By bus, boat, foot or bike; whatever the transport option, evening sightseeing in London brings a new perspective on familiar sights, and some unique experiences that don’t exist when the sun is shining. These are some of the best so be sure to book early for your after-hours adventure.
Night and evening bus tours
Open top bus tour
There are lots of ways to see London by night, but what could be more iconic than seeing the Tower of London from an open top London bus? Come aboard to see some of London's top sights sparkle at twilight. A popular option is the See London By Night tour, where you'll enjoy a guided evening bus tour of London's most famous sights.
The Ghost Bus Tour
Prefer your London night bus tour to be a bit creepier? Take a ride on the Ghost Bus for an evening of tales from London’s underbelly. Expect stories of murder and darkness, with a healthy dose of hauntings. The onboard actors and special effects will send chills down your spine.
Night walking tours
Jack the Ripper Tour
Walk the mean streets of Victorian Whitechapel, passing by the murder spots where some of the Ripper’s victims met their demise. Your guide for your night walk in London tour will be a dedicated ‘Ripperologist’. Join the investigation to crack the case. Read more
Private pub tour
Join Britain’s first Beer Sommelier of the Year, Jane Peyton, on a private tour of four historic city pubs, learning about beer, cider, pub culture and architecture. And, of course, sample the goods at each stop This is a unique way to get truly immersed in London’s rich pub culture. This is a private tour for a group of up to six people and comes at a bit of a cost, but Jane's expertise about everything beer is worth it – even those who consider themselves well educated on hops and yeast will learn a thing or two. Read more
The London Lens Project
A guided evening walk in London and night photography course all in one package. Explore the South Bank of area of London and learn how to take effective low light images with your digital camera at the same time. Master the tricks of flash, shutter speed, aperture and more whilst seeing some of the city’s most iconic sights from the river.
Royal Greenwich Ghost Tour
Explore hidden laneways, London's oldest park, the creepiest tunnel in the UK, and royal secrets. One and a half hours of gentle walking through the Greenwich World Heritage Site with not-so-gentle spine-chilling stories to keep you awake plus a nightcap at Dicken’s favourite haunted pub. Read more
The West End Ghost Walk
This walk starts out like any other, but as the shadows lengthen and disappear in the gloom, things take a darker turn. Not for the faint-hearted, this tour unearths darkest stories on a West End Ghost Walk, hosted by London Walks Gas-lit alleyways, deserted Georgian streets and a gloomy old palace are just the start.
Camden pub crawl
Less a tour, more a moving party, courtesy of Strawberry Tours. A great way to meet new friends in a guaranteed party atmosphere. From 19:30 until midnight, your hosts will guide you through some of the best imbibing spots in London, with welcoming drinks along the way. A great way to explore Camden’s thriving nightlife culture.
Thames river evening bike tour
Get on a bike for a four-hour cycling tour, with Fat Tire Tours, along the banks of the Thames to catch a unique waterside perspective of some of the greatest sights in town. The tour also takes in two iconic London markets, Leadenhall and Borough. The pace is leisurely, and riders can refuel at a riverside pub stop.
City Cruises - The London Showboat
Perfect for musical theatre lovers, this evening boat tour combines some of the West End’s best shows with a four course meal as you cruise past London’s iconic riverside sights. Eat, sing along, dance and enjoy a theatrical evening on the water.
Dinner cruises on the Thames
Capture the city from a new perspective on a Bateaux London dinner cruise. Live entertainment will accompany your meal as you float by the twinkling lights of the city taking in all the major sights.
City Cruises Riverlights Cruise
Hop on a City Cruises Riverlights Cruise to see London's lights at their best. See everything from the rotating lights of the Coca-Cola London Eye to the tower skyscrapers of Canary Wharf. Plus, you'll get to enjoy it all with a glass of bubbly in hand, and canapés on offer, plus a live jazz soundtrack to accompany you.
City Cruises Sundowner Cruise
Unwind on the water after a day of exploring London's streets. The City Cruises Sundowner Cruise is a great way to relax, starting off at Westminster Pier, floating down the city's main waterway listening to live jazz with a drink in hand. See all the great riverside landmarks, and get back in time for plenty more evening fun.