London, the cosmopolitan vibrant city, where everyone is bound to find something they enjoy. The art scene, museums, architecture, sightseeing, adventure activities, relaxing parks and afternoon teas, the list is endless. Every season brings its own little warmth and delight to London. The best way to explore London is walking on foot. So many of London’s main attractions, tourist hotspots, shopping places are located right near each other. It is a perfect way to discover the city’s true identity, take in sights and sounds that may otherwise go overlooked and just get a bit lost, exploring the place. I’m sure you’ve all discovered a hidden gem of a cafe, restaurant or place with a view as you got lost exploring somewhere!
Walk along the river Thames
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One of my best places to relax and explore the city’s vibrant atmosphere is to do a circular walk from Embankment station alongside the Thames, the lion statues, marvel at Big Ben. Walk along Westminster bridge and see a glimpse of London from the river. As you cross over and walk bank along, you can take a ride on the London eye or just take in the atmosphere, take a relax at Southbank and watch the comedians, magicians perform.
Tower bridge and Tower of London
Walking around the cobbled pathways alongside the river Thames at the Tower of London, really takes you back in time. In the Summer, this area is full of tourists taking snaps of the bridge and the Tower of London. You can walk around the Tower of London without a ticket so its a great way to squeeze in part of this attraction if you are running short of time. Then, walk along the tower of London and see the views of London’s West End and landmarks you can just about make out. Be wary of tourist scams here, its a hotspot. As you walk over the bridge, its a nice walk along the river again to HMS Belfast, and seeing City Hall.
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One of my favourite walks is from St Pauls, admiring the beautiful architecture and then walking along Millenium bridge. Turn around and for an amazing view. As you get to the end of the bridge, you can visit Tate Modern for free. It’s open till quite late and showcases many works and pieces. You then have the option to turn right and walk along the river taking in Shakespeare’s Globe and then towards Tower Bridge or turn left walking towards Southbank and Westminster. I prefer left because the path along the river here is so nice and quiet, it’s perfect for a romantic stroll and its simple beautiful seeing St Pauls on one side and the London Eye and Westminster on the other.
Oxford Street – New Bond Street – Regent Street – Piccadilly Circus
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Perfect for shopping and window shopping. Start off in Oxford Street and get your shopping fix. You can then walk along New Bond Street and window shop the luxury brands and join Regent Street. There are many unique shops here and the window displays attract so many across the world! Regent street ends at Piccadilly Circus.
Piccadilly circus- Trafalgar Square – Embankment/River Thames
This is a really fun walk. You could have lunch near Piccadilly circus, take in the sights and street performers. It reminds a lot of tourists of Times Square. Then walk towards Trafalgar square. Relax by the fountains, have a coffee, visit the National Portrait Gallery and see quirky talented artists displaying their work in Trafalgar square. A lovely way to spend an afternoon or evening. You can end this walk by walking towards the river and maybe adding in one of the earlier walks.
Greenwich park – Cutty Sark
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Greenwich park offers some amazing views of London. Walk towards the highest point, near the observatory and watch the sunset. Spectacular! Then you can walk out of the park towards the quirky shops and Cutty Sark. It’s a nice a relaxing walk here along the river, quiet and serene with the Old Navy College and Maritime Museum sitting alongside the river.
Just like Greenwich Park, Primrose hill in Regent’s Park offers amazing views of the London skyline. Perfect place to take a picnic and just take in the beautiful view. An amazing sunset can be seen here too.
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