Summer by night: ghost tours and alternative nocturnal activities in London
London comes to life after hours, and thanks to the night tube and night buses, public transport in the city centre runs 24/7. There’s never been a better time to explore the capital, so grab your friends and family, take your pick of city of London hotels, and head out at night for the best experiences.
Here are some of our favourite ghost tours and nocturnal activities so you can enjoy summer in London at night:
Ghost tour by vintage bus
Options for ghost tours in London are never-ending. Enjoy a sightseeing experience like no other by taking The Ghost Bus Tour by vintage bus! You’ll encounter all of the top attractions London has to offer, such as the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and the Tower of London, learning the haunted history of the city’s most loved places. This is the UK’s only comedy-horror theatre experience on wheels, don’t miss it.
Jack the Ripper Tours
Ripping Yarns have organised Jack the Ripper tours around Whitechapel for over 25 years, earning themselves a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor. You will be guided by a Yeoman Warder through the trail of Jack the Ripper, complete with photographs, letters, and handheld projectors.
Lantern Ghost Tours
With Lantern Ghost Tours, you can be incarcerated in a lunatic asylum, become a ghost hunter for the night, and even visit an abandoned morgue. Lantern run multi-award-winning tours of London’s most haunted locations, join them for a spooky night you’ll never forget.
Nocturnal nature walk
For something a little more wholesome, try a night-time walk with the National Trust. Take a walk in the park after dark to look and listen for nocturnal wildlife. Morden Hall Park is home to moths, spiders, and even bats, so be sure to bring your torch and bat detector!
Take in the views
Some of London’s most famous attractions are best viewed at night. With views over the Houses of Parliament and the Thames, the London Eye’s 30-minute rotation should be timed perfectly for dusk for the fullest experience. The View from the Shard is also open late all year round, boasting some of the best vistas in London. Book in at Aqua Shard or Hutong for a luxurious late-night meal with a view.
The open-top buses London has to offer are well-known. However, the city’s iconic landmarks are best explored when they’re beautifully illuminated at night. The London bus tours last just over an hour and pass the Houses of Parliament, Harrods, and Kensington Palace, among others.
Late night shopping
If the weather isn’t on your side for your trip to the capital, fear not – many Oxford Street stores open until 9pm most nights, and even later on Thursdays. For a luxury late-night experience, head to Selfridges, Liberty of London, Harrods, or Harvey Nichols. For affordable fashion and vintage items, Spitalfields Market in East London is open until 8pm most nights, so grab yourself a bargain!