For me a good walking tour should include some hidden gems I haven’t heard of but also some typical sights of the city. I like going off the beaten path of course but in my opinion important sights are there for a reason and I want to see them.
In the beginning of January I got to London for just a couple of hours as we got a great deal for a flight. I have been to London heaps of times. Due to that and the fact that we didn’t have much time we decided on a walking route before going and in my opinion, it was a great tour, I enjoyed a lot and want to share it with you today.
Have a great day walking through London! Whether it’s your first or your tenth time to UK’s capital, it’s a walk for everyone:
Starting point: Liverpool Train Station
Ending point: Westminster Abbey
Brick Lane is the main street of the Bangladeshi-Sylheti community. At the end you find the Brick Lane Market – a huge flea market where you can buy antiques, clothes and more bargains.
It is an area popular for artistic people having a lot of galleries, street art, restaurants and markets. Don’t only stick to the main street as some great street art can also be found in the side alleys.
The best day to visit this area and especially the market is on Sunday as they are more people and all the stalls in the market are open.
More info: http://www.visitbricklane.org/
How to get there: Get out of Liverpool Street Station and go right and find Primrose Street, follow Primrose Street until you reach Brick Lane. The market will be on the left. Start there and then go back and further until the end of the street (crossing with Aldgate High St).
The Leadenhall Market can be found within the financial district of London and is a Victorian market building with pretty arcades. The market was built in the 14th century already and accommodates a couple of retail stores at the moment.
Harry Potter fans shouldn’t miss this market as it is the place where some of the exterior Diagon Alley scenes were filmed. (Source)
More info: Twitter Leadenhall Market
How to get there: When reaching Aldgate High Street, go right and continue on Leadenhall Street a bit right. Then turn left onto Whittington Avenue.
Tower & Tower Bridge
After visiting these markets, it’s time for some typical London sightseeing. Arriving at the river Thames, you will get to see the famous Tower of London, the Tower Bridge, the new built The Shard and the the London skyline from the Thames.
If the weather is good, stop a bit and absorb the scenery. Left of the Tower Bridge, on the side you’re coming from, you can find some luxury yachts a bit hidden.
How to get there: You can either find your own way down to the Thames or head down Lime Street. Go left on Fenchchurch Street, right on Rood Lane which become St. Mary at Hill and finally left on Lower Thames St.
After crossing the Tower Bridge, go for a walk along the Thames, you will pass the city hall and some more shopping opportunities. But now it’s time to have lunch at the Borough Market.
Borough Market is one of the largest and oldest food markets in London and has wholesale and retail food stalls available. This is definitely the place to eat as you have a lot of different food to eat, among others Italian and Indian food. And all that at a good price for London conditions.
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More info: http://boroughmarket.org.uk/
How to get there: Cross the Tower Bridge and go right along the Thames until London Bridge. Follow the street coming from London Bridge and go right onto Stoney Street.
Leake Street Tunnel
Another hidden gem of London is waiting for you. Heading round Waterloo station you will enter a tunnel full of street art, on your right, on your left and above you. You won’t know where to look first.
And if you’re lucky, you might be able to see some artists at work.
How to get there: Get into the tube station London Bridge and go until Waterloo. When getting out of the station turn right and walk close around the station.
London Eye, Big Ben & Westminster Abbey
End your tour heading back to the Thames again. Visit the London Eye and see the Big Ben from above if you want to. Take the typical London photo with the Big Ben and a red bus. And visit Westminster Abbey.
If you do not want to end your walking tour here, you can continue to Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park’s speaking corner if you want to. You can visit St. James Park and if you are really quick can continue to Trafalgar Square and Picadilly Circus.
How to get there: Getting out of the tunnel, you almost only have to walk straight to arrive at London Eye (Chicheley St a bit to your right). From there you can already see the Big Ben and passing the Big Ben, Westminster Abbey will be on your left.
Have you been to London? Which are your favorite places to see there – touristy and off the beaten path?
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