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.
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.
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.
2) Into Tooley Street & through Hays Galleria to the Thames
3) past HMS Belfast & the Mayor’s ‘Crash Helmet’ building
4) Head towards Tower Bridge but keeping going …
5) Butlers Warf & onto the Design Museum
6) Return back to Tower Bridge (this time exploring the bridge as we cross over the River)
7) To the right of Tower Bridge is St Katherine’s Dock
8) After our visit to the dock, we crossed the road to The Tower of London (coffee break time)
9) Head back along the Thames towards London Bridge, continuing past it, on to St Pauls Cathedral.
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.
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)
12) On past the National Theatre.
13) Arrive at the London Eye & London Aquarium. St Thomas’s hospital is on Westminster Bridge…
14) … where you can cross over & head up to Big Ben & The Houses of Parliament
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.
16) up the road to Horse Guard’s Parade stopping for a photo or two! Then cutting through to …
17) St James Park (where we stopped for a cuppa) then Buckingham Palace.
18) We then headed back down the Mall to Trafalgar Square
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
A quick beer in ‘The George‘, Southwark & we then caught the train home exhausted but having had a great day out!