01.30.2018

Strolling Around London

On February 3 and 4, the much-loved Walk London guided walking tours will be back to help us discover the British capital from the most unusual points of views

  • Strolling Around London
  • Strolling Around London
  • Strolling Around London
  • Strolling Around London
  • Strolling Around London

London is such a huge, historically layered and sprawling city that you can only learn to truly know it by walking its streets and neighborhoods. Mission: impossible? Well, yes, at least in a single lifetime. Still, there is nothing bad in in trying.
Strange as it might seem, some of the best walking tours in London are held every year by Transport For London, and their website also offers a lot of information on bicycle and walking routes around town, some of them very long and conceived to be walked in sections. Three times a year – usually in January, May and September), TFL launches a bunch of amazing free guided walking weekends through the Walk London initiative. Selected among 40 different routes focusing on various themes, atmospheres and destinations, this year’s walking tours are scheduled for February 3 and 4, and of course booking is required (we recommend booking a.s.a.p.).
Just to give you an idea, here’s a list of our top-five favorite routes.
 
The Spooky City: ghosts, body snatchers and public executions
Starting at St Paul’s Cathedral, this gothic walk through the city’s most gruesome secrets includes the ruins of a former church, an unusual memorial to the dead, and the site of an ancient prison, accompanied by ghost and public execution tales.
 
TheThames: transformation from docks to designer development
From the Monument dedicated to the Great London Fire (1666), the tour runs proceeds the river to the east of the City, from the Jubilee Walkway to fashionable St Katherine’s Dock to witness the transformation of an area from slums to film star houses.
 
Cinema Walk: from Charlie Chaplin to Harry Potter
Listen to behind-the scene episodes from some of the most famous films in the history of cinema while walking from Covent Garden to Piccadilly Circus. What happened to Daniel Craig’s tie during the making of Skyfall? How did Michael Caine get his name from a cinema in Leicester Square?
 
Hidden Alleyways and Courtyards
From the alleyways and courtyards surrounding St Paul’s Cathedral to Fleet Street, once the printing and publishing house quarter where Daniel Defoe used to live, and the on to Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Pub, reputedly one of the oldest public houses in London and a regular haunt of Charles Dickens. The final stop is in Gough Square, at Dr Johnson’s House.
 
A Challenging Walk, The Greatest Rewards
The most challenging walk on the list includes a long hike (note: waterproof footwear is essential) through extensive and dense 8,000 year old woodland from Lesnes Abbey to Shooter’s Hill, Greeenwich (400 feet), with views out to the North Sea on clear weather days, and on to the remarkable Severndroog Castle.
 

Author : The Slowear Journal

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