The recent tube strike made it difficult to get about in London, and there’s another coming up soon. But even though it makes it hard to get to work, if you have a bit of time it’s a great excuse to explore London on foot.
There are lots of fun and interesting walks around London, both self-guided and guided. And if you want to take advantage of the sunshine, there are some great hotels perfectly positioned to enjoy some of London’s best walks.
Try these ones on for size…
Royal Walk from Tune Westminster
If you want to see some of the main sites in London, there’s no need to take the tube. You can walk between a lot of attractions, from Westminster Bridge to Buckingham Palace. For a pleasant circular walk, you can take the self-guided route recommended by London for Free.
Starting and ending at Westminster tube station, it takes you past Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace, to Piccadilly and Jermyn Street, through Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square and to Downing Street.
Just across the bridge from the beginning of the walk, you’ll find Tune Westminster, one of their five London hotels.
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It offers great value for such a central location. You’ll also be near the London Eye and lots more. In fact, for an alternative walking route, try this tour of 20 attractions starting from Tune Westminster.
Magna Carta Walk from Grange St Paul’s
It’s the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta this year, and there’s plenty of fuss about it. But a lot of people don’t really understand what Magna Carta contains and how it came about. If you want to learn more about it, there are free guided tours with an expert guide until September 20th 2015.
They start at Blackfriars Station and take you on a journey to learn about King John and Magna Carta. Just meet your guide at 11am to join the tour for a two-hour walk that ends at Guildhall art gallery.
Grange St Paul’s isn’t far from Blackfriars if you want to stay nearby.
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You’ll be living like royalty at this hotel. After your walk, sit down for lunch in one of its restaurants: Benihana St Paul’s for Japanese food, Globe for international cuisine or Quarter Jacks for a light meal.
Alternative London Tour from Andaz Liverpool Street
If you want to see an alternative side of the city, East London is a popular destination. People enjoy exploring the art and culture in a different part of London, and there are plenty of hotels popping up in the area.
You can take a tour with Alternative London, which is run on a “pay what you like” basis. The two-hour tour starts and finishes near Spitalfields Market and operates Monday to Saturday – just remember to book in advance.
For a hotel nearby, try the Andaz Liverpool Street, who are keen to celebrate East London’s culture and history.
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Their ‘Room with a View’ series let artists loose on a number of their guest rooms to create designs inspired by the local area. You can book one of the resulting rooms for your stay and then go and explore on one of Alternative London’s tours. Stay in the ‘One Day Walk‘ room and you can follow the artists’ recommended route around the area.
Walking is a wonderful way to explore London. If the tube isn’t operating, turn it into a positive and see the city by foot.
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Photo credits: Maciek Lulko, Tune Hotel Westminster, Grange St Paul’s, Andaz Liverpool Street.