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
- Time Out Walks
- Camden Street Art Walks
- Death & Debauchery Tour
- Big Bus Tours
Discover the stories behind the traditional shops and specialists on Jermyn Street in St James on this two-hour tour. The tailors, cheesemongers, perfumiers, milliners and more have all had their moments in various spotlights over the years, and tour guide Dr Cindy Lawford will introduce you to the shopkeepers and their products in between stories. Art galleries, the Jermyn Street Theatre and St James's Church all get a visit, too. A shorter version of the walk is available on
As a city with a vast and colourful history, it's unsurprising that folk are drawn to exploring London's past. We can trace Jack The Ripper's footsteps through Whitechapel, discover 150 year's worth of the Underground network, and now, thanks to the founder of the Ghostsigns Project, Sam Roberts, we can delve into hand painted wall advertising. More than 15 old signs are covered on this tour, which lasts roughly two hours. Roberts will give audiences an insight into the history
East London's 'alternative' side is revealed on this leftfield tour. Expect to be introduced to the history and culture of the Brick Lane 'Banglatown' and Shoreditch areas as well as current issues and street art. Booking essential via www.alternativeldn.co.uk
Tax Justice Walking Tour of Mayfair International development charity ActionAid leads this walking tour of Mayfair which highlights the London FTSE 100 fat cats taking advantage of offshore tax havens. You’ll also get an introduction to the history of tax justice campaigning and an overview of global inequality. 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
Perfect for the mechanically-minded, these behind-the-scenes tours take visitors to the inner sanctum of the world's most famous bridge and include access to areas that are normally out of bounds to the public. Tours are divided into two parts. First, you'll get a history of the bridge and its construction while exploring the building, its walkways and engine rooms. The second part of the tour is conducted by one of the bridge's technical officers, who takes visitors to the
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
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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