Half Day in London with a Local

Multicultural neighborhoods, a new take on afternoon tea and centuries old British markets.

(17 reviews)

  • Private &
    personalized

  • 4 hours

  • From
    £36.67  GBP per person based on 2 adults

  • Walking

  • Multiple languages available (including English)

What you’ll do

Spend half a day exploring London, and experience what makes this city so unique; from its multicultural neighborhoods like Brixton to night-time food markets like Dinerama, to the Royal Parks, your local London host can’t wait to share the secrets of their city with you. But with your host’s local insight, you’ll go beyond what you could find in a guidebook, and experience the city like a local.

You’ll spend a morning, afternoon or evening (or something in between!) with one of our local London hosts, who can’t wait to share their city with you and show you some of the places which make it so unique, from its centuries old markets like Old Spitalfields, where you’ll find street eats to vintage clothes, British designed and made jewellery to quirky artwork, to surprising, village-like neighborhoods like Hampstead.

If you’d like to discover London’s iconic central areas, you could start your experience in the charming Covent Garden Piazza, then take a stroll across Waterloo Bridge until you reach the vibrant Southbank area. You could grab a bite to eat at the Southbank Centre Food Market, then amble along the river until you cross the river once again at Westminster, where you’ll see landmarks like Big Ben and Westminster Abbey.

But even in these central neighborhoods, there are hidden gems to be discovered, the kind your guide book won’t tell you about! There’s a hidden wine bar underneath Trafalgar Square, lost to the world of busy commuters and tourists who pass by overhead. Then there’s Neal’s Yard tucked away in a corner of Covent Garden; this crooked jumble of colorful old brick buildings houses restaurants and vegan eateries, natural health stores and curio shops and is a blissfully tranquil bubble away from the nearby Seven Dials.  

If you’re interested in discovering a more local side of London, you could visit a few diverse neighborhoods like Brixton, a multicultural area known for its global markets and community spirit, which you could discover at projects like Pop Brixton, a collection of street food kitchens, bars, yoga space and even a community garden and Brixton Village, a vibrant collection of shops and restaurants featuring treasures from across the globe. Or does chic Islington sound more your style, a north London neighborhood known for its stylish restaurants and boutiques as well as its cafe culture?

If you feel like stopping for a meal or snack along the way, your host will recommend somewhere they think you’ll love. You could visit a craft brewery like Howling Hops, London’s only tank brewery in Hackney, indulge in an unusual and quirky modern take on a British afternoon tea at Sketch in upmarket Mayfair, or if time is of the essence for you, grab a coffee on the go from an independent coffee shop and bakery like Fabrique in Covent Garden.

Whatever your interests, and whatever you’d like from your experience, your host will help you discover the real London. With their local insight and your curiosity, who knows what you could discover! Shoot for the moon and you could land on the stars - or Tower Bridge.

Experience highlights

  • Visit some of the most famous attractions that make London so popular, as well as its hidden gems and secret spots that only a local could share with you

  • Discover the city's unique creative side defined by its vibrant street art, independent galleries and multiple community art projects

  • Shop at one of the many charming vintage, art and crafts and clothes shops in the city center, or discover some secret local spots

  • Explore one of London's trendy neighborhoods or keep things fast paced in the famous central areas - the choice is yours! Or, choose to focus your experience around history, art, shopping, culture… the choices are endless

  • Discover one of the city’s many delightful food markets or try some of London’s locally brewed craft beers

Good to know

What’s included

  • A private and personalized experience
  • 4 hours with a Host
  • Start when you like
  • Walking experience ( if required, your host can suggest public transport or private taxi options )
  • Hotel meet-up (available on request for central locations) Walking experience (if required, your host can suggest public transport or private taxi options)

What’s not included

  • Food and drink
  • Transport costs
  • Rainproof clothing
  • Gratuities

Meet-up point

  • Your hotel/apartment or any other central location

Cancellation policy

  • Cancel 7 days before the experience for a full refund

How it works

  • Tell us your preferences and book

    See an experience you like and book it. We will ask a few questions to build the right experience with you.

  • Just right for you

    We’ll pair you with the right host based on your personality and interests. Trust us, we know all our hosts personally.

  • The fun bit

    Spend time in the city with your carefullyselected host. You have an itinerary but it’s unscripted so it’s up to you and your host where you go and what you do.

Hello curious traveler! If you’re unsure about what experience to book or would like more information on how it all works, just email me with any questions or plans you may have. I or someone from our Customer Experience Team will get in touch so we can suggest the perfect personalized experience for you.

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Reviews for this experience

LONDON, HALF DAY IN LONDON WITH A LOCALGessica

5 average | 6 reviews

August 2019

Thank you for the happy memories

Gessica is a lovely young woman who has acquired a general knowledge of London through her student days. She is adaptable as to tour locations, and can ensure that you see what you particularly want to explore. I enjoyed my tour of Regent, Oxford and Carnaby streets with lunch at the Old George Inn. You will also gain much needed confidence in getting around by Underground during your stay in London.

Review by Guest -

LONDON, HALF DAY IN LONDON WITH A LOCALNikki

5 average | 8 reviews

June 2019

Great London Walking Tour!

Nikki was great!! This was our first time visiting London and she provided an informative and entertaining tour for us. We thoroughly enjoyed her company and would recommend her to any one wanting a tour.

Review by Janet W

LONDON, HALF DAY IN LONDON WITH A LOCALAna Maria

5 average | 3 reviews

May 2019

Outstanding guide for major London sites!

Very knowledgeable of the city and the best London sites to visit given a limited amount of time. I received a whirlwind tour of the Parliament building, Westminster, London Tour, London Bridge, the Southbank and other key sites. Very pleasant and willing to move around the city with speed and great historical insights. Highly recommended.

Review by Jacob W

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