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London: Street Art Bike Tour

1. 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: 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: Grim Reaper Walking Tour

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

4. 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: Exotic East End Food Tour at Sunday Markets

5. 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’.

Private East London Walking Tour with a Local

6. 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.

London: Street Art Tour with Banksy Exhibition and Lunch

7. London: Street Art Tour with Banksy Exhibition and Lunch

Enter the playground known as the “Graffiti Tunnel” in Waterloo before visiting the “Unauthorized Private Collection” of Banksy on this guided tour of London’s most memorable street art spots. Stop at Old Spitalfields Market for a street art-themed lunch. Dive into an immersive tour through different spectrums of the street art industry in London, perfect for art lovers. Experience firsthand the everchanging street art landscape influenced by culture and society. Spot work by artists such as ZABOU, ROA, HNRX, Wozerski, ANTE Ltd, DREPH, Mr Cenz, Jimmy C, Daniel Blackwood, Ed Hicks, Martin Ron, Otto Schade, STIK, and Butterfly Man. Keep an eye out for even more art by Gums and Tongue, Otto Schade, Tom Gerrard, Jim Vision, Ryan Roadkill, David Speed, FAN, Nathan Bowen, Sr. X, Nelius, and many more. Remain immersed in the art theme at lunch with street art food carefully selected from the famous Spitalfields Market. From there, head to Leake Street Tunnel, also known as the “Graffiti Tunnel,” and Covent Garden, to enter the “Unauthorized Private Collection” of Banksy. See Banksy’s sculptures, prints, screen prints, canvasses, and limited-edition pieces loaned from private collections. Witness one of the most explosive, provocative, and influential artists in the world.

London: Small Group East End Market Walking Tour

8. London: Small Group East End Market Walking Tour

Discover London’s iconic market scene and how to get the very best out of it. Learn about the history of the area and the markets as your guide points you in the right direction towards the items and vendors that interest you most. Take some free time at each market to shop and relax at an optional pub stop for those wanting a break. From the classic Brick Lane market with ethnic foods at every turn and deals on amazing art to the Spitalfields Market, known for its selection of gourmet gifts and unique trinkets, this tour offers something for everyone. Many of the markets visited on this tour are located in the historic Jewish quarter of London, so it provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about this neighborhood.

London: Historic Spitalfields Walk

9. London: Historic Spitalfields Walk

You will begin your guided walking tour in front of Liverpool Street Station right at the edge of Spitalfields. Your expert Blue Badge Tour Guide will take you on a circular route through this incredible area that bathes in 'old time feel' - with the City of London skyscrapers towering over it. You will hear fascinating stories of immigration and learn why it was that Protestants, Jews, Catholics and Muslims ended up here and how they left their mark. The route takes you past the old Huguenot houses that once housed attic workshops for silk weaving, churches, synagogues and mosques as well as an old Jewish soup kitchen that was in use until the 1990s. Of course, London's East End is also famous for its street art of which there will be plenty to see. Your tour will conveniently end just around the corner from Old Spitalfields Market where you can indulge in a variety of lunch offers.

London Street Markets: 3-Hour Private Guided Tour

10. London Street Markets: 3-Hour Private Guided Tour

Begin your private 3-hour tour with a visit to the famed Camden Market and its vast number of stalls offering fashions, music, games, health and beauty products, and its numerous restaurants, bars, and cafes. Covent Garden is probably the best known market to tourists. This was originally a fruit market that now sells almost everything. The Apple Market is found in the North Hall, where you’ll find British-made crafts, jewelry, leather goods, and more. Open every day of the week, the East Colonnade Market boasts a variety of stalls selling products such as handmade soaps, jewelry, handbags, hand-knitted children’s clothing, sweets, artwork, homewares, and even has a magician’s stall! In the South Piazza, the offerings of the Jubilee Market change almost daily. On Mondays, the market is dedicated to antiques. From Tuesday to Friday, a general market operates with traders selling clothing and household goods. On weekends, the market features arts and crafts. Finally, you'll visit the world-famous Borough Market. This gourmet food market comprises more than 100 stalls and stands. Suppliers from all over the country bring a range of fresh products to the market, including fish, meats, vegetables, ciders, cheeses, breads, coffees, hot foods, cakes, and patisseries. Other stalls specialize in products from abroad. The market is open from Monday to Saturday.

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4.8 / 5

based on 129 reviews

I was a tourist in my home town! And so happy that I was. What a great way to see the hidden corners of Whitechapel. There was a large enough group, people from all over the place. I was on my own, as well as another lady and a man from Germany. We were lucky with a lovely sunny evening in May. I have no morbid fascination with murder cases, I simply looked at what tours were on offer and thought this would be interesting- and I wasn't disappointed! It's a fascinating case, and SO much more was brought to this by the tour guide than I had ever seen in documentaries about it. AT FIRST. I thought that the guide should have a London accent, as in the same if I went to Dublin, it would be nice if the guide had a local accent- this girl was from Italy- but she really did herself proud, full of energy and so friendly and helpful. It was as good as it possibly could be and I HEARTILY recommend this to anyone visiting London. You really are left far more enlightened.

Josh was so informative with a wealth of knowledge…. I learnt a huge amount.A Sunday walk through the east end is a must ,wandering through the side streets and finding so much art was incredible.

Jack and Hannah were fantastic, very knowledgeable. Would highly recommend if the macabre is what you are looking for.

It was a very informative tour which covered various parts of the city. Well worth cost. Really great guide!

Very interesting tour. Covered a lot of facts and details