Walks and tours
Discover London's history, up-close and personal. Plan your own route or join one of these organised tours
- Autumn Ambles
- Eight of London's best walks
- The London Ear guided walk
- Time Out Walks
- Death & Debauchery Tour
This free guided walk takes in 3 miles of Borough and Bankside, offering an up close and personal look at the streets and buildings used as a backdrop in many familiar films. The walk starts at John Harvard Library and finishes at the Tate Modern around 3pm. Wear sensible shoes and bring plenty of water.
One for tortoises, not hares, this alternative guided walk passes through London's West End, surely one of the fastest places on Earth. From seasonal change to gradual erosion, learn to notice the slower side of life. Walks start at Cleopatra's Needle, Victoria Embankment. Must be 14 or older.
A tour focused on the life and work of artist and satirist Willam Hogarth which includes a riverside walk, a visit to Hogarth's House and a visit to St Nicholas' Church and graveyard. William Morris' Kelmscott House is also a part of the route, which ends in seventeenth-century pub The Dove. Advanced booking recommended.
Test your nerves with a ghost walk at the Royal Arsenal this Halloween. The tours takes in old factory buildings and the Royal Arsenal site where many grizzly events including murders and suicides have taken place. Visitors will discover why soldiers brave enough to go off to war refuse to enter the Academy building alone, and why staff won't lock up the museum at night by themselves. A bangers and mash supper will be served at the end of the evening to warm up guests who've been
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
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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