TOURS & GUIDED WALKS

Where London - - Sight Seeing - Big Bus Tours

Daily sight­see­ing trips aboard a fleet of open-top double-decker buses. Tick­ets are valid for 24 hours. A one-day ori­en­ta­tion tour in­cludes three walk­ing tours. Adult £35; child £16.20. www.big­bus tours.com. De­par­ture points vary. T: 020-7808 6753. Sta­tion: Vic­to­ria.

Big Bus Walk­ing Tours

Choose from three guided tours: Royal London at 10am; Harry Pot­ter at 1.30pm and Haunt­ing Mys­ter­ies at 4.30pm. All take 90 min­utes to two hours. £5, or free with a Big Bus Tour. Daily. www.big­bus­tours.com. De­part from Big Bus stop 10, Trafal­gar Square, WC2N 5DN. T: 0207808 6753. Sta­tion: Char­ing Cross.

Billings­gate Ro­man House & Baths

Be­neath the cu­ri­ous cob­bled path­ways of the Square Mile lies a rich Ro­man his­tory that’s sur­vived 2,000 years of build­ing, fires and bomb­ings. Lower Thames Street is home to one of Ro­man London’s most fas­ci­nat­ing re­mains. The Billings­gate Ro­man Bath­house was dis­cov­ered in 1848, and is now open to the pub­lic. Ex­plore this in­sight into an­cient life in the City on a 45-minute guided tour. £8 adult; £6 child. Please check for times. www.mu­se­u­moflon­don.org.uk. 101 Lower Thames St, EC3R 6DL. E11. Sta­tion: Tower Hill.

Cap­i­tal Taxi Tours

A knowl­edge­able Blue Badge or City of London qual­i­fied guide drives you around in a taxi for up to five peo­ple. Choose from London tours by day or night, trips out­side the city and themed tours in­clud­ing Doc­tor Who – on which you’ll see a Tardis, lo­ca­tions from the films and tele­vi­sion se­ries – and one for TV Down­ton Abbey fans. Prices vary and are per taxi; check for more de­tails. www.cap­i­tal­tax­i­tours.co.uk. De­par­ture points vary. T: 020- 8590 3621.

City of London Guides Walks

A va­ri­ety of orig­i­nal themed walks, fo­cus­ing on ev­ery­thing from Fleet Street – the home of jour­nal­ism – to Smith­field Mar­ket and City gar­dens. Free-£12. www.city­oflon­donguides.com. De­par­ture points vary.

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. De­par­ture points vary. T: 020-7950 1777.

Golden Tours

From day ex­cur­sions to overnight city breaks, the London ex­perts of­fer qual­ity tour ex­pe­ri­ences from London to pop­u­lar lo­ca­tions such as Bath, Stone­henge, Wind­sor Cas­tle and Leeds Cas­tle. The com­pany of­fers an un­ri­valled range of tours and ser­vices. Please check for times and prices. www.gold­en­tours.com. De­par­ture points vary. T: 020-7630 2039. Sta­tion: Vic­to­ria.

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. www.bee-mid­town.org. 88-94 Kingsway, WC2B 6AA. T: 020-7078 7077. D7/8. Sta­tion: Hol­born.

Jack the Ripper Tours

Blue Badge Guide Richard Jones of London Walk­ing Tours de­vised th­ese pop­u­lar two-hour walks, of­fer­ing an in­trigu­ing look at the in­fa­mous se­rial killer Jack the Ripper, who ter­rorised the East End in the late 1800s. Num­bers are lim­ited in or­der to give par­tic­i­pants a bet­ter ex­pe­ri­ence. Book­ing es­sen­tial. Daily 7pm from out­side Exit 4 of Aldgate East. £10. www.jack-the-ripper-tour.com. Aldgate East Un­der­ground sta­tion. T: 020- 8530 8443. Off map. Sta­tion: Aldgate East.

London Cho­co­late Tours

Sam­ple truf­fles and ganaches in May­fair’s finest choco­latiers on this two-hour tour by a for­mer co­coa trader. Along the way you’ll learn how cho­co­late is made. Book­ing es­sen­tial. Sun 12.30pm. £15 for Where London read­ers (usu­ally £39). De­parts from The Ritz London by Green Park. www.tour­guides.org.uk. T: 020- 8526 7755. E6. Sta­tion: Green Park.

The London He­li­copter Tour

Dis­cover the cap­i­tal from the unique per­spec­tive of a he­li­copter with its un­in­ter­rupted views. De­part­ing from London’s only he­li­port, glide above the River Thames, tak­ing in iconic land­marks in­clud­ing Tower of London, St Paul’s and The Shard. You can choose from the 12-minute Buzz, 18-minute Sights or 30-minute Max tour – or spook your­self with an 18-minute ‘open door’ ride (£375 per per­son). Prices start from £150 per seat for a shared tour; check for de­tails. www.th­elon­don­heli­copter.com. The POD Build­ing, Bridges Court, SW11 2RE. T: 020-7887 2626. Off map. Sta­tion: Clapham Junc­tion.

London Hor­ror Tours

Be spooked by ghost sto­ries and tales of Jack the Ripper, Sweeney Todd and the Krays on tours run by Dr Jack, an ac­tor, en­ter­tainer and for­mer guide. Please visit its Face­book page for more in­for­ma­tion, and call for times and prices. De­par­ture points vary. T: 07722-247660.

London Lit­er­ary Pub Crawl

See where the gi­ants of the London lit­er­ary world ate, drank and worked. This unique tour is artist-led and ar­ranged by the Mav­er­ick The­atre Com­pany. Start­ing in Fitzrovia and end­ing in Soho, it in­cludes pubs and bars as­so­ci­ated with the Bri­tish Film in­dus­try and his­toric and con­tem­po­rary writ­ers. Please check for dates. Tick­ets £24. www.lon­don­lit­er­ary­pub­crawl.com. 12 Fou­berts Place, Carn­aby St, W1F 7PA. T: 020- 8090 5082. D7. Sta­tion: Ox­ford Cir­cus.

London Walks

London’s old­est walk­ing tour com­pany of­fers more than 300 walks. Favourites in­clude the Jack the Ripper Walk (daily 7.30pm & Sat 3pm from Tower Hill), a Harry Pot­ter tour (se­lected Wed & ev­ery Sat-Sun 2pm; de­par­ture points vary) and a spooky Ghost Walk (daily 7.30pm, de­par­ture points vary). 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 Chang­ing the Guard (de­part­ing 10am); Rock ‘n’ Roll (1pm) and Jack the Ripper (3.30pm from Tower Hill Sta­tion). Walk­ing tours are free with an Orig­i­nal London Sight­see­ing Tour, or £9.50 per walk. An Ex­plore Walks Pass, which grants ac­cess to all three walks over a 48-hour pe­riod, costs £19. www.the­o­rig­i­nal tour.com. 17-19 Cock­spur St, SW1Y 5BL. T: 020- 8877 1722. E7. Sta­tion: Char­ing Cross.

The Orig­i­nal Tour

With more than 65 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. The ex­tended 48-hour tour in­cludes double the time to ex­plore London as well as an ex­tended River Cruise Pass with ac­cess to his­toric Green­wich. Adult £32; 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, Jack the Ripper, a Bor­ough Mar­ket one for food­ies and more. From £9 per per­son. www.plan­etpass.com. Var­i­ous meet­ing points. T: 01865-922380. Sta­tion: Var­i­ous.

Royal Al­bert Hall Tours

Take a one-hour Grand Tour of this Vic­to­rian concert hall (p. 17). Most days through­out the year; 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

One of the world’s lead­ing opera venues, also home to the Royal Bal­let com­pany (p. 17). Back­stage Tour. Tour be­hind the scenes for an in­sight into the venue’s his­tory, where you may also see a pro­duc­tion in re­hearsal. 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, 8pm, 8.30pm, 9.15pm, 9.45pm & 10.15pm. Adult £18; child £10. www.seelon­don­bynight.com. 150 Pic­cadilly, W1J 9BR. T: 020-7183 4744. E6. Sta­tion: Green Park.

Shake­speare’s Globe (Tours)

This re­con­struc­tion of Shake­speare’s orig­i­nal El­iz­a­bethan Globe The­atre has one of the city’s only thatched roofs, while the Sam Wana­maker Play­house is a can­dlelit per­for­mance space. Tours Mon-Sun 9am-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: 0207902 1400. E10. Sta­tion: Black­fri­ars.

Walkit

In­no­va­tive site aim­ing to get peo­ple out on foot. En­ter your start­ing point and des­ti­na­tion (in­clud­ing street, place or post­code), and the site will work out a route map, dis­tance, time, calo­rie burn and car­bon sav­ing. www.walkit.com.

Wem­b­ley Tours

Go be­hind the scenes at this fa­mous foot­ball sta­dium and concert venue. The 75-minute tour takes you in­side the dress­ing rooms and through the play­ers’ tun­nel. Have your photo taken with a replica of the FA Cup. From 10am; please check for dates. Adult £20; child £12. www.wem­b­leysta­dium.com/ wem­b­ley-tours. Wem­b­ley Sta­dium, HA9 0WS. T: 0800-169 9933. Off map. Sta­tion: Wem­b­ley Park.

West­ways Car­riage Horses

Get col­lected from your ho­tel and ex­pe­ri­ence the sights from the com­fort of a horse-drawn car­riage. Tours last 2½ hours in ei­ther a four or six-seater car­riage with an ad­justable hood depend­ing on the weather. £475 per car­riage. www.west­wayscar­riage­horses.co.uk. T: 020- 8572 3155.

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