London Free Walking Tour: London Tower to St Paul’s Cathedral

Updated: September 20, 2019 This website uses cookies, ads and affiliate links.

London provides so many attractions for the tourist that anyone can be easily overwhelmed. However, the Tower Bridge area is beautifully connected to other famous landmarks via a walking path near the Thames River. Iconic places like the Tate Museum, London City Hall and St Paul Cathedral can be visited together by following an easily followed walking tour. Come along with me on a beautiful walking tour of London’s Tower Bridge area.

Suggesting a free walking tour of London is a difficult task as the city itself has many areas filled with tourist attractions. This particular tour however, is my favorite walking tour of London’s Tower Bridge area and can be done in one single day, provided that you do not visit all the museums on the path. So, put your walking shoes on and come walk with me on a London free walking tour from London Tower Bridge to St Paul’s Cathedral along the banks of River Thames.

My favorite tourist attractions along London Walking Tour

  1. Tower of London. This is the impressive medieval castle inside London which is a must for any visit here.
  2. Tower Bridge is the iconic symbol of London that appears on any postcard.
  3. London City Hall modern building and walking area.
  4. HMS Belfast is a beautiful reminder of World War 2 which was not too long ago.
  5. Borough Market is a busy and colorful market that will give you a great feel about London
  6. Golden Hinde is an old pirate ship.
  7. Shakespeare Globe takes you back in time especially if you take time to see a show.
  8. Tate Museum is London’s Museum of Modern Art.  If you like this kind of art you will love this museum.
  9. Millenium Bridge is a newer symbol of London and worth your time
  10. St Paul Cathedral is another iconic symbol of London.

London Walking Tour Map of the Tower Bridge area
London Walking Tour Map of the Tower Bridge area
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1. Tower of London

We start our walking tour of London on the bank of River Thames at the oldest place in London. Also known as London’s Castle, the Tower of London is a medieval fortress, royal palace and infamous prison. This is a large museum with long lines especially in the summer. However, it is well worth your time to visit the Tower of London museum. Walk outside the Tower of London, on the banks of River Thames for beautiful views of Tower Bridge. Visit the official Tower of London website.

London, England - White Tower within the Tower of London fortress.
London, England – White Tower within the Tower of London fortress.
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2. Tower Bridge

From the Tower of London, we continue our London walking tour and we easily come to the most iconic bridge in London. Tower Bridge is the most iconic image of London. If you have about 2 extra hours available in your schedule, you can plan to visit the Experience exhibit for beautiful views. If you are patient you get to see this beautiful bridge being opened when taller ships need to pass through. It is a beautiful site. Visit the official Tower Bridge website.

London, England - London Tower Bridge seen from the Tower of London walls.
London, England – London Tower Bridge seen from the Tower of London walls.
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3. City Hall area

Let’s continue walking across Tower Bridge. Located across River Thames from the Tower of London, London’s futuristic City Hall has become part of the city’s skyline. When standing right in front of London City Hall building, overlooking the Thames River, you get to enjoy iconic views of the Tower Bridge.

London's modern City Hall and the famous Gerkin building.
London’s modern City Hall and the famous Gerkin building.
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4. HMS Belfast

Just a short walk further up the Thames, we come to an awesome sight. An imposing World War 2 destroyer complete with deck canons and control tower. Nicely renovated and decorated with genuine furniture HMS Belfast takes you back to the tumultuous WW2 times when England was on the brink of destruction.

London, England - HMS Belfast docked on River Thames in London.
London, England – HMS Belfast docked on River Thames in London.
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You can get skip-the-line tickets to HMS Belfast and some time and money. Walking on the deck of HMS Belfast will give you beautiful views of the Tower Bridge and surrounding area. Simply beautiful!

5. Borough Market

Continuing our London free walking tour, we come to one of my favorite spots in London. It is definitely my favorite market in London. Borough Market has awesome food choices and it provides great places to simply hang out and watch all the people and sights.

A cake stall in busy Borough Market on a Saturday afternoon in London, England
A cake stall in busy Borough Market on a Saturday afternoon in London, England
(Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC BY-SA 3.0)

6. Golden Hinde

Step back in time and get ready to set sail, as you and your group become the crew of The Golden Hinde and experience life as a 16th Century Sailor through fully immersive role-play.

Dressed in Elizabethan Costume, three colouful characters from the ship’s history will guide you about the ship and teach you the skills required to sail on a galleon. With lurid tales of leeches and limb removal from the grisly Barber Surgeon, lightning-quick gun drills with the excitable Gunner and mastery of the navigational arts with the ship’s Master, Day Living Histories are full of excitement and rich with learning opportunities.

London, England - Saint Paul cathedral in London.
Replica of the Elizabethan galleon, The Golden Hind, captained by Francis Drake in 16th Century, Southwark, London, UK
(photo by Jose Marin CC 3.0)

7. Shakespeare Globe

The walking pathway continues by the iconic Shakespeare Globe known for bringing entertainment to Londoners from many times past. If you have time, buy a ticket and watch a play.

London, England - White Tower within the Tower of London fortress.
London, England – White Tower within the Tower of London fortress.
(photo by Steve Collis. License: CC BY-SA 2.0)

8. Tate Museum

Continuing our walking tour of London we come to the Tate Museum of modern art. Being housed in a converted power plant, the Tate Museum is a large and impressive boasting many works of art by famous modern painters like Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso. Visiting the Tate can take an entire day depending how interested you are in modern art.

London, England - The Tate Museum building is a former power plant.
London, England – The Tate Museum building is a former power plant.
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If you decide to visit the Tate, make sure you walk upstairs and come out at the balcony facing the Millennium Bridge and St Paul Cathedral. This is a beautiful view!

London, England - Beautiful view of Millenium Bridge and St Paul Cathedral from the balcony of the Tate Museum.
London, England – Beautiful view of Millennium Bridge and St Paul Cathedral from the balcony of the Tate Museum.
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9. Millennium Bridge

The Tate is connected with the other side of the Thames River by the modern Millennium Bridge. An impressive structure, the Millennium Bridge provides great views of London skyline and represents an awesome place for taking pictures.

Beautiful view of Millenium Bridge and St Paul Cathedral dome seen from across the Thames River.
Beautiful view of Millenium Bridge and St Paul Cathedral dome seen from across the Thames River.
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10. St. Paul Cathedral

Across the Millennium Bridge you can see the large dome of St Paul Cathedral coming closer as you walk towards it. Recently renovated, the area across the Thames provides beautiful access to St Paul Cathedral as well as many shops and restaurants.

London, England - Saint Paul cathedral in London.
London, England – Saint Paul cathedral in London.
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As you come face to face with the impressive St Paul Cathedral make sure you allocate some time to walk inside and visit the interior of this famous London landmark. If you have more time allocated to visiting London, you can also attend one of the many beautiful musical events scheduled at St Paul Cathedral.

My best resource for planning your London walking tour

Find a budget hotel in the London area. Looking for a budget hotel in the Tower Bridge area of London gives you a central location and a great spot for exploring all of London’s tourist attractions.
Take my London free walking tour from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham and Trafalgar. This is another beautiful area of London full of really cool tourist attractions.

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