London tours can be guided or self-guided.  Here are 8 great ideas for tours in London!

1.  Self-Guided Walking Tour of the City

These can be found online and can be adapted to add other places or leave some out depending on your interests.

Tower Bridge, London, UK, walking tour
Tower Bridge

2. Places of interest from a movie

Spot some places that have featured in a favourite movie filmed in London, for example Notting Hill or Harry Potter.  Some can be self-guided and others, guided.

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The Book Shop from Notting Hill, the movie

3. Shopping Tour

A self-guided shopping tour of London which can be combined with sightseeing, a spot of culture or lunch/dinner… you choose!

Liberty, London, Department Store, shopping tour

4. The Golden Hinde

A self-guided tour of Sir Francis Drake’s ship, the Golden Hinde.  Climb on board and get a feel for what it was like in the late 16th Century.  The Golden Hinde was the first English ship to circumnavigate the globe.

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Golden Hinde

Here are some ideas of other popular,  more organised or guided, day or night…

5. Hop on Hop off by Bus

What a great way to go sightseeing in London and learn some interesting facts along the way.  The Original Tour has a choice of live tour guides or audio commentary on their buses.  There are several routes to choose from as well as walking tours included in the price!

Hop on hop off bus - The Original Tour

6. River cruises, sailing or water tours

Several companies offer different tours, check online what suits you best – reviews coming soon

7. Jack the Ripper

On purchasing a ticket for the original hop on hop off bus tour of London, the free Jack the Ripper Tour is included in the price.  Daily at 4pm, the tour guide will take you through the streets of London in the East End, telling you stories of Jack the Ripper and pointing out local haunts and crime scenes.

Mitre Square
Mitre Square, where one of Jack the Ripper’s victims was found

8. Ghost Tours

Step onto the gloomy 1960’s Necrobus heading to Trafalgar Scare, Notting Hell and Earls Corpse for 75 minutes of theatrical, spooky storytelling and comedy…

Ghost Tour in London

The Self-Guided vs Guided Walking Tours

Personally, I have become a  fan of the self-guided walking tours.  They give me flexibility to walk at my own pace.  Once I find something of interest I can spend a while there.  If I am not too interested in something then I can move on quickly.

Research your route first

I recommend you do some research beforehand about the route you plan on taking.  That way you can gather quite a lot of information in advance of the places you are likely to see along the way.  For example, you may feel there are a couple of main points of interest that you would like to spend time at.  You can then consider the time you may need here and the costs involved, if any!

Guided London Tours

Guided tours are also good because they can be fun and informative if you get a good guide.  They are also handy if you aren’t keen on walking around by yourself and prefer to have people to talk to.  The only down side to this is that you have to move on when the guide says so.

If you are planning London tours that are self-guided, read my tips and advantages blog post!

Suggested Further Reading:

Restaurants in London where I have dined solo

Hotels in London I can recommend as a solo traveller

Things to do in London – that I have enjoyed doing alone