Self-Guided London Tours

This post is a list of the various self-guided tours of London, including self-guided food and theme tours, such as Harry Potter film locations. Though we love showing guests around London, we realize that not everyone has the time to take a guided walking tour. If our tour schedule doesn’t work for you, or if you would rather explore on your own, then take advantage of our totally free self-guided tours!  And if you are considering a London hop-on, hop-off bus tour, then these self-guided tours will come in handy when you are off the bus.  Read our reviews of the best London bus tours.


For more ways to save money, check out our London on a Budget Guide.


Self-Guided Walking Tours

City of London Walking Tour — This tour takes you through Old London. Classic sites include St Paul’s Cathedral, London Bridge, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge (audio tour version).  We also offer a pay-what-you-wish guided tour option.

Royal London Walking Tour — You can’t leave London without seeing many of the sites included in this list. Some of our favorites are Buckingham Palace, St. James’ Palace, Big Ben, Parliament and Trafalgar Square. We also offer a free guided Royal London Tour option.

Guide to Beatles in London – Although the John, Paul, George, and Ringo hailed from Liverpool, there are plenty of London landmarks for Beatles-lovers to get their fix. From recording studios to concert venues, shops to roof-top performances, London is filled with hot-spots for fans of the Fab Four. For those who are desperate to walk in the footsteps of their favourite fellows, here’s our self-guided tour to the Beatles’ London.

Harry Potter Walking Tour – Dive into the magical world of Harry Potter! This particular tour will focus on film sites to the northern part of London, such as Leadenhall, Australia House, Platform 9 3/4 as well as many other famous sights.  We also offer a guided Harry Potter Tour.

Walking Tour of Jack the Ripper Sites — Try your hand at solving one of the most famous unsolved murder cases in history. Our Jack the Ripper tour guides you through the area of London where the felon committed his most notorious crimes. We’ve even included a photo from that era to give you a sense of how the city looked.  We also offer a guided option for Jack the Ripper.

Downton Abbey London Sights – Downton Abbey exploded onto our screens in 2010 and people from all over the world watched the lives and exploits of the Crowley Family and all the characters surrounding them. Although Downton Abbey finished airing last December, it’s still as popular as ever. For visitors who have traveled to the U.K. hoping to see some Downton Abbey locations and inspirations, here is our helpful guide to London’s Downton Abbey connections! 

Roman London Walking Tour — Get a better sense of just how powerful the Roman Empire once was with this tour. Sites include the Temple of Mithras and a piece of the Roman Wall, which dates back 2,000 years.

Camden Town – a self-guided tour to show the visitor some of the many interesting things to see in Camden Town London.

Piccadilly and St. James Walking Tour — One of the most popular touristic areas located in London’s West End, this self-guided tour will cover places like Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus.

River Thames Walking Tour — The best tour for photography enthusiasts! This picturesque tour takes you along the River Thames to see sites such as the Millennium Bridge, London Eye, and Shakespeare Globe Theatre.

James Bond Tour –  Use your feet and the London Underground to visit sights related to James Bond in London.

Hyde Park and Kensington Walking Tour — This will take you through beautiful Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, past a posh royal palace and picturesque art galleries and museums.

Literary Walking tour – Hampstead Heath – Hampstead was the birthplace of big names in the literary industry. Hampstead is considered one of the more beautiful London boroughs and it  is full of places for true literature lovers to explore.

Jimi Hendrix Sights – London was an important city for this American rock legend.

David Bowie Sights – Born in London, David Bowie left an indelible mark on this city.

Greenwich Walking Tour — Enjoy a leisurely walk through this posh neighborhood that will take you to sites like Greenwich Park, the Queen’s House, and the Trafalgar.

Care to learn about the darker side of London? Then these walking tours might better suit your interest: 

London Ghost Tour — Only for those bold enough to take a ghost tour on their own! Want some company? Join us for a guided ghost tour of London.

 


Get a taste of London with our free self-guided food tour: 

Soho, Chinatown, and Piccadilly Food Tour — Explore culturally and culinarily diverse neighborhoods of Soho, Chinatown, and Piccadilly. We’ve curated a list of the best restaurants in the area to give you a real taste of London!

East London Food Tour – It is possible to eat from any of the world’s cuisines when you are in the East End of London, but here is a small DIY tour that will have you sampling some of the best the East End has to offer those with a hunger for delicious food.  Be sure to check out our tour guide led version

Exmouth Market Food Tour – Venture out to Exmouth Market, the “real” London that’s tucked just far enough away from other touristy parts with the best street food that London has to offer.

Covent Garden Food Tour – Try out the culinary delights in one of London’s liveliest neighborhoods in the West End.

Borough Market 

 


Self-Guided Bus Tours

We also offer a variety of free, self-guided bus tours. Just hop on the suggested public bus route and use our guide to learn more about the sites you see along the way.

Old London Bus Tour — This 45-minute bus tour covers all the major London icons like Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and St Paul’s Cathedral. Don’t hesitate to hop off intermittently if you have extra time to get great photos!

South Bank Bus Tour — This tour takes you to the South Bank of the River Thames to get a great view of sites such as Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the London Eye, and Covent Garden.

Piccadilly and Kensington Bus Tour — Explore the posh side of London with a self-guided bus tour that includes Hyde Park, Kensington Palace, and Trafalgar Square.

For more ways to save money, check out our London on a Budget Guide.