History! Skylines! Cute markets! Beer! Palaces! I’m sure there are more comprehensive London walking tours, but the following route is hands-down my favorite London city walk. It’s the ultimate Instagram package, hitting a chunk of famous London sightseeing spots in combination with foodie delights and fresh air.
The Best City Walk in London
Start at St. Dunstan-in-the-East. It’s an old church that was largely destroyed in the Blitz. Now, it’s a beautifully overgrown ruin right in the middle of the city—and in my opinion, one of the most beautiful places in London.
Grab a coffee to go and head towards the water, skirting the Tower of London. You’ll walk over the Tower Bridge (not to be confused with London Bridge, which it often is). This is a fantastic angle of the London skyline, and a great photo op. Follow the Thames down to Borough Market.
At Borough Market, treat yourself to some delicious market goodies and eat a picnic lunch by the river.
Continue along the river, which takes you right up to the recreated Shakespeare’s Globe. Stop at Gabriel’s Wharf for a beer and to peek into some of the whimsical galleries. In the same section, you’ll pass the Tate Modern (which, depending on when you go, might have some free night activities so check it out).
Soon you’ll come to the London Eye. Cross over the Thames via Westminster Bridge to end at Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. Grab a cold coffee and flop onto the grass outside of the Abbey to refresh yourself. Take extra time to consider the elaborate carvings and ornaments all over the facade.
If you find yourself refreshed, you can continue your city walk along (or through) St. James’ Park to Buckingham Palace and explore the surrounding gardens.
It is a WALK. But you’ll hit all the highlights for your London trip, and you get such a nice feel for the city. It took us about four hours with stops for food, beer, and of course, plenty of photos.
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