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Unique Experiences in London

Updated: Sep 14, 2022

London is one of the most exciting destinations for travellers thanks to its huge range of things to do, foods to try, and places to see. From the Houses of Parliament, to Soho, Kensington and Camden, London hosts millions of visitors every year.

But it’s not all about Big Ben and the London Eye. In this article, I will tell you about some of the more unusual experiences in London that you may never have known existed.

From hidden bars and pubs, to unique photoshoot locations, graffiti tours and silent discos, this post will help you discover a quirky side to the nation’s capital that most people don’t get to see.

1. Take a Black Cab Tour

London’s black cabs, (taxis), are a symbol of the capital and are an excellent way to get around the city. London cab drivers are famed for their “knowledge” of the city’s streets and landmarks, and for being able to find the shortest routes to anywhere in London.

So what better way to really get to know the city than to take a tour with one of London’s knowledgeable cabbies? On this unique experience in London, you will be chauffeured around the city in your own private black cab.

This three-and-a-half-hour tour will take you on a 20km journey across the capital where you’ll see famous, and not-so-famous landmarks as your driver fills you in on the trivia of the places along the way.

Prices start at £105 per person, but there is a minimum of two people, making it a great option for couples and groups of friends.

A black cab tour is definitely one of the coolest experiences in London, and is a great introduction for those wishing to learn more about the city from a local perspective.

2. Hidden Pubs of London Tour

Forget the packed-out pubs and bars of Soho, and opt instead for this unique experience that takes you on a trip through the backstreets of old London town. You will discover some true hidden gems, including pubs dating back over 500 years, as you sip your way across some of London’s most charming public houses.

The tour lasts three hours and takes you on a journey that will follow in the footsteps of some of London’s most iconic residents from Shakespeare to Dickens.

This tour is perfect for lovers of ale beer, but is also a great choice for those looking to sample the city’s gins, wines and cocktails. Of course, there are non-alcoholic options available for those just interested in the history too.

3. Harry Potter's London

It’s no secret that Harry Potter is hugely popular with both kids and adults alike. So, whether you’re a small kid or a big kid, this walking tour of London is the perfect way to see the city through a wizard’s eyes.

The tour takes in many of the places made famous in the Harry Potter film series such as Diagon Alley, the Ministry of Magic, and the Leaky Cauldrons.

4. High Tea at Kensington Palace

If you’ve ever wanted to indulge in a traditional British high tea, this tour pulls out all the stops. Think cucumber, salmon, and English ham sandwiches with the crusts cut off. Earl grey tea, cakes and scones. It doesn’t get more British than this!

The tour first takes in the beautiful Kensington Gardens including Queen Victoria’s very own garden, created by her husband Prince Albert. This is also where the young Princes William and Harry grew up.

High tea at Kensington Palace is certainly a unique luxury experience in London, and a must-have experience for anglophiles and those with an interest in the royal family.

5. Notting Hill Walking Tour

Notting Hill is one of London’s most famous boroughs and has been immortalised in film and television. Discover the places where Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts filmed the famous 1999 romantic movie of the same name.

On this fun-packed walking tour you’ll see the homes of the rich and famous, a Banksy artwork, and will also learn about the darker side of this well-known suburb.


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