Best for royalists
Highlights: Big Ben, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, The Mall, Buckingham Palace, Churchill War Rooms, Westminster Abbey.
Pay a visit to the PM and the Queen plus three art galleries, Winston Churchill’s secret bunker and several Monopoly board squares on this circular walk. It starts and finishes at Westminster tube station in the shadow of Big Ben. First, head down Whitehall, past the PM’s home, No. 10 Downing Street, and Household Cavalry guards in strange pointy, shiny helmets. The next stop is Trafalgar Square, where you can admire Nelson’s Column. The Mall brings you to three royal residences: Henry VIII’s former abode, St James’s Palace; the official London home of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, Clarence House; and Her Maj’s pad, Buckingham Palace (when the Royal Standard flag is flying, she’s at home). You can see art from the royal collection at the Queen’s Gallery, before ambling through St James’s Park to Churchill’s War Rooms – his underground control centre is now a museum. The final showstopper is Westminster Abbey, where royals have been crowned since 1066.