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 different parts of London or to discover London’s connections with a particular theme.
If you like 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 £5–10 per adult.
You don’t need to book in advance (apart from the Original Tour walking tours), 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 use qualified Blue Badge guides, members of the City of London Guide Lecturers Association or prominent experts and historians.
The Original Tour Walking Tours
At only £5 each the new 90-minute walking tours from the Original Tour are fantastic value, and perfect for first time visitors to London. The Royal London Walk takes you past Buckingham Palace,St James’s Palace, Clarence House and St James’s Park finishing at Hourseguards Parade around 4pm for the Changing the Guard Ceremony. The Picture London walk takes you past central London’s most iconic sights and the Haunted London Walk is a light-hearted evening walk. Buy a walking tour pass and get all three tours for £10 (valid 72-hours)
Cost: £5 per person
Departures: All tours leave from the Original London Visitor Centre, 19 Cockspur St, London, SW1Y 5BL (just off Trafalgar Square)
Picture London – Friday, Saturday & Sunday 11.30am
Royal London – Friday, Saturday & Sunday 2.30pm
Haunted London – Friday, Saturday & Sunday 6pm
London Walks is London’s leading walking tour company and will probably have a tour that appeals to you, whatever your interests.
They offer around 15-20 different walks per day, and a pub tour in the evening.
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: £7–£8 for adults. Free for children under-12.
Free Midtown Walks
Midtown Walks offer free guided walks at lunchtime where you can discover the history of Holborn, Bloomsbury and Faringdon, an area the local Business Improvement District is trying to rebrand as ‘Midtown’. The tour programme changes every three months.
bee-midtown April-June 2018 Walks(pdf)