Whether you're new to London or have spent a lifetime living there, there's always something exciting and different to discover. A great way to find out what you might be missing is by taking one of the varied tours on offer in London. Led by individuals or with commentaries, both share a knowledge and love of this fascinating capital city and take you through many different stories of its expansive and diverse past and present. Scare yourself on night time ghost tours, follow in the grisly footsteps of Jack the Ripper or explore film sets and TV studios. Take in London's historic sights by speedboat, bike, black cab, bus or even helicopter. Discover what's on offer by looking at the Visit London website.

Hop-on and hop-off open-top buses to take in London's attractions

To get a good overview of the city and help you plan the rest of your time there, take one of the hop-on hop-off bus tours in London. With over 60 stops across the city, comprising all its major landmarks and sites of historic interest, this is really one of the best ways to get started. With 24, 48, or 72-hour tickets, passengers just hop-on and hop-off when they're ready, spending time at different attractions. For even better value, tickets are available that combine the bus tour with entrances to different attractions, such as the famous home of wax celebrities Madame Tussauds, the grizzly Tower of London or the grand Westminster Abbey. With commentaries and maps available in different languages, these tours are ideal for parties visiting from abroad and you are sure to find a tour worth taking.

A different way of travelling

For visitors who enjoy seeing the sights in style, there's no better way to see the city than from the River Thames on a rib speedboat. Departing from the London Eye, these rigid inflatable boats take you past the Houses of Parliament, St Paul's Cathedral, the Tate Modern Gallery and Tower Bridge at a steady pace while you sit back and listen to the informative commentary. Then hold onto your seats for a high-speed finish out towards the Thames Estuary. Not for the faint-hearted! If that has whetted your appetite, take to the skies for a London Helicopter Tour. See London as never before, with flights over Buckingham Palace and the Shard.

Learn as you tour

For visitors who like to take photographs on their city breaks, a London tour can be combined with developing a new skill. London Photo Tours are led by skilled photographers who give you tips and advice on producing brilliant images as they lead you through the diverse landscapes of the city. Courses are tailor-made for different skill levels, from beginner to serious amateur and take in various areas over half-day, full-day or evening tours. Record the city's iconic sights by day or capture its stunning lights by night. A wonderful tour, as well as memories to keep and treasure.

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