Best 12 London walking tours

Get a closer look at London's most interesting and unique sites with these top guided walks, and learn about the city's long history and diverse culture with a London walking tour.
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There are plenty of exciting options to choose from, whether you're interested in famous historical figures such as Jack the Ripper, fascinated by royal London, or just want to sample London's brilliant food, attractions and architecture.

1. Royal Coronation Walking Tour

King Charles III. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Don't miss out on this limited series of walking tours dedicated to exploring the history behind one of the UK's most prestigious royal occasions. To mark the coronation of His Majesty King Charles III, this guided walk will take you through the heart of royal London, uncovering key sites and memorials along with sharing the more quirky locations and surprising stories of Kings and Queens passed.


When: Select dates Feb-Jun
Start time: 2pm

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2. Great Fire of London Walking Tour

The Great Fire of London. © Unsplash/Rowan Freeman

The Great Fire of London was a poignant moment in the city's history, destroying the medieval capital including over 13,000 houses, 87 parish churches and iconic buildings such as The Royal Exchange and St Paul's Cathedral. This walking tour will transport you to the year 1666, where you'll follow the fire's journey of destruction and learn how a new London emerged from the ashes.


When: Select dates in Feb, Mar and Apr
Start time: 11.30am and 2.30pm

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3. Sherlock Holmes Tour

Come and see the London sites that inspired Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle with the Sherlock Holmes Tour. You can also explore some of the locations featured in the books, films and TV series as you are led around by a professional guide in this two-hour tour of Sherlock’s London. 


Schedule: Every Saturday; additional Wednesdays in the summer months
Start time: 10.30am
Duration: Two hours

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4. Jack the Ripper Tour

Experience the fright of a lifetime as you embark on a walking tour that examines one of the world’s greatest unsolved mysteries. Walk the streets where Jack the Ripper committed his many crimes and hear tales along the way from your knowledgeable guide.


When: Daily
Timings: 6pm
Duration: Approx. 90 minutes

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5. Royal Walking Tour, Changing of the Guard

Buckingham Palace on the Royal Walking Tour. Image courtesy of Golden Tours.

Get to know the Royal Family like never before on this Royal Walking Tour, Changing of the Guard. Spend two hours with your expert guide as they share untold stories and fascinating facts about the kings and queens of England. Not only will you see iconic sites such as St. James's Palace and Buckingham Palace, but you'll also discover lesser-known spots such as the Royal Warrants of Jermyn Street and Queen Elizabeth II's favourite off-license. 


When: Daily
Timings: 10am
Duration: Approx. 90 minutes

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6. Downton Abbey London Tour

Follow in the footsteps Downton Abbey characters. Image courtesy of Golden Tours.

Journey back in time to an era of elegance with a Downton Abbey walking tour of London! Enjoy a leisurely stroll as you admire the legendary London haunts of the Lords and Ladies of the Crawley family and their household. Relive your favourite Downton Abbey scenes as you explore impressive filming locations from the award-winning TV series.

When: Fridays
tart time: 11am
Duration: Two hours and 30 minutes

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7. Wizards London Walking Tour of Harry Potter Film Locations

Millennium Bridge with St. Paul's Cathedral. © Shutterstock

Explore London's most magical spots on this Wizards London Walking Tour of Harry Potter Film Locations. Discover more than 10 filming locations from the films, from the visitor's entrance to the Ministry of Magic to a spiral staircase that leads to one of Hogwarts' most famous classrooms. Spotting many of London's iconic landmarks and attractions along the way.


When: Wednesdays and Saturdays
Start time: 10am
Duration: Two hours

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8. Secret London Walking Tour

St Paul's Cathedral © Unsplash/Eduard Militaru

Discover the hidden corners of the capital on a unique Secret London Walking Tour. Step off the tourist trail, wandering the city's old streets and alleyways where you'll encounter unusual art, old pubs and a place once known as the world's smallest police station.


When: Wednesdays and Saturdays
Start time: 1.30pm and 2pm - times vary depending on the date
Duration: Approx. one hour and 30 minutes

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9. Sandemans New London Tours

Gain an intriguing insight into London's history. Visit the City of London, stopping at St Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London; explore East London covering Brick Lane, Cockney culture and the criminal underworld; learn about Jack the Ripper; or embark on a five-venue pub crawl. Read More

10. Blue Badge Tourist Guides

Book a tour with one of Guide London's professionally qualified Blue Badge Tourist Guides, who know the city better than anyone else. Whether you want to visit famous London sites such as Westminster Abbey by coach or discover back streets of the Jewish East End on foot, your Blue Badge Tourist Guide can entertain you with entirely new stories in dozens of languages.

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11. London Walks

Walk through the scenic hidden streets, back roads and canal paths around the city with London Walks and discover more about Jack the Ripper, The Beatles, Shakespeare, royal London, ghosts in the City and London street art among others.

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12. City Visitor Trail

The City Visitor Trail takes you on a journey through the heart of London. Take in famous attractions such as St. Paul's Cathedral, Guildhall, the Bank of England and the Tower of London or try the themed "side-tracks", each one moving away from the main path to give a more in-depth look at one part of the city.

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