7 Quirky Experiences in London

Take in London’s most famous landmarks on an alternative tour
Take in London’s most famous landmarks on an alternative tour | © RooM the Agency / Alamy Stock Photo
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Gender & Identity Editor13 December 2019

London has a fascinating history and is bursting with culture, but if you’re looking for something different to keep you entertained and educated, a tour with a twist is the order of the day. Whether it’s ghosts or the Beatles that spark your interest, these seven unique things to do offer something for everyone.

London Bus Tour with Afternoon Tea and Gin

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Book an afternoon tea bus tour for an indulgent way to see the city | Courtesy Brigits Bakery

Embark on a tour of London’s best sites on a classic Routemaster double-decker bus. Feast on a delectable afternoon tea prepared by Brigit’s Bakery, and sip on refreshing cocktails crafted with Slingsby Gin. See iconic London landmarks in a unique way and enjoy scrummy homemade cakes and sandwiches along the way.

Ghost Bus Tour

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Comedy Horror Show: London Ghost Bus Tour
Climb aboard the Necrobus for a spooky journey through London | Courtesy of Get Your Guide

Dare you board the Necrobus to discover the terrible tales of London? Take a seat while the creepy conductor and his cohorts take you on the scariest tour in town, visiting some of the most famous landmarks, haunted palaces and unmarked burial grounds that reveal the sinister secrets of the capital. The journey takes 75 minutes, including visits to London Bridge, Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London and Fleet Street. Even the transport has a story – the last remaining Necropolis bus was part of a private funeral bus fleet, which was all but destroyed in a mysterious fire in 1967.

The Beatles London Walking Tour

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A tour guide outside John Lennon's house in London.
The Beatles tour will take you to a host of notable sites including John Lennon’s house | Courtesy of Get Your Guide

One for all fans of the Fab Four, this experience takes you to landmarks from the career of the legendary Beatles. You’ll discover how London helped pave the way for George, Ringo, Paul and John as you take a journey through their musical history. Take in film locations from A Hard Day’s Night and Help! as well as homes, hangouts and studios where they recorded some of their most famous songs. No tour would be complete without a visit to Abbey Road Studios and the famous road crossing – your guide will tell you everything you need to know about Beatlemania.

Break the Barrier Speed Boat Ride

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St. Katharine Docks, London.
Journey through London’s waterways on a thrilling speed boat tour | © Lee Thomas / Alamy Stock Photo

If you want to take in London’s landmarks while learning a little history and screaming your head off at the same time, this is the tour for you. Board your speed boat at St Katharine’s Pier near Tower Bridge, and prepare to zoom along the Thames as a specially curated audio experience brings you up to date on 2,000 years of British highlights while you make your way past Greenwich and the Thames Barrier. This adventure will make you see London in a completely new light.

The London Cheese Crawl

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Cheesemonger using traditional wire with handles to cut piece of Emmental cheese
Cheesemonger using traditional wire with handles to cut piece of Emmental cheese | © Barbara Ash / Alamy Stock Photo

Cheese is for life, it’s not just for Christmas. And what better way to enjoy London than spending two hours tucking into all different types of cheese with fellow cheese enthusiasts as you take in the sights on this walking tour. Kick things off in an iconic Mayfair cheesemonger, via Fortnum & Mason to other cheese landmarks you never knew existed. The tour concludes with an interactive cheese trivia quiz, so pay attention at the back.

The Ripper Enigma

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London Hospital Medical College on The Ripper Enigma route
London Hospital Medical College on The Ripper Enigma route | © Alan Tucker

London’s East End is synonymous with the horrific crimes of Jack the Ripper, despite the murders having taken place over 130 years ago. When Mary Ann Nichols’ body was discovered on the morning of 31 August 1888, it was the beginning of a series of brutal murders that have baffled police to this day. This tour visits various sites through surviving buildings, exploring the mystery that still surrounds the events. Hear tales of the time and grasp the significance of the case.

Power and Politics in Westminister: From Empire to Brexit

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The door of 10 Downing Street, London.
The door of 10 Downing Street, London. | © Thomas Krych / Alamy Stock Photo

Plague, fire, war – London has survived them all, as you’ll discover on this walking tour, which will teach you everything you need to know about the city’s past. Take in Whitehall, 10 Downing Street, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben as you discover landmarks and learn facts about those previously in power and how London was rebuilt. You’ll also pay a visit to Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey via the scenic St James Park and Trafalgar Square.

These recommendations were updated on December 13, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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