Walks and tours
Discover London's history, up-close and personal. Plan your own route or join one of these organised tours
- Dogs Unite for Guide Dogs
- Every Street in Soho
- Historic Almshouse Tours
- Death & Debauchery Tour
- London Loo Tours
An alternative London walk, searching out all things rubbish-related. Guide Rosie Oliver will lead walkers on a two-hour, two-mile ramble from Mudchute on the Isle of Dogs to Greenwich, telling stories of castaway communities and the collection and transformation of the city's waste, past and present. Wear sturdy shoes. Meet at Mudchute DLR by the entrance to Platform 2. The walk takes place once or twice a month. Book online at www.dotmakertours.co.uk.
Travel across 150 years of London Underground history in just two hours. Moving from one of London’s first Underground stations to its most futuristic. Highlights include original plans for the tube, travelling along the proposed ‘Viking Line’, and more.
- W2 1HR
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
Hop-on, hop-off Thames tours accessed at Westminster, Waterloo, Tower and Greenwich Piers, with expert commentary along the way.
- Westminster Millennium Pier, Victoria Embankment, WC2N 6NU
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
An after-hours tour of the Natural History Museum's Central Hall and adjoining galleries with a chance to meet the scientists and get up close and personal with animal specimens. You can hit the bar post-tour, where the scientists will also be available to answer questions.
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
An opportunity to visit the museum's restored almshouse, in which one room is decorated as it would have been in the eighteenth century and another as nineteenth-century inhabitants would have known it. Numbers are limited and tickets are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Tours happen semi-regularly on selected Saturdays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the year at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm, with additional 4pm tours from April. Telephone in advance to check
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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