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Secret London Tour by Bike

1. Secret London Tour by Bike

This quirky London guided bike tour packs in a lot in a short time exploring the colorful back streets of the East End and the financial district, and is full of interesting anecdotes. See world famous sights such as the Tower of London, the site of the Great Fire of 1666 and iconic Tower Bridge. Hear bizarre tales of scandal, polar bears in the River Thames and relive the dark days of Jack the Ripper. There are some fabulous hidden gems to discover such as exotic Brick Lane and the cockney 'Bow Bells' along with a visit to an authentic East End pub. The Hidden London bicycle tour will also take in the City of London's most noted landmarks, including the Bank of England, the eye catching 'Gherkin' and the original Stock Exchange building.

London: 2-Hour Private City Tour Off the Beaten Track

2. London: 2-Hour Private City Tour Off the Beaten Track

Dive into Shoreditch, London's alternative side. Step away from the tourist trails and follow your local guide on a private tour full of surprises. Check out Brick Lane, Old Spitalfields market, local street art, spot architectural gems, and more. See and learn about the unexpected side of London. Let your guide show you hangout spots and historical spots representative of the area.

London: East End British Food & Drinks Private Walking Tour

3. London: East End British Food & Drinks Private Walking Tour

Eat and drink like a Londoner on this private dining tour of London's East End. Originally a neighborhood of immigrants, with a dark past associated with crime and poverty, today it is one of the best areas to dine in London. Visit five of the best pubs and taverns frequented by Londoners. Start your tour through the charming streets of East London and stop at one of the most interesting places in London: a café in the middle of a medieval church. Taste the most authentic British pastries accompanied by a classic tea or coffee. Next, it's time to try the classic London dish: fish and chips. Enjoy this dish with a cold beer while your local guide tells you the darkest stories of Jack the Ripper, a famous character from the 19th century who murdered his victims in the same area where your tour takes place. Visit one of the best pubs in London while you taste the typical "Scotch egg", a popular pub dish in Great Britain consisting of a hard-boiled egg inside sausage meat that has been shredded and baked or fried. Finally, sample the classic English pie, a traditional British dish consisting of a puff pastry filled with a rich sauce and slowly cooked meat or vegetables. Savor these pies served with a craft beer or wine in a beautiful English tavern with a buzzing atmosphere.

London: Street Art Bike Tour

4. London: Street Art Bike Tour

Join London's original street art tour provider to see some of the world's finest street art around Brick Lane, Shoreditch, Hoxton and Hackney as well as some hidden away pieces. On bike you will get to see much more in two hours than you can see on any other walking tour.  You'll hear the stories and motivations behind incredibly imaginative works of all shapes and sizes created with a staggering array of materials from all of the world's finest street artists including: Banksy, Shepherd Fairey, Phlegm, Invader, Conor Harrington, D*Face, Stik, ROA, Vhils and loads loads more.  Unlike any other London Street Art Tour, you will get an authentic first-hand experience: your guide will either be a well-known street artist or a well-respected expert who has produced stacks of behind-the-scenes documentaries about some of the world's top street artists. 

London: Jack the Ripper Guided Walking Tour

5. London: Jack the Ripper Guided Walking Tour

Hit the streets of East End London on a Jack the Ripper mystery walking tour. Head back to 1888 with your expert Ripperologist guide as you try to solve the still-unsolved murders on this immersive experience. Assess photographic evidence and hear true stories about the investigation to suss out the suspects. 'Investigate’ the alleged perpetrators and hear about the theories as to who committed some of the most shocking crimes in Britain's history. Learn more about the victims and everyday life in Whitechapel which was an impoverished neighborhood at the time. Your guide will even share gems about Victorian London, including the cultural context for enduring figures such as Sherlock Holmes.  Was Jack the Ripper ever close to being caught? Why did he choose Whitechapel? Where was any evidence discovered? Find all this out and more with your Ripperologist guide. Stops include:  • Brick Lane  • Christ Church  • Spitalfields Market • Mitre Square • Petticoat Lane • Ten Bells Pub

London: Grim Reaper Walking Tour

6. London: Grim Reaper Walking Tour

This 2-hour walking tour of London’s shadowy streets takes you back in time, starting with the 1400s, long before an official police force patrolled the dark alleys in the city’s infamous East End. London was a city where tyrants ruled, and the weak were swallowed by death’s gaping maw. The walk through the city’s gloom takes you through the sites of gruesome executions and crushing poverty, of overcrowding, disease, and depraved criminality. Retrace the bloody trail of the notorious Jack the Ripper's murders, get a taste for a new breed of soul harvester born of the Victorian age, and see the plague pits, the Bloody Tower, and Traitor’s Gate. You will go to several notoriously haunted areas of the East End and discover how traitors and criminals were punished, why the Ripper was never caught, and what life was really like for people living in the East End. In a city so full of light and beauty, this walk will show you the darkness waiting around every corner.

London: Exotic East End Food Tour at Sunday Markets

7. London: Exotic East End Food Tour at Sunday Markets

Join the ultimate cultural journey in London’s East End as you take a guided tour of the famous Sunday Markets. Try food samples from international cuisine vendors and get a chance to learn Cockney Rhyming slang. Experience not simply a ‘food tour’ but a journey around the world and understanding and celebration of how the most multicultural area of the most cosmopolitan city came to be. Taste Indian samosas, local oysters with a glass of Bubbly, Ghanian chocolate, and Jewish “Beigels or Bagels” (depends on which side of the world you are in).  No visit to the East End would be complete without some Cockney banter, so you’ll learn a bit o’ rhyming slang when it’s time to rest your ‘plates of meat’.

Alternative London 2-Hour Street Art Walking Tour

8. Alternative London 2-Hour Street Art Walking Tour

Enjoy a 2-hour walking tour of one of London’s most vibrant areas, and discover the alternative scenes of fashionable East London. Meet your guide by Old Spitalfields Market, just outside the City of London (London’s historic financial district). Learn the history of the East End as you walk down streets covered in street art. Your guide is one of the most knowledgeable about London’s street artists, and will give you a unique insight into the urban art and graffiti culture of the area. Wander over from Spitalfields to Brick Lane and the trendy Shoreditch area. Discover street art from around 40 artists, including ROA, Stik, Borondo, Cranio, and many more. Street art by its nature constantly changes, which in turn means that these tours evolve on a regular basis. This guarantees that a tour will always feel fresh.

London 1- or 2-Hour Professional Photo Shoot

9. London 1- or 2-Hour Professional Photo Shoot

Experience London like never before and hire a professional photographer for an exclusive photo session against some of the city’s most striking backdrops. Choose between a 1- or 2-hour session, with a choice of focus for the session as well. Your friendly personal photographer will create stunning photos of you against London backdrops as you discover the city’s charms. The photo-documentary style of photography is unobtrusive and natural, and perfect for capturing special occasions or simply candid moments during your trip. In the vibrant street life of London, there’s plenty of photo-worthy scenes to be found at every street corner. You could be cycling around the city, taking a stroll along trendy shopping streets, relaxing in one of the many parks, reveling in London’s cultural offerings, or just kicking back and enjoying a beer and a meal at a traditional pub. Photo sessions are held in some of the most picturesque neighborhoods. The most popular itineraries include: • Jack The Ripper’s London: Take a walk through the East End of London and retrace the footsteps of Jack the Ripper. From Whitechapel to Brick Lane, you’ll have lots of photo opportunities in the dark heart of London's East End. Travel back in time to the late 1800s. Take a walk through the sprawling markets of Petticoat Lane and Commercial Road, and on to the darkened corners of Mitre Square and Bucks Row! • Royal London: Explore the area around Buckingham Palace and see the Changing of the Guard. See Westminster Bridge, Big Ben, the London Eye, and South Bank. • Beatles London: Re-enact the Beatles’ Abbey Road crossing and explore Carnaby Street, the London hub of the swinging 60s. Alternatively, the photographers encourage you to choose your own locations that suit your personality and style.

Private East London Walking Tour with a Local

10. Private East London Walking Tour with a Local

When you book this tour, the supplier will be in touch within 24 hours after booking to find out more about your personality, tastes and interests so we can assign a like-minded Local who can create a bespoke experience for you. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Your outing will start at Spitalfields Market, one of the area’s oldest markets over 350-years-old. Here, you will wander around the eclectic mix of retail and restaurant stalls to explore over two stories of this gorgeous stone edifice, which is like a hipster version of Covent Garden. Your local will meet you at the market, where you will stop for a coffee at a cafe that many locals swear serves the best coffee in town. Here, your local will have some time to get to know you and what you are eager to experience. They will fit their insider knowledge of the area to your individual needs. The tour is unscripted so even though you will book an initial timeline, the day might evolve in different directions to ensure that you experience Shoreditch your way.  Wander off to Brick Lane, which is the most visited narrow lane in East London. Londoner’s argue it has some of the world’s best Indian food, outside of India, but there are quirky cafes, record shops, vintage shops, market stalls and more. There is much to discover here, on a street that is as rich in history as it is in cuisine. Along the way you’ll make tangents exploring warehouse conversions of vintage shops and outposts of trendy clothing designers. If you are up for lunch, you could stop at a buzzy restaurant serving a range of wonderfully tasty Indian street food dishes.  After this, you can explore the two-level bespoke shipping containers where artists and creative designers exhibit and sell their work. There are also restaurants and bars with several terraces to eat, drink and look out over the urban sights. Finally, head to Old Street via Hoxton, known for its vibrant nightlife. Your local will lead you past some of the trendiest bars and rooftop gardens. Wander down side streets to view some great street art and uncover hidden gems such as a motorcycle cafe within the fabric of the community. After a thorough exploration of Old Street, your local will leave you with tips on where to head next, and places to see during the rest of your trip.

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What people are saying about Brick Lane

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,477 reviews

The tour was extremely thorough, interesting, and gave great insight into both the case of Jack the Ripper and the history of the area. Our tour guide, Tom, was fantastic, and you could tell he knew the topic inside and out. I would strongly recommend this tour to anyone looking for something to do in the city at night, especially true crime buffs or those interested in unsolved mysteries. Thanks for a great night!!

It was great! Exciting, scary and entertaining. Our German guide (unfortunately I don't remember the name but it was a lady from Hamburg) was great! Not recommended for small children, but otherwise for everyone!

The tour guide (Tom) was amazing! He kept the tour lively and really knew what he was talking about. I would definitely recommend this tour to friends.

I loved the tour, in all due to the passion that the guide managed to convey with his story!! Amazing

Tom was a very, very good speaker and made the tour lively, anytime again