If you only have time for one walk around London during your holiday, then this is probably the one we'd recommend. The Square Mile is so densely packed with interesting buildings that it's impossible to cover it all in one day, but this walk will show you the most obvious places that tourists want to see.
Craig has reviewed all of these attractions in his London blog so you might like to read your way through it and see what they look like. Start with his review of The City and then check out his review of the Royal Exchange, the Guildhall, The Monument and Leadenhall Market.
Guest – “where does this walk start?”
Admin – “From the City Information Centre. That's that weird angular building round the southside of St. Paul's, on the opposite side of the road, along St Paul's churchyard.”
Craig’s review of The City – “I thought I'd just hang around The City today, the so-called "Square Mile". That's the bit inside the old city walls where all the big banks and financial institutions live. If you want to make some new friends then try catching the tube from Waterloo to Bank at half-8 in the morning -- when all the bleary-eyed businessmen and women are bustling off to work.… continued”
Hire a Boris Bike… and cycle around London – Every day – If weaving your way in and out of the busy London traffic on a hire bike sounds like fun, then how about hiring a 'Boris Bike' for the day?
11 — London’s cheapest sightseeing bus – Every day – If you don't fancy spending 25-30 pounds on an open-top sightseeing bus, then there's a much cheaper alternative — the No 11 bus.
Guided walk around Roman Londinium – Every Wed and Sat – Walk through the streets of Roman Londinium and see what remains of the old city walls, military fort and amphitheatre
The Original Tour — Open-top sightseeing bus – Every day – The Original Tour is one of London's most popular sightseeing buses, and it's also a great way to travel around the capital.
London Bus Tour — open-top sightseeing bus – Every day – This traditional open-top bus tour will take in all the best landmarks and attractions, with a free river cruise and guided walk.
TRS river cruise, from Big Ben to Greenwich – Every day – Spend a leisurely afternoon on a TRS river cruise from Big Ben to Greenwich, and see some of the sights along the river.
Boat trip down the Thames, with City Cruises – Every day – City Cruises offer one-way, return or all-day boat trips between Westminster and Greenwich, stopping off at Tower Bridge.
Look for more guided tours in December
If you enjoy The City then you might like to visit Bank of England (you can walk it in less than 2 mins), Guildhall (you can walk it in 6 mins), Mansion House (you can walk there in less than 1 min), Royal Exchange (you can walk there in less than 1 min) and St. Paul’s Cathedral (you can walk it 10 mins)
Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans