Take a London tour off the beaten track*
I’m off to London twice this week (yippee!) so I have a wonderful guest post for you today, brought to you by Millie Spencer, for alternative places to visit in London town.
The English capital is vast and people who choose to get trains to London, particularly those who aren’t familiar with it, can find themselves being overwhelmed by its size and the sheer number of things to do. Rather than wandering aimlessly or trying to find your way with a guidebook, why not head on a tour? As you’d expect there are a huge number of companies willing to show you around the capital’s attractions for a small fee, but here are some of the more interesting tours that might help you get beyond the typical tourist trail:
The Alternative London Walking Tour
If you’re a fan of street art and want to learn more about the history of east London this could be the right walking tour for you. It starts and finishes close to Spitalfields Market and is sure to help you understand how the area grew to become the exciting, creative hub it is today. If you’re visiting during the week, tours set off at midday and 7pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and 12pm only on Friday. If you’d rather explore at the weekend you can choose from, 12:30.p.m, 2pm, 3pm and 3:30p.m. This tour lasts for about two hours and runs on a pay-what-you-like basis, so it’s a great option no matter what your budget.
The Weird & Wonderful Westminster Detour
If you like discovering hidden gems this is one tour not to miss, as over two and a half hours you’ll stroll from Charing Cross Train Station – at the heart of the city – down side streets and alleyways, learning about quirky characters and obscure sights. The tour organisers promise tales of alien invasions, government tunnels, Nazi dogs and much more so you’re sure to learn something new. It starts at 10am every Saturday and advance booking is said to be “essential”.
Great Greenwich Pub Tour
Ale lovers and history fanatics alike will love this tour of some of Greenwich’s finest pubs. Four half pints of beer are included in the price, so it’s a great chance to meet new people and enjoy a drink in some traditional London boozers. Follow in the footsteps of Charles Dickens and Lord Nelson at the historic Trafalgar Tavern beside the River Thames. Tours start from the Sir Walter Raleigh statue close to the Greenwich Tourist Information Centre. What other London tours do you think those with train tickets to London should take a look at?