Walks and tours

Discover London's history, up-close and personal. Plan your own route or join one of these organised tours


Walking tours in London

Whovian 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 caitlin@whoviantours.com

  1. London Bridge Station Station Approach, SE1 9SP
  2. Fri Aug 22 - Sun Aug 31
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Every Street in Soho

If you want to get to grips with the geography of Soho’s many fascinating nooks and crannies you’d do well to sign up for this all-day walk. It covers 119 streets, mews, courts and other thoroughfares. Guide Peter Berthoud will fill you in on dozens of stories about the area as he introduces long-established shops, great pubs and secret locations. The tour sets off from Oxford Circus tube station (Argyll Street exit). There are several pub stops along the way so this event is

CoolWalks: Eccentric Dulwich

  • Free

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.

  1. Dulwich Library 368 Lordship Lane, SE22 8NB
  2. Thu Aug 28
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There's More to Shoreditch than Street Art

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.  

  1. Shoreditch High St Overground Station Braithwaite Street, E1 6GL
  2. Sat Aug 30
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Guided tours by bus, boat and bike

Big Bus Tours

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.

  1. 48 Buckingham Palace Rd, SW1W 0RN
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Mind the Gap Tours

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.

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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.

Original London Sightseeing Tour

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.

Harrods Vintage Bus Tour

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.

  1. Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Rd, SW1X 7QN
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Museum and attraction tours

Twickenham Stadium Tour

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.

  1. Rugby Football Union, Rugby Rd, TW1 1DZ
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Arsenal Museum and Stadium Tour

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.

  1. Emirates Stadium, Drayton Park, N5 1BU
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Houses of Parliament

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

  1. Palace of Westminster, SW1A 0AA
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Get behind the Scenes at London Transport Museum Depot

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

  1. London Transport Museum Depot 118-120 Gunnersbury Lane, W3 8BQ
  2. Sat Sep 13 - Sun Sep 14
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Great self-guided London walks

Walks with views: Blackheath to Greenwich Observatory

A surprise view amongst the trees, observatories and ice cream

Walks with views: Crouch Hill to Alexandra Palace

Spectacular views of iconic buildings, from shimmering financial towers to a gleaming palace

Walks with views: Tate Modern to the London Eye

A sunset stroll along the South Bank affords an array of stunning vantage points

Walks with views: Parliament Hill Fields to Primrose Hill

A top-to-top pub crawl sampling the best views in London


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