The best London walking tours

Those boots were made for walking and that’s just what you should do with them while exploring all the sights London has to offer
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Strap on your most comfortable shoes and take to the streets of London on one of these wonderful walking tours, where you'll get to see some of London's finest sightseeing spots and a whole lot more. Whether you’ve got a day, an afternoon or just an hour to spare, there’s a tour here for you. From meanders around Camden’s artful streets and an exploration of the East End’s criminal past with ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ actor Stephen Marcus, to tours that’ll take you to sample the capital's finest food and drink, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite and most fascinating walking tours around London.

RECOMMENDED: Try a London bike tour instead

Walking tours in London

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Food Walking Tour: London Bridge and Borough Market

Follow foodie guides who have made it their goal to introduce visitors to the ‘excellence of traditional British food’. The guides will share their knowledge of the local dining culture and latest gastronomic trends, and take you to food shops beloved by the area’s residents.

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Harry Potter walking tour

Immerse yourself in the magical world of the Boy Who Lived on this 150-minute walking tour around the muggle capital of London. Follow in the footsteps of one of the world’s most famous fictional wizards as you step into the real Diagon Alley, catch a glimpse of The Leaky Cauldron, pose by the mythical Platform 9¾, and visit other fantastical locations featured in the Harry Potter movies. You’ll hear insider gossip and see some of the city’s most famous landmarks as you tour London with a guide.

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Highlights of London and afternoon tea

See London’s many highlights and get a taste of tradition on a two-and-a-half-hour walking tour, followed by traditional afternoon tea. Stroll through London’s famous areas with an expert guide, and explore Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and Parliament Square. Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey: you’ll see them all on this tour, and learn about the city’s fascinating history while you're at it. The tour ends with scones, finger sandwiches and a quintessentially British cup of tea at a prestigious central London hotel.

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Changing of the Guard guided walking tour

Witness the Changing of the Guard: an unforgettable London experience. Your experienced guide will also take you to see palaces, royal parks, royal residences and even have an opportunity to march alongside the guards. The walk is aimed at all ages, with interesting insights for adults and plenty of fun for kids.

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Gangster walking tour of London’s East End led by Stephen Marcus

Get to know the godfathers of British crime on this wander around the East End. Led by ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ actor Stephen Marcus (aka Nick the Greek), who'll share his wealth of knowledge about the villains – both fictional and real – of London’s murky underworld. Over the two-hour tour you'll hear tales of the notorious Kray twins around Whitechapel and see iconic ‘Lock, Stock…’ locations from the film.

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Historic pub walking tour

Discover ancient ale houses and literary drinking dens on a three-hour afternoon pub tour of London. Centred on the area around the City, this walk visits at least four of the capital’s finest historic pubs. Hear the history of the pubs, learn the differences between Elizabethan coaching inns and Victorian gin palaces, and visit the watering holes frequented by Charles Dickens. Numbers are limited to 14 people per tour.

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Camden Street Art Walking Tour

Camden street art walking tour

Get to know the other side of London by exploring the secret street art of Camden Town on this small-group, two-hour walking tour. Wander down back alleys, secret lanes and canalside walkways to hear stories about the artists whose work decorates the walls of this historic district from a guide who’s an expert on the capital’s street art scene.

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Private Sherlock Holmes walking tour

Explore the world of the Great Detective and sidekick Dr Watson on this private four-hour walking tour of London. Visit the Sherlock Holmes Museum (entry ticket not included) at 221b Baker Street – where the famous sleuth lived in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s popular stories – with a private guide. Explore central London sites made famous in the filming of the BBC adaptation ‘Sherlock’, such as Russell Square or New Scotland Yard. Along the way, hear behind-the-scenes stories from the set. Tour includes round-trip travel from your centrally located London hotel.

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London Grim Reaper walking tour

Delve into the darker side of the city on this 150-minute walking tour. See sites of execution and death, and steel yourself as your expert guide recounts grisly tales from the capital’s depraved past. Hear about the prisoners who lost their heads at the Tower of London, visit St Katharine Docks to learn about the Black Death, and wander the East End streets once frequented by notorious criminals.

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Greenwich highlights half-day walking tour

Enjoy a fun and educational half-day tour of Greenwich. All the major venues are on the walk, including the Royal Observatory, National Maritime Museum, the Cutty Sark, Old Royal Naval College, newly renovated Queen’s House and Greenwich Market. Put on your comfiest boots and join your knowledgeable guide to experience the real Greenwich. This tour is led in small groups, so there’ll be no pushing or shoving. 

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Jack the Ripper tour and London ghost walk

See the sinister side of the city as you follow the blood-soaked footsteps of serial killers Jack the Ripper and Sweeney Todd down gas-lit alleyways on a ghost walking tour of London. Arrive at each scary spot by coach, and listen on headsets to a guide dishing out gory details about these infamous London murderers. Get goosebumps at Drury Lane, the most haunted theatre in the city, and hear stories of the Ripper’s East End.

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Bowl of Chalk walking tours

The name? It's Cockney rhyming slang for 'walk'! (Though quite why one word needs turning into three, we're not quite sure.) Regardless, these are tours delivered by Jonnie, a born-and-bred Londoner with a passion for taking people on walks around the city and sharing some of its secrets. His weekend tours are fun, laidback and - best of all - delivered on a 'pay what you can' basis. Private weekday tours can be book to; just take a look on the website for further details.

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Hairy Goat Photography Tours

It's true that everyone is a photography these days - but that doesn't mean every one is a good photographer. So if you really want to up your photography game, book a space on one of these tours by Hairy Goat. The guides will not only take you on a journey around various landmarks in the centre of the city, but they'll also teach you how to take some decent snaps in the process too. The organisers say it's best if you come equipped with an SLR-level camera - but if all you've got is your smartphone, they'll still advise as best as they can. 

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Unseen Tours

These tours are run by The Sock Mob, a social enterprise that works with homeless, ex-homeless or vulnerably housed people. The guides who lead each of the five tours - in Camden, Covent Garden, London Bridge, Shoreditch and Brick Lane - have all experienced homelessness at some time in their lives. This doesn't mean these tours are indulgent misery porn or suchlike - actually they're fun, laidback journey through each area's local history, with a little eye-opening info about social injustice thrown in too.

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