10 of the most bizarre and funniest questions tourists have asked when visiting London – My London



Visiting any city can be an unnerving experience if you’ve never been there before and don’t know you’re way around.

Thankfully we’re a friendly bunch in London – seriously we are!

So if a tourist asks for help the vast majority of us will be only too happy to help.

Even if the question leaves us a little bamboozled.

And it seems odd queries are a fairly common occurrence in London.

Because back in 2016 the City of London Information Centre released a list of some of the most bizarre questions its team had been asked by tourists.

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Some of them were absolute classics. Here’s 10 of our favourites.

1. Where is Harry Potter Street?

We wonder what kind of answer they were able to magic up to ensure this tourist wasn’t left too disappointed.

2. Can I have tea with the Queen?

Sadly the Queen doesn’t invite everyone in for a cuppa when they come to visit Buckingham Palace (Photo – Adrian Dennis/AFP via Getty Images)

If the King of Sweden was asking this question the answer might just have been yes. If it was Marge and Brad from Tennessee they probably had to make do with a trip to The Ritz.

3. Where is the university in Oxford Street?

At least Oxford isn’t too far from London if they’d come all this way to check out the world famous university.

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4. Where did the Beatles live in Liverpool Street?

They had probably looked already but couldn’t find a yellow submarine.

5. Can you cross Tower Bridge when it is open?

If the bridge starts to open while you are on it, it’s time to panic
(Image: Cmglee/Wikimedia Commons)

It’s probably not a smart idea to try. Even if you are a motorbike stunt rider.

6. On which side of the Thames is Tower Bridge?

This tourist hasn’t quite worked out how bridges work

7. At what time do the clowns perform at Piccadilly Circus?

Piccadilly Circus is sadly lacking in lion tamers and people being shot out of cannons (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The lack of tight rope walkers and trapeze artists must have been a letdown too when they eventually go there

8. Can you recommend a good plastic surgeon around here?

We’ve heard of people spontaneously getting a tattoo, but plastic surgery takes things to a new level! 

9. Where can I buy Mr Bean’s teddy?

They were probably hoping to meet Paddington Bear while here too

10. Where can I find Sherlock Holmes’s grave?

Baker Street, the famous home of the fictional (that’s fictional) sleuth Sherlock Holmes
(Image: Getty)

Let’s hope they hadn’t already spent too long looking for it