Best Walking Tours in London
Fancy seeing the sights while getting your steps in? London is a city steeped in history, from medieval castles to modern movie sets. So why not take a walking tour and see the very best that London has to offer? Below, we've found the best walking tours in London, so you don't have to! Take a look.
- London Sights Tour
- Palaces and Parliament Tour
- Brit Movie Tours
- Brit Music Tour
- and more!
If you're new in town, or simply want to speedrun all of the most iconic landmarks in London, this London Sights Tour might be perfect for you. Hitting over 30 of the most recognizable place, buildings, and bridges in the city, it's easily one of the best walking tours for those new to London.
Guiding you through Westminster and then around London Bridge, we'd need all day to talk about every stop on this tour. However, highlights include Buckingham Palace, where the King of England spends much of his time doing whatever kings do; Big Ben, arguably the most famous clock on Earth; and Downing Street, where Britain's frequently inept prime ministers tend to drop the ball.
For historical buffs, you'll also see Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, and many, many more. With this London Sights Tour, you can tick off your England itinerary in an afternoon.
Have you ever wanted to take a closer look at the places where royalty live? You're not alone. Curious sorts can join this Palaces and Parliaments tour and see four of London's most famous palaces. You'll also get a few of London's biggest landmarks thrown in for good measure, you lucky devil.
The four palaces are Buckingham Palace, Westminster Palace, Whitehall Palace, and St James Palace. While they're all in varying levels of use these days, they're still well-kept. So be sure to bring your camera or whip out your phone to take as many snaps as possible. Plus, if you're lucky, you'll even catch the famous Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, where the funny guards in funny hats do funny things, no matter rain or shine.
Cinephiles, rejoice! Britain is the home to some of cinema's biggest films, franchises, and recognisable filming locations. And on these Brit Movie Tours, you can pick your poison and see the famous places from your favourite Brit flicks.
While there are too many to mention here, highlights include the Harry Potter Tour, where you'll see the real-life locations transformed into the Ministry of Magic, the Leaky Cauldron, and Platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross Station.
Spies-at-heart can take the James Bond Tour, where you'll visit Mi6, London's longest-running restaurant, and tonnes of other locations from James Bond films throughout the years, all the way up to Daniel Craig's final film, No Time To Die.
Don't worry, detectives-to-be, we see you. Thanks to the Sherlock Holmes Tour, you'll walk in the footsteps of England's most famous detective as you explore locations from the books, shows, and movies through the years.
These are just a handful of the tours available through Brit Movie Tours, so if you're a fan of the silver screen, you're likely to find the best walking tours in London through them!
Some of the biggest bands in history began in the UK, so why not take a Brit Music Tour and see where your favourite artists cut their teeth?
Beatlemania took the world by storm in the 60s, so fans will be pleased that they can pick from not one but two Beatles walking tours!
The first is a tour of Soho and Mayfair, where you'll explore the venues that helped catapult them into the stratosphere. The other is a tour of Marylebone and Abbey Road, where you can snap the famous zebra crossing from the eponymous album cover.
Fans of more leftfield pop will appreciate the David Bowie London Tour, where you'll explore the parts of Brixton where he grew up, as well as the Soho joints where he hung out and performed.
If you're ready to be rocked, join the Queen London Walking Tour and see the place where the band first formed, as well as other venues that were key to their success.
And for a dash of anti-establishmentarianism, the Sex Pistols Walking Tour will let you retrace the steps of not just the band but the punk movement as a whole. Plus, the places they played and destroyed. God Save the Queen and all that.
Of course, there's plenty more to London than palaces and pubs. In fact, some of the most iconic writers, hauntings, and even murderers have called the city home. So, if you want to take a trip back in time to explore the lives, loves, and ghoulishness of these characters on one of many Brit Icon Tours!
Crime aficionados will love the Agatha Christie Tour, where you'll explore the real-life locations that inspired the "Queen of Crime's" best-selling books. Taking you through the likes of Chinatown, Mayfair, and Bloomsbury, you'll have plenty of time to snap pics as you go.
Dickensians can take the Charles Dickens Tour and explore Borough Market, the Southbank, and other locations from his most famous works.
And, for those that revel in the ghoulish, this Jack the Ripper Tour should hit the spot. You'll head to Whitechapel and explore the scene of every murder associated with the elusive killer.
And finally, if you don't fancy shoulder-barging your way through the inevitable crowds at Buckingham Palace, why not take this walking tour focusing on the famous Changing of the Guard?
Your guide will grab the perfect spot for snaps, so you can take as many unimpeded pictures as you want. And they'll even clue you in on the history of the ceremony, as well as other interesting facts surrounding it.
Then, take a relaxed stroll around Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and the Houses of Parliament to end things in a fine fashion!
And those were our picks of the best walking tours in London! Need some less active activities to fill out your London itinerary? With the London Pass, you can see all of the city's best bits for one low price!