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Sightseeing and tours in London: things to know before you go

From the Instagram ready landmarks to seeing a different side of the city, we’ve got all the info you need on the huge range of sightseeing tours in London right here.

What types of sightseeing and tours in London can I do?

If you’re visiting London for the first time, you’ll have considered the most iconic type of tour of them all – the big red open top bus tours. But what other excursions and tours in London are out there? The answer is - more than you think.

  • Did you know that you can tour the city from the sky? What better way is there to see Westminster, Buckingham Palace and the Shard than from the luxury of a helicopter tour ?
  • If you’re a foodie, why not experience some of the fantastic range of global grub the city has to offer by going on a tour of some of London’s best restaurants and food sellers?
  • Feeling a little ghoulish? There are more true crime tours than you could shake a blood-splattered piece of evidence at in the capital. Or if you’re more inclined towards the supernatural, you could give yourself the willies with one of London’s famous ghost walks.

What are the best sightseeing tours in London?

There are so many different ways to see the city that it’s well worth doing a bit of research before you book anything. Here are some of the best according to the Groupon community:

  • If you’re new to the city or if you are treating the kids for the first time, you can’t really overlook the Classic London Bus Tour. Jump on a 1960s double-decker Routemaster bus and see some of those bucket list sights.
  • The London Gangster Bus Tour might not have been what you had in mind for your trip to London, but Groupon users love it. The tour will reveal some of London’s darkest underground secrets and comes with free entry to the Clink Prison Museum.
  • The Jack the Ripper Tour will spirit you back to the East End of 1888, bringing the world of the Ripper to life in grim detail. Discover the Whitechapel of old and the chilling tale of its most famous and elusive resident.

Can I get a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour in London?

Yes, and you definitely should. They’re one of the very best ways to see the city and among the most popular sightseeing and tours deals in London, giving you the chance to capture a number of landmarks in one single trip. And if you want to get that perfect Instagram snap, just hop off, set your filter and wait for the next bus to pick you up again.

The Big Bus Tour offers commentary in 12 different languages and has multiple routes that will cover all the sights you have on your list, from the Houses of Parliament to Buckingham Palace and everything between. Some will even drop you off directly at your hotel after a long day of landmark sightseeing.

Alternatively, you could try seeing the city from the river, with a hop-on, hop-off ticket for City Cruises’ Red Rover. It’s a great way to see London at a leisurely pace, giving you some curious yet welcome respite from the busy streets.

What are the top sights in London?

There are so many! You couldn’t possibly hit them all without a seriously extended stay in the capital. But here are just a few to consider. Why not set yourself a target of seeing as many as possible in one day to enjoy the very best of sightseeing in London? Just don’t forget to stop to eat too to keep those energy levels up!

  • Westminster Abbey
  • Big Ben
  • Buckingham Palace
  • The London Eye
  • The Globe Theatre
  • The British Museum
  • Camden Market
  • Tower Bridge
  • The Tate Modern
  • Trafalgar Square
  • The Tower of London
  • The Science Museum