With the coronation of King Charles III just behind us, London is the perfect place to visit. As the capital of England and the United Kingdom, it is one of the largest cities in the world. This city is literally and figuratively filled with a rich history, and it beckons people from all over the world to see some of its famous sights, including the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and museums galore. It’s also a great place to find out the scoop about afternoon tea and the secret to why fish and chips are such a hot menu item. There’s no better place to get in touch with your royal side.

See London in a Day Walking Tour

Start by seeing London in a day with the London in a Day: Tower of London Tour, Westminster Abbey & Changing of the Guard. Take out your comfortable shoes because you’re going to walk around much of London at a moderate pace during this comprehensive tour of the city.

The tour is in English and includes Tower of London Tour tickets, Westminster Abbey tickets, Thames River Cruise, an expert local guide, and headsets. Start at Westminster Abbey and learn about the deep history and the tombs of Isaac Newton and Charles Dickens among others. Then you’re off to Wellington Barracks, a perfect spot to watch the Changing of the Guard in front of Buckingham Palace. It should be noted that you’ll have a better view near the Barracks where the guards go through their preparations and uniform checks.

changing of the guard in london

Then walk over to Trafalgar Square, the historic central point of London, and hear more history while standing beneath the famous lions flanking Nelson’s Column.

Around noon, you will break for lunch. And not to worry, your guide will be knowledgeable about good restaurants to try.  Then afterward head to the Thames for your scenic river cruise as you pass landmarks such as the London Eye and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Walk across Tower Bridge and learn about its fascinating history. The views from the bridge are spectacular! Finally, it’s off for your guided tour of the Tower of London. A visit to the Crown Jewels will put you up close to some of royalty’s must-see pieces and their significance.

Afternoon English Tea Anyone?

When in London, take part in something very English, afternoon tea! You’ll enjoy this English staple on the Afternoon Tea Cruise on the River Thames. While the attire is casual, feel free to go all out for this very special occasion.

As the most British of traditions, enjoy afternoon tea as you glide past London’s riverside attractions. Take in sights such as Big Ben, the London Eye, and the Tower of London. You can take in 360-degree views of London’s riverside landmarks from the open deck. The cruise includes sandwiches, mini pastries, and scones with clotted cream and jam along with an assortment of beverages. You could even package this with one of the can’t miss tours of London with by booking Afternoon Tea Cruise on the River Thames & Westminster Abbey VIP Tour!

Tour London by Night Walking Tours

big ben in londonTake a tour that’s a little bit out of the ordinary with the Torre de Londres VIP: Visita After Hours y Ceremonia de las Llaves. Another walking tour, so again be sure to wear comfortable shoes and get ready to walk at a moderate pace as you gain access to the Tower of London after hours on this private tour with a Yeoman Warder guide. You will be in a small group of no more than 20 guests, and get to witness the historic Ceremony of the Keys, which has been performed nightly for more than 700 years.

Yeoman Warders live within the castle walls and have been guarding the Tower for almost a thousand years. They know all the secrets the Tower keeps within its walls, and you will find out stories you would never hear otherwise. Learn how it became one of the most menacing prisons in history!

Excitement on the Thames River

If you have 50 minutes, then we have a ride for you. Take the Thamesjet Speedboat and experience a spectacular time on the water with a River Thames speedboat ride! This thrilling adventure will also show you the best sights of London, from Westminster to Tower Bridge. Enjoy the adrenaline-pumping speed and fast-paced twists. Depart and return to Westminster Pier. Dress appropriately for the water. Waterproof jackets are available for all guests as well.

thamesjet speedboat ride in london

Houses of Parliament Walking Tour

london parliamentDiscover the history as well as the secrets of the British monarchy and take the Exclusive Houses of Parliament Tour with Guided Visit & Skip-the-Line Westminster Abbey. First start with a tour of Westminster Abbey at the church considered the spiritual heart of England. It is where many royal family members have had their wedding ceremonies. You will be there without the crowds while your expert guide points to all its history and the famed people buried there.

Then head over to the London Parliament tour across the street. It takes place in the oldest part of the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Hall, which still has its Medieval architecture.

This visit is with an expert and informed guide who will tell you all about the parliament building’s epic story. See the rooms and antechambers that forged the British empire.

Relax with Dinner on the Water

After touring the city on foot, take the London Dinner Cruise on the Thames. Dress in your best smart casual, or get dressed to the nines and celebrate a night out on this three-hour dinner cruise! Whether it’s a date night or a celebration with family and friends, the night could not be more perfect. You’ll be welcomed with a drink when you arrive, and then enjoy a delectable four-course meal. Take in the landmarks along the Thames as you spot the shimmering lights of the capital. Dance as the live performer plays popular hits. You can also head up to the open upper deck for a quieter atmosphere. This cruise is a great way to view the Illuminated River project. In the end, it is a perfect way to end your visit to London.

London is the perfect city to walk and experience its rich history and how it intertwines with the modern. There is so much to see and explore. You will want to go back again and again.

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FAQs – Walking Tours in London

What types of walking tours are available in London?

London offers a wide range of walking tours, including historical tours, ghost tours, art and cultural tours, food and drink tours, and literary-themed walks, among others.

How long does a typical walking tour last?

Most walking tours last between 1.5 to 3 hours, though some specialized or extensive tours might take longer.

¿Es necesario reservar con antelación?

While some walking tours accept walk-ins, many popular ones require advance booking to ensure availability and manage group sizes.

How large are the tour groups?

Group sizes can vary. Some tours offer private experiences, while others might have 20-30 participants or more. Always check with the tour provider.

What should I wear/bring on a walking tour?

Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking and dress appropriately for the weather. It’s also a good idea to bring water, sunscreen on sunny days, an umbrella or raincoat for unpredictable London weather, and a camera.

Are the tours suitable for children or people with mobility issues?

Many tours are family-friendly, but it’s essential to check in advance. If you or someone in your group has mobility issues, inquire about the tour’s pace and terrain.

How knowledgeable are the tour guides?

Most walking tour guides in London are well-trained and knowledgeable about the city’s history and culture. Many are passionate about their specific tour themes and provide insightful commentary.

Can I customize a private walking tour?

Many tour operators offer customizable private tours where you can choose the areas or themes of interest.

What if it rains?

London is known for its unpredictable weather. Most tours go on rain or shine, but it’s always good to check the tour’s rain policy. Some might offer rain checks or alternative dates.

How much do walking tours in London cost?

Costs can vary widely depending on the tour’s length, exclusivity, and theme. Some community-based or “name-your-own-price” tours operate on tips, while others might have fixed prices ranging from £10 to £50 or more.

Do walking tours include entry to the attractions?

While walking tours will take you past many of London’s famous landmarks, entry fees to attractions are not typically included unless specified.

Where do walking tours usually start?

Starting points vary, but many tours begin at easily accessible locations, such as Tube stations or popular landmarks. Ensure you check the meeting point when you book.

Are there nighttime walking tours?

Yes, London offers several nighttime tours, including ghost walks and tours that focus on the city’s illuminated landmarks.