Best London night tours

Check out some of the best London night and evening tours for a different take on the city.

By bus, boat, foot or bike; whatever the transport option, evening sightseeing in London brings a new perspective on familiar sights, and some unique experiences that don’t exist when the sun is shining. These are some of the best so be sure to book early for your after-hours adventure.

Night and evening bus tours

London By Night Open-Top Bus Tour

London By Night bus tour © Golden Tours. Image courtesy of Golden Tours

There are lots of ways to see London by night, but what could be more iconic than seeing the Tower of London from an open top London bus? Come aboard to see some of London's top sights sparkle at twilight. Join a London by Night open top bus tour where you'll enjoy a guided evening bus tour of London's most famous sights.


Duration: Approximately one hour and 30 minutes.

Cost: From £13 per child (5-15 years), £24 per adult (16+) and £64 for family tickets (2 adults and 2 children).


Where:

Golden Tours Visitor Centre, 4 Fountain Square, 123-151 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 9SH

Price:

From £24.00

The Ghost Bus Tour

The Ghost Bus Tours. Image courtesy of The Ghost Bus Tours Ltd.

Prefer your London night bus tour to be a bit creepier? Take a ride on the Ghost Bus for an evening of tales from London’s underbelly. Expect stories of murder and darkness, with a healthy dose of hauntings. The onboard actors and special effects will send chills down your spine.


Duration: Approximately one hour and 15 minutes.
Cost: £17 per child (5-15 years), £25 per adult (16+), £19 for concession tickets and £63 for family tickets (2 adults and 2 children).

 

Where:

Pick up point: Northumberland Avenue near Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5BY

Price:

From £25.00

River tours

Dinner cruises on the Thames

Find out why London is a great host city for major events. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Capture the city from a new perspective on a London Dinner Cruise on the River Thames. Live entertainment will accompany your meal as you float by the twinkling lights of the city taking in all the major sights.

 

Duration: Approximately three hours.

Cost: from £91 per person.

Theme night cruises

Enjoy a murder mystery theme cruise on the Thames. Image courtesy of Golden Tours.

Choose between a Murder Mystery Night or an Elvis Tribute Night and treat yourself to an entertaining themed evening cruise on the Thames, including a three-course meal, a welcome drink and live entertainment throughout the evening.


Duration: Approximately three hours.
Cost: £91 per person (13+).

 

Where:

Tower Pier, London, EC3N 4DT

Price:

From £89.00

City Cruises Jazz Cruise

Dine on the Thames. Image courtesy of City Cruises.

Hop on a City Cruises Jazz Cruise to experience London with a live jazz soundtrack. See everything from the rotating lights of the London Eye to the towering skyscrapers of Canary Wharf. Plus, you'll get to enjoy it all with a delicious three-course dinner.


Duration: Approximately three hours.
Cost: £89 per person.

 

Night walking tours

London Photography Tour at Night

Learn how to capture London at night. © Unsplash/Alexander London

A guided evening walk in London and night photography course* all in one package. Explore either the Westminster or South Bank area and learn how to take low light images with your digital camera at the same time. Master the tricks of flash, shutter speed, aperture and more whilst seeing some of the city’s most iconic sights.


Duration: Approximately two hours.
Cost: £200 for two people - special offers available throughout the year.

 

Royal Greenwich Ghost Tour

Greenwich Foot Tunnel © Maria Teneva / Unsplash. Image courtesy of Maria Teneva / Unsplash.

Explore hidden laneways, London's oldest park, the creepiest tunnel in the UK, and royal secrets on a Ghost Walking Tour of Royal Maritime Greenwich*. Enjoy two hours of gentle walking through the Greenwich World Heritage Site with not-so-gentle spine-chilling stories to keep you awake.


Duration: Approximately two hours.
Cost: £32 for two people.

 

London Ghost Tour

Seek out ghosts on London Bridge. © Unsplash/Julia Sadowska

This London Ghost Tour starts out like any other, but as the shadows lengthen and disappear in the gloom, things take a darker turn. Not for the faint-hearted, this tour unearths the darkest stories of the city including blood-curdling crimes and the ghouls that lurk in London's back alleys.


Duration: Approximately two hours.
Cost: £20 per person.

 

Jack The Ripper Whitechapel Walking Tour

Jack The Ripper Walking Tour London. Image courtesy of Golden Tours.

Walk the mean streets of Victorian Whitechapel, passing by the murder spots where some of the Ripper’s victims met their demise. On this Jack the Ripper Walking Tour your guide for your night will be a dedicated ‘Ripperologist’. Join the investigation and see if you can crack the case!


Duration: Approximately two hours and 30 minutes.
Cost: £15 per person.

 

Camden Pub Crawl

A hand holding a glass as beer comes out of a beer tap.
Try Camden's best beers. © Unsplash/ Amie Johnson

Less a tour, and more a moving party, courtesy of Strawberry Tours. A great way to meet new friends in a guaranteed party atmosphere. From 19:30 until midnight, your hosts will guide you through some of the best imbibing spots in London, with welcoming drinks along the way. A great way to explore Camden’s thriving nightlife culture.

Duration: Approximately five hours.
Cost: from £20 per person.

Thames river evening bike tour

Leadenhall market in london at night.
Discover Leadenhall Market at night. © Unsplash/callmehangry

Get on a bike for a four-hour cycling tour along the banks of the Thames with Fat Tire Tours. Catch a unique waterside perspective, taking in some of the greatest sights in town, including iconic London markets, Leadenhall and Borough. The pace is leisurely, and riders can refuel at a riverside pub stop. 

Duration: Approximately four hours.
Cost: £42 per person - student pricing available.

Private pub tour

A man pours a pint of beer from a silver tap in a london pub.
Try a pint of British beer. © Unsplash/Ben Black

Join Britain’s first Beer Sommelier of the Year, Jane Peyton, on a private pub tour of four historic city pubs, learning about beer, cider, pub culture and architecture - and, of course, sampling the goods at each stop. This is a unique way to get truly immersed in London’s rich pub culture.

Duration: Approximately. three hours.
Cost: from £300 per group.

Christmas evening tours

Christmas Lights Bus Tour

Christmas lights on Regent Street. ©Jamie Davies/Unsplash.

Ride around London on an open-top bus marvelling at spectacular displays on a Christmas Lights London by Night bus tour. See the iconic angels of Regent Street as they fly above your head, and enjoy an up-close view of Fortnum and Mason's famous advent calendar window display.


Duration: Approximately 90 minutes but may take up to two hours depending on local traffic conditions.
Cost: From £12 for children and £12 for adults with family ticket options available.

 

Where:

Various venues, London

Price:

From £12.00