Even with our one year anniversary of living in London coming up next month, there is still much of my new adopted city that I have yet to explore.
Most of us have probably done the old popular standby hop-on, hop-off bus tour on at least one of our holidays to check out the iconic sights of our destination; the shuffling crowds piling onto the bus like a herd of sheep-le, the world’s most uncomfortable pair of earphones that you plug in to the static-y sound system to hear the pre-recorded impersonal audio guide, I say pass on that!
Ranging from active to morbid to competitive, if you are planning a trip to London or are lucky enough to call the Big Smoke home, how about seeing a different side of the city this summer and getting a unique view of the world’s most visited city with one of these five off-the-beaten path tours.
The Details: Pedibuses can be booked at a date and time of your choosing, minimum of 7 adults per booking, £25 per adult
Pedal your way past London’s iconic landmarks on one of five different routes with up to 12 of your best friends on a pedibus. With a dinner table like seating configuration you can enjoy a bottle of wine or two at the same time!
2. Unseen Tours
The Details: Daily afternoon tours at 2pm meeting at different locations, £10 per adult
Hosted by homeless, formerly homeless, and vulnerably housed tour guides, join one of the unique London walking tours offered such as Camden: Rock and Roll Contrasts or Brick Lane: Multicultural Mixing Pot.
The Details: 6:30-8:30pm June 11th & July 14th, tours start at Piccadilly and end at Bond Street, £2.50 per adult
Join your guide from ActionAid for a tax justice walking tour through Mayfair as you explore the topic of tax dodging and exposing how big businesses in the UK manage to avoid taxes and get away with it. The tours are part of the agency’s successful campaign to put an end to dodgy tax havens.
The Details: Tours run nightly at 7:30 and 9:00pm, departing from the Grand Hotel off Trafalgar Square, £21 per adult
Board the classic 1960s London Routemaster “Necrobus” for a sinister and hilariously entertaining one and a half hour sightseeing bus tour exploring the dark and malevolent history of London’s most famous sights.
5. Hidden City
The Details: Play any day within 28 days of signing up, £25 per team
Gather together a group of friends to solve a trail of clues sent to you via text message discovering quirky shops, stylish bars and tucked-away pubs along the way over the 2 to 4 hour experience.