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
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.cc licensed photo by futureshape
Chelsea Walking Tour - 4.9 kms
Chelsea 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.cc licensed photo by amandabhslater
Mayfair Walking Tour - 1.4 kms
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.cc licensed photo by Wolfiewolf
Hampstead Walking Tour - 3.4 km
Hampstead 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.cc licensed photo by Wolfiewolf
Some of the above photos are made available under a Creative Commons license. Photo Credits can be viewed on the detail 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.