Private London Walking Tours
Our London guided walking tours will give you an in depth insight into the different areas of London all of which have different characteristics, fascinating stories and interesting things to see. There are also some themed London tours. These walking tours are a great option for returning visitors and locals, clubs, societies and corporate groups. Group size is 2 to 15 people, a second guide will be needed for larger groups. Why not get a group of friends together and book a walk. If you are interested in an area that is not mentioned here or if your group has a special interest I can create a bespoke walking tour for you. These London walking tours can also be combined with a historic site or a museum to create a half day or full day bespoke tour. All tours are guided by a London Blue Badge Tourist Guide.
London walking tours are two hours long unless otherwise stated. Below are examples of popular walking tours.
London Theatrical Walking Tour
Explore Covent Garden London’s theatre district and hear stories of our great theatres and theatrical personalities. Theatre, ballet and opera.
Highlights of London Walk
See Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Horse Guards, Whitehall, Number 10 Downing Street, St James’s park, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus and then to Covent Garden Market. We enjoy the view of the two cities from Waterloo Bridge and finish at St Paul’s Cathedral. An excellent introduction to London. This is a walk for those who like to stretch their legs.
City of London Walk
The oldest part of London, the financial centre, architecture old and new, hidden secrets and unique traditions.
An elegant, sophisticated and fascinating area, Mayfair is one of London’s most exclusive residential, business and shopping areas – since the 1700’s associated with elegance and style. Stroll through Mayfair’s history, almost every house has had a famous resident at one time or another. See Savile Row famous for men’s tailoring, see the street where Queen Elizabeth II was born and discover Mayfair’s American, scientific and musical connections.
St James’s Walk
St James’s was developed by the Earl of St Albans, after the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660 and was conveniently close to St James’s Palace so it became the most desirable place to live. It is an area full of old world charm, it’s all about tradition and it is a unique and special part of London. See where the first Bowler hats were designed and sold, where The King buys his groceries, the Duchess of Cambridge buys some of her hats and where Winston Churchill used to buy his cheese. Discover the secret world of the private members’ clubs of St James’s. See the Carlton Club, Boodles and White’s Club with a membership that includes Prince William.
Royal London walking Tour
Walk through the heart of Royal London past palaces, royal residences and through royal parks. Hear about royal pageantry and traditions and royals past and present. Watch the guard change at Buckingham Palace or Horse Guards depending on the Household Division schedule.
In Tudor times this was the entertainment area, theatres, Shakespeare, bear baiting and brothels. See a gourmet food market, a Cathedral and the reconstructed Globe Theatre. Enjoy lovely riverside views and discover some social history. There is literary interest too as besides Shakespeare this is also the London of Chaucer and Dickens.
Spitalfields has many secrets to reveal and a history shaped by immigration, the Jews, the French Huguenots, the Bangladeshi community have all contributed to its rich cultural and social history. The Georgian domestic architecture bears the marks of previous and current owners from silk weavers to contemporary artists. There is a mosque, a synagogue, markets and one of the most beautiful churches in London.
London’s modern architecture walk in the City of London
Modern architecture in the oldest part of London, the old and the new often standing side by side. Since 30 St Mary Le Axe, or the Gherkin as it is nicknamed, was constructed in 2003, there has been an explosion of modern architecture which has dramatically changed the skyline of London. On this tour learn about the architects who designed these new buildings and the ideas behind their designs, the challenges of the construction of the buildings and discuss the contribution they make to the architectural diversity of London.
Walking through Shakespeare’s London
Walk in the footsteps of Shakespeare. Whilst the city has changed considerably since the sixteenth century, we can still find links to where he lived and worked and must have drawn inspiration for his characters and plays. The walk begins in the City of London and then crosses the River Thames to Southwark which was the entertainment district in Elizabethan times.
Bloomsbury is the academic, intellectual heart of London, home to the British Museum, University College London and many book publishers. For years Bloomsbury has attracted, writers, thinkers and creative types. Walk in the footsteps of some of the best known personalities including the Bloomsbury Set, T.S Eliot and George Orwell. Bloomsbury is also where you will find some of London’s finest Georgian Squares.
An area which in the past was favoured by royalty, artists and writers and fashion designers.
In the 16th century Chelsea was a village of palaces, Henry VIII had a manor house here. In 1682 Charles II founded the Royal Hospital Chelsea which is today still home to retired soldiers, the Chelsea Pensioners. In the 19th century it was a favourite haunt of artists, Turner, Rossetti and Whistler lived here and of course there is the King’s Road, where in the ‘swinging 60’s’, the mini skirt was born.
Literary walk in Chelsea.
A pretty area of London with many literary collections. Along the way we will pass the homes of PG Woodhouse, A A Milne, Henry James, T S Eliot, John Betjamin, George Eliot, Samuel Beckett and others.
Paddington and Little Venice Walk
Railways, canals, a bear from Peru. A fine Victorian gothic revival church, elegant 19th Century architecture and modern architecture in Paddington Basin one of London’s newest developments.
Notting Hill Walk
A multicultural neighbourhood, hosting the annual Notting Hill Carnival and Portobello Road Market. Notting Hill has a fascinating story to tell of its ups and downs as it developed from farmland and potteries to smart suburb with a Bohemian edge. The Carnival, the market and a few things you may recognise from films.
Aristocrats and Artists in Holland Park
See houses designed and lived in by famous artists and explore this special part of London. The area of Holland Park developed around Holland House the home of the Earls of Holland. In the 19th century it attracted artists. Having made successful careers they employed top architects to design their houses. Lord Leighton, William Burgess , William Holman Hunt and more.
Animals of London Walk
Meet the famous animals of London, the real the fictional and the legendary.
World War II walk
A world war II themed walk through Westminster.
The Private Members’ Clubs of St James’s
Discover the secret world of the private members clubs of St James’s, their history, and their role today, their traditions, secrets and peculiarities.
Music in Marylebone
Walk in the footsteps of famous composers and musicians from Berlioz to the Beetles.
An attractive area with wide avenues and colourful house boats on the Regent’s Canal. See the recreation ground where two champions trained for their sporting successes. Past residents include a computer pioneer, a PM of Israel and the author of a children’s book that’s also loved by adults.
This area developed as a result of the 1851 Great Exhibition which led to the building of the museums, the Royal Albert Hall and Imperial College. Also discover some of London’s most elegant streets and squares and their famous residents.
Soho was developed in the 1600s to be an elegant residential district for noble Londoners. It became one of London’s most cosmopolitan and notorious neighbourhoods. Explore the colourful history of this area and hear about some of its remarkable inhabitants.
Explore this special area and discover its connections with pianos, poets, painters and playwrights and other things.
Graceful terraces and handsome squares one of the most desirable addresses in London, Belgravia was developed by the Grosvenors in the 1820s. Famous residents and interesting stories.