Walking in London, London
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.
Sometimes due to unforseen circumstances (like people jumping in front of trains and overcrowding) stations can close. so instead of thinking your trip is ruined or that you need to transfer to another line change and change again go overground and try walking it.
as a general rule tube stations aren't too far apart (although i wouldn't try walking clapham to camden) so if it's near by on the tube map then it could take about 5-10 minutes to walk it and you never know what you'll see on the way.
I heard about priority of pedestrians, but I could not imagine how polite English drivers are.
They give priority to pedestrians with no complains.
THIS IN NO WAY MEANS THAT YOU CAN WALK ON THE STREETS WITHOUT ANY ATTENTION ON CARS.
Walking in London is one of the best ways to get around, and it is so easy! You might want to get a map, just so you know exactly which streets you need to take, but once you are in the city centre, you can get almost anywhere by walking! It's feels like you are on a monopoly board!
You can easily walk from the museums at South Kensington (Science, Natural History and V&A) to Hyde Park then Harrods then to Marble Arch, then to Buckingham palace, and from there you can see the 'London Eye' in the distance as well as Big Ben and Westminster, and walk right to them! This saves you on public transport/taxi costs, as well as letting you soak up the atmosphere and justify an indulgent lunch!
There aren?t any enormous hills, so it?s an easy walk, not to mention in the city centre there are tubes and busses everywhere in case you get tired!
I would highly recommend walking in London ? and hopefully the infamous London weather will be on your side!
Despite London being a huge city, once you get into Central London, you should be able to walk to most areas of interest. For example, from Buckingham Palace to the Houses of Parliament should be a 20 minute walk at most, and its the best way to explore the city. Who wants to spend all their time riding around underground? A good idea would be to determine which sites you want to visit on a given day, and then find a tube station station near to all of them, and plan a walking route around. This way you get to see London, get exercise, and save some money too by not relying on the tube.
It takes some confidence and a sense of direction, but walking in London is far more rewarding than being shuttled about on the claustrophic Tube system.
On many trips to the city there have been days when we don't board a bus or take the Tube anywhere. The heels may be worn off our shoes and our feet feel like bloody stumps, but you get a great feel for the city and discover far more.
I remember once escorting an American friend of mine who'd been living in London a few weeks. We met at the British Museum and I led him to Trafalgar Square via Covent Garden on foot. He admitted he had no idea it was such a short stroll. Instead of being squeezed on a Tube train we could enjoy the sunshine, the buskers, the pavement cafes and the bus fumes.
You don't need to be good with maps because the central London sights are well signposted. Along bus routes you can drop by a bus stop to see a map of the vicinity.
When it's raining or there's a fair distance to cover, I prefer to take a bus to see the city along the way. I'd use the Tube as a last resort, say for cross-town journeys. About the only enjoyable train journey in town is the DLR around Canary Wharf.
If you're not used to walking for long distances, you'd feel driven to walk in hurry, just to walk with the flow; amazing!
When you want to cross street, you'd always see this sign 'Look Right' or 'Look Left' indicating where the traffic would come from. At the beginning, I didn't know what the means so I just look as it was written until a friend told me what,lol.
There is also 'WAIT' service at each traffic light. Press the button so the traffic light would turn red and cars would stop. Once I thought, this is a *** and it's only psychology to make us patient. So I didn't press any button and cars never stopped. So do press the WAIT button to cross streets and the green light would allow you to walk.
Be ready to walk for one hour or so. Sometimes transportation is really expensive and walking is the most economic way to get around. One my colleagues and I walked for two hours on a day-trip. So have a map of London's roads, shake your feet and go:^)
'Ah, its a nice summers day', I thought. 'Ill walk from Euston station to Hyde Park, through the park and on to my hotel.
Not a good idea!!
Its a long walk and the park is a lot bigger than I'd imagined.
I do a lot of walking usually but I would recommend the tube!!
You see these TV antennas on perched like meercats on top of buildings all over the place.
In London, they are pointing towards Crystal Palace in South London which has a large TV mast serving most of London. Crystal Palace is more or less directly south of central London. Not as good as accurate as satellite dishes for navigation, but you will still impress your friends.
If you can plan your route each day the best thing is to walk between close attractions/things you want to do.
This is a great option and you can see many beautiful things that you didnt plan.
Be prepared to walk a lot. London is all about walking around. You will notice that 90% of people in London wear athletic footwear... for someone like me, it was very strange. I am used to seeing ladies in heels, and guys in either sandals (Middle East, you know) or smart shoes. So when in London, do as the locals do - i.e. don those trainers and walk around. Pavement leaves much to be desired and hopping from the tube to the bus to the cab is so much easier if you don't have to worry about your heels getting stuck!