TOURS & GUIDED WALKS

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Big Bus Tours

Daily sight­see­ing trips on open-top dou­ble-decker buses. Tick­ets are valid for 24 hours. A one-day ori­en­ta­tion tour in­cludes three walk­ing tours. Adult £30; child £12.50. www.big­bus­tours.com. Var­i­ous de­par­ture points. T: 020-7808 6753. Sta­tion: Vic­to­ria.

Big Bus Walk­ing Tours

Choose from three guided tours: Royal Lon­don at 10.20am; Harry Pot­ter at 1.30pm and Haunt­ing Mys­ter­ies at 4.30pm. £5, or free with a Big Bus Tour. Daily. www.big­bus­tours.com. De­part from Big Bus stop 10, Trafal­gar Square, WC2N 5DN. T: 020-7808 6753. Sta­tion: Char­ing Cross.

Billings­gate Ro­man House & Baths

Dis­cover Ro­man his­tory that’s sur­vived 2,000 years. The bath­house, dis­cov­ered in 1848, is now open to the pub­lic. Adult £8; child £6. Please check for times. www.mu­se­u­moflon­don.org.uk. 101 Lower Thames St, EC3R 6DL. E11. Sta­tion: Tower Hill.

Capital Taxi Tours

A Blue Badge or City of Lon­don qual­i­fied guide drives you around in a taxi. Choose from Lon­don tours by day or night, themed tours and trips to out­side the city. Prices vary and are per taxi. www.cap­i­tal­tax­i­tours.co.uk. T: 020-8590 3621.

City of Lon­don Guides Walks

Themed walks not of­fered by other com­pa­nies, fo­cus­ing on ev­ery­thing from Fleet Street – the home of jour­nal­ism – to Smith­field Mar­ket and City gar­dens. Adult free-£12.50; child free-£8. www.city­oflon­donguides.com. Var­i­ous de­par­ture points.

Evan Evans

The old­est and largest sight­see­ing com­pany in Lon­don has been ac­com­pa­ny­ing visi­tors on city tours and out-of-town ex­cur­sions since 1930. Visit ev­ery­where from War­wick Cas­tle and Strat­fordupon-Avon to Stone­henge and Bath, as well as all the Lon­don sights. Please check for times and prices. www.evanevans­tours.com. Var­i­ous de­par­ture points. T: 020-7950 1777.

Golden Tours

From day and city breaks, the Lon­don ex­perts of­fer qual­ity tour ex­pe­ri­ences from the capital to lo­ca­tions such as Wind­sor Cas­tle and Leeds Cas­tle. Please check for times and prices. www.gold­en­tours.com. De­par­ture points vary. T: 020-7630 2039.

Golden Tours Open-Top Bus Tours

See the sights aboard an open-top bus. Live guided (Es­sen­tial Tour) or mul­ti­lin­gual au­dio com­men­tary (all routes) tours let you hop-on and hop-off. One-day, 24-hour and 48-hour tick­ets. Please check for prices. www.gold­en­tours.com. De­par­ture points vary. T: 020-7630 2039.

GoToMid­town Tours

More than 100 themed 45-minute free tours around Blooms­bury and Hol­born. Most walks do not re­quire pre-book­ing. 10am & 1pm walks start at the or­ange in­for­ma­tion kiosk out­side Hol­born Tube sta­tion ( 88-94 Kingsway, WC2B 6AA). 11am, 2pm & 5.30pm walks start from the red sculp­ture in the court­yard of Cen­tral St Giles ( 1 Giles High St, WC2H 8AG). www.gotomid­town.co.uk. Hol­born Tube sta­tion, 88-94 Kingsway, WC2B 6AA. T: 020-7078 7077. D7/8. Sta­tion: Hol­born. 1 Giles High St, WC2H 8AG. T: 020-7078 7077. D8. Sta­tion: Hol­born.

Jack the Rip­per Tours

Blue Badge Guide Richard Jones’ pop­u­lar two-hour walks of­fer an in­trigu­ing look at Jack the Rip­per. Book­ing es­sen­tial. Daily 7pm from out­side Exit 4 of Aldgate East. £10. www.jack-therip­per-tour.com. Aldgate East Un­der­ground sta­tion. T: 020- 8530 8443. Off map. Sta­tion: Aldgate East.

The Lon­don He­li­copter Tour

Dis­cover the capital from the unique per­spec­tive of a he­li­copter. Choose from the 12-minute Buzz, 18-minute Sights or 30-minute Max tour – or scare your­self with an 18-minute ‘open door’ ride (£300 per per­son). Prices start from £150 per seat for a shared tour. www.th­elon­don­heli­copter.com. The POD Build­ing, Bridges Court, SW11 2RE. T: 0207887 2626. Off map. Sta­tion: Clapham Junc­tion.

Lon­don Hor­ror Tours

Be spooked by tales of Jack the Rip­per, the High­gate Vam­pire and Sher­lock Holmes on tours run by Dr Jack – an ac­tor, en­ter­tainer and former guide and cu­ra­tor of the Sher­lock Holmes Ex­pe­ri­ence ex­hi­bi­tion. Please call for times and prices. www.lon­don­hor­ror­tours.co.uk. Var­i­ous de­par­ture points. T: 07722-247660.

Lon­don Walks

Lon­don’s old­est walk­ing tour com­pany of­fers more than 300 walks. Walks take two hours and there’s no need to book. Adult £10; child free when ac­com­pa­nied by an adult. www.walks.com. De­par­ture points vary. T: 020-7624 3978.

Orig­i­nal Lon­don Sight­see­ing Walk

Walks de­part daily from the Orig­i­nal Lon­don Vis­i­tor Cen­tre and in­clude Jack the Rip­per (3.30pm from Tower Hill Sta­tion). Walk­ing tours are free with Orig­i­nal Lon­don Sight­see­ing Tour. www.the­o­rig­inal­tour.com. 17-19 Cock­spur St, SW1Y 5BL. T: 020-8877 1722. E7. Sta­tion: Char­ing Cross.

The Orig­i­nal Tour

With more than 60 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence, these live and mul­ti­lin­gual open-top guided bus tours take you to the city’s best at­trac­tions, al­low­ing you to hop-on and off at more than 80 stops. Its orig­i­nal 24-hour tour in­cludes three free walk­ing tours and a Thames River cruise pass. Book a 24- or 48-hour tour be­fore

3 Mar and you’ll re­ceive an ex­tra 24 hours and a free Green­wich river cruise ex­ten­sion. Adult £30; child £15. www.the­o­rig­inal­tour.com. 17-19 Cock­spur St, Trafal­gar Square, SW1Y 5BL. T: 020-8877 1722. E7. Sta­tion: Char­ing Cross.

Plan­etPass

Plan­etPass is an app that al­lows you to book a pri­vate guided tour for up to six peo­ple at any time or day. Choose from street art to Jack the Rip­per. From £9 per per­son. www.plan­etpass.com. Var­i­ous meet­ing points. T: 01865-922380.

Royal Al­bert Hall Tours

Take a one-hour Grand Tour of this Vic­to­rian con­cert hall. Most days through­out the year; please call for times. Adult £13; child £6. www.roy­alal­berthall.com. Kens­ing­ton Gore, SW7 2AP. T: 020-7959 0558. F4. Sta­tion: South Kens­ing­ton.

Royal Opera House

Home to the Royal Bal­let. Tour be­hind the scenes. Most days 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm, but please check. Adult £12; child £8.50. www.roy­al­op­er­a­house.org. Bow St, WC2E 9DD. T: 020-7304 4000. D8. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den.

See Lon­don by Night Tour

Ride around the West End and City in the evening for a dif­fer­ent view of the capital. Reg­u­lar de­par­tures from out­side The Ritz. Tours last 90 min­utes. Daily 7.30pm & 9.20pm. Adult £18; child £10. www.seelon­don­bynight.com. 150 Pic­cadilly, W1J 9BR. T: 020-7183 4744. E6. Sta­tion: Green Park.

Shake­speare’s Globe (Tours)

Tour this re­con­struc­tion of Shake­speare’s orig­i­nal El­iz­a­bethan Globe. The­atre tours Mon-Sun 9.30am-5pm. Ex­hi­bi­tion Mon-Sun 9am-5pm. Ex­hi­bi­tion and Globe the­atre tour adult £16; child £9. www.shake­spear­es­globe.com. 21 New Globe Walk, Bank­side, SE1 9DT. T: 020-7902 1400. E10. Sta­tion: Black­fri­ars.

Wem­b­ley Tours

Go be­hind the scenes at this foot­ball sta­dium and con­cert venue. The tour takes you in­side the dress­ing rooms and through the play­ers’ tun­nel. Daily from 10am. Adult £20; child £12. www.wem­b­ley sta­dium.com/wem­b­ley-tours. Wem­b­ley Sta­dium, HA9 0WS. T: 0800-169 9933. Off map. Sta­tion: Wem­b­ley Park.

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