Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne used to steal golf carts from tour venues.

The former One Direction stars were often subject to long stints on the road, and 25-year-old Louis has admitted the pair used to love doing ''something mischievous'' after a show and particularly enjoyed feeling like ''gangsters'' when infuriated security guards chased them over their antics.

Speaking about his favourite experiences from touring, the 'History' hitmaker said: ''I went through a long time, especially toward the last three or four years in the band where I only really stayed on the tour bus. So I wouldn't really do the hotel that often.

''Sometimes Liam would stay with us, and it would get to like one in the morning, we'd finished on stage and we'd finished the whole atmosphere and we were coming down a little bit. We were like 'OK, lets go and do something mischievous.'

''So we would always go and hopefully try and find a golf caddy with some keys in, steal it, take chase from security, and feel like gangsters driving golf caddies.''

But Louis - who recently released his debut solo single 'Just Hold On' with DJ Steve Aoki - admitted their management eventually put a stop to their antics by letting each arena know what they were planning.

He added: ''Eventually they cottoned on to it and they started making little notes to each arena on the tour saying 'Watch out, these boys are going to steal your golf caddy.'''

Despite not being able to get their hands on any golf carts, Louis and 23-year-old Liam - who were joined in the band by Niall Horan, 23, and Harry Styles, 22 - still managed to have fun after they purchased their own vehicles.

He said during a 'Tales from Tour' online exclusive on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' YouTube channel: ''So we then bought our own little go-karts and a little moped. I think we upset a few people during that trip but it was all harmless fun in reality. It was all harmless fun.''