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London can be overwhelming, so letting someone show you around can be the best way to see the city. There are literally hundreds of different options, but I recommend the following for something a little bit different:
RIB Tours London offer the city's most thrilling tour. Board a speedboat for an exhilarating journey along the Thames, taking in the sights all the way from the Houses of Parliament to Canary Wharf, including the Tate Modern, Shakespeare's Globe and Tower Bridge – after which the speed restrictions are lifted and things get really interesting!
Discover the city's Harry Potter connections on a Muggle Tours walk around locations from the films. Small groups and passionate guides make for an unforgettable experience, with sights such as the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron, the inspiration for Diagon Alley and the public entrance to the Ministry of Magic seen en route from London Bridge to Leicester Square.
The best view of London has to be by air and London Helicopter Tours offer one of the best experiences in the capital. Board your own private chopper for a flight along the Thames and over the Houses of Parliment, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, St Pauls Cathedral and HMS Belfast.
As a major tourist center, London is home to literally hundreds of tour agencies, offering all kinds of tours. Here are three good options.
Walking: Liars' London
A walking tour with a hint of deceit. Two guides take you around London – one of whom tells you the truth and nothing but the truth, and the other whom exaggerates, embellishes and downright lies through their teeth. Your job is to decide which one is which. And if you're right, you'll win a prize!
Hopping On and Off: Original London Sightseeing
This open-top bus company offers three main sightseeing routes with more than 80 stops, and has live commentary in multiple languages. The buses are so comfortable you might find yourself not wanting to get off.
Not Moving a Muscle: London Duck Tours
If you want to see as much as you can without moving a muscle, try London Duck Tours. Starting at the London Eye, these amphibious vehicles – based on those used at the D-Day Landings in 1944 – drive past several key London sights before heading straight into the Thames to continue the tour by river.