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London: Jack The Ripper Walking Tour

1. London: Jack The Ripper Walking Tour

Take a spine chilling walking tour of London's historic Whitechapel district, and follow in the footsteps of Jack the Ripper's terrifying killing spree of the autumn of 1888. The tour explores how a series of terrible murders gripped the East End of London. Explore the historical background of the Whitechapel murders. Examine how public perception of these gruesome but gripping crimes has been shaped, and compare it to the reality of 1888 as you go to the sites menaced by Jack the Ripper. Play detective as you’re given a profile of some of the most likely suspects. Get out your magnifying glass and try to figure out whodunnit!

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London: Tootbus Kids Tour

2. London: Tootbus Kids Tour

Join the bus at the meeting point and be whisked around London. Head past some of the main sights of the British capital on a non-stop tour that is specially designed for children between the ages of 6 and 12. Learn about the history of the major landmarks from the live kid-friendly commentary. The onboard guide will provide stories and insights to captivate children’s imaginations.  Drive past the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Pall Mall, Piccadilly Circus, Downing Street, and many more and more on this 45-minute bus tour. Additionally, get free access to the Tootbus app allowing you to locate the main attractions, locate the point of departure, prepare your visit ahead, and enjoy self-guided walking tours.

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London: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

3. London: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

Big Bus Route Highlights: Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the GuardHouses of ParliamentBig BenWestminster Abbey10 Downing StreetWhitehallPiccadilly CircusOxford StreetRegent StreetLondon EyeLondon DungeonSea Life London AquariumMadame TussaudsCovent GardenBank of EnglandMonumentSt Pauls CathedralTower of LondonTower BridgeThe ShardCity HallLambeth PalaceBritish MuseumMarble ArchMayfairGreen ParkHyde Park CornerHarrodsSouth Kensington MuseumsKensington PalaceNotting Hill This Big Bus Tour on open-top, double decker bus gives you unlimited hop-on, hop-off use on all routes for either 24-, 48- or 72- hours, taking you to London’s most impressive sights and key attractions. There are 3 ticket types available: Classic Ticket Hop-on, hop-off for 1 day (24 hours from time of redemption) Single river cruise between Westminster and Tower of London – either direction Premium Ticket Hop-on, hop-off for 2 days (48 hours from time of redemption) Return river cruise between Westminster and Greenwich, via Tower of London Panoramic evening tour Premium Plus Ticket Hop-on, hop-off for 3 days (72 hours from time of redemption) Return river cruise between Westminster and Greenwich, via Tower of London Panoramic evening tour Discover London via two specially-designed routes covering 37 stops: Best of Central London (Red Route) Experience informative and engaging recorded commentary, available in 5 different languages. The Red route takes in the best of historic London including Big Ben, the London Eye and St Paul’s Cathedral. Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes. Frequency: approx. every 20 minutes. Best of the West (Blue Route) The Blue Route offers recorded commentary in 5 different languages - English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. The Blue Route covers all the main historical sights of the West of London including stops at Harrods, London's best museums, Kensington Palace, and Marble Arch. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes. Frequency: approx. every 30 minutes. River Cruise A Classic ticket includes a single river cruise from Westminster to the Tower of London (in either direction) whilst the Premium and Premium Plus tickets include a return river cruise between Westminster and Greenwich with the option to break the journey at the Tower of London. The river cruise includes live commentary in 8 languages. You'll see top London attractions lining the Thames including Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast, Shakespeare's Globe and the Tate Modern. Departure times for the river cruise are approximately every 45 minutes. Panoramic Evening Tour The panoramic evening tour is included in the Premium & Premium Plus ticket types. Discover the magic of London as the city becomes illuminated in the evening. Hop on for a one-round panoramic tour past London's top landmarks as the sun begins to set. The tour departs daily at 18:00 from bus stop 12 at The London Eye. It lasts for 90 minutes.

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Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour

4. Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour

Walk in the footsteps of your favorite wizards (and witches) around Muggle London. Your Harry Potter enthusiast guide will be armed with weird and wonderful trivia all along the way.  Meet your guide and start your adventure by finding out which Hogwarts’ House you belong in. Compete against other Houses in an interactive quiz as you see the sites that inspired J.K. Rowling, from Shakespeare's Globe to the London alleys that inspired Knockturn Alley. Highlights include passing The Leaky Cauldron, the secret wizarding inn. Explore the real Diagon Alley, where Harry buys his first wand. Even see the bridge destroyed by the Death Eaters in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince".  For part of your guided tour, choose either a short boat trip down the Thames or take the world-famous London Underground. Both the boat and Underground options follow this itinerary:  1. Southwark Cathedral 2. 800-year-old Borough Market 3. Sir Francis Drake's world-famous Golden Hinde 4. Winchester Palace 5. 900-year-old Clink Prison 6. Shakespeare's Globe 7. Millennium Bridge 8. Daniel Radcliffe's School 9. The London Eye 10. River Thames 11. Sherlock Holmes' Pub 12. Great Scotland Yard 13. Gringotts Wizarding Bank 14. The world's smallest police station 15. Trafalgar Square 16. Knockturn Alley 17. Diagon Alley 18. Palace Theatre

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The London Pass with Access to over 80 Attractions

5. The London Pass with Access to over 80 Attractions

See all that London has to offer while saving both time and money with the London Pass. With its wealth of history and culture, London always has plenty to offer visitors, though it is not always the easiest or cheapest of experiences. The London Pass is a complete sightseer credits package allowing you access to more than 80 top attractions, tours, and museums.  Access a huge range of the top landmarks and attractions including the Tower of London, London Zoo, Windsor Castle, and many more.  Take a ride on a 1-Day Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus tour with over 60 stops across London including Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, and Piccadilly Circus. The pass is valid for a full working day across 3 routes. You'll also get access to special London Pass holder perks including discounts at gift shops at select attractions.  The London Pass allows access to over 80 attractions including: POPULAR ATTRACTIONS• The View from the Shard• Tower of London• 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour• Thames River Boat (Uber Boat by Thames Clippers - 1-day Hop-on Hop-off) • Windsor Castle• Westminster Abbey• London Bridge Experience and London Tombs• Tower Bridge Exhibition• ZSL London Zoo• Kensington Palace PLACES OF INTEREST• Shakespeare's Globe Theatre• Royal Albert Hall• Royal Observatory Greenwich• Old Royal Naval College• Cutty Sark• Kew Gardens• Hampton Court Palace• Apsley House• Beefeater Gin Distillery Tour• Benjamin Franklin House• Eltham Palace• Jewel Tower• The Monument to The Great Fire of London• Golden Hinde• Southwark Cathedral• Wellington Arch• Chelsea Physic Garden• London Wetland Centre MUSEUMS & GALLERIES• London Transport Museum• Foundling Museum• Household Cavalry Museum• Charles Dickens Museum• Guards Museum• Cartoon Museum• Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art• Wernher Collection at Ranger's House• Fan Museum• London Canal Museum• London Museum of Water and Steam• Garden Museum• Museum of Brands, Packaging, and Advertising• Museum of London Docklands (with guidebook)• Queen's Gallery• Pollocks Toy Museum• The British Museum (with Vox Audio guide)• The Postal Museum TOURS & EXPERIENCES• ArcelorMittal Orbit• Arsenal FC Stadium (Emirates Stadium)• Chelsea FC Stadium Tour• Curzon Bloomsbury• Curzon Mayfair Cinema• Curzon Soho Cinema• 30+ London Sights Tour - Top Sights Tours• Palaces and Parliament Tour - Top Sights Tours• Jason's Original Canal Boat Trip• Kia Oval Ground Tour• London Bicycle Tour• London Bicycle Hire• Brit Movie Tours• QUEENS Skate, Dine & Bowl• Twickenham Stadium Tour & Rugby Museum• Wembley Stadium Tours

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London: Harry Potter Walking Tour with Platform 9 3/4

6. London: Harry Potter Walking Tour with Platform 9 3/4

Walk in the footsteps of your favorite wizards (and witches) around Muggle London. Your Harry Potter enthusiast guide will be armed with wonderful trivia as you visit many of the iconic real-life locations that inspired the book and were featured in the movies. Learn about London’s rich muggle and wizarding history. Discover amazing facts about the books and films, and see many of the film locations used in London, including the Ministry of Magic and the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron. The tour includes familiar Harry Potter film locations as well as iconic London landmarks, such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Millennium Bridge, Tate Modern, Borough Market, and Leadenhall Market. You can also take souvenir photos of Platform 9¾ at King's Cross Train Station. Along the route of this magical Harry Potter walking tour, you’ll have plenty of chances to take pictures and see the film locations up-close as well as places that inspired JK Rowling in her writings.

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Secrets of London Walking Tour

7. Secrets of London Walking Tour

The tour begins in the corner of Trafalgar Square, where you will be given a brief outline of what you can expect, but of course, as the tour is secret, you won't be told everything. For the next 1.5-hours, the guide will take you on a journey through back streets and alleyways, in an endeavor to show you places which time has forgotten. Early on in the tour, visit a tiny old police station which Londoners walk past every day but never realize its historical significance. The tour then heads onto streets associated with J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter. Along the way, you will be shown the discrete social club which has its roots in a more eccentric 18th century London. The next part of the tour is very atmospheric, as you'll appear to be transported back to the time of Charles Dickens, looking out for old gas lamps, signs and door knockers, nestled beside old pubs hidden off the main thoroughfares.  And if that isn't enough, you'll then be treated to one of London's most extraordinary stories of superstition, an enduring ceremony for a king, and to finish off the group will go off searching for one of the city's most mysterious pieces of art - the Duke of Wellington's nose. 

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London: Tootbus Must See Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour + Cruise

8. London: Tootbus Must See Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour + Cruise

Hop on board the Must See London tour, sit back, relax, and (re)discover the city from a whole new perspective. See the best bits of London on this tour designed to see the most famous sights and incredible views of the city. Enjoy a tour past London's top attractions and landmarks including; Tower Bridge, Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, National Gallery, and Downing Street. Start the tour at any of the bus stops. Be welcome on board whether you are a first-time visitor with just a few hours in town and want to get a taste of London or a Londoner who wants to experience the city differently. Download the Tootbus app to easily find your way around, follow the buses in real-time, and enjoy self-guided walking tours to help you explore more of London.

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London: Christmas Lights by Night Open-Top Bus Tour

9. London: Christmas Lights by Night Open-Top Bus Tour

Make it a memorable Christmas with a festive tour of London’s top attractions. Atop an open double-decker bus, you’ll have the best seats in the house for savoring panoramic views of the glowing streets. Watch the city light up when the sun goes down, and see how London does Christmas. Set off from the illuminated London Eye, and onto the iconic Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. Marvel at the exquisite displays in Buckingham Palace and St Paul’s Cathedral. See one of the tallest Christmas trees in the city at Trafalgar Square. Hear about the fascinating history of the Tower of London as you cross the magical Tower Bridge. Cruise through the winding streets of London and feel dazzled by the merry décor. Take your pick between a live or audio guide to learn some jolly facts about each location.

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London: Tootbus Christmas Lights Tour

10. London: Tootbus Christmas Lights Tour

Hop aboard a bus for a holiday tour of London. See the famous lights that decorate the iconic streets of London on board a double-decker bus. Watch the city sparkle as you go past the capital's most famous Christmas light displays. Drive by Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and more. See these places in their sparkling Christmas attire. Listen to your guide tell stories of Christmas past and present. Put on your complementary Santa hat to get into the spirit. Share this special moment with your loved ones while listening to a knowledgeable local guide tell you all about London's most famous landmarks. Get in the mood with access to the Tootbus Christmas playlist.

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What people are saying about Trafalgar Square

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 16,629 reviews

Whilst we live in London, we found this tour super fun and informative. We were taken to places that we didn't even know existed! Hagrid/John, our guide, is extremely knowledgeable and engaging throughout. Highly recommend this tour to all - locals or visitors!!

The route is the perfect length for younger children, my daughter is only 4 and came away talking about what she had seen and been told by our amazing guide Peter. Peter really made this a great experience fir the children. I would definately recommend!!

The app was really useful - especially the timing reminder! Kept us om track! The staff were super friendly and made kids feel welcome. The tour guide was friendly and shared interesting bits of information. The kids liked her questions too.

Everyone had a good time. It was interactive and entertaining.

Great for all ages - an interesting tour of central london