Right, so let me guess– you’re not looking for the same old boring London walking tour. You want something different and unique. GOOD! This article covers some of the most unique tours in London that you could book onto while you’re visiting. Go for a yummy food tour that also shows you London street art, learn about Black history around the city that is rarely talked about on traditional tours, or even make your way around Central London in a tour in an anitque mini cooper.
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1. East End London Food Tour
This is the number one tour I recommend to Love and London-ers, for a few reasons. It’s a unique combo of walking tour in a very interesting, eclectic area — Shoreditch and Spitalfields in east London — plus yummy food tour. It doesn’t just cover British dishes, but other foods that are important to the history of the area. Plus, you’ll see some street art too.
Eating Europe runs this tour, as well as some others in London and other cities around the continent. They’re a small biz with fantastically-knowledgeable local tour guides. Also have a look at their Soho Twilight Tour for another unique option.
I’m also a big fan of Devour Tours, so have a look at their London food tour offerings for more options to stuff your face in the name of travel.
2. Bermondsey Beer Tasting Tour
Deep in Bermondsey, an area that many locals aren’t aware of (unless you’ve watched my Areas to Visit That You’ve Never Heard Of video), there’s the Bermondsey Beer Mile. It’s a bunch of distilleries housed in the Network Rail arches, close enough to make it possible to do a distillery hop on certain days of the week.
If you’ve got a beer-lover with you in London, experience this unique tour in London with a local who knows all you need to know about London brews.
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3. Chocolate Ecstasy Tour
If you like sweets, specifically chocolate and/or ice cream, hop on one of Chocolate Ecstasy’s tours. The founder, Jennifer Earle, is a top expert in the fine chocolate industry, so she knows the best independent shops and vendors to take you to. Tours are limited to eight people and you get to eat lots of treats, duh.
4. Black History Walks
So much of London and English history is whitewashed, and that runs into traditional walking tours around the city. I highly recommend all London tourists to take at least one Black History Walk as it’s incredibly insightful and eye opening. I recently did one around Notting Hill and learned so much about the Black history in the area, which is NEVER talked about in typical guide books or Notting Hill tours, which tend to focus just on pretty houses and spots from the movie.
Along with walking tours they also host cruises and bus tours.
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5. Wimbledon Museum & Grounds Tour
Even if your London trip doesn’t fall over the two weeks that Wimbledon happens, you can still tour the grounds and pretend like you’re there, watching the major matches on Centre Court. Plus, during this tour, you get to see tons of behind-the-scenes areas that you wouldn’t during the tournament, like the media room and the Player’s Entrance. I definitely recommend also booking tickets to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, which is a very cool and interactive museum, even for non-tennis-lovers (me!)
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6. Sipsmith Gin Distillery Tour
Londoners feel pretty prideful about Sipsmith Gin, and you can tour the Chiswick distillery to see how it’s all made. Book through Virgin Experience Days and you’ll also get a gin tasting (this is v important.)
Afterwards, I recommend exploring Chiswick, it’s a beautiful village-like town that has lots of great secondhand shops, pubs and restaurants.
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7. Growing Underground Urban Farm Tour
Sat in an old WWII bunker 33 meters under the streets of Clapham is the world’s first underground farm. Here, farmers are growing micro-greens that supply restaurants and shops around London, providing produce that takes much less water, waste and resources to produce. Sustainability for the win…
The urban farm occasionally does tours you can get tickets for, so if you’re an eco-nerd like me, this is a super unique tour to do while in London.
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8. Behind the Seams Tour at Angel’s Costumes
Angel’s Costumes is a BAFTA-award-winning costume producer, and on their Behind the Seams tour you’ll get to see thousands of costumes from TV and films they kitted out for 175 years. Think– Harry Potter, The Crown, Downton Abbey, Wicked and Game of Thrones, and more. You’ll also get to see each department in the costume-making process.
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9. Women of London Tour
If you’ve ever felt like there’s just TOO MANY MEN being featured in tours, well, here’s a tour for you. Women of London do tours that teach you about the women that have had a huge impact on London in the last few centuries. They currently have two tours, “Women of Westminster” and “Working Women of the East End”, both of which are really highly rated. I love indie companies that offer tours that are unique and help teach tourists about the side of London that most don’t know about, especially when it comes to minorities that made a huge difference in London.
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10. David Bowie Music Tour
David Bowie is one of the city’s most famous and beloved Londoners, and if you’re a fan, you can take one of two David Bowie Music Tours, either in Soho or Brixton, two areas that were integral to his life. During the tour, you’ll be serenaded by acoustic versions of his songs.
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11. London Tour By Mini Cooper
Go on one of the most unique tours in London– by mini cooper. You’ll have your own private guide driving you by the most famous sights in London, telling you bits and bobs about each place you see. You’ll also have a 60’s soundtrack playing, plenty of photo stops, and even hotel pick-up from zone 1.
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12. Uncomfortable Art Tours
London’s most famous museums have a pretty nasty secret that they try to cover up, and that’s the fact that most of the artefacts in their museums are there because they were stolen or pillaged from other countries over the centuries. Funny how you never read about that on those little plaques…
So in an effort to teach tourists the real history behind some of the pieces in museums like the V&A and the British Museum, Alice Procter takes you on an uncomfortable art tour, telling you the hidden stories behind the acquisition, the subject, or the artist.
Which of these unique tours in London have you now booked for your trip? Let me know in comments, and if you share a photo of your tour on Instagram, tag #LoveandLondon so I and our community can see.
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