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Published August 23rd 2013
Your own walking day tour
If the weather's nice and you're up for a stroll, there is no better place than along the Thames. Start your tour at Waterloo Station. You can take the Tube or the bus; either will let you off at the right spot. A tip for getting around London economically if you're there for a few days is to buy yourself an Oyster Card.
First wander out on to Waterloo Bridge, there's a great photo opportunity of Big Ben through the London Eye. You'll know it when you see it.
Then make your way to the river front. The views of Westminster get better and better as you make your way towards Jubilee Gardens and the London Eye.
Whatever you do, make sure you pre-book if you want to take in the glorious sights from the heights of the Eye, as the lines are ridiculous. There are a number of economical options depending on your needs, from a romantic champagne package to a London attractions package.
The full arc takes about half an hour to complete and day or night time you won't be disappointed with the view. Next up on your walk is the Sea Life London Aquarium where you can explore Europe's largest collection of marine life. It's especially fun if you're traveling with children.
Then continue along the Thames to the impressive houses of parliament and the iconic Big Ben.
Cross Westminster Bridge where there will again be many fantastic photo opportunities. Here you can also take a tour or go and see the actual workings of the UK government. Once you've had your fill of power broking continue on to Westminster Abbey the church of Royal coronations, weddings and funerals. Unless it's Wednesday when the last admission is 6pm, you'll need to be there before 3:30pm for a tour or 1:30pm on Saturdays.
You'll also find plenty of places along the way to grab a coffee or a bite to eat to sustain the walk.