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Best London walking tours for 2022: top ghost, Harry Potter and historic tours

In the words of Bob Marley: the sun is shining, the weather is sweet — it makes you want to get out in London and move your feet! We’ve lined-up the top walking tours in London, from Harry Potter to a tour perfect for foodies, so dust off your walking boots.

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Published: Monday, 25th July 2022 at 10:28 am

When the weather is as wonderful as it’s been recently, the last thing you want to do is spend your weekends cooped up inside; you want to explore instead.

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Whether you’re playing tourist in your own city or you’ve come to London for a getaway, there’s nothing like a walking tour to immerse yourself in the capital’s culture and history.

Walking tours usually last a few hours and have a guide, so you can be sure the tours will be full of interesting information as told by someone with expertise. From our experience, ghost walk guides have the craziest stories to tell – you just might not be able to sleep very well after hearing them!

We’ve put together a best list of the most exciting walking tours to join in London, and there’s something for everyone. From Harry Potter tours and ghost walks for those who enjoy the supernatural, to food stop offs and pub crawls for the foodies amongst us — you could never accuse the RadioTimes.com team of not thinking of everything!

If you're a fan of unique things to do in the capital city, be sure to check out the best escape rooms and top immersive experiences in London. For live music, sporting events, and more, including Bruce Springsteen tickets, head over to our Going Out section.

Best walking tours in London at a glance:

Here's a run-down of each of the walking tours you'll find in our round-up.

The best walking tours in London for 2022

Original Harry Potter Locations Tour

Best Harry Potter walking tour

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Original Harry Potter Locations Tour Viator

Visit Harry Potter filming sites across London in this walking tour. You’ll travel through Soho to Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square, and hear movie trivia as you go, before making your way to St Paul’s Cathedral and London Bridge. You’ll also take a fun quiz to test your own movie knowledge — who will be the biggest Harry Potter buff amongst you?

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Harry Potter Tour: Visit The Magical Film Locations in London

Best Harry Potter locations tour

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Harry Potter Tour: Visit The Magical Film Locations in London TripAdvisor

In this two-and-a-half hour walking tour, complete with audio guides and headsets so you don’t miss a single moment, you’ll visit a series of locations from the Harry Potter movies, including Platform 9¾ (running into the wall is not recommended!).

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Jack the Ripper Tour with ‘Ripper-Vision’

Best Jack the Ripper tour

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Jack the Ripper Tour with ‘Ripper-Vision’ Viator

This immersive Jack the Ripper Tour uses ‘Ripper-Vision’, which is effectively projections of images and film clips, to recreate a harrowing atmosphere. You’ll follow a guide around the backstreets of East London and hear all about the grim tales and conspiracy theories surrounding Jack the Ripper.

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Ghastly Ghost Tour of London Bridge

Best ghost walking tour

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Ghastly Ghost Tour of London Bridge A walk and a lark

Anything that has the word ‘ghastly’ gets a thumbs up from us; the RadioTimes.com team love a ghost walk. We’ve taken strolls in the spookiest parts of Nottingham, Lincoln and Chesterfield, and we’re excited to try this one in London. Hear spine-chilling tales as you visit London’s most famous landmarks, and end at St Paul’s Cathedral.

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Walking Tour: Churchill and London in WW2

Best historical walking tour

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Walking Tour: Churchill and London in WW2 Smithsonian Magazine

Make the most of the sunny weather and join in on this historical walking tour. Take a stroll past the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Parliament Square, Downing Street and more, to see war memorials, a bomb escape hatch and Churchill's statue, all while the guide shares stories to transport you back in time.

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Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London

Best pub crawl

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Historical Pub Walking Tour of London Viator

What’s better than an afternoon pub crawl? An educational one, obviously! Visit at least four centuries-old ale houses, including literary haunts frequented by the likes of Charles Dickens, and learn about drinking culture through the ages.

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Chelsea FC Stamford Bridge Family Stadium Tour

Best football stadium tour

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Chelsea FC Stamford Bridge Family Stadium Tour Buyagift

Treat the whole family to an experience they’ll never forget with a tour of the Chelsea Football Club stadium. Get behind-the-scenes access to the press room, players’ tunnel, team dressing room, plus a lot more. If you’re a Blues fan, you’re not going to find a much more intimate and interesting tour than this one.

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Ultimate London Sightseeing Walking Tour

Best sightseeing walking tour

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Ultimate London Sightseeing Walking Tour Viator

If you’ve recently moved to London or you’re visiting the capital, this might be the walking tour for you. Held in a small, super-relaxed group, this sightseeing tour takes you past London’s most iconic monuments including Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and Downing Street, and that’s just to name a selection. You’ll also get the chance to travel on the underground.

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The London Cheese Crawl

Best walking tour for foodies

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The London Cheese Crawl 10Best

Are you and your partner foodies? The London Cheese Crawl could be the next date night activity to try — it’s certainly original. The cheesy crawl starts in Mayfair, where you’ll take a bite out of Fortnum & Mason’s legendary blue cheese, before heading over to Little Italy for more fromage. Give us the cheese, please!

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London Film Locations Walking Tour

Best walking tour for movie buffs

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London Film Locations Walking Tour Buy a Gift

London is home to some of the most famous moments in film history, from Bridget Jones running down the street in her knickers to Paddington Bear causing havoc across the capital city. Now, you can visit these locations in a special walking tour, which will see you standing in the same spots that your favourite actors delivered iconic lines and hearing anecdotes about filming from your in-the-know tour guide.

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For even more fun things to do in London, check out our best West End shows guide. If you fancy treating a loved one to a day out, be sure to read our 20 top London experiences piece.

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