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Welcome To Alternative London

The Original off-the-beaten-track Tour Provider – East London Culture, Creativity & Community

Covid 19 Update

Firstly, we’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us through this unprecedented time. The tourism and arts sectors have been hit hard and by joining one of our activities you are really helping us to get back on our feet and continue to support the arts and cultural sectors. We appreciate it.

Alternative London has taken all relevant and possible steps to limit the spread of the coronavirus during our activities. Please see details below for how we will operate during this time.

Private tours are available upon request

Walking Tours

  • Our walking tours will be limited to groups of 8 from up to 3 households (or ‘bubbles’) to ensure social distancing is possible
  • Masks are recommended and will be worn by your guide
  • Our start time is now 10a.m to avoid rush hour and to visit the area at its quietest time
  • Combined tours and street art workshops are bookable every day. If you would prefer to just attend the workshop, please see Workshops section below
  • Please ensure children are supervised at all times

Bike Tours 

  • Groups will be limited to 8 from up to 3 households (or ‘bubbles’) to ensure social distancing is possible
  • We will stop at quiet areas to avoid potential crowds
  • Bikes will be disinfected before and after every use
  • If you have your own helmet please feel free to bring it, otherwise our helmets will also be disinfected before and after use
  • Minimum age is 13 years old, children must be accompanied by an adult

Workshops 

  • Our workshop space has been Covid Health & Safety approved
  • Workshops will be limited to 12 participants from up to 4 households (or ‘bubbles’)
  • Each household (or ‘bubble’) will have its own workstation socially distanced from others, with their own stationary, PPE (mask & gloves), hand sanitiser and spraypaints
  • Each group will have their own spray painting wall
  • There will be 3 bathrooms available which will be cleaned regularly
  • Workstations, chairs and materials will be disinfected before and after use
  • if you would just like attend the workshop without the tour, book as usual using the discount code; wsonly 
  • Minimum age is 10 years old

Cancelations & Refunds

  • Should an activity be cancelled due to changes in government guidelines, a full refund or credit note will be issued
  • If you need to cancel or move your booking please try to give us a minimum of 48 hours notice. Once an activity has been given the go ahead and a guide booked, it incurs a cost to us. Due to limited numbers we would appreciate as much notice as possible to try to refill any unwanted spaces
  • Cancelations within 24 hours or no-shows will receive no refund, we will do our best to move you to another date at our discretion

Thank You! 

Discover the London you won’t find in the guidebooks with Alternative London Tours, the capital’s original off-the-beaten-track tour provider! Our multi award-winning unique London experiences were the first to take visitors and local’s into the heart of the vibrant East End to explore the capital’s culture, creativity and community.

Our in-depth, first-hand knowledge of our area inspired us to create the first London graffiti and street art tour back in 2010. Now in our tenth year, we offer a variety of immersive tours and unrivalled graffiti and street art workshops for visitors and locals alike – all with the same authentic, highly informative, yet relaxed and informal approach.

Together our collective of well-known artists and local creatives are considered some of the foremost experts on East London. We are immersed in our community and produce many of the legal murals you will see on our tours, exhibit the artists’ works at our gallery and hang out at the independent pubs, bars and restaurants on our food and drink tours.

As passionate travellers ourselves we know how valuable your time is on a city visit, so our original mission remains the same – to take you away from the tourist traps to experience the real London – from a local’s perspective. Our reputation and high acclaim precede us and we’ve firmly established ourselves as the benchmark for cultural tourism in London.  We are proud innovators who despite our many imitators remain at the top of our game with an endless enthusiasm for what we do.

Our Award Winning London Tours

London Bike Tours, Food & Drinks Tours, Street Art Tours, Graffiti Workshops and more!

Alternative London Street Art
Walking Tour fro
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The original Alternative London Tour; A cultural journey into the vibrant East End and the first tour to showcase London’s incredible street art scene. The only London tour lead by street artists and local experts, the original and best!

Experience our unique, vibrant and multicultural community and hear the stories and inspirations behind a huge array of  fascinating artworks; from huge murals, to tiny hidden sculptures that are almost impossible to find alone. Learn the intricate history and evolution of the artform and its place in our community.

Featuring local and world renowned artists such as; Roa, Shepard Fairey, Invader, Vhils, Connor Harrington, and Stik. All our guides have their own unique perspective and our routes change as often as the art itself, meaning a tour with us always feels fresh.

*This tour is also available with a Street Art Workshop afterwards seven days a week – see our Street Art Tour and Workshops. Alternatively if some of your group wish to do the workshop and others the tour, just add both to the basket separately for the same day and time.

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Street Art Tour & Workshop
(4 hours – Weekends) from £40 

Join London’s original Street Art Tour where you will learn the history of the art form and get inspired by the huge array of styles. Then we head back to our purpose-built street art workshop studio where after a short break we’ll guide you through the Stencil making process. Master single or multi-layer stencilling techniques, to make your own unique design with help from our expert tutors.

Then it’s time to learn the spray-can techniques to create your very own Stencil masterpiece! This is London’s most in depth and best value Street art experience and a must for anyone looking to try spray painting in a relaxed, safe and fun environment.

You’ll paint directly onto our walls with indoor paint in a fully ventilated environment. For a small additional fee you can paint your own canvas or canvas bag to take away with you.*

*can be purchased upon booking or on the day

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Street Art Tour & Workshop
(2.5 hours – Weekdays)  from £30

After being inspired by London’s best graffiti and Street art, on the Alternative London Street Art Tour, its back to our workshop to try it for yourself!

We are the U.K’s number one Street Art Workshop provider with London’s only purpose built street art studio. Using a large selection of pre-prepared stencils, we provide a safe and fun environment for a unique hands on experience. All welcome regardless of artistic ability, as your expert guide will show you all the skills to create your own spray paint masterpiece!

You will spray directly onto our walls using indoor paints in a fully ventilated environment. For a small additional fee, you can paint your own canvas or canvas bag to take away with you*.

*can be purchased upon booking or on the day.

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Street Art Bike Tour from £20 

Join London’s original street art tour provider to see some of the world’s finest street art around Brick Lane, Shoreditch, Hoxton and Hackney as well as some hidden away pieces exclusive to Alternative London Tours. On bikes you will get to see much more in two hours than you can see on any other London Street Art Tour and for a fraction of the cost.

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Shoreditch Food Tour

from £45 

Shoreditch, former slum, shaped by centuries of immigration into a cultural melting pot and culinary hot spot. This is not a typical touristy food tour. This is a journey into the heart of the East End to experience the best flavours in town.

You’ll experience dishes from award winning chefs hailing from all four corners of the globe. From centuries old East End staples to cutting edge modern delicacies, experience the real taste of modern Shoreditch. The tour includes at least 5 food / drink stops, about the equivalent of a hearty 3 course meal – come hungry!

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Alternative Londres: Visite Guidee en Francais  from £12 

Alternative London vous propose une visite guidée unique au coeur du quartier Est de Londres réputé pour son dynamisme et son incroyable créativité. Vous aurez aussi un aperçu historique de cette région au travers des événements culturels marquants qui ont fait de “East London” ce qu’il est devenu aujourd’hui.

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East End Jogging Tour   from £12 –

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Join our East End jogging tour where you’ll cover much more ground than any walking tour can! We run through quiet city streets, vibrant markets and showcase the best street art, including Banksy’s newest works which can’t be seen on any other London tours! We jog at a very relaxed pace for around 5km.

For other distances, and promo events just get in touch.

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Alternative London Bike Tour from £30

We will take you where no other London tour has gone before! On bikes we are able to take you much further into London’s amazing East End for the most comprehensive insight yet into it’s interesting past, it’s cultural present and a huge amount of street art that can’t be seen on any other tours.

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Pubs & Craft Beer Tour from £30 –

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A trip to the capital is not complete without a visit to a traditional London pub and London’s East End is home to some of the best around! Let us take you off the beaten track for an insider’s view of our vibrant and unique area whilst stopping off in some of our local pubs.

From historic pubs with original Victorian decor to modern re-established and recently reopened, independently owned pubs and some of the best craft beer pubs in London!

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Our Customer Reviews

Feedback from some of our recent tour guests

A fabulous day with Emily at Alternative London. Great street art tour followed by the workshop. Highly recommend if you want to know more about the area and styles of street art. Just remember to look up!

Jacqueline, London

Really loved it, not just the standard graffiti art but some amazing hidden gems along the tour, great insight into how street art is progressing in today’s world, keep up the good work guys!!

Julian, Australia

Had a wonderful and eye opening alternative tour with the lovely Yasmin. Learned so much about the history of Brick Lane and mesmerized by the stories about the neighborhood and every street art i saw. Loved this tour.

Michal, Israel

Looking For Something More?

We offer customised educational and private tours

Private & Corporate Tours

Alternative London are experts in providing bespoke activities for those wishing to experience a different side of the capital or plan a unique and memorable event.

We understand that every client is different and we love to get creative and design the perfect activity for you. Whether it’s a corporate day out, a team building exercise, hen party or group of friends – we can offer one of our unique tours or workshop and add a personal twist to make your experience with us an unforgettable one.

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School & Educational Tours

Our Alternative London tours and workshops are perfect for educational organisations looking for something fun, engaging and interesting for students of all ages.

We have organised bespoke activities for hundreds of schools, colleges and universities from all four corners of the globe.

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