London is a huge city with countless attractions. So our advice is to prepare the visit calmly and logically. In other words, the phrase “I want to see everything” is not applicable here. It is impossible to do it on a regular holiday period, it would take weeks and weeks. Therefore, if you plan your stay a bit and prepare some walking tours of London, you will enjoy more.
Given the enormous size of London, if we want to go to places that are very distant from each other, we will have to use public transport and we can spend too much time on the tube or buses. So, as is the case in all major cities in the world, be they Paris, New York or Buenos Aires, plan to make the most of your stay time.
It is worth discovering part of the city on foot. Therefore, we are going to give you a few ideas of possible walking tours in London. They are affordable and will allow you to discover many of the charms of the British capital.
1. From London Bridge to the Tower of London
The Thames is the axis that will guide us on this journey. In fact, we are going to start it on its waters. Not literally, but on London Bridge, contemplating the panorama around and even the end of the route: the Tower of London. Although for views, which we can enjoy if from there we go to The Shard and go up to its 360 degree viewpoint.
Then we return to the riverbank to go to The Globe, the theater where he premiered some of his Shakespeare plays. And very close is the Tate Modern, with its avant-garde exhibitions. As avant-garde as the Millennium Bridge that Norman Foster designed over the river to link that museum with the great Cathedral of St. Paul, on the other bank.
Once there, we began to tour this area of the city in the direction of the London Fire monument, evoking a devastating fire in the city. A place already very close to the end of the route: the Tower of London. In short, it is a walk through the newest and oldest in the city.
2. London Walking Tours: Westminster to Trafalgar Square
Another route also steeped in history and London icons is the one that takes us from Westmisnter to Trafalgar Square. It is very short, but there is a lot to see. Only in Westmister we will have a good time between Big Ben, Parliament and the famous abbey.
Take advantage of the fact that you are there to go to Downing Street, at number 10, where the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom resides. And then, after crossing Saint James Park, you will reach Buckingham Palace, where the queen lives. Now you should go to The Mall to walk among its trees and head to Trafalgar Square.
This large square is the end point of this route. We haven’t walked much, but two of the best museums in London await you here , and both with free admission: the National Portrait Museum and the National Gallery.
3. From Regent’s Park to Camden Town: Another London Walking Tour
The largest park in London is Hyde Park, but you should not miss a good walk through Regent’s Park. And even better if you start at the far end that is the Madame Tussauds museum, where wax figures of the most unsuspected personalities await you.
However, if you prefer to see something much more alive, continue through Regent’s Park to enter the London Zoo. Animals from around the world are represented in it and it is an essential visit if you travel with children.
Although for curious fauna, the one that awaits you in the neighborhood of Candem Town. It is the alternative neighborhood par excellence of the city, a paradise of the alternative and also of the geek . And speaking of geeks , if you’re a Harry Potter fan, from Camden you can walk to the studios where many of the sequences in this movie were shot.
4. An afternoon route from Piccadilly to Covent Garden
Here is a good proposal to go shopping one afternoon and drink the odd beer in the pubs that will come your way. It is the route that travels through Soho, from the famous screens of Piccadilly Circus to Covent Garden, taking a walk through the elegant streets of Regent St. and Oxford Street.
Just doing these four London walking tours will you walk a good number of miles. And even so, you will have a lot to see in the English capital: the London Eye, the British Museum, Sherlock Holmes’ house, Nothing Hill, Portobello Road … As we said at the beginning: London is immense.