The Perfect London(ish) Tours in 2023
Whether it’s your first time in London or your one hundredth visit, if you’re here to see the sights, more often than not the most efficient way to see the City is by using a local tour guide. You can see this amazing City in a multitude of different ways; you can race down the River Thames hiring a boat or catch an Uber boat (yes they’re a thing!), navigate the street art of East London with a personal guide, or use one of the several open-top bus tours to see the City’s well known sights (we recommend Golden Tours).
If this all seems a bit daunting we’ll help get you started by listing five of our ‘must see’ London tours in 2023, be prepared to experience City of London, and its surrounding areas, in a whole new light without the need of a guidebook. We guarantee that after you’ve read this your perception of the City will alter indefinitely.
What can only be described as one of the most popular stories globally, with over 500 million copies sold worldwide to date it’s not surprising that this attraction is at the top of our list. Warner Bros magical exhibition ‘The Making of Harry Potter’, based in in Leavesden, contains everything a true Harry Potter fan could ask for. Anyone who decides to venture on this London tour will experience the costumes, props and sets that have been lovingly kept pristine; Take a stroll around Diagon Alley, Platform 9 & ¾ and of course the Great Hall where many a meal has taken place throughout the fantastic story. For anyone who wishes to take a piece of the experience home with them there is a gift store where you can purchase everything from butterbeer (child-friendly options available) to a wand if you so wish! Booking in advance is highly recommended as tickets sell out fast.
For those who prefer the more ‘traditional’ sights of the City we’d be remiss to ignore one of the most prestigious and world renowned attractions in British History. Have you ever wondered what His Royal Majesty’s main quarters look like? If so you’re in some luck as the King’s Gallery is open year round where you’ll bare witness to select pieces from the Royal Collection. During the months from February to November visitors will be able to visit the Royal Mews if they wish and throughout August and September the State Rooms are also open to the public. As with most London attractions booking in advance is highly recommended to avoid disappointment during your London tour in 2023.
We’re aware we mentioned bus tours before, but did we mention that you can also do a Ghost Bus Tour?! For those who enjoy a scary story and the darker side of history this tour is most certainly for you. The Ghost Bus Tour will transport you around the capital on a brisk whistle-stop escapade of the City’s most ‘haunted’ destinations. Expect to see gothic architecture and sites of some of the more gruesome times of British history.
If you’re an urban art aficionado this tour is one hundred percent up your street, pardon the pun. As the popularity of these tours has increased so has the different types of tours you can take, however the Shoreditch Street Art Tour is second to none. You’ll be able to spot local artists like Banksy and D*Face alongside street artists work from all over the world. For those who are interested we recommend taking a camera and have some time to kill as the tours can take anywhere from two to three hours depending.
Gin has been a staple in London that dates back as far as the 1800’s, Beefeater Gin has been distilled in this exact spot since 1958 and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Beefeater has the bragging rights of being London’s oldest gin and is known around the world. The distillery is open to visitors Monday – Saturday, the tour itself lasts around an hour typically and starts every half an hour. Not only will you be able to see how the gin is made but there’s a G&T included in the price and you’ll be told the exact process down to the botanicals used and the affects they have on the flavour of the gin itself.
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