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London is one of the most incredibly walkable cities, and there's no better way to see it than on foot. Are you looking for something a bit unusual to do in London? To help you discover London, check out these London self-guided walks.
In London, there is always something that you can see. There's always more to discover in a self-guided walking tour in London, whether it's your first visit, your thirtieth, or you simply happen to be living here.
We can't think of better ways to get to appreciate the city: to grasp how it operates and to follow the path carved by its history than to go on a stroll about it.
This walk is ideal for first-time visitors to the city, but even if you live here, it's fun to treat your hometown like a tourist every now and again. If you don't, we won't tell.
Time commitment: the whole day
Route: Hyde Park - Green Park - Buckingham Palace - St. James's Park - Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery - Whitehall - The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben - Westminster Abbey - The London Eye - The South Bank Centre and The National Theatre - The Tate Modern - The Millennium Bridge - Shakespeare’s Globe - Borough Market - Tower Bridge - The Tower of London
You can stop for a leisurely solar-powered boat ride down The Serpentine lake (one of the most interesting walks to undertake in London), but if time is limited, we'd recommend settling for a leisurely stroll through the park towards Green Park. Take a walk through Green Park, which runs along the edge of Constitution Hill and was named after Charles II's regular walks there. As you emerge from Green Park, you can't help but see Buckingham Palace's majestic exterior.
You could stroll around St James's park's perimeter, but it would be a waste of time; instead, go into the heart of it and then turn left towards Trafalgar Square.
Whitehall is part of a previous massive royal palace where Henry VIII celebrated his weddings to Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour (wife two and three), and there are still a few signs of its past grandeur today.
The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben: This is where it all goes down. In the center of Westminster, the seat of British political power. Westminster Abbey, a World Heritage Site and a cathedral answerable to the sovereign, has hosted every coronation since William the Conqueror's, as well as a number of royal marriages and burials. The London Eye is a landmark in London, included in all of our tours. Cross Westminster Bridge and go to the South Bank, where you will turn left and stroll towards the river's massive viewing wheel.
Continue walking along the Thames to the South Bank Centre, the BFI (British Film Institute), and the National Theatre once you've disembarked from the London Eye.
The Tate Modern, housed in a behemoth of a structure, is just as amazing on the inside as it is on the outside. The permanent collection is open to the public and includes works by artists ranging from Monet through Pollock and Rothko.
Continue walking to the Millennium Bridge, which is located very adjacent to the Tate Modern, which was the first new bridge across the Thames in almost a century, as seen by its futuristic design. Shakespeare's Globe, a relatively new addition to London's Bankside district, was created to honor Britain's most renowned bard.
Borough Market is unquestionably London's most famous food market and the best of it. Every day, there are stores and booths selling delectable handcrafted goods.
Tower Bridge is a famous landmark in London and some of the favorites in our tours. Is it a garnish monster or a Victorian technical marvel to be admired and praised? Everyone has their own viewpoint, but one thing is certain: there is no other bridge quite like it.
The Tower of London is our final stop on our self-guided London tour. The Tower, once one of the most spectacular Renaissance strongholds, has served several purposes throughout the years, including a jail and a zoo.