Walks and tours
Discover London's history, up-close and personal. Plan your own route or join one of these organised tours
- Eight of London's best walks
- The London Ear guided walk
- Time Out Walks
- Death & Debauchery Tour
- Big Bus Tours
Follow in the Doctor's footsteps on this two-hour walking tour of London, which visits a wide variety of locations that have been featured in recent series of Doctor Who. The tour guide is a self-proclaimed 'massive Whovian', so visitors can expect lots of time lord-related stories and factoids, as well historical London information along the way. Book in advance by emailing email@example.com
Get a unique insight into the more curious corners and characters that Dulwich has to offer on this free walk from Dulwich Library to Brockwell Park. Along the four-mile route you'll hear tales of the area's most interesting inhabitants and facts about its most eccentric architecture. There will be a stop for food halfway so bring either a packed lunch or some money to buy yourself a sandwich. No need to book.
The whizzy technophile and creative world of new Shoreditch masks a very different but equally lively past, as City of Westminster guide Peter Berthoud reveals on this two-hour walk around the area.
Seven different species of bat swoop over the London Wetland Centre to hunt after dark. These walks are your chance to witness their impressive airborne aerobatics and to hear them chatter as they locate their dinner. Visitors will learn more about the winged critters in a pre-tour talk, and will be armed with bat detectors to help identify which species it is they're spying on. The event is suitable for adults and children over eight. Book in advance.
Open-top bus tour covering most of central London on two different, sometimes overlapping, routes. The ticket price includes a river cruise travel between Westminster Pier, the Tower of London and Greenwich, and walking tours, including Royal London, Harry Potter Film Locations and Ghosts by Gaslight.
- 48 Buckingham Palace Rd, SW1W 0RN
Mind the Gap Tours runs guided tours using vintage-style bikes to Windsor and Hampton Court. There’s an emphasis on ‘the road less travelled’, with small groups travelling at a leisurely pace to discover the quirky and hidden parts of London on traffic-free routes.
SmallcarBIGCITY offers guided tours of London in classic 1960s Minis. Taking a maximum of three passengers, these icons of British motoring are used on a number of routes including 'The Royal Tour', a 30-minute ride around Westminster and 'The Great Escape', an hour-long tour around three London parks.
Hop-on, hop-off, open-top bus tour covering most of tourist London on three different routes, with commentary in English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian and Japanese. The ticket price includes a river cruise and three walking tours.
Vintage Routemaster buses, painted in Harrods livery, depart the store every hour, visiting famous locations including Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace during their two-hour tour of the capital. Hop-on, hop-off and open-top tours are available, as are tours combining lunch or afternoon tea.
- Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Rd, SW1X 7QN
The impressive Twickenham stadium is the home of English rugby union. It houses a multimedia museum that uses touch-screens, video clips and film to chart the history and worldwide growth of the sport.
- Rugby Football Union, Rugby Rd, TW1 1DZ
Arsenal players themselves provide the commentary on a stadium tour here, whether that’s a Legends tour, guided by a former player (such as Lee Dixon, Kenny Sansom or Charlie George) or a self-guided audio tour with anecdotes from Robin van Persie and Jack Wilshere and a motivating pre-match speech from Arsène Wenger.
- Emirates Stadium, Drayton Park, N5 1BU
Tours of the Houses of Parliament offer a unique combination of one thousand years of history, modern day politics, and stunning art and architecture. Most of what is seen on the tour was built in the mid 19th century following a devastating fire in 1834, but the route also incorporates Westminster Hall, begun in 1097 by William Rufus, son of William the Conqueror. Tours are available on Saturdays throughout the year and on weekdays during the summer opening period. From April
- Palace of Westminster, SW1A 0AA
A whole busload of fun for transport enthusiasts. The London Transport museum is throwing open the doors of its Depot for a weekend themed activities as it continues to celebrate the year of the bus. Visitors will be able to see the Museum's newly restored B-type 'Battle Bus' before its tour of French and Belgian battlefields. Other travel themed activities include rides on the Acton Miniature Railway, model layouts showing London's transport in miniature, talks, film screenings
Great self-guided London walks
A surprise view amongst the trees, observatories and ice cream
Spectacular views of iconic buildings, from shimmering financial towers to a gleaming palace
A sunset stroll along the South Bank affords an array of stunning vantage points
A top-to-top pub crawl sampling the best views in London
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