London Walking Guide

London Walks

London is one of the most foot-friendly cities in the world. Famous for its shopping and expensive living, London's is hard to beat when it comes to simple plain walking. Nearly every street in London is crowded with people of every nationality walking in every direction.

There a walk for every one - from the Royal walk to following the foot steps of Harry Potter - it's there. London would just not be complete without going on a walk of your choice.

Remember that cars drive on the left in the UK, so be careful to look in the correct direction for oncoming traffic when crossing the road. It's always a good idea to know where you're heading and to take the same precautions as you would in any major city.

London comes in two sizes: Greater London, which is huge -- 28 miles north to south, 35 miles east to west -- and central London. Arm yourself with a copy of London's iconic street atlas, the London A-Z (£6.95), on sale everywhere, or a smartphone with the Google Maps app.

Mobile applications such as Google Maps are useful tools for finding your way around London, but remember to keep an eye on where you're going and watch out for traffic. Using your smartphone in London may incur data charges, so check your data allowance with your phone provider. You can cut costs by downloading any apps before you travel, and by using London's many wi-fi hotspots when you are out and about.

Trafalgar Square Sights

Trafalgar Square was designed by John Nash in the 1820s and constructed in the 1830s. It is both a tourist attraction and the main focus for political demonstrations. Every December, Norway donates a marvelous Christmas tree, to thank Britain for liberation from the Nazis.

Nearest tube stations: Charing Cross and Leicester Square

On the London Da Vinci Code trail

Follow in the footsteps of Tom Hanks and discover the hidden secrets of one of England’s most picturesque counties.

Starting in Paris, France with a memorable scene in the Louvre, Dan Brown’s thriller climaxes in England, as the increasingly beleaguered symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) and cryptologist Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tatou) look for the mysterious Teacher!

London is more magical, thanks to Harry Potter

Walk in Harry Potter’s footsteps, and visit the sites where the movies were filmed. Technically, this is not really a walk, its rather individual tours.

The Silver Screen Walk

Start from Goldhawk Road tube and proceed directly into the bustling bartertown of Shepherd’s Bush Market. Phil Daniels flees a gang of rival Mod hooligans in the’60’s-set ‘Quadrophenia’ (1979).

Starting Tube Station: Goldhawk Road station

The Royal Walk

This is a circular walk, starting and ending at Westminster tube station. Walk from from Victoria Embankment and Big Ben down to Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly, Trafalgar Square and Downing Street.

Starting Tube Station: Westminster

The Cultural Walk

Explore the famous south bank and bankside areas of London, visit one of London's most popular weekend markets at Borough and see tourist attractions such as Shakespeare's Globe and the Tate Modern art gallery.

This is one of the more peaceful walks around London and there are plenty of opportunities for eating and drinking along the way.

The walk starts from Waterloo station and ends at London Bridge station.


Greenwich Naval Walk

With its rich history, beautiful architecture and market, Greenwich offers a real escape from the city's hustle and bustle.

Greenwich is easy to get to by tube or DLR but a more leisurely way to get there is by boat. See London's riverside sights as you travel from Westminster Pier to Greenwich on one of the City Cruises luxury river liners. On arrival you will see the famous Cutty Sark tea clipper.

This walk begins and ends at Greenwich Pier Editor's favourite


Pub Walk

This is more of a pub climb than a pub crawl, snaking up, along and then down the ridge that defines the south-east London skyline. Much of this corner of south-east London – Forest Hill and Sydenham – was common land and dense woods until recently.

This walk begins at Forest Hill Station and ends at Sydenham station

Watch this space! We'll be regularly updating with some less obvious places to consider walking when in London. Other Walks

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