Seeing London from the ground is one of the very best ways to explore everything the city has to offer. Taking a tour on the river is great, but it doesn’t afford the same up-close and personal feel of a walking tour.
Even for those returning to London after previous visits, a walking tour can illuminate parts of London you never knew about, and shine new light on those that you do.
So, if you’re staying in one of our hotels in London City such as the Montcalm Royal London House, read on for some of the best walking tours London has to offer.
Strawberry Tours Landmarks Tour – East
Strawberry Tours has built up a very strong reputation for their comprehensive, well-informed and friendly tours. They’re quite unique in that they only ask you to pay what you feel the tour was worth. They must be doing something right because they’re going from strength to strength.
Their London Landmarks Tour East kicks off at 10.30am from Tower Hill Station, an 18-minute journey from our hotels in Liverpool Street London. There are tours every day of the week, so you can choose a day that’s right for you.
The tour covers 2,000 years of London history from the Romans to the Normans and up to the modern day. You’ll be out and about for two and a half hours, so make sure you’ve got your walking shoes on.
Bowl of Chalk Weekend Walks
As the name suggests, Bowl of Chalk offers weekend guided walks covering most of the major London landmarks and some lesser-known areas that are just as interesting.
The Saturday morning walk takes you from Trafalgar Square – 25-minutes from the Montcalm Royal London House – to St Paul’s Cathedral. The guides are good at revealing the secrets of London and little-know facets of its past, making the tours extremely interesting and engaging.
The Saturday afternoon tour leaves from St Paul’s – a 15-minute walk from our hotels on Liverpool Street London – and will take you across the Thames, by the Globe Theatre, then via Borough Market and Southwark Cathedral, finally leading you back across London Bridge and ending by the monument. It’s a comprehensive overview of London’s history and packed with amazing titbits of information for the history buffs among your group.
Alternative London – Shoreditch Food Tour
If you’re after something you can really sink your teeth into, the Shoreditch Food Tour by Alternative London is a great, well, alternative, to historically-minded walking tours.
The aim of the guided tour is to take you through the best traditional food on offer in trendy Shoreditch, but to also emphasise the amazing culinary makeup of this great area. It’s an awesome day out and not too far from our hotels in London City if your belt is feeling the strain after sampling so much good food.
You’ll cover Brick Lane and Spitalfields Indoor Market, stopping at six different locations along the tour to try Indian, Australian, Taiwanese and French cuisine, and much else.