Tours & Walks

Picture: The River Thames with Queen Elizabeth Tower and the London Eye

Taking a tour is a great way to get to know London and also learn some of its history.  We have listed some really good free tours along with some tours you can take on your own.   

Sandemans Walking Tour of London     

Start at Covent Garden at either 11:00 or 13:00 each day (online booking)

Telephone: 07912 250999

Admission: Free                    

Underground: Hyde Park Corner (station exit 2)     

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/71FaK

Walk in the footsteps of the rich and powerful on the Royal London Tour. You will be introduced to the personalities who ruled Great Britain, from Edward the Confessor to Winston Churchill. You will also be taken you to the buildings where they lived, worked and played. 

This tour winds its way through the city of Westminster, home of the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.  The Tour is free but you are welcomed to tip the guide if you wish.  Book online for FREE!

Tate Modern Tours     

Bankside, SE1 9TG

Telephone: 020 7887 8888

Admission: Free                    

Underground: Southwark or Blackfriars     

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/UI9uE

Tours are held every day at11.00, 12.00, 14.00 & 15.00. 

The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes.

  • 11.00: focuses on Poetry and Dream, meet on the Level 2 concourse
  • 12.00: focuses on Structure and Clarity, meet on the Level 4 concourse
  • 14.00: focuses on Energy and Process, meet on the Level 4 concourse
  • 15.00: focuses on Making Sense of Modern Art, meet on the Level 4 concourse


London Friday Night Skate & Sunday Stroll     

Wellington Arch, Hyde Park

Admission: Free                    

Underground: Hyde Park Corner     

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/71FaK

Weekly marshalled street skates in central London.  Visit their web site for dates and times.

Undiscovered Walking Tour     

Green Park Underground Station

Admission: Free

Underground: Green Park     

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/n87z5

Tours start every day at 11:00 and 15:00 from the Diana the Huntress Statue just outside Green Park Underground Station.  The tour takes in Royal London and lasts for about two hours.  The tour is free but the guides do welcome tips!  You can book online for FREE!

Somerset House - The Old Palaces Tour     

Strand WC2R 1LA

Telephone: 020 7845 4600

Admission: Free

Underground: Temple      Train: Charing Cross     

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/878A6

Somerset House, now an exciting venue for arts and culture was once the home of three Catholic queens; Anne of Denmark, Henrietta Maria and Catherine of Braganza and played a vital part in the crisis of the Stuart dynasty. 

Join the guided tour, exploring the history of the site before this current building existed. A special highlight of the tour includes access to Strand Lane Baths.

Tours are at 12:45 and at 14:15 each Tuesday.

London Library - Evening Tour     

14 St James's Square SW1Y 4LG

Telephone: 020 7930 7705

Admission: Free (Tour needs to be booked in advance)

Underground: Green Park or Piccadilly Circus      

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/xiH3G

Free Monday Evening Tours

Discover one of the world's largest independent lending libraries, steeped in history and housing a fascinating and varied collection.

The London Library hosts free guided tours on Monday evenings offering visitors the opportunity to visit this historic literary oasis in the heart of the capital. There's no fear of getting lost as the friendly staff guide you around the mind-boggling 1 million volumes on 15 miles of shelving. There's no better way to beat the Monday blues!

Central Hall Westminster Tour     

Storey's Gate, SW1H 9NH

Telephone: 020 7222 8010

Admission: Free

Underground: Westminster or St James' Park     

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/DUcux

Central Hall Westminster serves both as a Methodist Church and a Conference Centre in the heart of London.

They welcome visitors daily to view the magnificent Great Hall and absorb some of the history of this spectacular building, constructed approximately 100 years ago. 

Tours of our building are free and available seven days a week. There is no need to book tours unless you are bringing a large group or have any special requirements.  The basement café is good and reasonable.

Tate Britain - Free Daily Tours    

Millbank, SW1P 4RG

Telephone: 020 7887 8888

Admission: Free

Underground: Pimlico          

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/kQJla

Tours are usually held at 11:00, 12:00, 14:00 & 15:00 each day and give you an introduction to Tate Britain and its collections.

Tour of Heathrow Airport - do it yourself     

Hounslow, Middlesex

Underground: Heathrow Terminals 1,2 & 3 or Terminal 4 or Terminal 5

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/3Lzwe

If you interested in planes and flying you can visit London Heathrow airport and its 5 terminals and travel in between for free! 

Just jump on the Heathrow Express for free travel between the terminals and if you have an Oyster card you can use the Tube for free travel between all the terminals at Heathrow (travel to and from the airport is not free).

National Gallery Collection Tour    

Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN

Telephone: 020 7747 2885

Admission: Free

Underground: Charing Cross or Embankment

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/I2EWr

These free tours are operated every day of the week, and are led by Gallery lecturers.  The 60 minute tours stop off at some of the Gallery's most definitive works, providing a general overview of the collection.

Daily guided tours take place at 11:30am and 2.30pm.  There are additional tours at 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.  Friday late tours take place at 7pm.

Victoria & Albert Daily Introductory Tour    

Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL

Telephone: 020 7942 2000

Admission: Free

Underground: South Kensington

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/wMqBn

This one hour daily tour leaves from the Grand Entrance at 10:30, 12:30, 13:30 & 15:30 daily.

The tour gives you an introduction to the history of the V & A and introduces some treasures from their collection.

Victoria & Albert Daily British Galleries Tour    

Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL

Telephone: 020 7942 2000

Admission: Free

Underground: South Kensington

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/wMqBn

The one hour tour introduces the V & A's stunning British Galleries which house the most comprehensive collection of British design and art on view anywhere in the world.

Tours start at 2.30pm each day at the Grand Entrance.

Free Tours of London    

London - Various meeting points

Telephone: 0207 859 4996

Admission: Free (though they do suggest a tip for the guide)

There are three tours on offer, Royal tour, Old City tour and Jack the Ripper Tour.

Tours are free but they do suggest you donate a 'tip' to the guide at the end of the tour.

Each tour has a different starting point, check their web site for their schedule.

City of London Self-Guided Walks and Tours       

The City of London produce a range of self-guided tours which you can download for free and use to plan your day in the world renowned City of London;

Roads to Rome - Step into the hear of Roman London and discover the beginnings of the city

The Great Fire of London - Explore the history of one of the great fires that destroyed nearly all of the city in 1666

Designs of the Times - This architecture walk was produced in collaboration with New London Architecture and leads you to some of the City’s most important and impressive buildings

Dickens's Magic Lantern - Written by Dickens expert Dr Tony Williams, you’ll discover the City that was the great scribe’s home and inspiration

Lights, Camera, Action - Many films have been shot in the City of London and this walk will take you to places where movies including Harry Potter and James Bond have filmed

Tree Trail - Explore the City with the Tree Trail. There are two walks, one winding through the City and the other along the River Thames, taking you past our important and majestic City trees

Finance at your Feet - Discover the City from the standpoints of history, architecture and commercial innovation. On these walks you can get a real feel for the inner workings of global businesses and meet some of the people who, over the centuries, have been its driving force

Thames Path - National Trail    

London, Various                                                                                                                          

Admission: Free

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/8aQzt

The Thames Path takes a 40 mile route through the heart of London and passing many of the capitals iconic landmarks whilst following the route of the River Thames.  This is an ideal walking route for you to take and gives you the chance to see London from a different perspective.

Sights

  • Syon Park
  • Houses of Parliament
  • Tower Bridge
  • Canary Wharf
  • Thames Barrier
  • South Bank
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Chiswick Pier
  • Albert Bridge
  • Erith Marshes
  • The Royal Docks
  • Battersea Park
  • Barnes Wetland Centre
  • Kew Gardens
  • Kingston Bridge
  • Teddington Lock



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