London audio tour: Westminster - Heart of the Nation

Westminster - Heart of the Nation

Walking Tour

60 mins

About the Tour

This walk covers the great palaces of the monarchs and the Archbishop of Canterbury. We walk from the Golden Jubilee Bridge through Whitehall Gardens to the Banqueting House in Whitehall, the last remaining building from the ancient Palace of Whitehall. From there we walk along the Thames with views of the London Eye and Westminster Bridge, before seeing Parliament Square, the Houses of Parliament and Westrminster Abbey. The walk ends passing the famous Burghers of Calais sculpture by Rodin on to Lambeth Bridge and Lambeth Palace, the London home of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Tour Producer


Brian Cookson

After qualifying as a Russian Interpreter during National Service, I obtained a BA in Russian and German at Oxford University. I spent most of my working life as a computer consultant, mainly working for IBM. When I retired, I qualified as a London Blue Badge Guide. I lead guided walking tours all over London and have written two books - 'London Waterside Walks' and 'Crossing the River', published by Mainstream.

Information on my tours and lectures can be found at

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Major Landmarks

  • London Eye

  • Westminster Bridge

  • London's Big Ben

  • St Margaret's Church London

  • Jewel Tower

  • London's Burghers of Calais Statue

  • Lambeth Palace

Directions to Starting Point

The walk starts at the Embankment Underground Station on the Circle and District Line as you exit the ticket barrier.

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Places to stop along the way

Banqueting House, view from Westminster Bridge, St Margaret's Church, Jewel House, St John Smith Square, view from Lambeth Bridge, Museum of Garden History.

Best time of day

The walk is best done in daylight. However even in the dark the views are great as major buildings such as Big Ben are well lit.


The traffic in London is dense. If you can find pedestrian crossings, I suggest you use them even if it means walking a bit further. Guidance is given where possible.


Excellent tour!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 7 months ago

Enjoyed the tour. The commentary is good with the right level of detail.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 3 years ago

Enjoyed the tour. The commentary is good with the right level of detail.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 3 years ago

Enjoyed the tour. The commentary is good with the right level of detail.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 3 years ago

My first 'Voicemap‘ tour and I found it excellent, clear, informative & easy to follow. Allow about 2 hours to fully appreciate the stops & pay the 3 pounds to walk up to the top of St.Mary’s at the end to get a fantastic view over the Thames to the Palaces of Westminster.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , about 4 years ago
Preview mode limited to first 3 locations.
Westminster - Heart of the Nation