A London walking tour with a qualified guide will give you a different perspective of the city. They’re a fun way to get to know the different parts of London or to find out about London’s connections with a particular theme.
If you have special interest in history, architecture, music, literature, London’s criminal underworld, ghosts or London’s folklore – there’s probably a walking tour for you.
Walks usually last between 1½–2 hours and charges are an affordable £7–10 per adult.
You don’t need to book in advance, just turn up at the specified meeting point and pay the guide.
There are many individuals and companies offering walking tours of London. We recommend the following companies who only use qualified Blue Badge guides, members of the City of London Guide Lecturers Association or prominent experts and historians.
London Walks are London’s leading walking tour company and will probably have a tour that will appeal to you, whatever your interests.
They offer around 15 different walks per day (during the day and evening) as well as additional special tours throughout the year.
Popular walks include Jack the Ripper, ghost walks and Harry Potter film location walks. Their evening pub walks are highly recommended, especially if you’re visiting London on your own.
If you’re interested in the City of London, the oldest part of London, City Guides offer a variety of walking tours showing the highlights.
Tours leave from the City of London Visitor Information Centre near St Paul’s Cathedral.
They also run specialised tours which leave from various locations. Check the website for full details.
Cost: £6–£8 for adults. Free for children under-12.
Last updated: 11 December 2015