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, 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.
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.