London is my second home city. You’ll always find something going on, and an electric atmosphere whatever time of the year.
And there’s no better way to explore this great city than by exploring it on one of these London walks.
Autumn’s a particularly good time to see the city by foot. It’s light and mild enough to enjoy the outdoors before winter arrives.
1. Albert Embankment to London Bridge
This is probably my favorite walk, simply because it begins close to where I live. It also includes most of London’s famous landmarks along the way.
A short crossing from Vauxhall tube station is the Albert Embankment. It’s easy to spot as you’ll see the famous MI6 (British intelligence) building.
Not surprisingly, there are no signs to indicate this. However, look out for the bright turquoise green windows; they’re a clear sign.
Hit the sights — London walks
While the start may not be much to look at, the walk gets interesting once you hit the river. It’s a perfect start for anyone new to London, as you’ll come across the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, and the London Eye.
The path is pretty serene, until you hit the tourist spots of the South Bank in Waterloo. Be sure to pay a visit to the food market a few steps down from the Royal Festival Hall.
Its stalls ranging from Spanish cuisine to gourmet burgers are bound to satisfy the fussiest of eaters.
2. Liverpool Street to Old Street
For a taste of two sides to the East End, this particular walk is the perfect choice.
Liverpool Street and the surrounding area make up the financial hub of the city. It also introduces you to the hipster Hackney/Shoreditch area of East London.
Shopping and more — London walks
You’ll experience a swift change of ambience as you walk from Liverpool Street to the more tranquil streets behind.
Shopaholics can flex their spending muscles in the nearby markets at Old Spitalfields or Petticoat Lane. Trendsetters will enjoy rummaging through the vintage shops dotted along Brick Lane.
When hunger calls, drop by the Beigel Bake shop on Brick Lane. Its freshly baked bagels and specialty hot salt beef has enticed patrons through its doors since 1977.
3. Themed London walks
Visit the places Charles Dickens used to frequent, or indulge in Oscar Wilde’s London. Whichever you choose, these walks will bring your favorite literary legends to life.
4. The obligatory park
It’d be a real shame to visit London and not visit one of the many glorious parks around the city. Parks under the Royal Parks title include Hyde Park, Regents Park and Green Park.
The last gives ample opportunity to explore Buckingham Palace and the surrounding area.
Get out of town — London walks
However, there are other spots slightly out of town that are also worth visiting. These include Clapham Common and Battersea Park south of the river, and Hampstead Heath in North London.
The heath’s popular with locals, and has also been featured in several popular movies such as Notting Hill. While here, take a moment to sit on the bench and admire the stunning views of the city skyline.
Many parks also have a ton of events happening, so check the website before planning your visit. You just might get lucky and double up your visit with a cool event.
5. High Street Kensington to Knightsbridge
The last London walk adds a touch of class and sophistication, namely due to the lavish shops you’ll see along the way.
Starting at the east end of High Street Kensington, the walk to Knightsbridge gives you an elegant glimpse of the city.
Plenty to see — London walks
Take in the sights of the Albert Memorial in Hyde Park, and admire the architectural beauty of the Royal Albert Hall across the road.
The walk ends in Knightsbridge, which is home to many eye-watering expensive shops like Harrods.
Complete your day of indulgence with an English tradition. The Fifth Floor Café and Terrace at department store, Harvey Nichols, serves up a delicious afternoon tea.
The tea takes place everyday from 3 to 6pm, and it’s advisable to make a booking before going.
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