On our second full day in London, we focused on the city’s most famous sights and its history. We’ve come to love free city tours and went with the same company we used in Munich. Our tour guide, Andy, was loud, funny, and so knowledgeable.
Like the Munich tour, this one ended at a pub. Well played, Andy.
London Walking Tour – Day 2
Sandeman’s New Europe London Tour
These tours run every day and are free, but you need to make a reservation to hold your spot. For some reason they don’t count kids, which is weird since the kids ask so many questions. Anyway, make a reservation and be sure to tip your guide at the end. They don’t get paid for the free tours.
The free city walking tour goes to:
- Covent Garden
- Trafalgar Square
- Nelson’s Column
- The National Gallery
- James’s Palace
- Buckingham Palace
- The Mall
- Victoria Memorial
- James’s Park
- Horse Guards Parade
- Churchill War Rooms
- Big Ben
- Westminster Abbey
- Houses of Parliament
We went back to Trafalgar Square after the pub stop. It was so warm and sunny, that we were looking for a place to hang out. The kids climbed the memorial to Nelson and ran around the fountains.
There are several museums, cafes, and cultural and historical buildings surrounding the square. The National Gallery has a big presence on one side of the square and is free to visit.
Eat and Drink in London
Draft House Tower Bridge
Even though we lunched at a pub, we went to another that evening. One of Henry’s friends from Bozeman is now living outside of London, and we never miss a chance to connect with people. Or go to pubs.
The Draft House is across Tower Bridge from the Tower of London. They say they have a “ extraordinary range of strange and wonderful brews.” I only tried two – next time I will get the sampler like Brett did—but I can attest that they were wonderful. The food was good, too.
Maybe you’d rather be on your own schedule as you walk around London. City Walks: London has 50 adventures, so you can DIY your own walking tour of London. And you can buy it on Amazon. Take the card of your choosing with a map and description and hit the pavement.
See Our Whole Easy Going London Tour
- London Day 1 — Harry Potter Tour and Capital Ring Walk
- London Day 2 — Free London Walking Tour and Pubs
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