Spring is on the way into London and its a great time to visit the city.
London might be large, but the centre is pretty walkable and you can see a lot within a fairly small area. One of my favourite walks is along the Thames, following Southbank from the Houses of Parliament to Tower Bridge, passing London icons like the London Eye, Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe, HMS Belfast and the Tower of London. There are also plenty of parks to explore – you can visit the rose garden in Regent’s Park, row in the lake at Hyde Park or spot the royal palaces at St James’ Park.
If you want to learn more about London’s history and architecture while you’re walking, there are a few companies that do free guided city walks. Sandeman’s New Europe runs a 2.5-hour tour at 11am and 1pm each day that takes you from Covent Garden Piazza through Westminster to the Houses of Parliament. Or Free Tours by Foot and Free London Walking Tours do a whole range of themed tours, covering everything from Jack The Ripper to ghosts and street art. Tours are free but tips for the guides are encouraged.
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