16 best guided walking tours in London

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.
Written by Kirstine Spicer Edited by Kirstine Spicer 12 April 2024
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With its rich history and unique blend of cultures there is much to be discovered on these exciting London walking tours. Wander the lesser known areas of the city with an expert guide who will help you uncover the city's best hidden spots while sharing interesting tales and funny stories of the city's past and present. 

When it comes to the best walking tours in London, 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 Walking Tour, Changing of the Guard

See the iconic Buckingham Palace from St James's Park, as you follow your guide on this royal London tour. © Visit London/Michael Barrow

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

Prices from £15.00 Book now

2. Paddington Bear Walking Tour

Discover the London locations featured in the Paddington Bear stories. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Get the family together to seek out the city's most famous bear on a Paddington Bear Walking Tour. Discover iconic locations from the beloved books and films of everyone's favourite marmalade-eating bear. Start at Paddington Railway Station, visit Mr Gruber's antiques shop, explore Portobello Market, and more.

 

When: Tuesdays and Saturdays
Timings:10.30am
Duration: Approx. two hours and 30 minutes

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3. Sherlock Holmes Tour

Explore Sherlock Holmes' London on a walking tour. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

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

Prices from £15.00 Book now

4. Beatles London Walking Tour

Step back in time on a Beatles London Walking Tour. Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash.

If you’re a fan of Paul, John, George and Ringo, then a Beatles Walking Tour of London is not to be missed. Venture to Soho and Mayfair and discover hidden studios, interesting murals and iconic album cover spots. Or explore Marylebone and Abbey Road to uncover locations where the band filmed, recorded, performed, partied, and more. Better yet, combine both tours for the ultimate Beatles day out in London!


When: Sundays
Start time: 11am (
Beatles Walking Tour of Soho and Mayfair) and 2.30pm (Beatles Magical Mystery London Walking Tour of Marylebone and Abbey Road)

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5. Jack the Ripper Tour

Jack The Ripper Walking Tour London. Image courtesy of Golden Tours.

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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6. Borough Market Food Tour

Sample delicious food at Borough Market. Image courtesy of Red Letter Days.

Discover the very best of British cuisine on a Borough Market Food Tour. Kick things off with a classic British breakfast, followed by a feast of favourites such as fish and chips and the city's best sausage roll. 

 

When: Tuesdays to Sundays
Start time: 10.30am and 11am
Duration: Approx. three and half hours

Prices from £79.00 Book now

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. Downton Abbey London Tour

See locations in London that were featured in the show. Image courtesy of Golden Tours.

Journey back in time to an era of elegance with a Downton Abbey London 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
S
tart time: 11am
Duration: Two hours and 30 minutes

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10. Film & TV Location Tour at the Old Royal Naval College

Join a film tour of Greenwich's Old Royal Naval College. Image courtesy of visitlondon.com/Jon Reid.

Take a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich on this Film and TV Location Tour. Providing the setting for some of the most memorable moments on the big screen, you'll uncover key locations from hit films, including The Iron Lady, Disney's Cruella and the hit Marvel film, Thor: The Dark World.

 

When: Mondays to Sundays
Timings: 12.30pm and 2.30pm
Duration: Approx. one hour

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11. James Bond Walking Tour

See James Bond wax figures through the ages at Madame Tussauds London. Image courtesy of Madame Tussauds London.

Uncover the mysteries of this iconic book and film series on a James Bond Walking Tour. Wander the streets of Westminster, learning all about the British secret service as you catch a glimpse of 007's London headquarters. Snap away at filming locations from classics such as Die Another Day, Skyfall and No Time To Die. 


When: Thursdays, Saturdays and select Sundays
Start time: 10.30am and 2.30pm
Duration: Two hours

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12. Walking Tour of Covent Garden

Covent Garden's Apple Market. Image courtesy of Brendan Bell.

Feel like a Londoner as you explore one of the city's most popular areas on a Walking Tour of Covent Garden. See the world-famous marketplace, discover its interesting history and hub of trendy eateries along with some of the capital's top theatres. All while your guide shares fascinating stories of interesting characters of the past, from kings and authors to silent movie stars.


When: Daily
Start time: 1.30pm
Duration: Approximately. one hour and 30 minutes

Prices from £15.00 Book now

Free walking tours in London

13. Sandemans New London Tours

Explore London’s best-known sights and streets on a walking tour from Sandemans New London. Image courtesy of 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.

14. Blue Badge Tourist Guides

Blue Badge Tourist Guide in action! Image courtesy of Guide London.

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.

15. London Walks

Explore the city with London Walks. Image courtesy of 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.

16. City Visitor Trail Free

Tower Bridge. Image courtesy of City of London.

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.

How much does it cost to do a London walking tour?

The cost of a London walking tour varies depending on the type of experience you are booking and whether you book a private tour or join a group. 

A typical sightseeing walking tour of the city with a group can start from around £15-£20 per person. Whereas, a themed walking tour may cost a little more given the unique narrative provided by the expert guide. Tours involving food and drinks will be significantly higher in price to cover the cost of the items included. 

Most London walking tours will include items such as entrance tickets for attractions and food on gastronomy tours, ensuring there are no hidden costs so that you only have to consider transport to and from the meeting points. However, always be sure to check what is included upon booking. 

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