London is my 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. Get ready to discover the smaller details on one of these London walks, whether solo on in a group tour.
My favourite London walks
Albert Embankment to London Bridge
This is probably my favourite 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. There are no signs to indicate this (!), but the bright turquoise green colours of the window are a clear sign.
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.
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 and also introduces you to the hipster Hackney/Shoreditch area.
You’ll experience a swift change of ambience as you walk from Liverpool Street to the more tranquil streets behind. Shop-a-holics can indulge in the nearby markets at Old Spitalfields or Petticoat Lane, and hipsters will love the range of vintage shops dotted along Brick Lane.
Feeling peckish? Drop by the Beigel Bake shop on Brick Lane. Its freshly baked beigels and specialty hot salt beef has kept people coming back since it first opened in 1977. Other beigel fillings include traditional Jewish staples such as cream cheese and salmon.
Themed London walks
Visit the places Charles Dickens used to go, or indulge in Oscar Wilde’s London, and bring these literary legends to life. Tickets are reasonably priced, but check the website for the most up-to-date prices. Kids under the age of 15 accompanied by by their parents go for free!
The obligatory park
It’d be a real waste 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.
However, there are others 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.
While there, 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 may just get lucky and see something along with the park.
High Street Kensington to Knightsbridge
The last walk brings a touch of class and opulence. This is namely due to the extravagant 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.
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. While there, you may want to pop your head to see London’s most instagrammable cafe. The excellent Victoria & Albert Museum is just across the road, and is free to enter too.
Complete your day of indulgence with an English institution, and have afternoon tea, at the Fifth Floor Café and Terrace at Harvey Nichols. Afternoon tea takes place everyday from 3 to 6pm, and it’s advisable to make a booking before going.