London walks

Updated: 4 September 2019

INTRODUCTION

I originally started compiling these walks for personal use, but as more and more friends began to ask me for copies, I decided to put them online.

The walks cover both some of the more well-known areas of London, as well as those not so well-known, that I find interesting and believe have played a particularly important part in the city’s development, both in the past and still do today.

They are not for the ‘average sightseer’. They are generally rather ‘detailed’ with a lot of information about what you see during the walk – the sort of information that I find myself wondering about as I walk around London and then spend time researching.

I do stress that if you are a ‘casual’ visitor to London and just want to see the top sights, then these walks may not be suitable.

GENERAL INFORMATION

I have given an indication as to the length of each walk and the time it may take to complete. I do stress this is only an indication – we all walk at different speeds; we may spend longer looking at some of the sites and sights highlighted in the walk and some may wish to go inside places for a closer look, whilst others won’t.

There’s plenty of extra information to be found on most pages, indicated by buttons like this one:

Just click or tap the button to open the info panel. (And to close it, click/tap the big X.)

And if that’s not enough information for you, there’s often even more in the appendix that accompanies every walk.

If you’d prefer to take a paper copy with you on the walk, rather than relying on a tablet or mobile phone, then simply click on the PDF link shown in the legend at the start of each walk. The PDF versions of the walks are optimised for printing on A4 paper.

Whilst full details of the route to be followed are given, together with little watercolour map images, some people like to take along a pocket-map of London to help orientate themselves with the area they are walking through.

There are a number of suitable small maps, and they can be easily obtained in London at newsagents, tourist gift stalls and shops, etc. If you’d like to order one online, then the famous Stanford’s map and travel guide shop in London’s Covent Garden have the widest range – they can be purchased online at www.stanfords.co.uk.

THE WALKS SO FAR

The walks are listed in the order in which they were written, so if you’re a returning visitor to this website look down towards the bottom of the list for the latest additions.

  1. Westminster
  2. St James’s
  3. Holborn to the Old Bailey
  4. Paddington to Camden Market
  5. City of London 1
  6. City of London 2
  7. Farringdon to Clerkenwell
  8. Clerkenwell to Islington
  9. Tower Hill to Wapping
  10. Wapping to Canary Wharf