16 Best London Tours and Excursions in 2024

Visit London's most famous landmarks on one of these top London sightseeing tours.
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Yeoman Warders of the Tower of London. Image courtesy of HRP.

Take a sightseeing tour of London to explore the city's best attractions and famous landmarks with an expert guide or at your own pace. See the capital from a different perspective on a walking tour, a double-decker bus tour, or a river Thames tour. Or book a one-day hop-on hop-off bus tour to explore the sights at your own pace. Pick from any of the best tours in London below.

Buckingham Palace tour

Buckingham Palace © visitlondon.com
Take the unique opportunity to step inside Buckingham Palace each summer. Explore the palace's usually private spaces, including the State Rooms, Throne Room and galleries filled with fine art on this self-guided tour.
Prices from £19.50 Book now

Open-top bus tours

Golden Tours hop-on hop-off bus at the London Eye. Image courtesy of Golden Tours.

See London from the top deck of an open-top double decker bus. The hop-on, hop-off bus tour ticket allows you explore London at your own pace, even at night, and you can enjoy added extras including free walking tours and a 24-hour Thames river pass.

Total London Experience

Capturing the River Thames. Image courtesy of Shutterstock
Take the Total London Experience to see sights both old and new including St Paul's Cathedral, the Tower of London and the riverside area of Greenwich. See astonishing views from The London Eye and relax aboard a Thames boat ride, giving you the chance to experience the city from different viewpoints.

Tower of London Beefeater Tour

Discover the Tower of London with a Beefeater. © Shutterstock

Explore the Tower of London with a Beefeater guide and learn about the bloody history that dates back over many centuries. See the Crown Jewels, those famous black ravens, the Mint at the Tower and the iconic White Tower. Prepare yourself for tales of royalty, treachery and torture. 

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

Professor Sprout's Greenhouse at the Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. Image courtesy of Golden Tours.

Take the Warner Bros. Studio Tour for an immersive, behind-the-scenes look at film-making. The tour features sets, costumes and props from the Harry Potter film series and showcases the British artistry, technology and talent that produced world-famous movies at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden. You can also visit during one of the tour's takeovers that happen throughout the year including Magical Mischief, The Dark Arts and Hogwarts in the Snow

London by Night Bus Tour

London By Night bus tour © Golden Tours. Image courtesy of Golden Tours
Have you ever wondered how one of the world’s oldest and most sophisticated transport systems came to be? On this two-hour Tour of the London Underground uncover secrets of a world that exists right beneath your feet. From the first ever underground station to one of the city’s most futuristic. Discover the history of this complicated network of trains that has kept Londoners connected for more than 150 years. 

Shakespeare's Globe Tour

Shakespeare's Globe Tours © Pete Le May. Image courtesy of Shakespeare's Globe.
Explore the authentic reconstruction of Shakespeare's original theatre on a guided tour of Shakespeare's Globe. Learn more about the history of the original playhouse in a special exhibition packed full of interactive exhibits and artefacts, before entering the auditorium with a guide who brings the Bard's stories to life.

City Cruises Sightseeing Tour

Sightseeing along the Thames with City Cruises. © City Cruises/Christopher Ison

Go on a sightseeing tour on the Thames with City Cruises. Sit back, relax and enjoy London's top sights and attractions from the river. You can also indulge in a special lunch, dinner or an afternoon tea with a view you'll never forget.

Downton Abbey London Tour of Locations

See locations in London that were featured in the show. Image courtesy of Golden Tours.
Relive some of your favourite moments from Downton Abbey on a special walking tour taking in London filming locations from the hit series. Discover the Crawleys' London home, Grantham House, plus other locations including the Lotus Jazz Club, Caxton Hall and The National Gallery, which all feature in the show.

Arsenal Emirates Stadium Tours

Emirates Stadium skylights at night. Image courtesy of The Arsenal Football Club plc.

Take a look behind the scenes at one of the world's finest sporting arenas. The tour offers you the opportunity to get a sense of what the Arsenal stars feel like on a match day. Enjoy the luxurious changing room and take a walk down the tunnel before taking the manager's seat in the dug-out.

Jack The Ripper Walking Tour

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

Join the Jack the Ripper walking tour only if you dare! This guided walk around the spooky streets of east London delves into one of the world's most famous unsolved murders that took place in 1888. This gruesome trail is not for the faint at heart.

Prices from £15.00 Book now

Paddington Bear Walking Tour

Discover the London locations featured in the Paddington Bear stories. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.
Get the family together and follow in the footsteps of London's most beloved bear on a Paddington Bear Walking Tour. Led by an expert guide, see the iconic Paddington Station, discover spots from the character's many adventures around the city and tick off top filming locations from the hit movies. 

Big Bus London Tour *

Westminster Abbey. Image courtesy of Westminster Abbey
Tick off the capital's famous landmarks by day or night, and explore some hidden gems with Big Bus London Tour on the hop-on-hop-off route, which includes a Thames river cruise. Choose from 24 or 48-hour tickets to spot iconic sights such as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, The London Eye and more.

London helicopter tours

Fly over the capital on a ride with The London Helicopter. © Chris Johnson Photography/The London Helicopter.
Make memories for a lifetime as you see the city from above on a London helicopter tour. Choose your departure point and take your pick from shorter or longer flights, which allow you to spot landmarks such as the river Thames and Tower Bridge from the air during this special experience.

Borough Market Food Tour

Sample delicious food at Borough Market. Image courtesy of Red Letter Days.

A trip to London wouldn't be complete without a visit to the bustling Borough Market. Eat your way around this iconic foodie hot spot as your guide shares stories and fun facts about each dish. Savour a classic full English breakfast, taste the best British cheeses, sip on a cold pint of British beer, and much more.

Prices from £79.00 Book now

Beatles London Walking Tour

Step back in time on a Beatles London Walking Tour. Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash.

Uncover iconic locations across the city where the band recorded, partied, performed, and more, on a Beatles Walking Tour of London. Hear tales of the Fab Four's humble beginnings and their journey to superstardom.

What is the best way to see the sights of London?

The best way is to join one of the best tours of London. Weather you would like to take part in a walking tour, go by bus or explore the city from a cruise on the river Thames there is plenty to explore. The best London Tours include food and film location tours as well as visiting the famous landmarks of London and getting to know the hidden gems of the capital. Some tours offer an insight into the gruesome past of London whereas others provide a glimpse into Shakespeare's London, filled with art and spectacle. 

What is worth touring in London?

Even though this depends on each individual it is always worth to see the iconic landmarks in London including Buckingham Palace, St. Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, The London Eye, Tower Bridge, Borough Market, Tower of London and any iconic buildings in London.