Walks and tours
Discover London's history, up-close and personal. Plan your own route or join one of these organised tours
- Christmas Dickensian Walks
- The Chocolate House Tour
- Dennis Severs' Christmas Installation
- Eel Pie Island Christmas Open Studios
- Five Hundred Years On
For history buffs and ale lovers, a tour of some of Greenwich's historic pubs, including the Trafalgar Tavern on the river, where William Gladstone and Charles Dickens were known to quaff. Four half-pints of your ale of choice are included in the price.
Hop-on, hop-off Thames tours accessed at Westminster, Waterloo, Tower and Greenwich Piers, with expert commentary along the way.
- Westminster Millennium Pier, Victoria Embankment, WC2N 6NU
Travel across 150 years of London Underground history in just two hours. Moving from one of London’s first Underground stations to its most futuristic. Highlights include original plans for the tube, travelling along the proposed ‘Viking Line’, and more.
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East London's 'alternative' side is revealed on this leftfield tour. Expect to be introduced to the history and culture of the Brick Lane 'Banglatown' and Shoreditch areas as well ascurrent issues and street art. Booking essential via www.alternativeldn.co.uk
See London's must-see and lesser-known attractions and hear wacky details of the city's history on two cycle tours. The Secret London Tour and the Grand London Tour visit off-the-beaten track locations that tour buses can't take you, taking in major tourist attractions along the way.
London Duck Tours start in a conventional fashion from Chicheley Street near County Hall, crossing the river via Westminster Bridge to travel round Parliament Square, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. London Duck Tours then cross Vauxhall Bridge and take a slipway down the side of the MI6 Building – into the Thames. The final half hour of the 80-minute tour is a boat trip along the river to the London Eye and back.
Hop-on, hop-off, open-top bus tour covering most of tourist London on three different routes, with commentary in English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian and Japanese. The ticket price includes a river cruise and three walking tours.
Mind the Gap Tours runs guided tours using vintage-style bikes to Windsor and Hampton Court. There’s an emphasis on ‘the road less travelled’, with small groups travelling at a leisurely pace to discover the quirky and hidden parts of London on traffic-free routes.
The impressive Twickenham stadium is the home of English rugby union. It houses a multimedia museum that uses touch-screens, video clips and film to chart the history and worldwide growth of the sport.
- Rugby Football Union, Rugby Rd, TW1 1DZ
Arsenal players themselves provide the commentary on a stadium tour here, whether that’s a Legends tour, guided by a former player (such as Lee Dixon, Kenny Sansom or Charlie George) or a self-guided audio tour with anecdotes from Robin van Persie and Jack Wilshere and a motivating pre-match speech from Arsène Wenger.
- Emirates Stadium, Drayton Park, N5 1BU
Subservience of form to function is bracingly absolute in Sir Denys Lasdun's building, which was completed in 1976. T
Great self-guided London walks
A surprise view amongst the trees, observatories and ice cream
Spectacular views of iconic buildings, from shimmering financial towers to a gleaming palace
A sunset stroll along the South Bank affords an array of stunning vantage points
A top-to-top pub crawl sampling the best views in London
£10 for £25 to spend at Empire of Chicken
'Beauty and the Beast' at the Young Vic
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