Self Guided Walking Tour of Central London

Changing of the Guard

When I was planning our whirlwind 2.5 days in London I knew there were a lot of sights we wanted to see but I didn’t want to do tours with the kids so jet lagged. Instead, I put together this route which covers Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, and Parliament all within a 2-mile walk. If you want to see a lot in a short period of time, I definitely recommend walking this way and Google Maps makes it easy to steal our route!

To really get the most out of your route, read up on each of these historic spots before you go. If you are traveling in a group, assign each person a location to research and you can take turns playing tour guide!


Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace. Time your visit to catch the changing of the guards, or not. We happened to stumble upon it and watched the guards parade by, but we didn’t try to jostle with the crowd for a view of the actual changing.
Trafalgar Square Lion
Trafalgar Square. If you read Katie in London to your kids, this is a must visit. Even if you didn’t, it’s a very impressive square surrounded by wonderful architecture. As Americans, we were delighted and confused to find a statue of George Washington here.
Whitehall Street London
The view towards St. James Park from Trafalgar Square.
The House of Lords
The House of Lords

If you have young children, reading about London in advance will make the trip a lot more fun!

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