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Best Walking Tours of London – Themed and sightseeing options

There are so many walking tours of London available that the choice can be overwhelming. In this article, we compare the best themed and sightseeing walking tours to help you choose the right one for you.

Undoubtedly of the best ways to explore London is on foot and what better way to do that than to take a walking tour of London. However there are so many to choose from that it can be overwhelming picking the right tour to match your interests, budget and timescales.

In this post you will find a comparison of different London walking tours to help you decide which one is the best fit for your needs.

I have divided the post into 2 sections:

  • The best SIGHTSEEING London walking tours
  • The best THEMED London walking tours

Tip – If you are visiting London in winter do check out the availability of your chosen tour as they run less frequently during the colder months. On the flip side also remember if you are visiting during peak season to book your tour in advance to avoid disappointment!

Remember that themed tours will be focussed on places connected with the theme rather than the main tourist highlights of the city (although you may see some of London’s main sights, landmarks and attractions too)

If you are a first time visitor to London I highly recommend highlights of London tour as the perfect option to get your bearings and become acquainted with the city.

Always wear comfortable shoes and check the weather forecast before your London walking tour to ensure you are fully prepared.

The Tower of London.
Many London walks include the Tower of London

Best sightseeing walking tours of London

If you would prefer to take a walking sightseeing tour of London England and see the main highlights of the city in a few hours this is the selection for you.

I have curated these best London tours from a couple of tour companies including Get Your Guide and Take Walks.

Get Your Guide is a tour aggregator and offers a comprehensive range of tours in London.

Most 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. 

Take Walks offer a number of small and exclusive tours in London. Their groups generally number 12 -15 and offer memorable experiences with well-planned itineraries.

London's Top Sights: Walking Tour with Fun Local Guide4 - 5 hours20 of the major sights of London are included in this walking tourBOOK HERE
London: Old City Walking Tour3 hoursMillennium Bridge, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, St Paul's Cathedral and moreBOOK HERE
London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour1.5 hoursYour 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 ceremonyBOOK HERE
Walking Westminster: Big Ben & Houses of Parliament 1 hourGet the best views of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament from special vantage points. BOOK HERE
Private 90-Minute London Kick-Start Tour with a Local1.5 hoursPrivate tour with a local - find out insider tips as you visit London's must-see spotsBOOK HERE
London: Top 20 Sights Walking Tour and Clink Prison Entry6 hoursSee 20 of the major London sights plus visit the Clink - the UK's oldest prison!BOOK HERE
Westminster to Tower Bridge Customized Tour with a Local4 hoursPrivate personalised tour - see the sights and get an authentic insight into local lifeBOOK HERE
London: Top 20 Sights Walking Tour and The Shard Entry2 hoursIncludes a skip the line ticket to the ShardBOOK HERE

Best sightseeing walking tours of London

Want to see the sights of London? These are my selection of the best sightseeing walking tours of London.

15 themed walking tours of London

In this section discover 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. 

Magical London - Harry Potter Guided Tour2.5 hoursPlatform 9 3/4 Diagon Alley The Leaky CauldronBOOK HERE
Mary Poppins Walking Tour2 hoursSt Paul's Cathedral, Bank of EnglandBOOK HERE
Charles Dickens Walking Tour3 hoursBorough Market, Dickens House Museum BOOK HERE
Killing Eve Walking Tour3 hours10 filming locations including London Bridge and SouthwarkBOOK HERE
The Crown Walking Tour2.5 hoursTrafalgar Square, Admiralty Arch, Buckingham Palace and moreBOOK HERE
Shakespeare in London Tour3 hoursThe Globe Theatre, Clink Prison and Southwark CathedralBOOK HERE
Notting Hill Rom-Com Tour1 hour 40 minsPortobello MarketBOOK HERE
Movie Hot Spots Tour2 hoursJames Bond, Harry Potter, Brigid Jones and more locationsBOOK HERE
Doctor Who Tour2.5 hoursLondon streets featured in the legendary TV series Doctor WhoBOOK HERE
Paddington Bear (TM) Walking Tour2.5 hoursVisit London landmarks from 2 films and 20 booksBOOK HERE
Sherlock Holmes Tour2 hoursVisit locations from the book, TV series and filmsBOOK HERE
Bridget Jones Tour2.5 hoursVisit locations seen in all 3 movies.BOOK HERE
James Bond Walking Tour2 hoursVisit locations used in "Skyfall", "SPECTRE" and other Bond moviesBOOK HERE
Jack the Ripper2 hoursVisit Whitechapel and walk in the footsteps of Jack the RipperBOOK HERE
Grim Reaper Tour2 hoursTower of London, Plague Pits, the East EndBOOK HERE

Guide to the Best Themed Walking Tours of London

Choose from a selection of the BEST themed walking tours of London. There is a tour here for everyone whatever your interest from well know TV shows and films, to literary figures and more London is the place to explore.

Plan your visit to London

For further practical tips and advice to help plan your London visit and itinerary –

London Travel Guide & Itinerary Planner (+ 4 bonus ebooks)

London Travel Guide and itinerary planner.