London is not only the actual capital of England, but also by far and away the country’s tourism capital with over 19 million tourists travelling from overseas to visit the city. With so many places to visit, that of course means that there are tours aplenty in London and, unless you are staying for a month, you will find it difficult fitting everything in.
To help you decide on which tours to book tickets for, we have put together our list of must-do tours in the capital, incorporating a wide variety of interests from football to witchcraft and wizardry.
In many ways, the heartbeat of a nation – Wembley Stadium is England’s national football stadium, hosting international fixtures, as well as domestic cup finals. For the 2017/18 season, history was made as the stadium hosted Premier League football for the first time with Tottenham Hotspur playing their home games at the venue while the building of their new stadium is completed.
If you are not a football fan then fear not, as a tour of the 90-000 all-seater stadium covers more than sport with knowledgeable tour guides also talking you through entertainment hosted at Wembley. Some of the biggest and best artists from around the world have played the immaculate stadium, which was opened in 2007.
Jack the Ripper Walking Tour
For those looking to uncover London’s dark underbelly then look no further than Whitechapel in the East End. Jack the Ripper wreaked havoc in the late 1800s in the London district and, on a walking tour, you will be taken back in time to when this notorious serial killer cast horror on the capital’s streets. Visit this website for more information.
Harry Potter Tour at Warner Bros
Everyone knows someone that absolutely loves Harry Potter, don’t they? If that someone is you, or to make your trip to London that little more special for the Potterhead in your life, book yourself on the Harry Potter Tour at Warner Bros. Here, you can walk through Diagon Alley, get up close and personal with the beasts as seen in the movies, visit the Dursley’s residence on Privet Drive and, yes, enjoy a glass of butterbeer!
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
England’s original literary genius, William Shakespeare, introduced audiences to a whole new style of plays and his work continues to live on, immortalising the famous playwright’s name. The Globe Theatre that we know today is a replica of Shakespeare’s original theatre, but constructed to replicate its original almost exactly.
Tour guides will walk you through the history of the building, as well as Shakespeare’s work. If you can, certainly try and catch a performance at the Globe Theatre – the structure’s unique acoustics lend themselves to creating an incredible atmosphere.
The world-famous Madame Tussauds can be found a stone’s throw away from Baker Street Underground Station, and is the only place on earth where you can have your picture taken with Michael Jackson, Queen Elizabeth II and Wayne Rooney amongst other celebrities. Life-sized and eerily life-like waxworks adorn the venue that welcomes thousands of visitors each and every day. Be prepared to be waiting in line, but the tour is well worth the wait!
Up at The O2
Our final top pick for tours of London is not so much a tour but a climb. Up at The O2 is a 1 and-a-half-hour climb of the famous venue, formally known as the Millennium Dome. At the top of the arena you will experience an awe-inspiring view of London’s skyline which should serve as reason enough to brave the challenge.