From the bustling markets of Portobello to the banks of the famous Thames River, the British capital is best explored on foot. Whether you’re interested in history or wizardry, here are a few London walking tour ideas that are worth the trek.
Visit London locations that were used for various scenes in the “Harry Potter” books and movies, including the areas that inspired Diagon Alley, the Leaky Cauldron, and Platform 9 ¾.
Explore Westminster’s World War II sites with a guide, and visit the Churchill War Rooms.
Some tours focus on royal highlights and include time at the infamous Tower of London.
Visit some of London’s famous traditional bars on a West End pub tour.
Stroll through Spitalfields and Shoreditch, and sample the flavors of the bustling East End on a guided food tour.
Themed Walking Tours
Immerse yourself in the magical world of Harry Potter, delve into Jack the Ripper’s gruesome crimes, or visit the traditional pubs for which the West End is famous—London offers walking tours to suit all tastes. Sample tasty treats on a food walking tour, or visit the fascinating Churchill War Rooms and listen as your guide brings World War II history to life.
Neighborhood Walking Tours
Neighborhood walking tours are a great way to see the best of London on foot. The traditional market stalls of the East End, the bright lights of theatreland in the West End, and the historic architecture of Westminster are all within easy reach from central London. Follow a guide to top attractions and hidden gems off the beaten trail, and see sides of the capital many visitors miss.
Experience London’s traditional drinking scene on this afternoon pub crawl. Accompany your guide on a fun and educational tour in and around the city, where you’ll visit at least four historic pubs and taste different brews (own expense). Pop into centuries-old ale houses, see literary haunts favored by writers like Charles Dickens, and learn about local drinking culture through the ages.
Immerse yourself in the spellbinding world of Harry Potter™ on this trip to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. Travel to the fabled Harry Potter studios by air-conditioned coach from central London, and on arrival, trace the footsteps of Hogwarts’ student wizards at leisure. Behold original sets such as Platform 9 ¾ and Diagon Alley; see the Hogwarts Express steam train; ride a broomstick like the cast; and uncover the behind-the-scenes secrets of the movies’ on-screen wizardry. This Harry Potter studio London tour includes round-trip coach transport and entrance tickets.
Immerse yourself in the rich history of World War II on an enriching and emotionally stirring tour of London Westminster with a knowledgeable guide. Descend to the subterranean Churchill War Rooms, an underground network of bunkers that functioned as wartime offices, and enrich your knowledge of British history with commentary that covers little known facts. As you explore, see iconic London sights like the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, and delve into the life and work of former British prime minister, Winston Churchill.
Dare to discover the legend of London’s notorious Jack the Ripper on a tour like no other! Using state-of-the-art RIPPER-VISION™, innovative hand-held projectors help to recreate the atmosphere of Victorian London using spooky images, film clips and moving images. Follow your guide on a walking tour to explore the dimly lit backstreets of Whitechapel and hear the harrowing tales and conspiracy theories of London’s most notorious serial killer.
Discover two gems of southern England on this full-day coach trip to Stonehenge and Bath from London. Travel to Stonehenge, a prehistoric stone monument that rises imperiously from Salisbury Plain. Gaze at the gigantic stones, learn how the monument was used, and then continue to the UNESCO-listed city of Bath to discover this gorgeous 18th-century city independently. Choose to stroll the elegant Georgian streets and see top Bath attractions such as the Royal Crescent as you wish; or upgrade to visit the stunning Roman Baths or Jane Austen Visitor Centre.
Glide by some of London’s must-see landmarks on a sightseeing cruise from Westminster to Greenwich on the Thames River. Step aboard your comfortable cruise boat at Westminster Pier and listen to the entertaining live commentary as you pass sights such as Shakespeare’s Globe, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London. Drink in the views from the open or indoor deck, and at Greenwich, step ashore to visit attractions (own expense) such as the Cutty Sark or National Maritime Museum. Upgrade to include a return cruise back to Westminster.
See the world’s leading tribute to the BBC’s Fawlty Towers TV series at Faulty Towers The Dining Experience, two hours of brilliant fun in the heart of London’s theater land. Head to the President Hotel, 56-60 Guilford St, London WC1N 1DB, UK and enjoy a unique theatrical script, lightning-quick improvisation, and a 3-course lunch or dinner – not to mention shocking service and hilarious theatrical scenes.
Delve into London’s dark history on an evening ghost tour of the city’s royal parks, ideal for thrill-seekers and history buffs. Under the cloak of darkness, explore dimly-lit parks and historic buildings while listening to spine-chilling stories from your guide. Plus, enjoy a Thames River cruise which concludes at the Tower of London, reputedly London’s most haunted landmark.
Go on Original Harry Potter Locations tour of London. Follow a guide along through Soho to see the Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square, and hear movie trivia as you go. You’ll also take a fun quiz to test your own movie knowledge.
This is a great choice for travelers interested in exploring the highlights of London’s Westminster area in half a day. Save hours of research time and join a guide for a thorough discovery tour that covers some of London’s most notable buildings. See Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Downing Street, the Houses of Parliament, and more. No need to wait in long ticket lines as entry to Westminster Abbey is included.
London is time-consuming to navigate independently. Skip the itinerary planning and relax on this action-packed walking tour that covers London's two most historic areas: the City of London and Westminster. See more than 30 sights, including the Tower of London, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and Westminster Abbey, with questions, trivia, and photo ops to keep the atmosphere lively. Please bring a contactless way to pay for your Tube ride.
Avoid the hassle of renting a car to see rural England’s highlights with help from this full-day tour which includes round-trip transport from London. Choose from two options to find what best suits your preferences, and travel by air-conditioned coach bus with onboard Wi-Fi. You can either combine a visit to Stonehenge with a pub lunch in Lacock and a walking tour of Windsor, or opt to visit both Windsor Castle and Stonehenge with a break for a traditional English pub lunch. Both options also pass by the city of Bath, hometown of Jane Austen.
One of London’s most recognizable and in-demand attractions, the Lastminute.com London Eye welcomes millions of visitors every year. Save yourself any sightseeing hassle, and secure your admission before you travel, when you book your tickets in advance. Upon arrival, step into a large, air-conditioned capsule and take to the skies. The Lastminute.com London Eye stands at 443 feet (135 meters) high, and offers impeccable views of Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, and other key landmarks. Tickets also include entry to the companion 4D Cinema Experience.
If you’re visiting London for the first-time, orient yourself in England’s bustling capital city with ease during a walking tour on which kids go free. Perfect for families, this tour covers 15 top London landmarks and comes with commentary designed to keep kids engaged. Plus, exploring on foot gives you a more intimate glimpse into the area.
This tour helps you to discover some of Soho’s most interesting pubs, and find out which famous musicians, artists, playwrights, and actors have visited them. Save hours of research time, and discover interesting stories you wouldn’t hear if exploring alone. The trip showcases four pubs and reveals tales about The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Mozart, and Marilyn Monroe.
Hit the streets and visit a wide range of London landmarks on this walking tour through the city center. Instead of joining a crowded bus tour and listening to a guide read out a script, join this small group tour and enjoy the personalized commentary from your responsive guide. Explore London’s bustling squares and alleys, all while learning about highlights like Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London and Shakespeare’s Globe.
Get a taste of London's exquisite culinary scene when you book this exciting food tour. For those who want to try classic British cuisine, opt for the London Bridge tour to try fish and chips, sausage rolls, British cheese, and local beers and ciders. Or choose the SoHo tour to explore London's hidden gems, where you enjoy fine cuisine at new and historic venues.
Learn about spooky sightings and sinister apparitions on a ghost walking tour of central London at night. Follow an informative guide down dark streets and atmospheric alleyways while you listen to haunting tales of London’s hidden history. Hear bone-chilling stories of crime, murder and mayhem while you stroll past major landmarks on this 2-hour tour, which ends at St Paul's Cathedral.
See the English capital’s top landmarks on this most comprehensive of London magical tours. Take a tour of beautiful St Paul’s Cathedral, then make a photo stop at Westminster Abbey. Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and visit the Tower of London, where you'll have free time for lunch (own expense). Enjoy an extended river sightseeing cruise, and upgrade to cap everything with a London Eye flight or cream tea at Harrods.
Get up close to the iconic Royal Guards on this interactive walking tour of London. Learn about London’s royal heritage as you pass sights like Pall Mall, the Duke of York Column, the Royal Society and Marlborough House, then enjoy a prime view of the famous Changing of the Guards ceremony. Not only do you see the military bands and marching guards, you also get to march alongside the Old Guard, as they head from St. James Palace to Wellington Barracks.
Set out on foot and find out stories about one of London's most notorious serial killers—Jack the Ripper. Going on a walking tour takes you down cobbled alleyways and secret spots that are inaccessible by car or bus. Listen to insights about the shocking unsolved crimes from 1888, who the main suspects were, and go to the spots where the crimes occurred in Spitalfields and Brick Lane.
Experience one of London’s must-see attractions with this skip-the-line Lastminute.com London Eye ticket. Bypass the long queue and enjoy priority access and boarding for a standard flight in a shared capsule. Then admire panoramic views over the Thames River, Big Ben and other landmarks on your "flight." Your ticket includes interactive Samsung Galaxy Tab-powered guides and admission to the London Eye 4D Experience, an immersive journey that brings London alive through 3D film and multi-sensory effects.
With such a high concentration of historic sights, Westminster is an essential stop for any visitor to London. After a 3-hour walking tour of the borough’s attractions, descend into Churchill’s War Room to learn the secrets of the famous leader as he strategized during World War II. This tour is perfect for history buffs looking for a manageable but extensive tour to fit into a busy schedule.
The Warner Bros studio might be the top ticket for Harry Potter lovers visiting London, but the city has so many magical movie locations for fans to explore. Join a group of fellow muggles for a walking tour and see the real-life locations that inspired sets such as Diagon Alley, the Leaky Cauldron, and the Ministry of Magic.