With its mass of cultural landmarks, eclectic mix of old and modern architecture, and array of hidden gems, there is no better way to explore London than on foot. But when you are seeking routes to tick off those long anticipated sights, or perhaps seeking for a tranquil haven to enjoy a picnic in the park, there are certainly routes that shouldn’t be missed. Here, we will share with you some of our favourite walks in London so that you can enjoy the city stress free.

South Bank

It would be amiss to highlight the best walks of London without starting with South Bank. This popular route takes you directly along the River Thames and showcases cultural highlights like Tower Bridge, Tate Modern, The Globe Theatre, and St Pauls. You can start your journey along Tower Bridge before turning onto The Queen’s Walk – the official name for the South Bank stretch – to make your way towards Lambeth Bridge where the walk officially ends. Along the way, tuck into some lunch at the famous Borough Market, watch a play at the National Theatre, or head to the famous Sea Life aquarium. In the winter, a pop-up Christmas market also offers the chance to enjoy traditional Christmas treats, drinks, and trinkets with the backdrop of the city just behind.

The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk

The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk is the best route to take for visitors wishing to immerse themselves in the tranquil escape offered by London’s royal parks. The seven-mile walk was opened in 2000 to pay tribute to the late Duchess, and boasts views of three palaces (Kensington, Buckingham, and St James’s) and two mansions (Clarence House and Spencer House) that each carried significance in Diana’s life. This route is excellently situated for guests staying at The Rubens at the Palace or Hotel 41 due to their proximity to Buckingham Palace, as well as The Milestone, The Egerton, and The Montague, each of which neighbour one of the featured royal parks.

The Westminster Walk

The Westminster Walk gives easy direction to some of London’s key cultural landmarks. The route both starts and ends at Westminster tube station and offers direction to sights such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and Downing Street. Not only will you be granted excellent views of iconic British attractions, but you may also witness The Changing of the Guard if timed correctly. Overall, this walking route is the best option for those looking to quickly check off those iconic London sights.

London Wall Walk

This walk along London’s old city wall is perfect for those looking for a bit of history whilst capturing the sights of London. The wall dates to Roman Britain and was maintained up until the 18th Century, and whilst it no longer stands as magnificently as it once did, fragments of it are still evident.

Starting at Tower Hill, the London Wall Walk weaves through London from East to West before concluding just behind St Pauls. From here, you can take a trip to the famous Smithfield Market or cross the river to catch a play at Shakespeare’s Globe. If you are looking for a variety of old and new architecture, then this route is the one for you.

Hampstead Heath Circular

For guests wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre, the Hampstead Heath Circular is the perfect route. Located in North London, Hampstead feels like a trip into the countryside in comparison to the capital’s buzzing centre, and this route’s stretch around the heath’s 800-acre green provides a blissful retreat. It is the perfect spot for families, picnics, and exceptional views, not to mention the notable Hampstead ponds where you can bathe and cool off from the summer’s heat. For families with children, this is not one to miss.