12 Best Walking Tours in London

London is best seen on foot. Strap on your most comfortable shoes and explore London’s busy streets discovering 2,000 years of fascinating history.

  A guided walking tour helps you to discover the most bizarre and least-known facts of London. Whether you’ve got a day, an evening or just an hour to spare, there’s always a tour here for you. Among the countless options, here are the best walking tours in London.

1.Royal Kensington Tour

Get a splendid view of the Kensington Palace and discover the marvels of Victorian splendor while strolling through the magnificent Royal Albert Hall and world-class museums. Fabulous concerts are held in the Royal Albert Hall. Not to forget the beautiful Kensington Gardens, where you can encounter some of the park’s most beguiling attractions.

2. Harry Potter Walking Tour

It is one of the most interesting walking tours in London that are inspired by the world’s most famous fictional wizards. You can visit all the fantastic locations that were featured in the Harry Potter movies such as Diagon Alley, Leaky Cauldron and the mythical Platform.

3.  Discovery Richmond

A guided sightseeing tour around one of London’s most affluent and historically interesting areas is quite exciting. With beautiful scenery, including Richmond Park and the river Thames, you can walk away the hours in this leafy London suburb. And since Richmond is just a 20-minute train journey from Central London, there is certainly no excuse not to visit.

4. City Visitor Trail

The free app maps a route through the heart of London city. You can get 2-for-1 entry to the Tower Bridge Exhibition. The main trail includes visits to St Paul’s CathedralGuildhall, the Bank of EnglandThe Monument, Mansion Housethe Tower of London and Tower Bridge – along with a number of City churches like St Mary-le-Bow. On the way, you can take in the unseen gems of London and discover hundreds of stories in the area, which is also known as “the Square Mile”.

5. London Grim Reaper walking tour

You can look into the darker side of London on this 150-minute walking tour. It includes sites of execution and death. Apart from visiting St Katharine Docks to learn about the Black Death, you can wander the East End streets once frequented by notorious criminals. While your expert guide recounts grisly tales of prisoners who lost their heads at the Tower of London, discover London’s depraved past

6. Jack the Ripper Walking Tour

Experience the fear of a lifetime as you embark on a walking tour that examines one of the world’s greatest unsolved mysteries. Walk the lanes where Jack the Ripper committed his several crimes while listening to scary tales along the way from your knowledgeable guide.

7. Food Walking Tour: London Bridge and Borough Market

Know the excellence of traditional British food in this food walking tour. The foodie guides impart their knowledge on the local dining culture and also on the latest gastronomic trends while they take you to famous local food shops.

8. Royal Tour of London

This walking tour covers visit to three royal palaces from Big Ben to Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square. All along, you can discover Churchill’s hidden bunker, exclusive clubs for the rich and famous, and much more. And if that is less for your excitement, then you can listen closely for incredible tales of cannibal pelicans and crazy lost tourists. This walking tour is run by Strawberry Tours

9. Changing of the Guard Guided Walking Tour

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Observing the changing of the guard is an unforgettable London experience. You also get a chance to march alongside the guards. Other than this, you can also see palaces, royal parks, and royal residences.

10. Low Tide Walk

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It is a guided adventure walk through the urban wildlife of Deptford Creek. By strolling along the river bed, you can experience an unexpected perspective of London and its history. The Low Tide Walk is operated by Creekside Educational Trust and led by its conservationist with 30 years’ experience. According to the nature of the walking tour, participants are required to be reasonably fit.

11. Rock n’ Roll Tour of London

London has always been marked as the epicenter of the Rock n’ Roll world. This nostalgic tour takes you on a journey through performances, recordings, legendary gigs, and album covers. You can also get the behind-the-scenes stories of infamous nights out, lives, tragedies, and triumphs of some music iconic legends.

12. Little Venice, Pure Pleasure

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On a much less urban note, this walking tour unwinds through the most beautiful section of London’s canals. As part of the walk is along the towpath, lined by narrow boats, the countryside scenery makes you forget the city’s hubbub for a while. A light refreshment at a lovely canal-side café is the best way to get some rest at the end of the walk. Little Venice is guided by London Walks, which operates several walking tours in London.

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