Walking tour of the City

Start the walking tour at…

London Bridge

There are several self-guided walking tours of the City available online.  I found one and then adapted it to suit me.  One Saturday afternoon recently, I set off and walked for about 3 hours. I didn’t pay entry into any of the attractions though, so allow more time if you wish to.   The walk I chose started from London Bridge station.

Entry Prices for Attractions

Some attractions have an entrance fee.  Use the prices mentioned as a guideline as these may be subject to change at any time.  They may also vary according to vouchers, online purchases or pay on the door prices.  You may also be able to buy combination tickets for some attractions which reduces the cost.

The Walking Tour

I started at London Bridge and walked along Tooley Street.  I passed through Hays Galleria and walked by the River Thames towards Tower Bridge.  These are the places of interest I passed along the way…

HMS Belfast

Entry fee is £17 to hop on board this World War II Battleship and explore it!

HMS Belfast, London Bridge, London, UK, walking tour
HMS Belfast

Tower Bridge

Entrance Fee is £9.80 per adult but you can get a combined ticket with The Monument for £12.  Here you can experience walking across the ‘glass floor’ and view the engine rooms of this landmark bridge.  Check the times the bridge opens too, if you want to see that!

Tower Bridge, London, UK, walking tour
Tower Bridge

Tower of London

My favourite building in London.  It was founded in 1066.  This beautiful iconic castle  was built as a fortress.  It was a Royal palace with apartments but even though it wasn’t intended to be a prison, it did become one, housing people considered to be a threat to security . It was also the place where Anne Boleyn was executed.  Entry here costs £22.70 per adult.  Highlights of the visit will include viewing the Crown Jewels, Henry VIII’s armour, The Bloody Tower and Replicas of instruments used for torture.

Tower of London, London, UK, Walking Tour
Tower of London

All Hallows by the Tower

The oldest church in the City of London founded in 675AD.  Entrance is free.   Samuel Pepys climbed the tower here to view the  Great Fire of London.

All Hallows by the Tower, London, UK, Walking tour
All Hallows by the Tower

The Walkie Talkie

A stunning building on Fenchurch Street.  So called because of its shape.  There is also a restaurant, bar, live music etc and stunning views of the City as well as landscaped gardens in the Sky Pod Bar/Sky Garden.  Online booking is essential for this.

The Walkie Talkie Building, London, Sky Garden, walking tour
The Walkie Talkie Building

Pudding Lane

Not much is visible from here anymore, just the plaque of the name of the road where the Great Fire of London started.

Pudding Lane, Great Fire of London, London, UK, walking tour
Pudding Lane

The Monument

A memorial to the Great Fire of London in 1666.  £5 entrance fee and you can climb 301 steps to the top!

The Monument, Great Fire of London, London, UK, walking tour
The Monument

Leadenhall Market for shopping and dining.  The marketplace itself is open weekdays only.  It is an undercover market dating back to the 14th Century.

Leadenhall Market, Leadenhall Street, London, UK,
Leadenhall Market

Mansion House… this 18th Century building is the official residence for the Lord Mayor of London.  Tours are available at 13:50pm every Tuesday.

Mansion House, London, UK, Lord Mayor of London, London, UK
Mansion House

St Paul’s Cathedral Entrance to the cathedral is £18 and is one of the most iconic buildings in London.

St Paul's Cathedral, London, UK, walking tour
St Paul’s Cathedral

Exhibition of Giant Harry Potter Wands

The wands are found between St Paul’s Cathedral and the Millennium Bridge. However,  you may be too late for this as the exhibition ends on 13th November 2018.  The 15ft wands will be on display marking the launch of the new movie, Fantastic Beasts.  It is also raising awareness of the charity, Lumos, whose mission is to end the institutionalisation of children around the world.

Harry Potter, Wands, Exhibition, London, UK, St Pauls Cathedral, Millennium Bridge
Harry Potter Giant Wands Exhibition

The Millennium Bridge

A steel pedestrian footbridge leading you into and out of the City…

Millennium Bridge, London, UK, walking tour
Millennium Bridge

The Tate Modern

Free entry to this well known art gallery, open daily.  Fees will apply to special exhibitions.

The Tate Modern, Art Galleriy, London, UK, walking tour
The Tate Modern

Before you set off on your walking tour, make sure you read my blog post on advantages and tips for self-guided walking tours

Suggested Further Reading:

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Hotels in London I can recommend as a solo traveller

Things to do in London – that I have enjoyed doing alone