5 Unusual Tours for Your Weekend Getaway in London

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5 Unusual Tours for Your Weekend Getaway in London

Need activity ideas for your weekend break in London? Consider joining a city tour during your London weekend getaway.

A short tour is something to look forward to, even if you are a born and bred Londoner. Depending on your interests, you can get the lowdown on London’s iconic sights, explore a place that you have yet to visit, or discover a new cuisine. Best of all, the planning will be completely taken care of by the tour operators—all you have to do is show up and immerse yourself in the experience.

Read on to find out about some interesting London weekend tours that you can sign up for, as recommended by the Pan Pacific London team.

 

Go on a Secret Food Tour in London

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Start your sojourn by satisfying your stomach. Guests at Pan Pacific London can enjoy an Asian-inspired afternoon tea at The Orchid Lounge, which combines the pleasures of dim sum with choux desserts. Nearby restaurants like Duck & Waffle, Sushi Samba, and Bar Duoro also provide diverse dining experiences to excite jaded palates. 

However, if you want the inside scoop on the London culinary scene, join a Secret Food Tour to uncover the best eating spots around London Bridge and Borough Market. The tour includes a hotel pickup and dropoff, with the option of a personalised itinerary to suit your dietary preferences.

Book Secret Food Tour: London Bridge & Borough Market

 

See London’s Best Sights on a Boat

Leave the busy streets of London behind, by hopping on a boat to admire London’s iconic sights. A Thames cruise will give you a refreshing view of top London attractions such as Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, and Shakespeare’s Globe.

Fancy a bit of James-Bond-style action? Opt for a high-speed cruise on the Thames River, where—riding in a rigid inflatable boat—you will whizz past the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, and Shakespeare’s Globe with an adrenaline-pumping soundtrack to set the mood. Once at Tower Bridge, your skipper will accelerate to speeds of 35 mph/55kph, and perform sharp turns guaranteed to keep you on the edge. 

 

Book Westminster to Greenwich Sightseeing Thames Cruise in London

Book High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London

 

Discover the Hidden Meaning of London’s Street Art

 

Fascinated by street art? Join a street art tour to delve into London’s dynamic street art culture. 

With a London Walk, you can get acquainted with the works of street artists such as the iconic and pseudonymous Banksy, as well as Ben Eine, who is considered a pioneer in graffiti letterforms. At your service are art-loving tour guides with a special interest in the London street art scene—they will help you to decode the cryptic symbols in each artwork that you see.

For Pan Pacific London guests, this tour takes place almost every Sunday at 11.00am, and it begins at Liverpool Street station, which is a two-minute walk away.

 

Book London Street Art Tour

 

Visit Historic Alehouses

Want to relax with a pint, and receive a fun history lesson at the same time? 

Take an afternoon excursion to visit centuries-old London pubs with cultural significance—a tour highlight is a 17th-century pub once frequented by literary greats such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Dickens, and Alfred Tennyson. Over drinks, your guide will regale you with colourful tales of the luminaries who were regulars at these watering holes.

The tour begins near St Paul’s Underground Station, which is a seven-minute tube ride away for Pan Pacific London guests.

 

Book Historical Pub Walking Tour of London

 

Retrace the Steps of Jack the Ripper

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Go back in time to the world of London’s best-known serial killer, Jack the Ripper, and step into the cobbled alleyways where he committed his heinous crimes. 

Spoilt for choice when it comes to Jack the Ripper tours? Pick the original Aldgate East tour, which has been operating nightly for almost four decades. The tour is helmed by expert guides who, between them, have written over 10 books on Jack the Ripper’s gruesome murders, thought to be committed between 1888 and 1891. 

On the tour, expect to hear a detailed account of Jack the Ripper’s most-publicised murders, presented in a lively fashion that will have you listening with rapt attention. You will also have a chance to play inspector by sifting through the evidence, examining the facts, and drawing your own conclusions.

 

Book The Jack the Ripper Walking Tour in London

 

Where to Stay During Your London Weekend Getaway

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Located mere moments from Liverpool Street Station, Pan Pacific London ​​is an ideal choice for discerning guests in search of a luxury hotel in London's city centre. 

During your London weekend getaway, you can head out on your own to marvel at the beauty of St. Paul’s Cathedral, and trace the city’s history at the Museum of London. Or you could stroll along the River Thames, taking in some of London’s best attractions, including Tower Bridge and The Tower of London. Our guests will also have easy access to music and theatre entertainment in the Square Mile. 


For London trip planning advice or assistance, please contact our friendly team today.

 

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