Review of London Ghost Tours

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This is a comparison post of the best London ghost tours, dark side of history tours, haunted bus tours, and Jack the Ripper tours. With so many companies leading different haunted tours through London it can be difficult to know which one is best for you.  See prices, schedules and a description of what you can expect from the each tour.  No matter what kind of spooky activity you’re looking for, chances are that you’ll find something to enjoy on the list below! 


Ghost Tours

Haunted Bus Tours

Dark Side of London Tours


Ghost Tours

The following are traditional ghost tours that bring London’s haunted history to life. Each runs for 2-2.5 hours and costs approximately £12-£20 per person. The ghost tours offered by Meet the Street and Sandeman’s Europe take place exclusively in the East End and cover some of the sites featured on Jack the Ripper tours. See Your City and Best Tours begin in Green Park in West London, and then later use the Tube to travel to the East End. Insider London is the only tour to begin in Central London just off of Oxford Street. 

Based on reviews, Insider London seems to offer the scariest ghost tour. Though the others share several spooky stories, the atmosphere is much more lighthearted and humorous rather than frightening. Also, expect to learn a lot about London’s history in each of these tours, as the guides all make an effort to blend fact and folklore. 


MEET THE STREET

Meet the Street offers a 2-hour Ghastly Ghosts Walking Tour, which aims to share London’s haunted history with visitors from around the world. The tour begins at the Tower of London and concludes at St. Paul’s, stopping at several sites in the City of London along the way. Though it promises to send chills down your spine, this tour is much more humorus than scary, as the guides do an excellent job of lightening the mood when the subject matter becomes to grim. And for those less interested in learning about London’s folklore, don’t worry! There is a lot of historical facts shared throughout the tour as well! 

  • Ghastly Ghosts Walking Tour 
    • From £19 per person 
    • Wednesday – Sunday at 8:00pm

Reviews of Meet the Street 

Meet the Street maintains an excellent reputation on TripAdvisor for all of their tours. However, their Ghastly Ghosts Walking Tour is especially highly reputed. In fact, none of their reviews for this particular tour fall below 4 stars. Many guests praise George, the guide who most often leads this tour, for being so entertaining and knowledgeable. One guest even writes: “I have walked away from this tour with a fresh perspective not only on the ghastly going ons that happened on the streets of London, but the history that he taught me has made me appreciate the beauty London has to offer.” TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars. 


SANDEMAN’S EUROPE

Sandeman’s Europe is a another pay-what-you-like walking tour company offering several different tours, including a ghost tour called the Grim Reaper Tour. This particular tour lasts 2.5 hours and requires a prepaid reservation costing £15 per person. Though tales about Jack the Ripper are included on this tour, it also features many different ghost stories. Like some of the other tours included on this list, the Grim Reaper Tour is probably more funny than it is scary. However, there are still plenty of opportunities to get spooked while walking around the dark streets of the East End. 

  • Grim Reaper Tour 
    • From £15 per person
    • Nightly at 6:30pm 

Reviews of Sandeman’s Europe 

Sandeman’s Grim Reaper Tour is one of their most popular. Guests are largely very complimentary of the tour and the guides, most of whom are described as entertaining and knowledgeable. Many reviewers also seem to enjoy the history that is weaved into each ghost story as well. As this tour covers much of the history of Jack the Ripper, it is important to consider the overlap when deciding whether or not to do both the Grim Reaper and Jack the Ripper Tours. TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars. 


INSIDER LONDON

Similar to their Death and Debauchery Tour, the Famous Ghosts and Infamous Murders Tour by Insider London is slightly spookier version that focuses on the city’s haunted past. The tour begins outside of Tottenham Court Road Tube Station and lasts approximately 2 hours. You will visit one of London’s narrowest alleyways, a former plague pit and leper hospital, and a tunnel so haunted that their guides are scared of walking down it. This is one of the scarier ghost tours in London, so if you’re looking for a fright, Insider London might be the company for you! 

  • Famous Ghosts and Infamous Murders 
    • Adults – £12 
    • Children – £0 
    • Saturdays at 7pm

Reviews of Insider London

Guests seem exceedingly happy with the Famous Ghosts and Infamous Murders Tour, describing it as “fascinating and (at times) terrifying” and “highly professional, and offer great entertainment and value for money”. In fact, there are no reviews that rate the tour at less than 4 stars. TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars. 


SEE YOUR CITY

The Ghost Walk offered by See Your City is a relatively new tour that visits the Tower of London, Green Park, and the most haunted house in London! Though there is some humor and a lot of history mixed in, the Ghost Walk is spookier than many of the other tours. You will be travelling from the West End to the East End, so a valid Zone 1 Travelcard or Oyster Card is required as the tour uses the Underground.

  • The Ghost Walk
    • From $20 per person 
    • Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7pm 

Reviews of See Your City

Though a fairly new tour, the Ghost Walk by See Your City is already receiving excellent reviews. Guests compliment the tour for blending the right mix of history, humor, and scary stories. Their guides are especially well reviewed, and praised for being so entertaining and informative. Others also comment on how well organized the entire experience felt. TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars. 


BEST TOURS

Best Tours offers a 2.5 hour London Ghost Walk that promises to bring “the otherworldliness of this great metropolis to life!” Unlike most of the other tours which take place near the Tower of London and the East End, this tour visits area around Green Park and St. James’s Palace. Tours take place every weekend at 7pm and start just outside of Green Park Station. A valid Zone 1 Travelcard or Oyster Card is required as the tour uses the Underground. As is the case with many other tours, this one features several spooky stories but is more comical than frightening. 

  • London Ghost Walk
    • £17 per person 
    • Friday and Saturday at 7pm

Reviews of Best Tours 

Though Best Tours generally receives very positive reviews, their London Ghost Walk is a bit more mixed. Most of those who rated them poorly did so because their tour was cancelled rather than because the tour was bad in and of itself. However, to avoid this issue, simply confirm with the company that they have enough guests signed up for whichever night you prefer to ensure that it will definitely run. Those who did actually attend the tour seem mostly satisfied, describing it as entertaining and informative, though not particularly scary. TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 stars. 


OTHER GHOST TOURS 

East End Tours – East End Tours offer a seasonal London Ghost Walk from October 24th – 31st at 8.00pm. This tour really aims to scare, so only sign up if you’re feeling brave! 


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Haunted Bus Tours

Ghost Bus Tours is the only company currently offering a haunted bus tour of the city. Though (very) slightly more expensive than the walking tours and not quite as long, the Ghost Bus Tour allows you to see a much larger area of the city. 


GHOST BUS TOURS

Described as a comedy horror show, the Ghost Bus Tours lead a 75 minute scary sightseeing tour around the city. You will begin just off Trafalgar Square and continue to the West End, south of the river, and through central London. Guides are dressed as creepy conductors and do a great job of adding a lot of humor to this spooky ride. However, perhaps the most exciting part of this tour is the bus itself! The Necropolis Bus is midnight black and used to be part of a private fleet of funeral buses that we’re used until all but one (the Ghost Bus) was destroyed in a fire in 1967. 

  • Ghost Bus Tour 
    • Adults – $27 
    • Children – $20 
    • Departs nightly at 6pm, 7:30pm, and 9pm 

Reviews of Ghost Bus Tours 

Most people seem to find the Ghost Bus Tour extremely entertaining and fun. Reviewers love the bus’s spooky decor and the conductor’s wacky personality. Though a few seem disappointed that it wasn’t scary, it is important to remember that it isn’t advertized as such! This is a comedy horror show that aims to make you laugh above anything else. However, overall it receives very positive reviews from guests who encourage others to not “just think about it…..DO IT!” TripAdvisor Rating: 4 stars. 


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Dark Side of London Tours

Dark Side of London Tours usually refrain from telling stories of the supernatural and instead focus on the city’s darker history. Tales of murder, debauchery, crime, and brutality are rife throughout each of these tours — all of which are aimed at mature audiences. Murder Mile Tours and Insider London offer tours that are very similar in style and price, costing £15 per person. City Wonders also covers a similar part of the city, but is significantly more expensive at £30 per person. However, their reviews are extremely positive with many guests raving about their experiences. 


INSIDER LONDON

The Death and Debauchery Tour offered by Insider London is another popular option for those looking to learn about London’s darker history. The tour begins near Oxford Street and takes you through Central London.  One of the great things about Insider London is that you never have to worry about the tour being cancelled due to too few people signing up. Their tours run regardless, so if you’re the only person to book a spot, you will be able to enjoy a very intimate tour experience rather than having it cancelled all together! An Oyster or TravelCard is required as the tour uses the Underground. 

  • Death and Debauchery Tour
    • From £15 per person
    • Every Friday at 5pm

Reviews of Insider London

Insider London has really excellent reviews for all of their tours, but their Death and Debauchery Tour is especially well rated. One of the most popular sites on this tour is the “Ghost Station,” which can be seen very briefly from the window of a moving train. Guests seem especially impressed with the guides, who do a fantastic job of illuminating the scarier side of London.  One visitor even described the tour as one of the best (if not they best) they have ever been on. You really can’t do better than that! TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars. 


CITY WONDERS

Like the others, the 2-hour Criminals and Legends of London Tour by City Wonders is a history tour that focuses on murder and debauchery. The tour takes place in the City of London, venturing toward Liverpool Street and the East End, before concluding at Spitalfields Market. City Wonders ensures that there are never more than 15 people on a tour, so you can attend knowing it will be an intimate experience. Don’t forget your walking shoes as this tour is face-paced and covers a lot of distance! 

  • Criminals and Legends of London 
    • Adults – $30 
    • Children – $23 
    • Mondays and Thursdays at 7pm

Reviews of City Wonders

Like all of their other tours, Criminals and Legends of London by City Wonders is very highly rated. Guests describe the experience as entertaining and informative. Their guides are especially well liked for being so accommodating and knowledgeable. Some found the pace to be a bit too fast, however most seem happy to learn and see so much in just 2 hours. TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars. 


MURDER MILE TOURS

Murder Mile Tours offer just one tour: Soho’s Infamous Murders Walking Tour. However, though their offerings may be limited, Murder Mile Tours is hugely popular with visitors to learn more about London’s seedy history. Guides are described as “performers of black comedy” 

  • Soho’s Infamous Murders Walking Tour
    • £15 per person 
    • Departs Thursdays at 7pm 

Reviews of Murder Mile Tours 

Described as “gruesome and great,” visitors seem to absolutely love the Infamous Murders Walking Tour offered by Murder Mile Tours. Several people comment on the impressive enthusiasm and knowledge of their guides, as well as the fascinating route itself. In fact, as of May 2017, there are no reviews that fall below 4 stars! Some reviewers even admit that they had low expectations for the tour, but were completely blown away by the end. TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars. 


Other Dark Side of London Tours

East End Tours –  They offer a Sweeney Todd: The Dark Side of London, which takes you on a journey to find London’s most notorious gangsters, Ronnie and Reggie Kray. Along the way you will learn all about the gangsters, shoot outs, night clubs and murders that took place in the 1960s in London. 


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Jack the Ripper Tours

Jack the Ripper Tours are one of the most popular walking tours in London. However, because there are so many different companies leading them, it can be difficult to know which one is the best. We’ve written an extensive post comparing each tour called Which Jack the Ripper Tour is Best? so that you can decide which one suits you. Below is a brief summary of some of our favorites. 


FREE TOURS BY FOOT LONDON

In addition to our several other name-your-own-price walking tours, we also offer a 2-hour Jack the Ripper Tour that brings you in the footsteps of London’s most infamous murder. This isn’t your typical cheesy tour with props and a theatrical guide; our tours feature excellent story tellers that bring history to life. TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars. 


BEST TOUR

Another highly rated Jack the Ripper Tour that really aims to bring the horrors of the 1880s to life. Some guests report being bored during the tour, however history junkies will definitely enjoy it! TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 stars. 


MEET THE STREET

A 2-hour tour that begins outside of Aldgate Station and takes you down the dark alleyways frequented by Jack the Ripper. This tour has excellent reviews and is described by many as “superb.” TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars. 


RIPPER-VISION TOUR

This unique 1 hour and 45 minute tour follows a similar route to some of the other tours, but also incorporate ‘ripper-vision’ projections that really give you a sense of what the crime scenes looked like back then. Highly rated with excellent reviews. TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars. 


THE ORIGINAL JACK THE RIPPER MURDERS TOUR

This company was the first to offer a Jack the Ripper Tour back in 1982. Today, they remain one of the most popular companies to bring guests down the eerie side streets terrorized by Jack the Ripper. TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars. 


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Spooky Attractions 

The London Bridge Experience & Tombs and The London Dungeon are two popular attractions that bring London’s darkest history to life with intricate sets, enthusiastic actors, and lots of scare tactics. Of the two, London Bridge Experience & Tombs is regarded as more terrifying. However, both successfully frighten people of all ages. The London Dungeon is a fair bit more expensive, starting at $30 per person rather than the $20 per person for the London Bridge Experience & Tombs. Yet, the former maintains a better rating on TripAdvisor and has several reviewers who comment on its excellent value. 


LONDON BRIDGE EXPERIENCE & TOMBS

The London Bridge Experience and Tombs is a spooky attraction that uses professional actors and intricate sets to showcase London’s gruesome history. The London Bridge Experience lasts approximately 60 minutes and spans 2,000 years of history. After braving the horrors of the Experience, you are then led to the Tombs where you are meant to face your worst fears including evil clowns and nesting spiders. This attraction has won UK’s Scariest Attraction for 8 years in a row and the Top Horror Attraction in the World. 

  • London Bridge Experience and Tombs 
    • From $20 per person 
    • Open daily from 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Reviews of London Bridge Experience and Tombs

Reading through the reviews, it seems that guests either love or hate the London Bridge Experience and Tombs. For many, the attraction is both hilarious and terrifying, while also incorporating lots of interesting British history. Others found it to be overly cheesy and to rely to heavily on cheap scare tactics. However, the general consensus is that you will enjoy it as long as you enter with an enthusiastic attitude! TripAdvisor Rating: 3.5 stars. 


THE LONDON DUNGEON 

The London Dungeon is a unique, interactive attraction in which you are guided through several different shows by professional actors who aim to make you laugh and scream in equal measure. Each show brings to life a different moment in British history, with the entire productions spanning 1,000 years of history. There are a total of 19 live interactive shows, 20 actors, and 2 creep underground rides. The entire experience lasts approximately 1.5 hours and is conveniently located next to the London Eye. Guests who are 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 

  • The London Dungeon 
    • From $30 per person 
    • Open daily from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Reviews of The London Dungeon

As one guest describes it, “it was so tacky, but so much fun!” Don’t expect to be seriously scared during this attraction. The London Dungeon is a fun and interactive way to see history come to life, while having a few laughs along the way. Some were disappointed with the long lines and overcrowding, however that largely speaks volumes about the popularity of this attraction. The staff receive several compliments for their enthusiasm and quality of acting. TripAdvisor Rating: 4 stars. 


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Executions at Smithfield Market – Dark history on our Free London Ghost Tour

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London is a city with 2000 years of history, and in all of that time a lot of very spooky, bizarre and dark things have happened. One of the best ways to spend your time in the city is to take a truly unique free ghost tour of London. We have chosen to focus our free London ghost tour in and around the ancient area of Smithfield. While there are countless locations in London associated with the dark side, Smithfield beats them all with its high concentration of macabre sites.

Smithfield is a portmanteau of the words ‘smooth’ and ‘fields;’ recorded over 800 years ago as a smooth field on top of Ludgate Hill where horses were traded twice per week. Today, the massive Smithfield Meat Market dominates the area. This wrought iron structure was completed in 1866 by architect Horace Jones (most famous for his iconic Tower Bridge). 

Despite the relative youth of the current building, this area has been used for butchery for nearly a millennium. The ‘smooth fields’ were dotted with abattoirs and butcher’s sheds, and the nearby River Fleet ran red with blood and offal. Perhaps it was this large open field that made the area so attractive for executions – this was the main place in London where people were hanged, drawn and quartered back in the Middle Ages. Public executions drew large crowds, and Smithfield could handle them. The most famous execution in the area? Infamous Scottish patriot Sir William Wallace, who was hanged, drawn and quartered here in 1305.

Smithfield was also popular spot for traitors to be boiled alive in vats of oil. After all, at the end of a long day in the meat market, there was bound to be some fat left over. Richard Roose was boiled alive in an oily broth here at Smithfield in 1531 after allegedly poisoning the soup of a local Bishop. This set a dangerous precedent – being boiled alive at Smithfield became a common punishment for poisoners.

My personal favourite story is that of the Marian martyrs – that is, the Protestants executed under Queen Mary I as she attempted to quash The Church of England in favour of Catholicism. Over 200 Marian Martyrs were burned at the stake, many of them at Smithfield. Now, you might think that Henry VIII’s eldest daughter would want to be as far away as possible from this brutal event, but no – she was nearby. ‘Bloody Mary’ had a special watchtower constructed so she could hear the screams and watch the executions, all the while dining on roast chicken and drinking hearty red wine.

With nearly a millennium of horrors and executions in the area, it is no wonder that Smithfield is said to be the most haunted place of London. Want to learn even more?

Join our free London Ghost Tour every Friday night! Book Here!

The British Museum Tour

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The British Museum has one of the most important collections of historical artefacts anywhere in the world. Famously it can be visited for free, but, with over 8 million objects it can be hard to know where to start and easy to get lost among the labyrinth of galleries and civilisations.

Let us guide you through some of the museum’s most famous and fascinating collections while we tell the story of the cultures and characters that produced them, and see how they shaped who we are today. This is the greatest story of them all, the story of us, Homo Sapiens.

On our 2.5 hour tour will talk about how and why we started; farming, counting, writing, worshipping, warring, keeping time, playing and investigating. We’ll pass through; Mesopotamia, Egypt, Assyria, Lydia, Greece, Saxon England, Viking Scotland, Mesoamerica, the European Enlightenment and Polynesia. This is a tour not to be missed.

What’s Included:

– The Museum Story

– Egyptian Mummies

– The Rosetta Stone

– The Parthenon Marbles

– The first Coins

– The first Clocks

– Ain Sakhri (the first depiction of lovers)

– Aztec Art

– Easter Island Sculptures

– The Enlightenment

WHERE: Tour departs from just outside the Starbucks on Great Russell Street, across from the main Museum entrance. (Map)

WHEN: Meet your guide at 10:50.
DURATION: Approximately 2 hours
LANGUAGE: English

COST: Pay-What-You-Like – Save more money on attractions and other tours with a tourist discount pass.

Q: HOW WILL I KNOW WHO MY TOUR GUIDE IS?
A: Expect an email from your tour guide by 19:00 the evening before tour with his or her contact details and photo. Your tour guide will be holding a Free Tours by Foot logo.

Q: WHAT IF I AM LATE, HOW CAN I MEET THE TOUR GUIDE?
A: Please don’t be late, as the tour guide won’t be able to answer the phone easily once the tour starts. At the start of the tour, we will walk around the museum on Montague Street and then Montague Place, discussing the neighbourhood and the Museum’s story. We will then enter security together at the rear, King Edward Entrance.

Once inside our first stop will be the Easter Island Statue of Hoa Hakananai’a in G.24

If you are late, be sure to send a text (sms) message to your tour guide to let him or her know to be on the lookout for you.

Q: WHAT IS AN APPROPRIATE COMPENSATION FOR THE GUIDE?
A: Another good question. People sometimes ask why we offer a tour for no upfront costs that our competitors offer for £12/person. Well, we feel that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy a tour at a price he or she thinks the tour was worth – so just think of our tours as “name your own price”. Check out our blog posts on saving money in London.

Help us keep providing affordable tours of the City of London by spreading the word on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

Q: WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL OR EDIT MY BOOKING?
A: Please reply by email to this booking invoice directly to let us know that you need to cancel or edit. Be fair to others and give us at least 24 hours notice if possible, so that we have time to offer your spots to others. Failure to give proper notice may result in the placing of future tours to stand-by status.

Q: WHAT OTHER TOURS DO YOU OFFER?

A: We offer many different types of tours around the City and Westminster that you may be interested in joining. Read our Tour Summary Page for more information of all the tours we offer, including Night Tours.

PAY-WHAT-YOU-LIKE TOURS ARE TOURS FOR EVERY BUDGET.

The Rock n’ Roll Tour

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Check out our newest pay-what-you-like walking tour!

Join Free Tours By Foot on London’s first free Rock n’ Roll experience! This is not just a tour, but a “bucket list” worthy journey through the beginning of the Swingin’ Sixties movement up to the present day.

London has long been the epicentre of the Rock n’ Roll world and this nostalgic tour will take you on a journey through performances, recordings, album covers, and legendary gigs – both firsts and lasts! You’ll get the behind-the-scenes stories of infamous nights out, lives, loves, and the tragedies and triumphs of some of musics iconic legends.

Expect rockstars, punks, goth, the hippie movement, mods and rockers, jazz legends, and forays int the history of London’s blue, trance and reggae scenes. So which iconic superstars can you expect to hear about on this tour? The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Eric Clapton, The Sex Pistols, The Cure, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Prince, The Small Faces, Queen, Carly Simon, U2 and Bob Marley – just to name a few!

 

Sites Visited:

– The location of Jimi Hendrix’s first appearance on a London stage

– Where John Lenon met Yoko Ono

– Where the Beatles played their final gig

– The Marquee Club

– Saville Row

– The Bag o’ Nails

– Trident Studios

– Heddon Street

– And more!

 

WHERE: DONUTS AND BAGUETTES (look for the pink sign) next to Piccadilly Circus Underground Station on Glasshouse Street (exit 1)(map).

WHEN: Calendar Schedule
DURATION: Tour lasts approx 2 hours
DISTANCE: Total Distance is approx 1.5 miles (2.2 km)
CONTACT # – 020 3287 0675
COST: PAY-WHAT-YOU-LIKE. – Save more money with a tourist pass.

Q: HOW WILL I KNOW WHO MY TOUR GUIDE IS? 

A: Your tour guide will be holding the Free Tours by Foot logo. Expect and email from your tour guide with his or her photo and contact details by 19:00 the evening before your tour.

WHAT IF I AM LATE TO THE TOUR? WHERE CAN WE MEET OUR TOUR GUIDE?
A: Please don’t be late, as the tour guide won’t be able to answer the phone easily once the tour starts.  Please send your tour guide a text (sms) message notifying him or her that you will be late. If you are late, the first stop on the tour will be Mason’s Yard (Map)

Q: WHAT IS AN APPROPRIATE COMPENSATION FOR THE GUIDE?
A: Another good question. People sometimes ask why we offer a tour for no upfront costs that our competitors offer for £12/person. Well, we feel that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy a tour at a price he or she thinks the tour was worth – so just think of our tours as “name your own price”. Check out our blog posts on saving money in London.

Help us keep providing affordable tours of London by spreading the word on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

Q: WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL OR EDIT MY BOOKING?
A: Please reply by email to this booking invoice directly to let us know that you need to cancel or edit. Be fair to others and give us at least 24 hours notice if possible, so that we have time to offer your spots to others. Failure to give proper notice may result in the placing of future tours to stand-by status.

Q: WHAT OTHER TOURS DO YOU OFFER?

A: We offer many different types of tours around the City and Westminster that you may be interested in joining. Read our Tour Summary Page for more information of all the tours we offer, including Night Tours.

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Princess Diana Fashion Exhibition

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The Princess Diana Exhibition

Princess Diana is just as famous and loved the world over as she was before she was tragically killed in 1997.  Today, visitors from all of the world travel to London hoping to see where Diana was married, where she lived, and the memorials and monuments throughout the city that commemorate her life. Diana lived her final years in London in Kensington Palace, where a huge exhibition to celebrate her life is currently taking place – Diana: Her Fashion story.

This display of Diana’s clothes highlights her fashion choices throughout her life, charting her first public appearances all the way to her super stardom. The exhibition features the actual clothes Diana wore, including iconic pieces like the black velvet dress she wore while famously dancing with John Travolta. Using information and stories provided by designers who worked closely with Diana herself, the exhibition is a real behind-the-scenes look into Diana’s public profile and fashion iconography.

 

Visiting Information

Where: Kensington Palace

When: March 2017 until 2018 (no final date yet set)

Cost: The exhibition fee is included with your ticket to enter Kensington Palace!

  • £19.00 for adults (£17.10 booking in advance online)
  • £15.00 for concessions (£13.60 in advance online)
  • FREE for children accompanied by an adult

Note

The demand for this exhibition has been huge and dates are already selling out! Places are limited so make sure you book as soon as possible!

Where Can I Book?: Kensington Palace Website

 

 

London Collage

Пешеходная экскурсия по Вестминстеру

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Пешеходная экскурсия по Вестминстеру

это прогулка по историческому и политическому центру Лондона, а так же прекрасная возможность увидеть своими глазами одни из самых ярких достопримечательностей Лондона:

London Collage

Во время экскурсии Ваш гид увлекательно расскажет интересные факты о самых узнаваемых зданиях столицы и поделится секретами их обитателей.

Guide to Visiting Warner Bros. Studios Harry Potter

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The following post is our guide to visiting Warner Bros. Studios – The Making of Harry Potter, which was home to the Harry Potter film series for nearly a decade. We hope to help you plan your trip by telling you what to expect, how to get there, what it will cost, and what should not be missed. Additionally, we have also included a comparative list of bus tours that visit Warner Bros. Studios, as well as a list of Harry Potter Tours in London. Have a magical day in the wizarding world of Harry Potter! 


What to Expect

Getting There

Ticket Information

Studio Tour Highlights

Love Harry Potter? Join us on our walking tour of Harry Potter’s London!


What to Expect

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is essentially a museum showcasing the several thousand props, costumes, and sets that were created for the 8 Harry Potter films. The tour begins with a short video of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint talking about their time growing up on the set. Guests are then shown the front doors of Hogwarts, which they walk through to enter into the Great Hall. From that point forward, visitors are allowed to wander around at their will, enjoying the magnificent set designs and custom-made props.

The tour lasts approximately 3 hours, though some guests are able to speed through it in 1.5, while others are reported as taking up to 13 hours! Halfway through the tour, there is a small cafe serving up food and refreshments, including the wizard world’s favorite drink….butterbeer! At the end of the tour, guests are brought into a large gift shop where they can buy anything from chocolate frogs and quidditch sweaters, to speciality wands and Harry Potter chess sets!  Read more »

St. James Palace London

St. James’s Palace | Changing of the Guard

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This post shows you how to get to St. James’s Palace in London and where to witness the Changing of the Guard.  London is home to a whole host of royal palaces but St. James’s Palace may be one of the lesser known examples. Tucked away on a side street in the district of Mayfair and St. James, the Palace is a fine example of surviving Tudor architecture and the gatehouse is one of the most magnificent in the entire country. A must-visit for Henry VIII-buffs, visitors are not allowed inside the Palace, but it is worth visiting simply to enjoy the outer premises.

 

 

Be sure to read our posts on Buckingham Palace, Windsor PalaceKensington, and the Changing of the Guard.

 


Where is St. James’s Palace

St. James’s Palace is located in the heart of London, within the City of Westminster at St. James’s Palace, Marlborough Road, London SW1A 1BS.  Due to it’s central location, it is accessible by most London Underground lines.  The closest station is Green Park (Jubilee, Victoria and Piccadilly lines).  The next nearest station is Charing Cross (Northern and Bakerloo lines).  The nearest bus route is the #9 route. We recommend using this Google map for directions to St. James’s Palace from anywhere in London.

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Visiting London’s First Cat Cafe

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Tucked away off of Brick Lane in Shoreditch is a new cafe that everyone agrees is truly the cat’s meow. Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium is London’s first and only cat cafe. It is home to 13 rescue cats, each of whom was either adopted from a shelter or abandoned by their owners under varying circumstances. Visitors to the cafe get to enjoy the company of several lounging cats whilst sipping their tea and sampling a wide selection of tasty cakes in the Alice in Wonderland-themed space. Though cat cafes originally gained popularity in cities across Asia, the trend has moved to Europe and beyond as more and more people continue to flock to these novelty eateries.

What to Expect 

For those hoping to visit London’s cat cafe, it’s best to make a reservation ahead of schedule. Though they accept walk-ups on a limited basis, Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium is very popular and are often unable to offer a table to guests without a reservation.

There are 2 options for visiting the cat cafe.

General Admission — Guests who would like to choose from the full menu on offer should select this option. There is a £6 charge for entering the cafe, which covers veterinary bills and basic costs for caring for the cats. This charge does not go towards any food or drink that is purchased at the cafe. There are a range of both sweet and savoury dishes to purchase, as well as several gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. Guests are welcomed to stay for 1.5 hour slots.

High Tea — Guests can also choose to come for high tea, which includes a sparkling drink, savoury treats, scones with jam and cream, a selection of cakes and biscuits, and tea or coffee for £35. Time slots for high tea are also 1.5 hours.

Following the Rules 

First and foremost, keep in mind that the cafe privileges the cats’ needs above everything else. Therefore, guests are greeted with a long list of ‘rules’ regarding how to behave in the cafe and with the cats. Some of these rules include:

  1. Guests must let sleeping cats rest. They will awake sooner and will be more engaged if left undisturbed.
  2. Guests must not feed the cats human food
  3. Guests must avoid rough play: in particular, cat toys should never be used to hit a cat in the face to get its attention. Cat carers will ask guests to leave if toys are persistently dangled in the animal’s faces. All of our cats have perfect eyesight, so this behaviour is not necessary to secure their attention.
  4. Guests should not use flash photography
  5. Guests are not permitted to pick up and carry cats around – they are friends, not toys!
  6. Guests are asked to avoid persistently following and/or badgering the animals

Though the rules are enforced with the sole intention of keeping the cats’ best interest in mind, some guests comment that the long list of regulations made them feel unwelcome and ill at east. However, most reviewers had no issues with the rules and greatly enjoyed their time at Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium.

Worth It? 

 

Which London Food Tours Are Best

Reviews of the Best London Food Tours

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This post compares several of the most popular food tours available in London. Food tours are a great way to learn about London’s diverse cultural history. From the curry houses on Brick Lane to the Caribbean restaurants in south London, there is no shortage of delicious food available in this city. These tours offer interesting insights into a wide variety of neighbourhoods through the lens of food, and allow guests to literally taste some of the many different cultures that make up London today. Additionally, there are several dessert tours and pub crawls that also invite guests to explore London in a fun and unique way.

The wide range of food tour options makes any visitor to London spoilt for choice. However, with so many choices it can sometimes be difficult to determine which tours are best suited for your individual needs. Below, we’ve broken down the various food tour options in London by neighbourhood so you can decide…which is the best food tour in London?


East London Tours

Camden Tours

SoHo & The Strand Tours

London Bridge & South London Tours



If you can’t make our guided food tours and you are planning on purchasing the London Pass, bear in mind that it includes a 20% discount on other paid food tours.  Also take a look at our suggestions on eating in London on a budget.


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