It’s the city of historic splendour where architecture stands proud with an added little royal sparkle and the monument bucket list is endless. London has always been a favourite for visitors and personally, it’s my number one destination for city wanderings with so much to gaze at and stroll past.
Photographing London and all of the grand sights and neighbourhoods can fill up your itinerary for days. If you’re in London for the first time however and only have a few hours during a stopover or business trip to uncover the feeling of the city I’ve got a self-guided walking tour just for you.
Starting at the Horse Guards on Whitehall (road) and finishing in the same spot, it’s an easy 30min walk without stops but of course, photo stops are essential so I’d suggest giving yourself 2-3hrs to soak it all in. You’ll see the Royal Horse Guards, the Prime Minister’s residence at 10 Downing Street, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Bridge, the London Eye, The River Thames, Westminster Abbey, St James’ Park (with a peek down to Buckingham Palace over the lake) and to finish, the Horse Guards Palace.
If you have a little extra time Buckingham Palace is an additional 10minute walk down The Mall and further afield you have the green open spaces of Hyde or Green Park both well worth a visit for the cute little squirrels alone.
Below is the map and a collection of photographs to lead the way…Happy Wandering!
Hello! I’m the founder and photographer behind The Wandering Lens.
With 17+yrs experience as a professional travel and landscape photographer, all advice found on this site is from my personal experience on the road. I hope it’s useful for your own travels and would love to hear in the comments about your trips and experiences around the world.
May 6, 2016 at 7:34 pm
These are such beautiful photos. I’ve just moved to London so will definitely do this route one day!
February 3, 2017 at 5:35 am
Just discovered you blog and I must tell you that you picture are magnificent !
February 3, 2017 at 7:16 am
So glad you found it! Thanks for your lovely words 🙂
February 2, 2018 at 5:08 pm
These are great photos of London Lisa.I have visited several European countries but not London (Just had a stopover while connecting flights). I still hope to visit London one day.
April 7, 2019 at 12:35 am
Great site, thank you. I think that sculpture you’ve photographed is of the Queen’s mother (known as the Queen Mother).
January 21, 2020 at 3:30 pm
London was way bigger than I ever imagined a city would be. My friend was driving me around there and he got lost trying to leave London, head back to Wales. I really enjoyed it.