The Ultimate Guide to the Best Self-Guide walks in London

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How to make the most of the self-guided walks in London

Self-guided walks are an excellent way to explore London’s vibrant neighbourhoods and iconic landmarks at your own pace. Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor to the city, embarking on self-guided walks allows you to immerse yourself in the rich history, culture and architecture that London has to offer. In this guide, we will focus on three exciting areas: South Bank, Wend End, and Greenwich.

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How to make the most of the self-guided walk in Southbank, London

The South Bank of the river Thames is a bustling cultural hub with a stunning riverside walkway called the Queen’s Walk. Start your journey near the iconic London Eye and stroll along the promenade, taking in breathtaking views of the city’s skyline. You can visit renowned attractions such as Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and the South Bank Centre. Enjoy street performers, browse through the food markets, and relax in one of the many riverside cafes, pubs, and restaurants. Don’t forget to cross the Millennium Bridge to explore St. Paul’s Cathedral on the other side. Read my Southbank Walk for more inspiration.

Transportation in the Southbank

 The best thing about the Southbank is its convenient public transportation links. You have Westminster tube station serving the Jubilee (grey line) and the Circle and District (green and yellow) line if you want to start your walk from Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. Then, there’s London Bridge Rail and Tube Station if you want to start your walk from Borough Market.

The South Bank is also a walking distance to Trafalgar Square, the free National Gallery, and the National Portrait Gallery where the West End starts.

Regent's Street illuminated at night with glowing streetlights, and bustling traffic.

How to make the most of the self-guided walk in the West End London 

The West End is synonymous with theatre, entertainment, and high-end shopping. Start you walk at Trafalgar Square, where you can marvel at Nelson’s Column and the National Gallery. From there, venture into bustling Covent Garden, famous for its street performers, boutique shops, and the Royal Opera House. Explore the vibrant theatre district of Shaftesbury Avenue, known as London’s “Theatreland”. Don’t miss the chance to visit iconic landmarks like Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, and Oxford Street, which offers a wealth of shopping opportunities.

Transportation in the West End

Similar to the Southbank, the West End boasts an abundance of easily accessible public transportation options. Oxford Circus and Bond Street Tube Underground Stations are conveniently located, offering connections to the Bakerloo (brown line), Central (red line), and Victoria (light blue line). These stations are perfect gateways for indulging in a shopping spree at the high street and designer stores. Don’t miss the must-visit destinations like Carnaby Street, Liberty’s, and Selfridges Department stores.

Tottenham Court Road is another excellent stop with its access to the Central line and Northern line (black line). Here, you can enjoy shopping on Tottenham Court Road and exploring the British Museum.

To explore the iconic attractions of Piccadilly Circus, the West End theatre district, China Town, and Leicester Square, alight at Piccadilly Circus Underground Station, which serves the Bakerloo and Piccadilly (dark blue line). Alternatively, you can opt for Leicester Square Underground Station on the Northern Line, which is a short stroll away from Piccadilly Circus. For those looking to explore Covent Garden, a mere 4-minute walk from Leicester Square will take you there. Alternatively, you can disembark at Covent Garden Underground Station, served by the Piccadilly Line.

A group of people with their backs to the camera are taking photos of the London skyline from Shooter's Hill in Greenwich.

Greenwich, London

Located on the banks of the River Thames, Greenwich is a historic neighbourhood with a rich maritime heritage. Gein your self-guided walk at the Cutty Sark, the last surviving tea clipper, and continue towards the magnificent Greenwich Park. Climb up to the Royal Observatory, where you can stand on the Prime Meridian and enjoy panoramic views of London. Explore the fascinating National Maritime Museum and visit the Queen’s House, an architectural gem. Round off your walk by strolling along the riverside and explroing the vibrant Greenwich Market. There are more things to do in Greenwich, London where you’ll visit hidden gems such as the Cherry Blossom trees if you come during spring, St. Alfege’s Church and graveyard and many more.


Self-guided walks in London, whether along the South Bank, the West End, or Greenwich, provide a fantastic opportunity to discover the city’s diverse neighbourhoods and iconic landmarks. These walks allow you to set your own pace, immerse yourself in the local culture, and uncover hidden gems at your own leisure. So grab your Google Maps, put on comfortable shoes, and embark on an unforgettable journey through the streets of London.

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