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One of the best ways to discover London is on foot and what better way to do that than to take a walking tour of London. We love walking tours and always start out exploration of a new city by booking at least one. It is a great way to orientate yourself, see a lot of the sights and also learn interesting information about the area from the guide.
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How do you choose the best walking tour of London England that is right for you?
There are so many London walking tours to choose from that it can feel a little overwhelming deciding which walking tour to choose. Especially in a city like London where there so many different types of walking tours on offer which can appeal to everyone’s interests and tastes. If you are visiting London in winter do check out the availability as there do seem to be less to choose from during the colder months and of course if you are visiting during the high seasons and months do make sure you book your tour in advance as they can be fully booked if you leave it to late.
In this post you will find a comparison of different London tours to help you decide which one is the best fit for your needs. I have divided the post into 2 sections with the first section looking at the best THEMED walking tours of London and the second section the best SIGHTSEEING walking tours of London. Obviously if you take a themed tour you will also no doubt see some of the sights but the tour will be more focused on showing you various places connected with the theme rather than the main tourist highlights of the city.
I would suggest always wearing comfortable shoes and checking the weather forecast the day before your London walking tour to ensure you are fully prepared. My packing list for London in winter provides suggestions for essential items or if you are visiting during other times of the year my general UK packing list for all seasons is a useful resource.
15 BEST WALKING TOURS OF LONDON ENGLAND WITH A THEME
In this section I will compare the best themed walking tours of London including those based around popular TV shows such as The Crown and Killing Eve. The grid provides an overview of the different London walking tours available and key important details. More information on each tour can be found in the article below.
|NAME OF TOUR||LENGTH OF TOUR||HIGHLIGHTS OF TOUR||LIVE TOUR GUIDE||BOOK HERE|
|Magical London - Harry Potter Guided Tour||2.5 hours||Platform 9 3/4 Diagon Alley The Leaky Cauldron||YES||BOOK HERE|
|Mary Poppins Walking Tour||2 hours||St Paul's Cathedral, Bank of England||YES||BOOK HERE|
|Charles Dickens Walking Tour||3 hours||Borough Market, Dickens House Museum||YES||BOOK HERE|
|Killing Eve Walking Tour||3 hours||10 filming locations including London Bridge and Southwark||YES||BOOK HERE|
|The Crown Walking Tour||2.5 hours||Trafalgar Square, Admiralty Arch, Buckingham Palace and more||YES||BOOK HERE|
|Shakespeare in London Tour||3 hours||The Globe Theatre, Clink Prison and Southwark Cathedral||YES||BOOK HERE|
|Notting Hill Rom-Com Tour||1 hour 40 mins||Portobello Market||YES||BOOK HERE|
|Movie Hot Spots Tour||2 hours||James Bond, Harry Potter, Brigid Jones and more locations||YES||BOOK HERE|
|Doctor Who Tour||2.5 hours||London streets featured in the legendary TV series Doctor Who||YES||BOOK HERE|
|Paddington Bear (TM) Walking Tour||2.5 hours||Visit London landmarks from 2 films and 20 books||YES||BOOK HERE|
|Sherlock Holmes Tour||2 hours||Visit locations from the book, TV series and films||YES||BOOK HERE|
|Bridget Jones Tour||2.5 hours||Visit locations seen in all 3 movies.||YES||BOOK HERE|
|James Bond Walking Tour||2 hours||Visit locations used in "Skyfall", "SPECTRE" and other Bond movies||YES||BOOK HERE|
|Jack the Ripper||2 hours||Visit Whitechapel and walk in the footsteps of Jack the Ripper||YES||BOOK HERE|
|Grim Reaper Tour||2 hours||Tower of London, Plague Pits, the East End||YES||BOOK HERE|
BEST WALKING TOURS OF LONDON ENGLAND – SIGHTSEEING
If you would prefer to take a walking sightseeing tour of London England where you can see the main highlights of the city in a few hours, this selection is for you. I have listed to best walking tours rather than hop-on hop-off bus tours/boat tours or one of the many tours by private cab or car as I will be including those in a separate guide.
|NAME OF TOUR||LENGTH OF TOUR||HIGHLIGHTS OF TOUR||LIVE TOUR GUIDE||BOOK HERE|
|London's Top Sights: Walking Tour with Fun Local Guide||4 - 5 hours||20 of the major sights of London are included in this walking tour||YES||BOOK HERE|
|London: Old City Walking Tour||3 hours||Millennium Bridge, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, St Paul's Cathedral and more||YES||BOOK HERE|
|London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour||1.5 hours||Your expert guide will take you to the best viewing point so you don't miss a thing and take the best photographs - find out about the history behind the ceremony||YES||BOOK HERE|
|Walking Westminster: Big Ben & Houses of Parliament||1 hour||Get the best views of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament from special vantage points.||YES||BOOK HERE|
|Private 90-Minute London Kick-Start Tour with a Local||1.5 hours||Private tour with a local - find out insider tips as you visit London's must-see spots||YES||BOOK HERE|
|London: Top 20 Sights Walking Tour and Clink Prison Entry||6 hours||See 20 of the major London sights plus visit the Clink - the UK's oldest prison!||YES||BOOK HERE|
|Westminster to Tower Bridge Customized Tour with a Local||4 hours||Private personalised tour - see the sights and get an authentic insight into local life||YES||BOOK HERE|
|London: Top 20 Sights Walking Tour and The Shard Entry||2 hours||Includes a skip the line ticket to the Shard||YES||BOOK HERE|
ENJOY YOUR WALKING TOUR OF LONDON!
I am sure you will have found some great walking tours of London England to choose from in this article. I have selected these best London tours from Get Your Guide which is my tour company of choice.
I believe there are many advantages to booking a tour with a company such as Get Your Guide. Tour bookings can be cancelled up to 24 hours before (just double check the terms and conditions when you book), you can pay in your own currency so there are no exchange fees and tickets can be downloaded onto your phone so no need to worry about keeping bits of paper safe.
I love taking tours – whether it is a themed walking tour or a sightseeing walking tour. With Get Your Guide , you know exactly what the cost is so no unexpected surprises.
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