Like Rome, London is best seen by walking around it. The best thing to buy is a copy of the A-Z or a good map of London, which will also show the Underground and bus routes.
To see the less well -known areas of London, invest in one of the London Walks. , The British Museum, St John 's Wood Tube and other venues; and they give the programme for the season [winter/ summer]. There are many programmes available, all last about 2 hours and cost £7.50 adult, £ 5 concession and full-time students. Children under 15 go free. The walks are conducted by accredited guides, many of whom are renowned actors.
There are also all day trips to places outside London like Oxford, Cambridge, Bath, Stonenhenge, Stratford and the Cotswalds.
groups meet at designated tube stations and walks take place as scheduled whatever the weather.
Greater London is very large area, there is no way you can walk everywhere, so just use the public transport and hope in and out for a nice walk where you want to visit, it is very easy as long as it is not raining ;-)
Don't get me wrong, the tube is a great means of transport. BUT - sometimes the tube map can be a little bit deceptive. Sometimes distances on the map seem longer than they actually are.
It can be faster to walk between two stations, rather than go to the station, wait for the train, get on the train, get off, leave the station etc - and you will see more of London as well.
I will always explore a city on foot because it gives me the best option to wander and just stop wherever I want. London is a fantastic city to wander around in because most of the major attractions are located in close proximity to each other. If my hotel is located further away from the attractions I would like to see, I will take the public transportation to a central area and explore on foot from there.
During this most recent trip I decided to walk from Waterloo Station to the London Eye, Dali Museum, along the banks of the River Thames to the Tate Modern, across the Blackfriar’s Bridge to Victoria Embankment to the Temple Inn and Temple Church then walked along the Aldrych to Trafalgar Square where I visited the National Gallery then walked to Westminster Abbey.
Phew, my feet were begging for some relief, so I decided to take the tube back to the hotel to get ready for an evening out.
The best way to get around town is to walk. This way you get see more of the city, stuff you wouldn't see when stuck on the underground. Just pick yourself up an a-z, wear some comfortable shoes and hit the road. London is full of history around every corner so it would be a shame to miss it ;)
My favourite mode of transport in London are my legs. To walk around London is to get to know it, to find hidden treasures and spots one might miss via any other transport use.
Whilst walking the streets, people spotting, be it characters or famous folk, is just part of the passing daily life. Heading to particular places means you are able to stop along the way when you stumble across a museum or exhibition or memorial not on the tourist map. So make time to take in the unexpected.
By missing the heat and hassle of tubes and queues for buses or hailing cabs you can take in more of this exciting city and not waste a minute of your time by spending it on travel but taking in more than you ever expected to see.
Grab yourself a map of the city and head off for a different experience each day of your visit.
I have introduced walking to my friends, who each time although have ended up fairly tired and with aching feet, have felt they have seen a tremendous amount of London they probably would not have done had they tubed/bussed/cabbed.
The shortest way from Buckingham Palace to parliamentary Westminster is a walk through St James Park. On a hot day, you can also mingle with a lot of picknicking and suntanning Londoners -- including a bunch of Pelicans! There are signs reading "do not feed the Pelicans" but the fact that some of these Pelicans are not exactly thin and probably fly like a clump of lead suggests there might be some loopholes in following/enforcing that order :))
Walking around London is a fantastic experience, I used the Underground for long distance and the rest walk, walk and walk. Use a confortable shoe and ready for discover London.
Caminar por Londres es una experiencia única, lo mejor es usar el metro para largas distancias y el resto iba andando. Buscate un calzado cómodo y preparate a descubrir Londres.
London is too big to be seen entirely on foot, but it's the best way to explore it's neighborhoods, parks and monuments. When walking from the Tower into around the Financial District, I was struck by the little winding streets-right out of a Dickens novel. I though Scrooge was going to ask me to but Cratchit's goose!
As for exploring the Financial District, I couldn't do it that day-there was a riot going on. Not because of me, but because some anarchists breaking windows. Not what I needed.
One warning, and I know you've heard this before, but when crossing the streets and the sign tells you to Look Left...LOOK LEFT! You'll see these signs on many London steets. It's totally counter-intuitive to me, so my solution was to always look both ways before I crossed a London street. Hey, I made it home, right?
In 1902 workers coming from Greenwich needed access to the Isle of Dogs. The tunnel was built because the ferry which had operated here since 1676 no longer existed and other routes were impractical.
The tunnel is 1,217' with a 12' diameter.
200,000 white glazed tiles were used in its lining
It is situated approx 40' below the surface
As a public highway, 24 hour access is provided via lifts to the tunnel.
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