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
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 email@example.com
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.
Tour guides Barry and Clive are a mine of Soho facts. The thing is, the accuracy of their information depends almost entirely on how long they spend in the pub before the tour. This Soho ramble combining immersive street theatre and improv comedy isn't the best choice for history buffs, but participants can expect to laugh plenty and learn some fun anecdotes about the celebrity-packed central streets. Add a rum-filled Barry Wise hip flask (£10) to your online booking for added
The most popular of several guided tours led by young architect Ike Ijeh, this festive walk is a two-hour stroll through London's best Christmas illuminations, starting from the Nelson's Column side of the Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree. You must book ahead by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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