This is a sponsored article on behalf of See Your City.
Think you know all there is to know about the capital? Take it from us, even the most committed London culture vulture could stand to learn a thing or two about our fair city. And a walking tour can be a brilliant way to educate yourself while meeting new people and getting a bit of exercise. But forget standing awkwardly in the drizzle while monotonous guides drone on about Big Ben — we're talking about a new generation of walking tours.
See Your City's inventive events are led by a charismatic cadre of comedians and actors, who take you down haunted alleyways, feed you Mayfair's finest blue cheese, and invite you to explore the mystery of Jack the Ripper (though not all at once!) This autumn, See Your City is giving Londonist readers 25% off its eclectic range of great-value walking tours. Read on for a closer look at some of our favourites and see which one tickles your fancy.
The Cheese Crawl
Fanatical about fromage? Then this un-brie-levably cheesy afternoon out should be right up your street. Starting in Mayfair, sample blue cheese fit for royalty at Fortnum & Mason, before baked camembert with bread for dipping. You'll also encounter truffled brie, prosecco cheese, and finish everything off with a glass of fizz.
Tickets from £18.75 with Londonist discount. Click here to book.
The London Ghost Tour
This'll get you in the Halloween spirit. Find out what lurks in London's shadows on a spooky stroll that takes in the site of the most haunted Royal Palace in the capital, and parks rich with horrific history. Most excitingly, your after-dark excursion includes a bone-chilling boat ride across the inky black River Thames, before finishing up outside the royal castle and former prison of the Tower of London.
Tickets from £22.50 with Londonist discount. Click here to book.
The Interactive Harry Potter Tour
Potterheads, this one's for you. Get sorted into your Hogwarts house, then start your Wizarding World adventure down the real Diagon Alley and see the entrance to The Leaky Cauldron. There's no time to stop for a butterbeer, though, because you've got many more film locations to cover — including Gringotts Bank, the bridge destroyed by the Death Eaters, and the home of Platform 9 and 3/4. Along the way, your guide dispenses spellbinding trivia and conjures up costumes so you can reenact your favourite movie scenes. You've even got the chance to earn points for your house in a quiz that puts your Harry Potter knowledge to the test — will you Exceed Expectations?
Tickets from £11.25 with Londonist discount. Click here to book.
The Downton Abbey Experience
Ok, so this one is a bit of cheat in that doesn't actually take place in the capital, but you will get to take in at least one London landmark at your meeting point (Cleopatra's Needle) before heading off on a home counties adventure that's an absolute dream for Downton Abbey devotees. Fans of the Edwardian ITV drama travel by luxury coach to the Oxfordshire village of Bampton (AKA Downton Village) for a spot of lunch. Then, it's on to Downton Abbey itself — or, as it's known off-screen, Highclere Castle. As it's a full day affair — including a glass of fizz — this one's a little bit pricier than the others. But it'd make a cracking Christmas present, and your exclusive Londonist offer code gets you a whopping £30 discount.
Tickets from £90 with Londonist discount. Click here to book.
To redeem your discount, just enter the code LONDONIST25 at checkout. It's valid on all of See Your City's tours, so you can also enjoy mates rates on the London Coffee Tour, the Graffiti & Eat Tour, and more. If you need to cancel your booking for any reason, please give at least 24 hours notice in order to guarantee a full refund.