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Free Tour of London

The original gratuity-based FREE walking tour of London’s most visited attractions with a local guide

ABOUT THE Free Tour of London

No other tour covers so many major London landmarks! Have your cameras at the ready as we walk past Westminster Abbey and the Big Ben, and see where the Queen and Prince Charles live as we stroll past Buckingham and St. James’s Palaces. On this 3-hour walking tour you'll tick off many of London's must-see sites.


Your 3-hour London gratuity-based free walking tour starts every day in front of the Apple Store in Covent Garden and finishes by Westminster Abbey.


Homes of the British royal family

Around every corner is another piece of royal history on this gratuity-based free London walking tour! Your expert local guide will take you to Buckingham Palace, the official residence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (some tours will even see the changing of the guard!), and you’ll walk past St James’s Palace, where Princes William and Harry grew up and Prince Charles still lives. You’ll also see Westminster Abbey, where the Queen was crowned, Princess Diana was farewelled, and Kate and William were married. However, it’s not only the current royals who feature on this London walking tour – you’ll also hear about other kings and queens who left their mark on Great Britain.

Some of the world’s most iconic monuments

Of course though, it’s not just the royals who helped to shape London, the UK and indeed, the world. Your guide will tell you about Winston Churchill as you walk past the Churchill War Rooms, talk about Guy Fawkes as you stroll past the Houses of Parliament, and tell you about Admiral Nelson as you visit the Nelson Column on Trafalgar Square. With other must-see sites like Covent Garden, Horse Guards Parade and of course, the Big Ben, this London gratuity-based free walking tour shows you many of London's major landmarks.

Gratuity-based FREE Tour concept

The gratuity-based model of the gratuity-based FREE Tour allows guests to support and reward only the highest quality tours, and to ensure that the tour fits within their expectations, and within their budget.


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Inclusions & exclusions
What’s included
  • Local English-speaking guide
What’s not included
  • Gratuities for the guide (optional)
Additional Information
  • The independent guides who employ us to market their tours have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites & stories mentioned and lasts about 3 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group
  • Wheelchair accessible
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Your gratuity-based Free Tour of London starts in front of the Apple Store in Covent Gardendaily in English and Spanish


  • See the homes of the Queen and Prince Charles, Buckingham and St James’s Palaces respectively
  • Visit the stunning Westminster Abbey, site of royal coronations, weddings and funerals
  • Learn about Guy Fawkes and his attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament
  • Look up at the iconic Big Ben
  • See Nelson’s Column on Trafalgar Square
  • Hear about Winston Churchill outside the Churchill War Rooms
  • Stroll down the famous Horse Guards Parade
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The original gratuity-based Free tour of London, every day of the year


Rain or shine, all of our tours run as scheduled. Book your place online to guarantee your spot!

We believe in supporting local communities and are committed to giving a voice to some of London's best local freelance tour guides, who passionately share the city's history and culture with their own unique and always-entertaining style.

The independent guides who employ us to market their tours conduct the gratuity-based Free Tour on a tips-only basis, thereby guaranteeing that you receive a tour of the highest quality. They'll never pressure you to tip; we believe that, if money is given, it should be voluntary and in direct proportion to the quality of the tour and the budget of the traveller.

Why join the SANDEMANs FREE Tour?

  • Many major landmarks covered
  • Central meeting points
  • Guaranteed to fit within your budget
  • High quality guides, incentivized to perform every time!
  • Gratuity-based tours running every day


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Participation in tours promoted by SANDEMANs NEW Europe is strictly on a voluntary basis. Neither SANDEMANs NEW Europe, nor the self-employed freelance guides who are the providers of the tours promoted by SANDEMANs NEW Europe, will be held responsible in any way for injuries to body or property incurred during tours. The tour guides reserve the right to deny participation in any tour, to any person, for any reason. Thank you for your understanding.


What is a Free Tour?

The FREE TOUR is the best introduction to the city! A general overview tour including many of the highlights of the city, the FREE TOUR is provided by a local freelance guide in partnership with SANDEMANs NEW Europe, tour content and duration of the tour can vary depending on your guide’s particular area of interest and expertise.

The FREE TOUR is a walking tour with no need for public transport and is designed for independent travellers, not groups. 

You can book your spot in advance online or simply show up at the start point on the day.

There is no payment necessary at the start of the tour but you are welcome to tip your guide at the end! 

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