A Walking Tour of London

Whilst back in the UK for a visit, we decided to head to London for a day trip. We have many readers from outside the UK, so I thought I’d write a short piece showing how many of the City’s landmarks can be enjoyed on foot, as a cheap day out. 

All of the landmarks are in Italics. I have not detailed what each landmark entails as information is readily available online (If you have questions, then contact me).  

This was quite a intensive walk & we did not stop off at all the landmarks (as we have visited many times). You can easily adapt the route to suit your requirements.

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Getting there
Staying in Brighton & arriving in London after 10.30am, meant we could take advantage of a cheap rate train fare (£17.90 Super Saver Return). We packed a picnic (as London food prices are extortionate) & headed off to the Capital.

Knowing London well, we decided to walk the sights based around the Thames.

The Route
Here is our route including the places we included:

1) Arrive at London Bridge Station which is the home of the amazing new Shard building.

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2) Into Tooley Street & through Hays Galleria to the Thames

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3) past HMS Belfast & the Mayor’s ‘Crash Helmet’ building

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4) Head towards Tower Bridge but keeping going …

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5) Butlers Warf & onto the Design Museum

6) Return back to Tower Bridge (this time exploring the bridge as we cross over the River)

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7) To the right of Tower Bridge is St Katherine’s Dock

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8) After our visit to the dock, we crossed the road to The Tower of London (coffee break time)

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9) Head back along the Thames towards London Bridge, continuing past it, on to St Pauls Cathedral.

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10) Using the Millenium Bridge to cross the Thames to the Tate Modern (an old power station). We decided to picnic on the lawn outside the Tate.

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11) Along the Embankment, past Blackfriars bridge past the OXO Tower, to Southbank. Taking in Gabriel’s Warf (home of some quirky shops & an amazing pizza place)

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12) On past the National Theatre.

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13) Arrive at the London Eye & London Aquarium. St Thomas’s hospital is on Westminster Bridge…

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14) … where you can cross over & head up to Big Ben & The Houses of Parliament

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15) You can then take a side road up past the Ministry of Defence buildings, up to The Cenotaph & a quick peak into Downing street.

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16) up the road to Horse Guard’s Parade stopping for a photo or two! Then cutting through to …

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17) St James Park (where we stopped for a cuppa) then Buckingham Palace.

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Image: WWW.guardian.com

18) We then headed back down the Mall to Trafalgar Square

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19) From there, we headed into Covent Garden to take in some street performers & then cut back into…

20) Leicester Square for a drink & some people watching.

21) We were then pretty exhausted & decided to head back towards London Bridge station for a beer (in Southwark’s old London style boozers). We took a slightly different route, heading down from Leicester Square to The Strand (seeing many of London’s great theatres with major shows).

22) We passed the High Court, Fleet Street & at St Pauls, we crossed back to the Tate Modern & headed past The Globe, Shakespeare’s Globe Pub, The Clink Prison, Golden Hind & Southwark Market & Southwark Cathedral

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A quick beer in ‘The George‘, Southwark & we then caught the train home exhausted but having had a great day out!

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