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…
Entry fee is £17 to hop on board this World War II Battleship and explore it!
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 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.
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.
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.
Not much is visible from here anymore, just the plaque of the name of the road where the Great Fire of London started.
A memorial to the Great Fire of London in 1666. £5 entrance fee and you can climb 301 steps to the top!
Leadenhall Market for shopping and dining. The marketplace itself is open weekdays only. It is an undercover market dating back to the 14th Century.
Mansion House… this 18th Century building is the official residence for the Lord Mayor of London. Tours are available at 13:50pm every Tuesday.
St Paul’s Cathedral Entrance to the cathedral is £18 and is one of the most iconic buildings in London.
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.
The Millennium Bridge
A steel pedestrian footbridge leading you into and out of the City…
The Tate Modern
Free entry to this well known art gallery, open daily. Fees will apply to special exhibitions.
Well that was about the end of my tour! I hope you enjoy walking it too. Make sure you read my blog post on advantages and tips for self-guided walking tours before you set off!