London is an exciting destination to visit. It is huge, diverse, and brimming with history and culture. It offers a wide range of things to do for its visitors and is chock-full of world-class museums and iconic attractions that are definitely worth a visit like the Buckingham Palace and Big Ben, and many more.
However, if you want to explore the city beyond the usual tourist trail and experience something extraordinary, United Kingdom’s capital is packed with unique and interesting things to do. There’s always something amazing to keep you preoccupied, whether you’re interested in learning more about London’s history and its infamous personalities, exploring its lesser-known attractions, or joining a ghost tour.
So if you have a few more hours to spare during your visit, below are unique and fantastic tours you can do in the city.
Secret London Bike Tour
The Secret London Bike Tour is one of the best ways to discover London’s hidden gems. For 3.5 hours, you will pedal your way through the Tower Bridge, Tate Modern art gallery, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Borough Market, Southwark Cathedral, and even East End’s old docks. When passing through the Tower Bridge, don’t miss out on the opportunity to explore the “Dead Man’s Hole,” the open-air mortuary below the north tower of the bridge. In East London, spot the mural that commemorates the historical Battle of Cable Street. The cycling tour will also take you to the iconic Artillery and Brick Lanes.
Ghost Bus Tours
The Ghost bus tour offers the unique opportunity to explore the magical city of London and spot its most iconic monuments and landmarks in the most memorable way. By booking this tour, you will be spending 1 hour and 15 minutes discovering London’s top attractions and landmarks like the Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Tower of London, albeit in a fun and spooky way. Watch the lively theatrical performance provided by the on-board actors and enjoy what could be most hilarious horror show in London. You’ll also see sites where murder, torture, and execution took place in the past and also hear some of the city’s spookiest ghost stories as you go about the tour.
If you have a fascination with the macabre and morbid curiosities, you might consider visiting Highgate Cemetery in North London. While creepy, the graveyard features some of the most beautiful funerary architecture in England. There are two sections in Highgate Cemetery – the East and West. You’ll find the graves of Karl Marx and George Eliot in the eastern section of the cemetery.
Thames Barrier Tour
While vacationing in London, what could be more exciting than an 80-minute river race along the Thames Barrier, the largest movable flood barrier in the world? Hop on this river cruise and experience London’s landmark attractions such as the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, and Canary Wharf – to name a few – from an entirely different perspective.
The Beatles London Walking Tour
London is famous for being the home of the Beatles, the all-time favourite pop band in the history of music. Follow the footsteps of the Beatles through the Beatles London Walking Tour and be taken to about 50 important locations that played significant roles in the band’s phenomenal success in the music industry. See Abbey Road Crossing, Fab Four’s favourite pub haunts, studios where they recorded their hit songs, and the rooftop venue where they played live, to name a few.
Jack the Ripper Walking Tour
Make your London trip extra memorable by embarking on a morbid walking tour that’s so different from the tourist excursions you are accustomed to. Instead of exploring landmarks and attractions, you will discover and learn more about Jack the Ripper, London’s most notorious serial killer. Be fascinated as you step back in time in Victorian London and discover the identities of the most likely Jack the Ripper suspects, find out how the still unidentified killer murdered his victims in the most horrifying ways, and visit the actual sites where the gruesome murders took place.
Discover amazing places in London. Here are suggested activities for your ultimate London adventure!
By: Brendelyn Balaga