Which Are the Best London Night Tours?

This post reviews and compares the various evening and night tours of London, including our pay-what-you-wish options. You should also take a look at our 42+ things to do at night post.


Free Tours by Foot Night Tours

We offer 6 tours that offer evening tours: Harry Potter Film Locations, Jack the Ripper, Dark Side of London Ghost Tour, our Twilight River Walk as well as our Westminster and Old City of London tours. We rotate our tour availability, so be sure to check out our full calendar.

We also offer a seasonal Christmas Lights Tour.

Jack the Ripper

Jack the Ripper sketchOur Jack the Ripper Tour takes place in the evenings which means night falls while you explore the back streets of London’s East End with us. Cobbled alleyways and dark corners surround you with the feeble light of Victorian gas-lamps providing the only illumination as you walk in the footsteps of the most famous serial killer of all time.

Harry Potter London Film Locations Tour

Whether you received your invitation to Hogwarts or not, everybody knows the magical world of Harry Potter. Not only does Harry journey to and through London throughout the 8 movies, but most were filmed right here in the capital of the U.K.! 

Your expert guide will take you through London, pointing out sites and locations from the Harry Potter film series.  Come follow in the footsteps of the world’s most famous wizard on our Harry Potter Tour!

Dark Side of London Ghost Tour

Our Dark Side of London Ghost Tour highlights the unsavoury side of London’s past. Legends, facts, true stories and urban legends all come together to provide a perfectly creepy way to explore London after dark.

Twilight on the Thames (Summer)

London tower at nightSummer nights in London are warm, fresh and beautiful – providing the perfect backdrop for a stroll along the River Thames. The tours begin shortly before sunset which means you can see London come alive as the lights of the city flicker on during your walk.

Once you’ve seen the city by day, wrap up your day out with a fabulous trip along the river to take in the most stunning skylines you’ve ever seen.

Other Evening Walking Tours

Metropolitan Walkers

A fabulous group providing walking tours aimed at people in their 20’s and 30’s. The walks change throughout the year and include short jaunts, slow rambling wanders, and extra-long adventures for those who want a challenge. Walks take place at varying times and there are night time walks for those who want to see the city lights alive.

London Walks

London Walks offers a few London Night walks but our favourites are The Ancient City at Night and the Old Hampstead Village Pub Walk. The Ancient City Walk takes guests through the oldest part of London, with ancient stories, beautiful architecture and even a tiny piece of Harry Potter magic.

The Old Hampstead Village Pub Walk takes guests throughout one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods of London. Hampstead is well off the beaten path and this tour brings visitors to some of the most authentic and historic pubs in all of London.

London Nightlife Ticket 

Though this isn’t a tour per se, the London Nightlife Ticket gives you free access to 19 different nightclub venues around the city so you can do your own self-guided tour! Also, enjoy discounts on drinks at certain locations. The ticket costs £10 for 1 Day or £20 for 7 Days. 

London: All Access Discount Clubbing Pass 

Similar to the London Nightlife Ticket, this pass gives you free entry to 20 different top venues around the city. You can also enjoy discounted drinks and a map of the best places to go out in London. 


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Night Boat Tours


Enjoy a relaxing trip along the River Thames, sipping champagne and eating tasty canapes as London’s lights pass you by. Jazz music and modern favourites are played by a live performer as you travel throughout London – from the bright lights of Big Ben, all the way to Canary Wharf…and back again.


Showboat is a full wining and dining experience. Guests receive a four-course meal, plenty of drinks and live music as the boat glides through central London and all the way out to the Thames Barrier for a fabulous tour of just over 3 hours. Read our reviews of all the dinner cruise options available on the Thames.


Night Bus Tours

There are several companies offering night bus tours.  Some of these night tours are included for free with the purchase of a 24 or 48-hour ticket or part of a tourist attraction discount card, such as the London Pass, so be sure to check before purchasing.  

Also, if you are in London at the peak of the summer, keep in mind that much of the tour will be in daylight and twilight as opposed to nighttime.

Big Bus Tours 

Big Bus offers a nightly hop-on-hop-off bus tour.  The buses depart from Westminster Bridge at 7:30 pm, 8:00 pm and 8:30 pm.  The first two buses are hop-on, hop-off and you can join the tour at any of the tours’ 11 stops.  You can download the stop schedule and map on their night tour page.  The 8:30 bus is a full circuit.  If you stay on the entire time, the full circuit is just over one hour long.  Big Bus is a well-reviewed bus tour operator.

Ticket Prices (online price)

  • £21 – Adult
  • £11 – Child
  • £53 – Family
  • Free with the purchase of the 48 hour hop-on, hop-off ticket.
  • Purchase your tickets here

Golden Tours – London by Night

Like Big Bus’s 8:30 pm tour, Golden Tours offers a nightly open-top, double-decker night tour.  You can’t hop-on and hop-off and the circuit takes 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete.  Tours depart at 7 pm and 8 pm daily.

Ticket Prices 7 pm:

  • £16.50 – Adult (£18.00 for the 8 pm tour)
  • £11.00 – Child (5-15)
  • £50.00 – Family (2 Adults + 2 Children)
  • More information here.

TipLondon Pass holders are entitled to a 30% discount.

4D Ghost Hunters Bus Tour 

A very unique night tour that combines a traditional ghost stories tour with state of the art ghost hunting technology. The tour lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Tour takes place Wednesdays through Sundays at 3 pm, 6 pm and 9 pm.  Tour is not recommended for children under 12 due to the content.  Some of the sights that will be investigated include Westminster Palace, Buckingham Palace, London Bridge and Kensington Palace.

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See London By Night

See London By Night offers open-top double decker bus exploration! Wrap up warm as you speed around town, taking in the brightest lights in the city at places like Piccadilly Circus, Harrods and Big Ben. Guided commentary will keep you entertained and informed throughout.


Christmas Night Tours (Seasonal) 

Illuminations of London on Christmas Eve

Golden Tours runs these fabulous Christmas Eve tours that takes guests on a luxury coach ride through London to view all the festive lights of the holiday season. An adventure through the heart of London, the tour takes guests all through town to see London’s most famous sites lit up for the night before Christmas.

Open-Top Christmas Lights

What better way to see the Christmas lights of London than from the open top of a restored 50-year-old vintage bus? The tour takes guests to see London’s best Christmas decorations; through Oxford Street to Harrods and Regent Street to Trafalgar Square where London’s Christmas tree is on display for all to see. The tour includes live commentary and an opportunity for a photo stop on the edge of the Thames.


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Evening Bike Tours

The London Bicycle Tour Company 

See London on two wheels with the London Bicycle Tour Company. Guided tours take guests from the lights of London’s East End, along the river to Central London and Theatreland – with a drinks break in between!

Speaking of drinks, check out our detailed post on the best Pub + Bar Crawls in London !


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