Because of the sheer scale of the city, many of us jump onto public transport without a thought. However, if you stop to take a walk, you'll discover famous sights and fascinating hidden gems all around the capital. If you really want to dive deep into London's present or its past, a walking tour is a great choice. Whether you're interested in the city's street art, history, or food, there's a tour that you'll enjoy. Get some ideas with our guide to walking tours in London.
Guide to walking tours in London
In this guide
The best walking tours in London
- Alternative London – Walks for art fans
- The Jack the Ripper Tour – Explore Whitechapel's dark past
- CityDays – Scavenger hunt meets walking tour
- London Beatles Walks – Walking through musical history
- Free Tours by Foot – Tours for all budgets and interests
- Diane's Guided Walks – Walks for locals and visitors
- London Walks – Diverse themed tours
- Guide London – Gain real insights into London
- Walk London – Tour the city independently
- The Line – Self-guided sculpture tour
- Ripping Yarns – Award-winning Ripper tours
- London Guided Walks – Covering a range of areas
- Free London Walking Tours – Explore the city for free
- London Food Tour – Leisurely gourmet tours
- Brit Movie Tours – Famous locations in real life
- Devour London – Filling food tour
- Sandemans – Tours with experts
- Walking London – Friendly walking tours
- Liquid History Tours – Walking and drinking
- Eating Europe – Fill your belly and your walking boots
- Get Your Guide – Walking tours and activities
- Secret Food Tours – Discover the city's food scene
- Golden Tours – One of London's best-known tour companies
- Walks – Well-established walking tours
- Strawberry Tours – Fun free tours
- Withlocals – Meet a Londoner
- City Visitor Trail – Go your own way
- London Greeters – Passionate locals, personalised tours
- Vox City – Cutting-edge walking tours
- The Cloak and Dagger Tour – Discover the dark side
- Walk Eat Talk Eat – Try the food Londoners love
- London With a Local – Local guidance
- Herstorical Tours – Highlighting women's voices
- Brit Music Tours – Walk to the beat
The best walking tours in London
Walks for art fans
Discover the world-leading street art scene in East London with Alternative London. This independent company offers tours on foot or by bike, with each tour led by a knowledgeable local artist or street art expert. You'll discover top artwork around East London's streets and can also take part in a workshop to create your own masterpiece.
Explore Whitechapel's dark past
Uncover the details of Jack the Ripper's crimes with The Jack the Ripper Tour. This walking tour around Whitechapel takes just under two hours. You'll visit each of the crime scenes and see the streets and pubs that the killer and his victims frequented. Insights into the crimes come from your expert tour guide.
Scavenger hunt meets walking tour
Combine a scavenger hunt with a walking tour and discover London's hidden gems with CityDays. This company offers a variety of self-guided tours where you'll solve puzzles to find the next clue and make it to the next point on your tour. Along the way you'll visit unique places and uncover intriguing facts.
Walking through musical history
Although much of The Beatles' history is in Liverpool there's plenty in London too, and you can discover it for yourself with London Beatles Walks. You'll be guided around essential locations like Abbey Road by an expert in the band, with group and private tours available and a number of routes to choose from. Tours run on most days of the week.
Tours for all budgets and interests
Free Tours by Foot provides a variety of guided walking tours around the city, and you can pay what you like or go along for free. A range of different themes are covered including street art, Harry Potter, Jack the Ripper, and London's major landmarks. Tours are in English and sometimes available in other languages too.
Walks for locals and visitors
Get a tour from one of the city's most experienced guides with Diane's Guided Walks. There are walking tours aimed at London residents as well as visitors to the capital. Public and private tours are available in various areas of the city to cater to different interests including Roman history, the West End, and literary London.
Diverse themed tours
Well-established tour company London Walks offers guided city tours on foot with a wide choice of themes available. There's something running every day of the week, from tours of historic pubs to visiting haunted places, with interesting insights along the way from your guide. Each experience takes two hours and goes ahead in all weather conditions.
Gain real insights into London
Join a walking tour with Guide London to explore the city with a specialist guide. You'll gain in-depth knowledge on your tour, with each guide being fully trained and qualified. There are varied tours to appeal to any interest, whether you're keen to explore royal or legal London, fashion, or multiculturalism. Tours of attractions like Kensington Palace are available too.
Tour the city independently
Explore London at your own pace with a self-guided tour from Walk London, suitable for locals and visitors alike. You get total control of your own walking tour whilst also receiving directions between each point of interest so you won't miss a thing. With one of these walks you can discover different bits of the city as well as see the major sights.
Self-guided sculpture tour
Art aficionados can go on a self-guided walking tour with The Line. Running between Stratford and Greenwich, you'll navigate yourself along a meandering outdoor art trail that's free to explore – follow the whole thing or just a section. On the route you'll see monumental sculptures from top names in art like Anish Kapoor and Antony Gormley.
Award-winning Ripper tours
Learn more about the gruesome crimes of Jack the Ripper with an award-winning tour from Ripping Yarns. On one of these tours you'll explore Whitechapel, with a passionate and knowledgeable guide showing you around the area and giving you lots of information. Private tours are available and school or corporate groups are also welcome to get involved.
Covering a range of areas
With London Guided Walks you can explore a particular area of the city or join a tour based on a theme like history, politics, or London's hidden gems. Whichever one you choose, you'll uncover the capital's history and heritage as well as see iconic sights. Group and private tours are available, including for school and corporate groups.
Explore the city for free
Whatever your budget, you can enjoy a tour on foot with Free London Walking Tours. Paid-for bespoke private tours are also available. Group tours take place on most days of the week and cover a variety of different themes. Whether you're interested in history, royal London, or the city's hidden gems, there's a walk that bound to appeal to you.
Leisurely gourmet tours
Foodies can enjoy a walking tour with London Food Tour. These relaxed tours last about three and a half hours and include lots of tasty bits to try along the way. The walking tours take you away from the tourist hotspots and include interesting facts about London in addition to plenty of foodie delights. The experience goes ahead in all weather conditions.
Famous locations in real life
If you're a film and TV buff then a tour with Brit Movie Tours is for you. Group walking tours are available as well as bus tours, self-guided tours, and private tours. These themed experiences take you through filming locations for some of the most popular films and TV series. You can also tour filming locations in specific areas like Notting Hill or Greenwich.
Filling food tour
Uncover local food and culture with Devour Tours. On one of these walking tours you'll discover offbeat locations, learn fascinating facts and info about the city, and get to sample plenty of food for yourself. You certainly won't go hungry - every tour includes a full meal as well as lots of other little tidbits to keep you going.
Tours with experts
Sandemans are walking tour experts, offering tours in a wide range of cities, including London. Join a free walking tour led by an experienced guide or arrange a customised private tour that's adapted to your interests. Whatever you choose, you'll see some of the city's highlights and learn lots of fascinating facts from your guide.
Friendly walking tours
Enjoy a walking tour in a small and friendly group with Walking London. Tours are led by experienced local guides and groups are kept small so you can get to know everyone and ask questions. Each tour lasts for up to three hours and there are a range of themes and areas to explore. Afterwards the group usually enjoys a drink or some food together so you can keep chatting about everything you've seen.
Walking and drinking
London has no shortage of pubs and you can explore them and their history with Liquid History Tours. These quirky and award-winning tours are conducted by locals and take you through the city with a few drinking stops along the way. You'll visit some of London's oldest and most intriguing pubs as well as see stunning views and learn lots of new facts.
Fill your belly and your walking boots
Foodies can enjoy a gourmet walking tour through London with Eating Europe. You'll explore some of the city's best-loved markets, bakeries, bars, and eateries with insights from your experienced local guide. A number of tours around culinary hotspots are available or you can organise a bespoke private walking tour. Every tour includes plenty of nibbles and drinks along the way.
Walking tours and activities
Experienced tour operator Get Your Guide offers a range of tours, activities, and experiences in London, including popular walking tours. Guided walking tours are available to suit a broad range of interests with some including entrance to big attractions. You can also arrange your own private tour that caters exactly to your preferences.
Discover the city's food scene
Find out about London's culinary traditions and thriving food scene with Secret Food Tours. These walking tours are led by passionate experts and there are lots of options for exploring. Whether you want to check out the food scene in a certain area or you want to focus on street food or alcohol, there's a tour that's a great fit. Bespoke private tours are offered as well.
One of London's best-known tour companies
Well-established tour company Golden Tours is known for its hop on-hop off tourist buses but also provides walking tours around the capital. A variety of guided walks are available that explore various themes and areas of the city. Whether you're into haunted places, foodie treats, or art and culture, there's a tour that'll entertain and inform you.
Well-established walking tours
Walks is a well-established provider of walking tours in London. A range of experiences are available from food tours to family-friendly walks and tours that include access to top attractions. There are daytime tours as well as evening walks, with each guided tour having a carefully-planned itinerary to ensure that you won't miss a thing.
Fun free tours
If you're on a budget then enjoy a free walking tour with Strawberry Tours. A varied range of tours around the city are available, led in English and sometimes in other languages. A knowledgeable local will guide you through the city with tours focused on a range of themes including street art, the essential London sights for visitors, or scenes from the lives of film and TV characters.
Meet a Londoner
A tour from With Locals lets you meet a new local friend and go on a personalised private walking tour. You'll bypass the tourist traps and learn fascinating info about what living here is really like. Whether you're an art lover, a foodie, or you're big on nightlife, you can meet a likeminded local and explore the capital in a way that suits you.
Go your own way
The City of London has devised the City Visitor Trail, a self-guided walking tour that lets you explore at your own pace. Get a free map from the City Visitor Centre and get walking, with a number of themed routes available that take you around some of London's iconic attractions and landmarks. The range of trails includes routes suitable for children.
Passionate locals, personalised tours
Get away from the beaten track on a personalised walking tour with a local person from London Greeters. You'll be paired up with a Londoner for a free city tour that shows you the parts that the guide books leave out. Tours are available all over the city. Each one lasts for two hours and is suitable for groups of up to six people.
Cutting-edge walking tours
Vox City combines local knowledge with the latest technology for an immersive walking tour experience. Walk with a guide or use the Vox City app full of audio guides to go on a self-guided walk. These tours come in at a range of price points and cover a variety of different themes so there's something to suit every preference and budget.
Discover the dark side
Discover the dark and horrible parts of London's history with The Cloak and Dagger Tour. This unique tour near London Bridge is an award-winning experience. You'll be met by a figure in historical costume who'll lead you on the tour. Costumed actors and terrifying tales bring the darker side of the past to life on these evening walks.
Try the food Londoners love
Avoid tourist hotspots and focus on the food that Londoners really love with a Walk Eat Talk Eat tour. Several walking tours are available that cover various foodie areas of the capital but larger groups can also arrange their own private tour. Tours are suitable for all ages and over three hours you'll explore the city and sample plenty of delicious food and drink.
Get a free city tour guided by a local from London With a Local. On these free tours you'll see the capital's sights and find out what it's really like to be a Londoner, with guides coming from all walks of life. Private tours are available too. Some of the themes on offer include LGBTQ+ history, street art, and seeing all of the iconic sights.
Highlighting women's voices
Based in London, Herstorical Tours offers captivating walking tours that blend factual history with the entertainment of street theatre. Founded and led by women, these tours shine a spotlight on the often-overlooked tales of London's women from bygone eras, especially those tied to the city's dark and mysterious past. Herstorical Tours brings to life tales of witches, harlots, and other intriguing female figures.
Walk to the beat
Embark on a journey through the UK's famed music heritage with Brit Music Tours. The tour provider offers an array of experiences such as walking tours, group expeditions, coach tours, and personalised private tours in music-rich cities like London, Manchester, and Liverpool. In London, you can immerse yourself in the history of legendary artists including The Beatles, Queen, David Bowie, and other British icons, tracing their storied paths and careers around the capital.