Which Are the Best London Night Tours?
This post reviews and compares the various evening and night tours of London, including our pay-what-you-wish options. London is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and that doesn’t stop when the sun goes down! With modern day skyscrapers next door to centuries old historic buildings, the sights of London at night are astounding.
There are lots of ways to enjoy London at Night, including the free Ceremony of the Keys ceremony at the Tower of London. And if you love tours just as much as we do, there’s a whole host available for you to take. And of course we think you should start with our tours, but here is a larger list of the best London night tours.
We offer 6 tours that offer evening tours: Harry Potter Film Locations, Jack the Ripper, Dark Side of London Ghost Tour, our Twilight River Walk as well as our Westminster and Old City of London tours. We rotate our tour availability, so be sure to check out our full calendar.
Our Jack the Ripper Tour takes place in the evenings which means night falls while you explore the back streets of London’s East End with us. Cobbled alleyways and dark corners surround you with the feeble light of Victorian gas-lamps providing the only illumination as you walk in the footsteps of the most famous serial killer of all time.
Whether you received your invitation to Hogwarts or not, everybody knows the magical world of Harry Potter. Not only does Harry journey to and through London throughout the 8 movies, but most were filmed right here in the capital of the U.K.! Your expert guide will take you through London, pointing out sites and locations from the Harry Potter film series. Come follow in the footsteps of the world’s most famous wizard on our Harry Potter Tour!
Our Dark Side of London Ghost Tour highlights the unsavoury side of London’s past. Legends, facts, true stories and urban legends all come together to provide a perfectly creepy way to explore London after dark.
Twilight on the Thames (Summer)
Summer nights in London are warm, fresh and beautiful – providing the perfect backdrop for a stroll along the River Thames. The tours begin shortly before sunset which means you can see London come alive as the lights of the city flicker on during your walk. Once you’ve seen the city by day, wrap up your day out with a fabulous trip along the river to take in the most stunning skylines you’ve ever seen.
A fabulous group providing walking tours aimed at people in their 20’s and 30’s. The walks change throughout the year and include short jaunts, slow rambling wanders, and extra-long adventures for those who want a challenge. Walks take place at varying times and there are night time walks for those who want to see the city lights alive.
London Walks offers a few London Night walks but our favourites are The Ancient City at Night and the Old Hampstead Village Pub Walk. The Ancient City Walk takes guests through the oldest part of London, with ancient stories, beautiful architecture and even a tiny piece of Harry Potter magic.
The Old Hampstead Village Pub Walk takes guests throughout one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods of London. Hampstead is well off the beaten path and this tour brings visitors to some of the most authentic and historic pubs in all of London.
Though this isn’t a tour per se, the London Nightlife Ticket gives you free access to 19 different nightclub venues around the city so you can do your own self-guided tour! Also enjoy discounts on drinks at certain locations. The ticket costs £10 for 1 Day or £20 for 7 Days.
Similar to the London Nightlife Ticket, this pass gives you free entry to 20 different top venues around the city. You can also enjoy discounted drinks and a map of the best places to go out in London.
Enjoy a relaxing trip along the River Thames, sipping champagne and eating tasty canapes as London’s lights pass you by. Jazz music and modern favourites are played by a live performer as you travel throughout London – from the bright lights of Big Ben all the way to Canary Wharf…and back again.
Showboat is a full wining and dining experience. Guests receive a four course meal, plenty of drinks and live music as the boat glides through central London and all the way out to the Thames Barrier for a fabulous tour of just over 3 hours. Read our reviews of all the dinner cruise options available on the Thames.
There are several companies offering night bus tours. Some of these night tours are included for free with the purchase of a 24 or 48 hour ticket or part of a tourist attraction discount card, such as the London Pass, so be sure to check before purchasing. Also, if you are in London at the peak of the summer, keep in mind that much of the tour will be in daylight and twilight as opposed to nighttime.
Big Bus offers a nightly hop-on, hop-off bus tour. The buses depart from Westminster Bridge at 7:30 pm, 8:00 pm and 8:30 pm. The first two buses are hop-on, hop-off and you can join the tour at any of the tours’ 11 stops. You can download the stop schedule and map on their night tour page. The 8:30 bus is a full circuit. If you stay on the entire time, the full circuit is just over one hour long. Big Bus is a well reviewed bus tour operator.
Ticket Prices (online price)
- £21 – Adult
- £11 – Child
- £53 – Family
- Free with the purchase of the 48 hour hop-on, hop-off ticket.
- Purchase your tickets here.
Like Big Bus’s 8:30 pm tour, Golden Tours offers a nightly open-top, double-decker night tour. You can’t hop-on and hop-off and the circuit takes 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete. Tours depart at 7 pm and 8 pm daily.
Ticket Prices 7 pm:
- £16.50 – Adult (£18.00 for the 8 pm tour)
- £11.00 – Child (5-15)
- £50.00 – Family (2 Adults + 2 Children)
- More information here.
Tip: London Pass holders are entitled to a 30% discount.
A very unique night tour that combines a traditional ghost stories tour with state of the art ghost hunting technology. The tour lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes. Tour takes place Wednesdays through Sundays at 3 pm, 6 pm and 9 pm. Tour is not recommended for children under 12 due to the content. Some of the sights that will be investigated include Westminster Palace, Buckingham Palace, London Bridge and Kensington Palace.
- £22.00 – Adult
- £17.00 – Child (12-16)
- More information here.
See London By Night offers open-top double decker bus exploration! Wrap up warm as you speed around town, taking in the brightest lights in the city at places like Piccadilly Circus, Harrods and Big Ben. Guided commentary will keep you entertained and informed throughout.
Golden Tours runs these fabulous Christmas Eve tours that takes guests on a luxury coach ride through London to view all the festive lights of the holiday season. An adventure through the heart of London, the tour takes guests all through town to see London’s most famous sites lit up for the night before Christmas.
What better way to see the Christmas lights of London than from the open top of a restored 50-year-old vintage bus? The tour takes guests to see London’s best Christmas decorations; through Oxford Street to Harrods and Regent Street to Trafalgar Square where London’s Christmas tree is on display for all to see. The tour includes live commentary and an opportunity for a photo stop on the edge of the Thames.
See London on two wheels with the London Bicycle Tour Company. Guided tours take guests from the lights of London’s East End, along the river to Central London and Theatreland – with a drinks break in between!
Speaking of drinks, check out our detailed post on the best Pub + Bar Crawls in London !