9 Best London Walking Tours

When the weather is as nice as it has been lately, the last thing you want to do is spend your weekends cooped up indoors; you want to explore instead.

Whether you’re a tourist in your own city or coming to London for a getaway, there’s nothing like a walking tour to immerse yourself in the capital’s culture and history.

Walking tours usually last a few hours and are accompanied by a guide. So you can be sure that the tours will be full of interesting information, told by an experienced person. In our experience, ghost walking guides have the craziest stories to tell – you might not be able to sleep very well after hearing them!

We’ve put together a list of the best and most exciting walking tours to do in London, and there’s something for everyone. From Harry Potter tours and ghost walks for those who love the supernatural, to food stops and pub crawls for the foodie among us – you could never blame the RadioTimes.com team not to think of everything!

The best walking tours at a glance:

Here’s an overview of each of the walking tours you’ll find in our roundup.

The best walking tours of London

Tour of the original Harry Potter locations

Best Harry Potter Walking Tour

Tour of the original Harry Potter locations Viator

Visit Harry Potter filming sites across London on this walking tour. You’ll wind through Soho to Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square, and hear film trivia as you go, before heading to St. Paul’s Cathedral and London Bridge. You’ll also take part in a fun quiz to test your own movie knowledge – who will be the biggest Harry Potter fan among you?

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Harry Potter Tour: Visit London’s Magical Filming Locations

Tour of the best places of Harry Potter

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Harry Potter Tour: Visit London’s Magical Filming Locations TripAdvisor

On this 2.5-hour walking tour, complete with audio guides and headsets so you don’t miss a thing, you’ll visit a range of locations from the Harry Potter films, including Platform 9¾ (which heads into the wall is not recommended!).

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Jack the Ripper Tour with ‘Ripper-Vision’

Best Jack the Ripper Tour

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Jack the Ripper Tour with ‘Ripper-Vision’ Viator

This immersive Jack the Ripper tour uses “Ripper-Vision,” which actually consists of projections of images and film clips, to recreate a poignant atmosphere. You’ll follow a guide through the back streets of East London and hear all about the dark stories and conspiracy theories surrounding Jack the Ripper.

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Horrible London Bridge Ghost Tour

Best ghost walking tour

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Horrible London Bridge Ghost Tour A walk and a lark

Anything with the word “appalling” gets a thumbs up from us; the RadioTimes.com the team loves a ghost walk. We’ve wandered around the spookiest parts of Nottingham, Lincoln and Chesterfield, and we’re so excited to try this one in London. Hear terrifying stories as you visit London’s most famous landmarks and end at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

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Walking Tour: Churchill and London in World War II

Best historical walking tour

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Walking Tour: Churchill and London in World War II Smithsonian Magazine

Make the most of the sunny weather and join this historic walking tour. Stroll past the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Parliament Square, Downing Street and more to see war memorials, a bomb escape hatch and the statue of Churchill, while the guide shares stories to transport you back in time.

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Small-Group Tour: Historic London Pub Walking Tour

Best pub crawl

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Walking tour of historic London pubs Viator

What’s better than an afternoon pub crawl? Educational, of course! Visit at least four century-old breweries, including literary haunts frequented by Charles Dickens, and learn about drinking culture through the ages.

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Chelsea FC Stamford Bridge Home Stadium Tour

Best Football Stadium Tour

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Give the whole family an experience they’ll never forget with a visit to the Chelsea Football Club stadium. Get behind-the-scenes access to the press room, players’ tunnel, team dressing room and more. If you’re a Blues fan, you won’t find a tour much more intimate and interesting than this one.

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Ultimate London Walking Tour

Best Guided Walking Tour

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Ultimate London Walking Tour Viator

If you have recently moved to London or are visiting the capital, this walking tour might be for you. Held in a super relaxed small group, this guided tour takes you past London’s most iconic landmarks including Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Downing Street, and that’s just a selection. You will also have the chance to travel on the metro.

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The Cheese Tour of London

Best walking tour for foodies

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The Cheese Tour of London 10Best

Are you and your partner foodies? The London Cheese Crawl could be the next night activity to try – it sure is original. The nerdy crawl begins in Mayfair, where you’ll grab a bite of Fortnum & Mason’s legendary blue cheese, before heading to Little Italy for more cheese. Give us the cheese, please!

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Want even more fun things to do in London? Discover our best shows and immersive West End experiences in London Guides. To get your hands on tickets to plays, sports games, concerts and more, head to the Night Out section.

Lucas E. Kelly