Whether you’re going to spend a month, a week or a weekend in London, there’s a lot for you to see. That’s why it’s important to plan your time wisely and see as much as possible during your stay.
Walking tours are a great way to experience and see a lot of the city over a short amount of time. They also allow you to learn more about the history and culture of London as part of an immersive and interactive experience.
People from all over the world use our accommodation and we often get asked about the best activities to fill their time. Visitors to London are usually interested in cutting costs where they can, and walking tours are a great low-cost activity to do when you’re staying in the capital.
So, in this article, we list what we think are the best walking tours in London. There’s something for everyone: The historian, the foodie, the film buff – believe us, wherever your interests lie, there’s a London walking tour for you.
London has been the stage for hundreds of movies and television series over the years. So, if you’re a film fan, exploring London on foot can be a unique and fun way to experience some of your favourite films.
1. Bridget Jones
Bridget Jones is the perfect example of a cult film that dictates British culture in a charming, albeit, exaggerated, way. This walking tour will guide you around more than 12 of the places where the movie was shot, with behind the scenes gossip and actor trivia included.
You’ll also hear fascinating historical stories about the streets and areas where the movie was shot, such as Tower Bridge, London Bridge and St Paul's Cathedral.
The tour is available from September through to April and costs just £12 per adult, and £10 per child. To find out more and to book your place, head here.
2. Harry Potter
As well as being home to fictional places such as Diagon Alley and Platform 9¾, many of London’s real monuments also feature in the Harry Potter film franchise. For Harry Potter fans, this walking tour is not to be missed.
You’ll get the chance to see parts of London where iconic Harry Potter scenes were filmed, including St Paul’s Cathedral, Millennium Bridge, Tate Modern, Borough and Leadenhall Markets as well as Monument.
The tour runs on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm year round, or daily at 2pm from 1 June – 30 September. It costs £12 per adult and £10 per child. To find out more about this tour or to make a booking, click here.
3. Mary Poppins
This walking tour will please any Mary Poppins fan - young or old! Based on the recent Mary Poppins Returns movie, this tour will guide you through the city of London on foot, taking you to places such as the Bank of England and St Paul’s Cathedral.
The tours take place every Sunday at 1:30pm and cost £12 per adult, and £10 per child. Find out more about this walking tour here.
4. Downton Abbey
London was a prominent backdrop for the award-winning series of Downton Abbey. For Anglophiles, this tour offers the exciting opportunity to combine a London walking tour while learning about one of the UK’s most successful television series.
During the tour, you’ll learn about the corners of London that featured in the TV series. You’ll also learn about all the places in the capital city that were actually used to represent places such as Liverpool, London and York – not London at all!
From April through to December you can take part on this tour for £12 per person, or £10 per child. Head here for more information.