TOURS & GUIDED WALKS
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.
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.
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.
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’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 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.
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.