Self-Guided London Walking Tours: London Eye to Buckingham Palace (with map)

Updated: October 27, 2021 | Has affiliate links

London, England - Beautiful metal gates surrounding the Buckingham Palace

London’s Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace areas are among the most iconic tourist areas of this great city. These are large areas packed with tourist attractions and museums. Attempting a one day walking tour of London’s most prominent attractions requires determination and a good pair of walking shoes. Can it be done? Read on as you follow me through the streets of London.

What to Expect on Your Self-Guided London Walking Tours?

When doing a London walking tour of the Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey areas of London, expect to walk a lot! Even though these are large areas you can save a lot of time and frustration by walking instead of taking the tube. This particular walking route comes high on my list of self-guided London walking tours.

Self-Guided London Walking Tours map
Self-guided London walking tours map. From London Eye to Buckingham Palace.
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1. London Eye

London, England - The London Eye seen from across the river Thames.
London, England – The London Eye seen from across the river Thames.
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Let’s start our self-guided London walking tour at the London Eye. Buy a ticket to London Eye and go inside and enjoy the views from on top. Take a few more minutes afterwards to stroll through the small Jubilee Gardens and walk along the river bank towards London Bridge. Allow at least one hour for The Eye of London.

2. Big Ben and the Parliament

London, England - Big Ben and the Parliament Building.
London, England – Big Ben and the Parliament Building.
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Cross the London Bridge and enjoy the iconic view a Big Ben and the Parliament. This is the view you see on many London postcards. If you have scheduled a visit to the Parliament then you need to coordinate your start time for now order to make your tour. If not, we will continue with my favorite of self-guided London walking tours to the world famous Westminster Abbey.

3. Westminster Abbey

London, England - Side entrance to the Westminster Abbey church.
London, England – Side entrance to the Westminster Abbey church.
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From the Parliament building, we walk over to to the famous Westminster Abbey and visit the imposing interior. Make sure you check the Westminster Abbey website prior to visiting because their visiting times vary wildly depending on what events happen inside.

On three different Saturdays, during different times of the day I found the Abbey closed to visitors, so check the Abbey’s website before coming to visit.

The Abbey has amazing history and an equally amazing interior. You should allocate at least one hour and a half for visiting Westminster Abbey.

4. Downing Street and the Horse Guard Parade

Then cross the street to St. James Park. Before walking inside the park you may want to visit Churchill War Rooms Museum which are very close to Downing St. #10 which is the residence of the British Prime Minister. Just a bit further up the street you will find the staging ground for the famous changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.

5. St. James Park

St. James Park, London – St. James Park pond in the winter
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Continuing my favorite of self-guided London walking tours, we walk straight South through St. James Park. Follow the meandering walking paths through the meadows and around the small lake, slowly making your way down towards the imposing Buckingham Palace.
In the summertime make sure not to miss the beautiful flower arrangements along the lake.

6. Buckingham Palace and Victoria Memorial

London, England - The Buckingham Palace.
London, England – The Buckingham Palace.
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Take in the view of the large Buckingham palace from the large Victoria Memorial statue in front of the palace. This place is filled with tourists, so take your time and take in the grandeur of this place.

7. The Mall and Trafalgar Square

Then start walking up on The Mall right past the smaller but still functioning St. James Palace which you can walk right up to and admire it. Keep going up the mall all the way to Trafalgar Square.

Take in the views and the crowds and Trafalgar Square and make sure you take enough time to visit the amazing National Gallery.

8. Piccadilly

London, England - One of the guitars used by Keith Richards from The Rolling Stones on display at the Hard Rock Cafe on Piccadily
London, England – One of the guitars used by Keith Richards from The Rolling Stones on display at the Hard Rock Cafe on Piccadily
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Walk over to Piccadilly Circus and take some time to watch the crowds in this very busy and famous square. When you have had enough shopping, noise and people you can start heading down Piccadilly towards Hyde Park Corner.

When you approach Green Park don’t miss the very first Hard Rock Cafe restaurant right here on Piccadilly across the street from Green Park. Established on June 14, 1971 Hard Rock Cafe has become one of the icons of London. If you want to eat there make sure you make reservations or come around 2:30pm so the crowds thin out. This place is always very busy and even if you don’t get to eat there make sure to at least peek inside and visit their gift shop next door. Lots of Hard Rock memorabilia on display.

9. Wellington Arch and Hyde Park

London, England - The Marble Arch site was the place for public executions in England's history
London, England – Wellington Arch is a triumphal gate on the corner of Hyde Park and Green Park
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You can now cross Piccadilly and you should see Wellington Arch. This is one of the famous European triumphal arches. Finished around 1830, Wellington Arch is a little known gem when visiting London. Every tourist walks to Buckingham Palace but does not walk another 5 minutes to the Wellington Arch. Very few people know that you can climb to the top of Wellington Arch and get a great view of London. Also known as Constitution Arch or the Green Park Arch, Wellington Arch is a triumphal arch located to the south of Hyde Park in central London and at the western corner of Green Park.

This is a great place to start exploring the Royal Parks of London since you are right where Hyde Park start.

Plan your Self-Guided London Walking Tours

There are multiple routes you can take for visiting London. This particular route takes you to a few famous landmarks simply by walking and avoiding the very busy tube.


London, England – interactive map of my favorite walking tour of the Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey areas of London

Can you See Everything Around the Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey Areas in One Day, on Foot?

Well, it all depends on you. If you start earlier and have your research done and you have a good pair of walking shoes, then yes, you can. If however you have a few more days in London, then I would recommend taking two days to visit all the museums and attractions on this beautiful walk. My wife and I love this walk as it exposes the traveler to many of the iconic tourist destinations in London.

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