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Free self-guided London walks

Easy to follow walks covering the main sights of Central London

Horseguards London

A walk past Horse Guards

Using our London self-guided walking tours

These walks are designed as an aid to exploring Central London independently. We believe the best way of seeing London is on foot, supplemented by the use of public transport where prudent. These notes have focus on the logistics, no attempt is made to be a substitute for a good guide book on London.


Invest in a good London street map (the London A-Z series has a great range of suitable street maps) readily available in all news stands and shops and you'll have no problem following these walks and be fully equipped to make interesting diversions and adaptations with confidence.

The four walks here cover much of the main areas of Central London a first time visitor will want to cover. These walks encourage visitors to explore London independently and uncover the joys of walking London. You'll be surprised how much you can cover and how much more you see by walking.

1 - The London Icons Walk

This walk as its title suggests, covers many of the major blockbuster reasons that draws first time visitors to London. The major sights that you must bring back a picture of.

We show you how to link these together into a memorable first day in London and many other fascinating places as well. St James's Park is at the centre of this circular walk, a great place for a breather and some rest and recreation.

London Icons Walk Pages

2 - The City of London Walk

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

The original city of London was built to the east of the area most visitors today visit - Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the West End entertainment area.

All the above places were outside the original walled city, now called the City of London. Today the City of London is the main business area, a major world financial centre. But as the area is London's oldest its full of interest.


The main formal sights of this walk are Tower Bridge, Tower of London, St Paul's Cathedral and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.


The joy of this walk for many people though will be savouring the non tourist atmosphere and understanding London better both past and present. Its a great place to poke around and explore.

City of London Walk Pages

3 - The Kensington Walk

Just to the west of the very centre of London is Kensington. Many people will have their accommodation here.

This relatively short leisurely walk starts out in Hyde Park / Kensington Gardens, London's largest Royal Park.


After a visit to Kensington Palace, its a short walk over to the Albert Hall and the South Kensington Museums.


For most people the museums here will keep you occupied for a full day, each one of them is free.

Just before you get to the Albert Hall you come to the impressive Albert Memorial.

The walk finishes with some upmarket shopping in Knightsbridge where Harrods is situated, just 10 minutes walk from the museums.

Kensington Walk Pages

4 - The London Shopping Walk

Harrods Department Store Knightsbridge

Harrods Department Store Knightsbridge

Yes, the walk does cover the tourist haunts of Oxford Street, Harrods and Hamleys toy shop.


But it is also enjoyable for those who are not great fans of mainstream retail therapy.

We also cover some specialist areas. Electronics at Tottenham Court Road, the music scene at Denmark Street and books at Charing Cross Road.


There's also China Town, the gentlemen's outfitters of Savile Row and Jermyn Street, and the luxury shops of Bond Street amongst others.

And of course Oxford Street, Regent Street, Carnaby Street and Harrods and Harvey Nichols at Knightsbridge

Shopping Walk Pages

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