Those looking to explore London are sure to feel a little overwhelmed when it comes to doing some research on the best ways to do so. It’s a massive city, with a really intricate public transport system that confuses even long-time Londoners, so it’s no surprise that it can be tough for tourists to navigate!
However, there are loads of companies and organisations out there at the moment that are enabling curious tourists like you to see an interesting side of the city with minimal hassle.
As well as great options like bus or boat tours down the Thames, you can take advantage of the whole hosting of fun and diverse London walking tours offered throughout the city. There really is an option for every interest and budget, and to show you a glimpse of what’s available, we’ve rounded up a few of our absolute favourites to book onto during your next trip here.
After all that walking, you’ll be pleased to know you can relax in the utmost style and luxurious comfort at our fabulous Park Grand Hotel London Kensington. We have a number of special Kensington Rooms London offers on at the moment, so book today before they’re all snapped up!
A Secret London Tour
Think your knowledge of London is pretty good? This option will make you think twice! On this Secret London Walking Tour, your tour guides will share forgotten corners of London, taking you along gas-lit alleys and past grand old pubs, entertaining you with tales of superstitions, mysterious societies, body snatching and even murder. This is a great way to separate those London myths from facts!
The Ultimate Harry Potter Tour
Muggles and wizards of the world – get excited! This Harry Potter tour commences outside the Palace Theatre, where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child are showing. There you’ll join your guide and discover what Hogwarts house you’ll be in for the tour. Then you’ll set off on your walk throughout the city, experiencing Harry Potter trivia games from your guide along the way to score points for your selected house. With an active scoreboard, video clips of movie scenes, costumes, and reenactments, this is an interactive Harry Potter experience truly like no other.
You will also get the chance to use your spell experience to deceive members of other houses. During your walking tour, saunter by shooting locations such as the entrance of Diagon Alley, the Leaky Cauldron, and the bridge that was demolished in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Stroll along Charing Cross Road to follow in the footsteps of Deatheaters, revisit the inspiration for Knocturn Alley, and observe the location of the Ministry of Magic. Waltz within Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square, and St. Paul’s Cathedral, and along the Thames, and see Borough Market and London Bridge.
The Original London Loo Tour
No… seriously! This one and a half hour walking tour showcase London from a totally new perspective – entering guests to the past and surprisingly compelling modern politics of the Public Toilet. You’ll never have felt so British, as you hear about ‘spending a penny’ at the Great Exhibition of 1851 and examine London’s most patriotic toilet. The tour finishes in the Cellar Door Cocktail bar where visitors are encouraged to stay and experience a drink in a previous gentleman’s toilet, no less!
Beatles Magical Mystery Tour
Beatles fans rejoice! Whilst it’s not quite the birthplace of the fabulous four, there are plenty of important places in London to visit for Beatles lovers. This tour covers key spots in Soho and Mayfair (not too far from our fabulous Park Grand Restaurant Kensington London) areas of London. It also includes a tube ride to St John’s Wood to see the famous Abbey Road Studios and cross the iconic Abbey Road Crossing. This tour also highlights the theatre where people have said ‘Beatlemania started’, where the Beatles gave their ultimate ever concert, as well as Paul McCartney’s London offices.
Black British History Tour
Discover key components of the city’s Black History with this insightful, interesting walking tour option. It begins in Notting Hill, with a visit to the much-celebrated Portobello Market, then a stop off at the birthplace of the Notting Hill Carnival to discover the true story behind the second biggest carnival of its kind on the planet. Afterward, there’s a stop at the Black Panther headquarters where you can take a few pictures on one of London’s Most Instagram-ed paths. The tour will then carry on through central London as you’ll learn about its forgotten past. Then you’ll get to experience the most famous black markets (Brixton Market), the black servicemen war monument, the Black culture archives, and the Windrush Square.
The London Chocolate Tour
Looking for a tasty way to explore the city? Look no further! Head to the high-end shopping neighbourhood of Mayfair to hit some of the most exquisite Artisan Chocolatiers and sample chocolates, truffles and ganaches. These London chocolate tours are certain to be a favourite! It is led by Paul Mansfield, a previous Cocoa and Coffee trader in the City, who will share with you his experience of the history of the food, lots of fascinating facts including the wellness benefits from consuming certain chocolates as well as checking out photos of the growth and collection methods.
Don’t forget to save some room after all that sweet stuff! Our Indian Afternoon Tea London is a delight for all the senses and a truly unique take on a British classic.
Shakespeare’s London: Historic Pubs Tour
Explore the life of the most famous playwright in the world – William Shakespeare – from the theatres where his plays were shown to the people he worked with and the authors he battled against, as well as the actors who took on his memorable roles. All, of course, whilst enjoying a tipple in five of the city’s most unique pubs. Roll up, roll up! Because, as he so famously stated… ‘all the world’s a stage’.
See? You can look beyond the standard walking tours in London for something more suited to your unique interest. Which one will you join during your trip to London and stay at The Park Grand London Kensington Hotel?