Top 10 Unique London Tours and quirky London experiences

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Of course there is no shortage of things to do in London, it’s one of the most famous cities in the world! But whether you’re a local looking for unusual days out in London, or a first time visitor ready to experience some unique London tours, these are the top 10 quirky London tours that you’ll LOVE!

Visiting Buckingham Palace, riding the London Eye and seeing Big Ben are all of course popular sites for a reason, but this guide aims to provide you with some ideas and inspiration for quirky days out in London, unique experiences and a day to remember with some of the more quirky London tours available.

These are all great options if you’re a London local looking for something to do on the weekend, perhaps you have friends visiting from out of town and want them to experience something a bit different.

Or maybe you’ve visited London so many times and this time you want something new, exciting and even odd things to do in London – those activities make all the best stories afterwards!

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10 Unusual London tours and experiences

A narrow boat cruise on the Regents Canal

This charming narrowboat tour is just 1 hour long and takes you from Little Venice to Camden Town on a cute narrowboat barge, with sights to see along the way.

This is a much more leisurely paced tour, a perfect addition to a slow day around Little Venice or wandering Camden Markets.

You’ll pass through the Maida Hill tunnel and learn about Canal history, you can also nosey at the grand houses you’re cruising past too!

This is a really affordable and fun London activity, perfect for a sunny weekend out in London.

Book here.

dusk at regents canal with unique London restaurant floating on the river looking like a red chinese lantern
Regents Canal

Climb the roof of the O2 Arena

If you fancy something with a bit more adrenaline, why not brave a climb on the roof of the O2 arena.

Previously known as the Millennium Dome as it was constructed to market the Millennium in 2000, the dome is now a concert venue holding 20,000 seats.

This 90-minute experience offers incredible city views and you’re guaranteed to get your heart racing!

This is a great option for London gift experiences too, if you know someone who’d love this – why not buy it as a gift or as a London day trip to share with them?

Book here.

London Beer Bike Tour

They are hilarious, sort of cringe but also look incredibly fun, right?!

Not only is one of the most unusual tours London has to offer, it’s also one of the most fun tours in London!

This drinks bike London activity is best done with a group of your mates while you pedal and drink your way around Soho and Piccadilly on a moving table!

The best part is that drinks are not included, so this unique London tour is also really budget friendly and you can bring whatever drink you enjoy most!

The barman will keep drinks following and tell you about the sights around you too. You can choose either a 1 hour or 2 hour experience.

Book here.

Thames Speedboat ride

How many times have you seen those speedboats whizzing up and down the Thames?

Well now is your chance to join them on a Thames speedboat ride.

With a tour commentary of the famous London sights around you, a great music track and the thrill of flying along at that speed, this is a big winner for locals and tourists alike!

There are a few speedboat tour companies to choose from so find the option that suits you and your party best.

Book here.

View of Tower Bridge from the side of the Thames
Tower Bridge

Ride the world’s longest and tallest tunnel slide

Did you know the famous red sculpture from the 2012 Olympic Games has been transformed into a fun tunnel slide where you reach speeds up to 15 mph?

This is a short, sweet and cheap option for a unique London experience that’s perfect for the whole family.

The ArcelorMittal Orbit is the UK’s tallest sculpture at 114.5 metres tall and the viewing platform from the top allows you to see panoramic views of London up to 20 miles away.

The world record breaking slide is 178 metres long with 12 twists and reaching speeds up to 15 mph.

Children must be over 8 years old and 1.3m or taller.

Book here.

Evening Dinner River Cruise on the Thames with Live Music

If you’re looking for fun and unusual activities London has to offer couples, this evening river cruise with a 4 course meal and live music is the perfect London date night idea!

It’s also a really fun experience for a group of friends to enjoy together, with a 4 course meal, sparkling wine on arrival, tea and coffee, live music and dancing all included in the price.

From the boat you’ll see the city illuminated at night, or if you take the cruise in the summer, you’ll get to enjoy the sunset from the boat with the wonderful food and music as your soundtrack.

This is one of the more exclusive London tours and it’s an experience you’ll remember!

Book here.

Aerial view of London skyline looking over the Thames and Tower Bridge with Canary Wharf in the distance
London Skyline

Afternoon Tea tour on an double decker bus

If you’re looking for cool tours in London, this is one of the experiences London does so well – where else can you ride a double decker London bus while enjoying English afternoon tea?!

This London Afternoon Tea bus tour includes a full sweet and savoury afternoon tea spread plus a glass of prosecco as you spend 1.5 hours seeing the best of London and some of the city’s most iconic sights and landmarks.

This is the perfect quirky London activity for a girls day trip, a mother-daughter day out or a London hen party.

Book here.

Comedy Horror Ghost Tour on a bus

This Ghostly Horror Bus Tour is probably one of the most offbeat London tours ever but it’s definitely one of the most unique tours of London!

Learn about the gruesome history of London and the horrors behind some of the most well-known and iconic landmarks.

With onboard actors, ghost story narration and a few spooky scenes onboard, this is as much an entertaining tour as it is a spooky one!

This is a unique London tour to remember!

Book here.

Hidden London Underground Tour

The London transport system, aka the Tube, is one of the most well-known transport systems in the world.

This London Underground tour is probably one of the most interesting tours in London as your guide shares the history, secrets and stories of the transport system.

Even as a local this is a fascinating opportunity to learn about an integral part of London and the guides are super knowledgeable – one of the best guided tours in London.

Book here.

Skywalk at Tottenham Hotspurs

This is a fun London tour for the Spurs fans out there!

Walk on the glass walkway 46.8 metres above the football pitch at the Spurs stadium. You’ll scale the edge of the stadium and see epic views of the city from the top.

The experience lasts for 1.5 hours and you’ll get professional photos taken too.

Definitely an exhilarating experience to remember for footie fans out there!

Book here.

London street art tour and workshop

View down a London street with traditional stone buildings on either side and the modern walkie talkie building at the end of the street

Experience one of the most unusual walking tours London has to offer with this half-day street art walking tour in London’s East End.

The whole experience lasts for 4 hours and you’ll have the chance to spray paint your own art piece at the workshop at the end of the tour.

See artwork from Banksy, Invader and other famous street art names and learn about street art from active street artists. 

As a London resident, it’s easy to walk past artwork and never know or appreciate the work behind it, this is one of the best quirky walking tours London has to offer about street art.

Book here. 

Summary: Unique tours in London

There are countless unusual experiences in London and hopefully this guide has given you some ideas and inspiration for the range of unique tours London has to offer.

Even as a local Londoner or UK resident, it can be easy to dismiss exploring more of your own capital city, these exciting activities are a reminder of how much there is on offer in London.

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