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Best walks in London. England, UK

Walking Tours in London

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If you really want to see the best of London, England, then you need to explore it on foot. While many tourists use the tube to get around, London is a walker’s city. London has a compact core, numerous parks, stunning buildings and great, out-of-the-way pubs, cafes and restaurants. Locals know that walking around London is the best way to experience the best of this great city.

Learn about our favourite walks in London, which take you through the wonders of London. Whether you want to explore historic monuments, take in world-class museums, or just find how locals live in London, check out the top walks in London, England. While in London, don’t forget to mix in some shopping, great meals or a cozy English pub with your walk.

THE TOP 10 WALKS IN LONDON

  1. Marylebone, Mayfair and Belgravia (7.0km, 71m, 1.5 - 2.5 h): This is a classic London walk, taking you through the heart of the best neighborhoods, incredible shopping, Hyde Park, and some of the best museums in the world. Start at Baker Street Tube Station and end at South Kensington Tube Station. Highlights include Marylebone Village, Oxford Street, Hyde Park, Harrods, and the Natural History Museum. While short in distance, you could easily spend an entire day on this walk, stopping for meals and drinks along the way.
  2. Waterloo to Westminster (6.7km, 129m, 1.5-2h): If you only have a short time to see the best of London, this may be the walk for you. This short but action-packed walk takes you past some of the best Central London has to offer. Highlights include the London Eye, Golden Jubilee Bridge, the Thames, the Strand, Trafalgar Square, Chinatown, Piccadilly Circus, St James Park, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament!
  3. Charing Cross to Tate Modern (6.8km, 124m, 1.5-2.5h): Another brilliant walk to explore Central London. This walk is great for those who want to explore the best of London’s culture, museums, and history. This walk starts at Charing Cross Station before heading to Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, Soho, Leicester Square, Covent Garden, The Strand, St Paul’s and Tate Modern.
  4. The Parks: St. James, Green, Hyde and Kensington (9.5km, 161m, 2.25 – 2.75h): This walk takes you through the wonderful parks that dot Central London. It’s hard to believe your walking through busy London as you enjoy the tranquil parks, including St James Park, Green Park, Hyde Park and Kensington Park. Along the way you will see highlights like Buckingham Palace, The Guards Museum, Churchill War Rooms, Trafalgar Square, The Mall, Shepherd Market, The Serpentine, Royal Albert Hall and High Street Kensington.
  5. Along the Thames from Battersea Park to the Tower (13.1km, 272m, 3-4h): This route takes you from pretty Battersea Park to the Tower of London, with most of the route along the Thames. Along the way you will take in numerous landmarks including Battersea Power Station, Tate Britain, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, Southbank Centre, Tate Modern, The George Inn, Borough Market, Tower Bridge and the Tower.
  6. Regent’s Park, Fitzrovia and the British Museum (9.3km, 123m, 2-3h): Enjoy a wonderful walk around Historical London through beautiful Regent’s Park to the British Museum. Along the way pass the Sherlock Holmes Museum, Primrose Hill, London Zoo, BT Tower, Bedford Square, Russel Square and the British Museum.
  7. Regent’s Canal from Edgware Road to Camden Town (6.3km, 75m, 1.5-2.5h): This walk through Central London takes you along the Regent’s Canal to Camden Town. Along the way you walk through Paddington Basin, Little Venice, Regent’s Park, the London Zoo, Primrose Hill before reaching Camden Lock and the famous Camden Market.
  8. Greenwich to The Tower via Canary Wharf and the Thames (12.0km, 238m, 2.5-3.5h): This great walk in London explores the maritime history of east London. The walk takes in Greenwich Market, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich Park, the Cutty Sark, Canary Wharf and the Docklands area, and the Thames as it winds to The Tower.
  9. Kings Cross to the City of London (8.2km, 193m, 2.5-3.5h): This walk through Central London is another gem, and takes in some very interesting architecture and history. This walk starts with fewer popular tourist attractions, but shows a different side of London not often seen by tourists. You then come to Farringdon and the attractions pile up: St Paul’s, the Bank of England, Monument, incredible new architecture like the Gherkin and Cheese Grater, then to Brick Lane, Spitalfields Market and back to Liverpool Street Station.
  10. Hampstead to Highgate (6.1km, 134m, 1.5 - 2 h): This wonderful walk explores stunning Hampstead Heath, one of London’s many great parks. This walk stops by the beautiful, but overgrown Highgate Cemetery, home to many famous people including Karl Marx, Douglas Adams, George Eliot, and punk's Malcolm McLaren. The walk finishes with a lovely stroll through the quaint village of Highgate.
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City walk in London, Charing Cross

01. Marylebone, Mayfair and Belgravia
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7.0km 71m 1.5-2.5h

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02. Waterloo to Westminster
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6.7km 129m 1.5-2h

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Walking the Oxford Street is a great idea for city-walk in London, England

03. Charing Cross to Tate Modern
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6.8km 124m 1.5-2.5h

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04. The Parks: St. James, Green, Hyde and Kensington
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9.5km 161m 2.25-2.75h

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Views from Trail along the Thames from Battersea Park to the Tower walking tour in London, England

05. Along the Thames from Battersea Park to the Tower
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13.1km 272m 3-4h

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Scenery of Baker Street, Regents Park, Fitzrovia and the British Museum walking tour in London, England

06. Baker Street, Regents Park, Fitzrovia and the British Museum
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9.3km 123m 2-3h

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Scenery on Regent's Canal from Edgware Road to Camden Town walking tour in London, England

07. Regent's Canal from Edgware Road to Camden Town
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6.3km 75m 1.5-2.5h

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Greenwich to The Tower via Canary Wharf and the Thames walking tour in London, England

08. Greenwich to The Tower via Canary Wharf and the Thames
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12.0km 238m 2.5-3.5h

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09. King’s Cross to the City of London
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8.2km 193m 2.5-3.5h

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Walking from Hampstead to Highgate in London, England, UK

10. Hampstead to Highgate
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6.4km 134m 1.5-2.5h

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