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
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. Booking recommended.
Fascinated by public sanitation? This 90min tour is a walk through the history and politics of London, as represented by the humble loo – and toilet humour is positively encouraged. Walks on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday afternoons begin at Waterloo station, by the toilets opposite Platform 18, and are an adults-only activity (you'll drop in to some cocktail bars en route). Saturday tours of Bloomsbury start at Euston Square station at 11am. Advanced booking is strongly
Two comedians lead this walking tour of the South Bank. Expect improvised comedy and a distinctly lackadaisical approach to the truth in a somewhat skewed look at the history of our fair city. The tour meets weekly on the steps in front of St Paul's Cathedral and booking ahead is recommended. Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes – and to take everything you hear with a pinch of salt.
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
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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