It's not just the views of Tower of London, the Thames and The Shard that should have you flocking to cloudM, but the cocktail list is a quintessential taste of our capital's best bits. Think drinks themed around Wimbledon, Chelsea Flower Show and more.
26 Great Ideas For Tourists in London
Whether it's your first, second, third or fourth time visiting London, there's no shortage of things to do for tourists, that's for sure. From eclectic walking tours and trips on the London Eye to rowdy bar crawls and historic talking points, we're here to help you weave your way through the very best that London has to offer. Check out our recommendations for the best of London nightlife for tourists and get familiar with this oh-so-cosmopolitan city.
Last updated on 13th September 2023
If you're a tourist in this marvellous city, be sure to upgrade your plans with an evening of laughter at The Covent Garden Comedy Club. This event will be running every Friday or Saturday at the Freemasons Arms, and promises an evening of stand-up jokes.
Looking for a night out during your visit to London that promises fun, food and drinks combined? Blending pizza and cocktails with state of the art dart boards, not only does it look great on Instagram, Flight Club are one of the best nights out in the city.
Looking for a truly unique way to dine and see the city at the same time? This unique bus ride around London pairs fine dining with iconic landmarks as you feast on expertly-created dishes with a fine wine pairing, under a glass-topped roof giving you panoramic views.
From Jack The Ripper walking tours to ghouls, ghosts, cheese and even Harry Potter, there's plenty of cool themes to help you uncover the sights of London over at See Your City. Nab an affordable ticket now to find out what all the fuss is about.
Whether you're still navigating the city or a seasoned Londoner, this scavenger hunt will take you on a tour of London like you've never seen before. From miscellaneous tasks to whacky challenged and quirky activities, this is one for any group.
Is there a better way of exploring a new town or destination than a treasure hunt? Grab your friends, or go solo and enjoy a wild adventure led by exciting technology on your phone. You'll not only get a chance to win a prize, but you will also find out some fascinating historical facts too.
Searching for cool things to do outdoors around the city? Boasting themes such as Shakespeare, serial killers, Sweeney Todd and treasure hunts, London Premier Walking Tours is the ideal event for tourists looking for quirkier ways to explore.
A no brainer for a good night out in London, Clays is a top spot for those who fancy a taste of what the city has to offer. Head over to play interactive clay pigeon shooting games, eat all kinds of tasty food and sip on cocktails.
The Gherkin boasts one of London's best rooftop bars, and you'd be a fool to miss it during a trip in London. From the sweeping views to the stunning collection of cocktails and Champagne, this was more than made for a special occasion.
There's plenty of history in this city, and one great way to experience it all: London's best walking tours. Focused around the ghouls and ghosts of our fair London, join this paranormal walking tour and uncover some of the strangest happenings over the course of time.
What do you get when you combine an escape room with a scavenger hunt and a mystery? StreetHunt Games of course. You'll be exploring the streets of London and cracking clues on this self-guided outdoor activity.
Meet outside The Old Bailey Central Criminal Court and enjoy this unique walking tour. Gaol Birds of Old London is highlighting infamous female felons, by showing you all the places past crimes and executions have happened. Plus, with an added element of street theatre, you'll even get to meet them too.
Are you a tourist in London looking to get to know the city's best beer? Join Ale Hunters as they explore pubs, craft breweries and taprooms while teaching you all you need to know about the creation process, with plenty of tasting opportunities (of course).
To get the full London experience, you'll want to enjoy The Rubens at The Palace Hotel's Royal Afternoon Tea. You can indulge in a range of spreads, from halal and vegan to bottomless Champagne. Expect to indulge in cakes, scones and sweet treats within close proximity to Buckingham Palace.
A fan of Sherlock Holmes? Well, this pub is elementary. You'll find The Volunteer on Baker Street, just a few doors down from the famous home address of the popular sleuth. Better yet, budding ghost hunters will want to keep an eye out at this haunted establishment.
If you want to see the capital's famous landmarks in a cool and unique way, then check out Thames Lates. Their speedboat takes you past Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf and more, with hilarious comedians as your guides. There's even a lovely drink at sunset.
Elevate your London plans with a trip to The Tiffany Blue Box Café in Harrods. Inside the blue-themed spot, you'll get to drink out of beautiful cups, all before digging into elevated finger sandwiches and buttery scones. Better yet, the backdrop makes for the best 'Gram photos.
Don't waste your time spent in the city on average bars and boring views, try one of the best rooftop bars in London instead. From the sweeping skyline down to the gastro dining and luxurious cocktails, this is not to be missed by tourists on a visit to the city.
If you're looking for tourist things to do, then London Bridge's rooftop is a brilliant shout. Enjoy chowing down on Spanish cuisine served by The Black Pig with White Pearls, while tipping back drinks and taking in stunning views of the city.
If you're after a little British culture, head to The Churchill Arms in Notting Hill. This traditional boozer has a boatload of inspired memorabilia and vintage features, alongside a tasty Thai-themed menu to dig into. Think noodles, fiery curries and spring rolls. Yum.
Need some fun Central London plans? Then make your way to Proud Cabaret City for some top-notch entertainment with tasty grub. Sit back and relax, while enjoying a carefully curated menu, as well as one helluva show, whether it's a unique dance act or a cabaret performance.
For a fun way to experience one of the most famous moments in British history? Nab a ticket to The Gunpowder Plot. This merging of VR and live performance creates an experience of traitors and treason to remember, as does the fully immersive bar at the interval.
If you're visiting London, make sure to check out City Cruises' events. Their boats will pootle you along the Thames to soak up the stunning sights of the capital and its landmarks. At the same time, you can enjoy a range of tasty dishes, drinks or even parties.
When it comes down to things to do for tourists in the city, the London Bar Bus is a real winner. On this moving haunt, you'll be able to explore the glorious city in style, including iconic landmarks. On top of that? There's also an expert guide and bubbles galore.
If you're a tourist in London, there's no excuse for missing a dose of cabaret while you're here. Brought to you my the London Cabaret Club, join these fun time folk for a luxury evening of dining alongside some of the best performers in the industry.
With over 50 years of experience under their belts, these are the OG boat party crew. Hope aboard and set sail on the Thames as you dance the night away, with flowing drinks and non-stop party hits throughout the four-hour adventure.
No trip to London would be complete without one of the best cocktail bars in the city. Voted number one bar in the world on numerous occasions, join Nightjar not only for some of the best in live music, they're churning out creative cocktails in a unique, basement enviroment.
Put a little razzle dazzle in your night at one of the best burlesque events in London. Not only is this sultry night found at one of the most exclusive secret bars in the city, you'll get familiar with some of the best performers in the business.
What better way to see the capital in all its glory than from above? Head over to Sky Garden for panoramic views of the city, as well as a whole host of epic events. Whether you fancy a gin tasting, live music session or cute breakfast at sunrise, this is the place of London tourist dreams.