Walking Tours of London

Four London Neighborhood Walks

Quite often the best way to really see a city is by walking. You absorb so much more detail and flavour of an area than you would passing through it on a bus. Walking lets you see all the nooks and crannies and you are free to stop and explore and take pictures anywhere along the way.

For that reason we have put together four recommended neighborhood walking tours of London for you. Each tour is fully described on it's own page which can be accessed by clicking on the corresponding links below.

Westminster and Whitehall Walking Tour - 5.9 kms

Gothic Spires of the Palace of Westminster with Westminster Bridge in the Foreground Whitehall Walking Tour There are many iconic London landmarks in and around the Whitehall neighborhood. Whitehall is named after the main road that runs from Charing Cross Station by Trafalgar Square down to Parliament Square by the Palace of Westminster. If you only have time for one walking tour of London during your visit, this is the one you should do. This walk is 5.9 kms long and should take about 1h 30m at a normal walking pace, not including stops. We suggest you allow a minimum of 3 hrs - more if you plan to tour any of the attractions.

Chelsea Walking Tour - 4.9 kms

Courtyard of the Chelsea Royal HospitalChelsea Walking Tour The historic neighbourhood of Chelsea, located along and above the banks of the River Thames just south of Westminster, is populated with many beautiful and historic homes. This walk is 4.9 kms long and should take just about 1hr 15m at a normal walking pace, not including stops. We suggest you allow a minimum of 2½ hours.

Mayfair Walking Tour - 1.4 kms

Enjoying the View of London from Primrose Hill Mayfair Walking Tour The Mayfair district is named after the 2 week May Fair that took place every year from 1686 to 1764. This area boasts many of London's most exclusive shops and restaurants and a large concentration of luxury hotels. It is the location of some renowned landmarks including the Ritz Hotel and Piccadilly Circus. This walk is only 1.4 kms long and, at a normal walking pace, would take about 20 minutes without stopping or going on the optional leg at the end. We suggest allowing about 1 hr in order to have time to take everything in and considerably more if you are going to divert into the shopping districts.

Hampstead Walking Tour - 3.4 km

View of the London Financial District from Parliament Hill in the Hampstead HeathHampstead Walking Tour Hampstead features beautiful homes and a large wilderness area offering some of the best views of London. This walk is 3.4 kms long and should take just under one hour at a normal walking pace, not including stops. We suggest you allow a minimum of 2 hrs - more if you plan to tour any of the attractions.

Some of the above photos are made available under a Creative Commons license. Larger versions and attribution can be viewed on the full page for each attraction.

Fully Guided Walking and Biking Tours

In addition to the self-guided walking tours above you may want to consider one or more of the following fully guided walking tours. The prices of some are quite reasonable and they can be a memorable addition to you vacation.

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Jack the Ripper Walking Tour in London

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From: $24.87 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Search the streets of London's Whitechapel to uncover the true story of history's most famous serial killer. See the sights and learn the shocking fate of the Ripper's unfortunate victims, all the while let our experienced guide help you separate fact from fiction and guide you through one of London's most sinister stories.

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Historic London Pub Tour

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From: $33.16 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Follow in the footsteps of famous writers who frequented London pubs of the past. During this 2-hour historical walking tour, you'll discover fascinating tales while savoring London's favorite drink. Visit some of London's oldest watering holes and pass by the city's renowned sites along the way. Top it off with an included half-pint of beer as you rub elbows with the locals.

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Ghastly Ghost Walking Tour in London

From: $24.87 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

See one of the world's most intriguing cities through a different point of view, full of spooky visions and sinister apparitions. Search for ghosts and ghouls that creep through the night while your guide shares stories of London's haunted history. Listen to these bone-chilling tales as you meander down the dark alleys of central London, if you dare. Your 2-hour walking tour ends at St Paul's Cathedral.

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A Muggle's Guide to Harry Potter Walking Tour in London

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From: $66.32 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Keep your wand at the ready and 'disapparate' (teleport) into the wizarding world of Harry Potter. You'll see a side of London that most muggles miss during this 2.5-hour walking tour of filming sights made famous by the movie adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s much-loved masterpiece. The Leaky Cauldron, Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross, and Diagon Alley are all along your guided route.

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Shoreditch East London Walking Tour

From: $58.03 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Discover the people’s London - visit communities, trendy cafes, art collectives, and markets to really see where local people live, eat, drink and work. This unique tour will give you an authentic local experience of London’s famous underground subcultures and alternative lifestylesDiscover Markets, Spitalfields, Boxpark and Shoreditch. Community Gardens, Trendy Cafes, Street Food, Markets, Craft Beer, Vintage Boutiques, Street Art. Hear stories of the local communities, Bangladheshi, the old Jewish quarter and now the hipsters.

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London Full Day Tour

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From: $397.90 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

This tour will take you to the most iconic landmarks in London: Buckingham Palace, Changing of the Guard, Big Ben, St Paul's Cathedral the Tower of London and many others. Get the most out of London by having a fully private and customized tour. Take the hassle out of your visit, relax and enjoy the city.

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Tour Brixton in South London Like a Local

From: $54.71 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

London is a creative, multi-cultural and liberal city. You will not find another city as diverse. This tour will take you away from the tourist trail and on to explore the cultural landscape from a local perspective. You´ll be introduced and learn about life of a Londoner, visit some of the city’s most trendy neighbourhoods, multicultural and former working class districts. Savor some of the local food and drinks as you learn about London's subcultures, history and witness some of the world’s most spectacular Street art and graffiti up close and personal on this authentic local experience.

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