I love London and I love walking, and I’ve really enjoyed sharing my London walks with you over the last few years. Given the response, I’m pretty sure you like walking, too. Today I want to make it easy for you to find my self-guided London walking tours by putting them all in one blog post.
London Walking Tours
Ever since I started sharing my London walks on the A Lady in London blog, I’ve gotten emails, comments, and messages saying how much you’ve enjoyed following them. It’s meant a lot to me, and I really appreciate your support and encouragement.
I hope to bring you many more in the future, and will add them to this post as I do. If you want to bookmark or pin it on Pinterest, you can use it as an easy reference for finding all my past, present, and future self-guided London walking tours.
My first blog post about London walks was a five-in-one special. I covered areas from Hammersmith to Hampstead and included a map for each one. Since then I’ve gone into a lot more detail, starting with a self-guided walk in Notting Hill and a couple of other London neighborhoods, and branching out from there. You can find details and links to each one below.
1. London Walking Tours: South Kensington to Soho
My first walk is one from South Kensington to Soho. It’s particularly special to me because I used to do it almost every day when I lived in Kensington.
Whenever I had a social or work event in Soho I got to walk through this part of London and take in everything from the museums to Wellington Arch along the way. It’s a great one if you’re visiting London for the first time and want to walk between attractions. Get the details here.
2. London Walking Tours: South Bank
My second walk is along the South Bank. I love this part of London because there’s always something going on. Whether it’s a summer festival or a Christmas market, the South Bank is bustling year-round.
This one also goes by some of the most famous London landmarks, from the Houses of Parliament to the London Eye and Borough Market. This is another good London walk for first-time visitors and those that like to be in the heart of the action. Get the details here.
3. London Walking Tours: Thames Path
My third walk is along the Thames Path from Hammersmith to Chiswick. A friend who lived near Hammersmith introduced me to it ages ago, and I’ve been back many times since.
This stretch of river goes by boats and barges, islets and riverside pubs. There are beautiful houses along the way, and lots of lovely gardens to peek into. It’s the perfect walk if you want something a bit different and a local London experience. Get the details here.
4. London Walking Tours: The Royal Parks
My fourth walk is for people like me who love cities but also adore nature. It offers the best of both worlds as it goes through Hyde Park, Green Park, and St James’s Park. I live in central London and do this walk all the time, so I’m not only familiar with it but also can vouch for how good it is year-round.
I particularly enjoy this walk in summer when the gardens are in bloom and the baby waterfowl are at their cutest, but it’s also beautiful when the leaves change and in the spring when the flowers come out. Get the details here.
5. London Walking Tours: Hampstead and the Heath
My fifth walk is in Hampstead, where I lived during my first five years in London. It goes through the heart of the village and into Hampstead Heath, one of the biggest and wildest parks in the city.
This walk is a great one if you want a mix of London neighborhood and London nature, and it can take up an entire day if you want to stroll around the whole of the heath. Get the details here.
6. London Walking Tours: Hampstead
My sixth walk is also in Hampstead, and it’s the first of my more detailed self-guided London walking tours. It goes through the village’s streets, giving an in-depth overview of the area, its hidden lanes, and its beloved pubs.
This one is a great walk if you want to get to know a part of the capital that not many visitors get to (but that locals love). It’s one of the prettiest places in London, and feels like it’s a million miles from the city. Get the details here.
7. London Walking Tours: Kensington
My seventh walk is in Kensington, where I lived for years and spent a lot of time exploring. It goes through all my favorite streets and mews and reveals hidden spots where London’s wisteria is at its loveliest in spring.
It also shows off some of the best tucked-away pubs and under-the-radar side streets, and it’s an ideal walk if you want to explore a less obvious side to this part of the city. Get the details here.
8. London Walking Tours: Notting Hill
My eighth walk is in Notting Hill. This London neighborhood is known the world over, but a lot of people get stuck on Portobello Road and other familiar streets when they’re here. I used to, too.
But over the years I’ve discovered a lot of beautiful streets in Notting Hill that aren’t on the tourist trail, and I published my self-guided London walking tour of the area to share them with others and show a different side of the neighborhood. It’s just the thing if you want to do more than scratch the surface in Notting Hill (and you should). Get the details here.
9. London Walking Tours: Literary London
My ninth walk diverges from the others in that it covers a theme as opposed to just an area. This self-guided London literary walk goes through several London neighborhoods to reveal some of the city’s best bookshops, literary landmarks, reading rooms, libraries, and other places book lovers will…well…love.
This one came about as a result of my love of both walking and books, and it’s just the thing for you if you’re the same. Get the details here.
10. London Walking Tours: South Kensington
My tenth walk goes back to the neighborhood theme with a self-guided walk in South Kensington. This one starts where the Kensington walk ends, so they can be combined for a longer exploration of the area.
It goes through South Kensington’s prettiest side streets and mews and shows the area’s pastel houses, cobblestone streets, and orange bricks at their best. It’s perfect if you want to get a feel for one of London’s loveliest neighborhoods. Get the details here.
11. London Walking Tours: Chelsea
My eleventh walk stays close to my tenth in Chelsea. This area is one of London’s most picturesque, with beautiful houses, great shopping streets, and riverfront gardens galore.
This London walk goes through a lot of the most colorful back streets and secret gardens, as well as some of the main retail areas. It’s the perfect one if you like shopping and exploring at the same time. Get the details here.
12. London Walking Tours: Belgravia
My twelfth walk is next door in Belgravia. This is one of the most elegant London neighborhoods. It’s full of embassies, flowers, and hidden mews.
This walk goes through the area’s grand squares, along its flower-festooned streets, and through its back lanes. It’s great if you want a mix of styles, some retail therapy, and lots of luxury. Get the details here.
13. London Walking Tours: Spitalfields
My thirteenth walk is in east London’s Spitalfields. This is one of the city’s most vibrant areas. Historic houses sit beside contemporary street art, markets offer vintage treasures galore, and new pop-ups open all the time.
This London walk goes through the neighborhood’s colorful streets and markets. Sunday is the best day to be here (all the markets are open that day), so I recommend going to Spitalfields then. Get the details here.
Beyond these official walks, I’ve also written blog posts about walking along Regent’s Canal and walking in Hampstead Garden Suburb. You can read about more lovely walks in London’s Hidden Walks, too. You can get it here. And like I said earlier, I have more London walks in the pipeline and they’ll all end up here once I’ve published them.
I hope you enjoy these self-guided London walking tours as much as I do, and that you get a chance to explore all the city’s wonderful nooks. Hidden details are some of the best things about London, and these walks are a great way to discover them.
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