Living in London has given me incredible insight into how to see the top tourist attractions in the shortest amount of time. Whether you’re looking to do just the touristy bits or you’re looking to take a casual walking tour, I’ve put together an ‘Ultimate Free London Walking Tour’ map, which will lead you to all the best sites… in 24 hours.
Feel free to deviate from my ‘Ultimate London Walking Tour’ at any point; sometimes inspiration just hits! But if you want to get the most bang for your buck (because time is money!), tour like a local with my guide.
It’s made by a foreigner, for foreigners to make the most of your stay in the most international city in the world!
10 KM in 2 Hours
The basis of this walking tour is simple:
How do you experience the most London has to offer, in the shortest amount of time possible?
After living in London for four years, I’ve broken down this walking tour according to what is most iconic and in the same general direction. I’ve left out major sites like the London Bridge and Hyde Park in order to keep the flow going without exhausting you too much.
The difficulty of this walk is minimal – suitable for children and people of all ages – since it’s relatively flat with minimal stairs and maximum photo ops! You can download the map on Google Maps and use it to guide you throughout the city.
Say hello the royal family with a visit to Buckingham Palace! My Ultimate London Walking Tours starts in Green Park and continues north into the city.
Located at the north end of Westminster, Big Ben is known as ‘the prince of timekeepers: the biggest, most accurate four-faced striking and chiming clock in the world.’
I was actually PROPOSED to in the London Eye after my now-husband organized a flash mob to surprise me… I thought it was for someone else until the very end LOL (video here). The London Eye is ICONIC and not to be missed. It holds a deep, meaningful place in my heart.
Piccadilly Circus (Square) directly links to the London theater district on Shaftesbury Avenue. It’s super close to the major shopping and entertainment areas in the West End.
Known as Europe’s busiest shopping street with nearly half a million visitors a day, Oxford Circus is London’s major shopping center with all the major flagship stores lining Regent Street.
With breathtaking architecture, The British Museum is a public institution dedicated to history, art and culture. It’s home to some of the largest and most comprehensive collections in existence.
For all the Potterheads’ out there, you can take a photo at Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross and then mosey down to the office Harry Potter story for classic memorabilia.
Round out the day with food and shopping from some of London’s trendiest vendors. From gluten-free cupcakes to show-stopping vintage, Camden Market is the perfect souvenir stop.