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10 Best Night Tours of London

Discover the charm of the illuminated city with a night tour of the most emblematic places. Here are the best options

María Cano

María Cano

8 min read

10 Best Night Tours of London

London Eye | ©David Geib

If you are wondering what tours to take during your visit to London, don't rule out a night tour to get to know the charm of this illuminated city. The monuments and sites to visit in London are even more beautiful when night falls. In addition, there is a wide variety of themed tours for all tastes: gastronomic, horror ... Learn about the different options, read on!

1.- Get to know all the splendor of the city with a night tour by bus

Trafalgar Square at Night| ©Peter Trimming
Trafalgar Square at Night| ©Peter Trimming

The most popular option to get to know the city of London when night falls is with a night tour in a typical convertible bus. On this tour you will visit emblematic places such as Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Harrods, and enjoy the illumination of iconic monuments such as the London Eye at night, London Bridge, St. Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, Big Ben or Buckingham Palace.

The tour will last between one and a half and two hours and a guide will give you all the details and explanations along the way.

It is a very fun and ideal option for those who go a few days to London and want to know the city in depth. Regarding the price of the tour, it is from 27 €.

  • Duration... from 1.5 to 2 hours.
  • The price... from 28€.

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2.- See London from the River Thames with an evening cruise

Night Cruise on the River Thames| ©Graham Hobbs
Night Cruise on the River Thames| ©Graham Hobbs

Another way to get to know the city of London when night falls, and compatible with the previous one, is with a night cruise tour on the River Thames. On this tour you will have the opportunity to see all the sites of interest of the river, either from an enclosed lounge on the first floor or from an open terrace on top. You will sail under the London Bridge or the Millennium Bridge, among others, and you will see various buildings and points of interest such as Canary Wharf, London Eye, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral, the Tower of London, Shard, or the British Parliament.

This type of tour is sometimes offered with a welcome drink, an aperitif or dinner. And there is usually live music. Rock, swing, pop, chill-out or funk so you can enjoy the experience even more.

The duration of the itinerary is usually about two hours and the price is from 34 €. When booking this tour you have to keep in mind that there are some companies that do not allow children under 13 years of age.

  • Duration... 2 hours approximately.
  • The price... from 34€.

The traveler's tip

There is such a wide range of night tours in London that it is difficult to decide. My advice is to do one of each type. For example: a bus tour or cruise, a horror tour...

3.- Discover the most paranormal London with the Ghost Walk Walking Tour

Participating in the Ghost Walk in London| ©Felicity B
Participating in the Ghost Walk in London| ©Felicity B

A fun and different tour in which you will walk through the center of London while a guide will tell you terrifying and chilling stories about murders, crimes, ghosts and devils. The best way to immerse yourself in the most haunted London through its dark streets, mysterious alleys, parks and cemeteries.

On this tour you will visit St. James's Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the Royal Academy of Arts, among other places. This paranormal walking tour of approximately two hours will cost approximately 24€.

  • Duration... approximately 2 hours.
  • The price... from 24€.

4.- The spookiest tour, about Jack the Ripper

Visiting the Jack the Ripper Museum on Tour| ©Matt Brown
Visiting the Jack the Ripper Museum on Tour| ©Matt Brown

And if you still want to add a little more terror to your life, don't hesitate to take the Jack the Ripper night tour, one of the most popular serial killers in history. A journey back in time to the late nineteenth century, in the middle of the Victorian era, which will take you through the places where the murders took place.

A tour of approximately two and a half hours, in which you will learn all the details of who he really was, why he was never caught, what characterized him, what kind of victims he chose ... and in which the guide will take you through scenarios such as the Whitechapel neighborhood, the Tower of London or other landmarks such as Frying Pan Public House, Artillery Lane, The Ten Bells, Brick Lane or Spitafields Market.

This tour is one of the most popular in London and you can do it from approximately 23€.

  • Duration... 2.30 hours approximately.
  • The price... from 23€.

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5.- The most complete tour through history: Jack the Ripper, Sherlock Holmes, William Wallace and Charles I

Visiting the Sherlock Holmes Pub| ©Vazbo
Visiting the Sherlock Holmes Pub| ©Vazbo

But, in addition to the tour of the main Jack the Ripper sites, there is also another modality that complements these terrifying places with those of other stories such as the ghost of Cock Lane or Sweeney Todd.

In this tour, which is partly on foot and partly by bus, you will visit the monument of Sir Willam Wallace, Smithfield Market where the public executions of the time took place, Trafalgar Square, Old Bailey, Royal London Hospital, East End... In addition, you will have the opportunity to relax and enjoy a beer in Sherlock Holmes Pub, a place you can not miss if you are a lover of Arthur Conan Doyle's books.

The tour, which lasts about three hours, is priced from 40 €.

  • The duration... 3 hours approximately.
  • The price... from 40€.

6.- A scary bus tour, Comedy Horror Show

On the Ghost Bus through London| ©Gary Chatterton
On the Ghost Bus through London| ©Gary Chatterton

Another option to discover the scariest London is with a ghost bus tour. Yes, you read that right, on a ghost bus. An experience that the little ones will love.

In this terrifying tour the driver will tell you the most mysterious and dark stories along the way. A ghostly experience that will take you through places like Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, London Bridge, Fleet Street that hide stories, beyond those usually presented to us, and that are really scary.

The tour, which lasts about an hour and a half, costs about €30.

  • Duration... approximately 1.30 hours.
  • The price... from 30€.

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7.- Enjoy the nightlife with a pub crawl in the center of London

Visiting Piccadilly Circus in London| ©Lily.Smith
Visiting Piccadilly Circus in London| ©Lily.Smith

And if you are looking for a fun night out, don't miss a pub crawl through the liveliest bars and pubs in central London where you will get to know all the ins and outs of the nightlife. This type of tour includes VIP entrance to several places in the city, as well as exclusive discounts on drinks, you will be accompanied by a host who will guide you, as well as a photographer who will capture the best and funniest moments of the night.

The tour will take place in some of the most popular nightlife spots such as Leicester Square, Soho or Piccadilly Circus and will allow you to get to know London's nightlife, as well as many people, both English and other travelers with you.

This tour, which lasts approximately seven hours, is not suitable for children under the age of 18.

  • Duration... approximately 7 hours.
  • The price... from 23€.

8.- Taste tasty dishes with a gastronomic tour of Soho in London

Enjoying a good cocktail| ©Elzio Pilan Junior Pilan Films
Enjoying a good cocktail| ©Elzio Pilan Junior Pilan Films

And if you want to complete your London experience with a gastronomic tour of the city, do not hesitate to take a tapas tour of London's Soho. On this tour you will have the opportunity to try different dishes in several places in this neighborhood characterized by its varied and international culinary offer. In addition, these dishes will be accompanied by cocktails or beer.

Serrano ham, Chinese pasties, Mexican tacos accompanied by Gin & Tonic, a variety of cocktails and beers, will be some of the dishes and drinks that you will have the opportunity to try on the night tour through this popular neighborhood of the city.

This option, ideal for food lovers, is not suitable for people over 18 years old and will cost from approximately 100 €.

  • Duration... approximately 3.30 hours.
  • The price... from 100€.

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Get to know London in privacy with a night tour with private driver

Near the London Eye at night| ©Rahul Desai
Near the London Eye at night| ©Rahul Desai

Another fashionable option is to get to know London's nightlife with a tour with a private driver. It is a very comfortable option because it offers a flexible itinerary that can be customized, adjusting to the user's requests and also includes the pick up and return to the hotel. Of course, you have to keep in mind that in this tour who will offer all the details and explanations is the driver who usually is not an official guide.

This tour will take you to the most emblematic places of the city such as London Bridge, Tower of London, London Eye, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, West End, Chinatown, Soho, Piccadilli Circus, Thames Embankment, Chelsea or the bay of the River Thames.

The price of this tour, which lasts about three hours, is from 150 € and can be hired by a couple or a group of friends or family of up to eight people.

  • Duration... approximately 3 hours.
  • The price... from 150€.

10.- Night photography tour around Southbank or Westminster

London by night| ©Daniel Coyle
London by night| ©Daniel Coyle

Another of the most interesting thematic night tours, especially if you are a photography lover, is the photography tour around Southbank or Westminster. On the one hand, you will get to know all the details of these popular areas and, on the other hand, you will perfect your technique or learn new concepts about this discipline.

In this tour, of approximately two hours, you will be able to see all the beauty of the city illuminated while you capture snapshots of spectacular places such as London Eye, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the River Thames or the Southbank area.

On this tour you will be accompanied by a professional guide. Of course, the explanations are only in English.

  • Duration... approximately 2 hours.
  • The price... from 130€.

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