with St Paul's Cathedral and the Millennium Bridge | © Tim Grist Photography / Getty Images
With so many big-hitting sights, it can be hard to get a fresh look at London. These handpicked tours and experiences take you away from the crowds and show London at its very best.

It can take a lifetime to explore London fully – to learn its quirks, corners, pockets of people and places and spaces. It is the capital in every sense, the centre of all that’s buzzing and bright, and the very best of everything that Britain has to offer can be found somewhere among its sprawl. Culture Trip has compiled this list of top experiences that offer you a true insight into a city without compare. With our help, London will live up to all of your expectations and more.

ToursArchitectural History of London
From $19 per person
2 hours 30 minutes
5 (1)
You can trace London's architectural history from the days of William the Conqueror to modern minimalism. Discover what brought about and inspired so many unique styles and developments in the buildings, all while enjoying the beauty and history London has to offer. You will pass iconic landmarks and discover why they look the way they do.

Each guest is given a radio receiver to use so they can clearly hear their guide, leaving them free to take photos without missing a word. Don't miss this fantastic tour experience.
ToursSherlock Holmes Film Location Tour in London
From $19 per person
2 hours
3.6 (10)
Spend the morning hot on the heels of Sherlock Holmes in London, learning about the popular Victorian detective while seeing countless filming locations and literary haunts. The 2-hour tour is led by a film-expert guide, who’ll introduce you to sites like Somerset House, the fictional Diogenes Club and more, used in adaptations like Guy Ritchie’s 2009 film ‘Sherlock Holmes,’ as well as the 1979 thriller ‘Murder by Decree.’ So, book now! As the man himself would say: ‘It’s elementary, my dear Watson.’
ToursWarner Bros. Studio: The Making of Harry Potter with Luxury Round-Trip Transport from London
From $115 per person
7 hours
4.6 (10)
Walk in the footsteps of Harry Potter and explore the wonders of the wizarding world. This magical tour of the Warner Bros. Studio will leave you spellbound!

Step onto the breath-taking sets and take a glimpse behind the scenes of everyone’s favourite wizard from the Harry Potter films on this spectacular Harry Potter Studio Tour.

Walk through the doors of the Great Hall into the dining room, where the Sorting Hat famously sorted Hogwarts students into their houses. Can you find all of the golden snitches hidden in the set? Peer into the Gryffindor common room, Snape’s lab and the office of Professor Albus Dumbledore before making your way to the Forbidden Forest, where you’ll encounter a full-size model of Buckbeak and meet face-to-face with the giant spider, Aragog.

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ActivitiesLondon Afternoon Tea at Grosvenor House
From $71 per person
3 to 5 hours
4.4 (10)
Combine old-school English glamor with delicious cakes, sandwiches and tea on this must-do afternoon tea experience in London! Choose between one of two different types of afternoon tea – one with Champagne or one with just tea – both taking place at London’s 5-star Grosvenor House Hotel.
ActivitiesA romp through the National Gallery
From $110 per person
1 hour 30 minutes
Each tour is unique. I draw on my knowledge and love of art and combine that with a love of people to create a fascinating insight into pre-20th century western art, artists and the societies that they worked in.
ToursLondon East End Food Tour
From $106 per person
4 hours
5 (10)
The East End is a neighbourhood like no other. Its tapestry of diverse cultures, mouth-watering cuisines, unique architecture and fascinating stories make it an unforgettable destination. You will visit our favorite markets, shops, bakeries, pubs and restaurants, meet the owners and explore historical sites that few tourists have an opportunity to experience. We’ll redefine what you think of London. With us, you’ll escape the crowds and explore one of London’s best kept secrets like no one else can – through its cuisine. The food tour is led by entertaining local guides that will not only make sure you are well fed but will also educate you with stories that give you insights into the East End’s traditions and culture. You’ll wander the streets to discover ancient Roman burial grounds, Georgian-style mansions built from the French silk trade, hidden synagogues and the most vibrant street art in the world. Take a break from being a tourist and experience the REAL London with us!