I think I may have mentioned this before but one day each week I attend university in London studying for my Masters degree. Anyway after 5 years of travelling to London you could say that I know my way around the capital quite well and therefore I thought I would show you some simple walking tours you can take to see the sights. For my first walking tour I thought I would take you from Liverpool Street station all the way to the new tallest building in Europe, The Shard. Stopping in between to see sights such as St Paul’s Cathedral, The Tower of London and Tower Bridge.
My walking tours start at Liverpool Street station as, coming from Essex, this is the station I arrive at when travelling to London myself. If you want to start at Liverpool Street like me it is an easily accessible station on the Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan underground lines. Or you can just pick up the route anywhere along the way. For a quick guide of the route, check out the interactive map below.
The Tour Begins…
Exit Liverpool Street station (Point 1) onto the Bishopsgate Road side and start walking south, scanning the skyline as you go, looking out for the oddly but aptly named Gherkin building. Once you spot it, just follow your eyes and you will make you way to the foot of this iconic skyscraper (Point 2).
From the Gherkin continue heading south until you reach Leadenhall Street, from here walk west, go past Bank station and continue west until you can see the great dome of St Paul’s (Point 3) in front of you. Take some time exploring the church yard and marvelling at the architectural masterpiece before moving on.
Head south from St Paul’s and you should start to see directly in front of you the Millennium Bridge (Point 4). Just across the bridge is the Tate Modern Art Gallery and the Shakespeare Globe Theatre, however these are for another tour, so don’t cross that bridge today my friend.
Instead of crossing the bridge walk back east, with the river on your right, enjoying the views of the Shard across it. (In hopefully better weather than when I took my pictures).
Continue walking along the riverside and you will eventually make it to the medieval heart of London, the Tower of London (Point 5). This may be a good place to stop and get something to eat however when I was there I noticed you could get fish and chips for the ridiculous price of £7.50, so you may want to bring some sandwiches if you are on a tight budget. (If you are visiting England you really must try fish and chips, it’s a tradition, but I suggest going to the east coast where the fish is much fresher and tastier, and it will only set you back around £2.50).
Circle around the back of the Tower of London, trying to spot a Beefeater on the way, and you will be on the approach to Tower Bridge (Point 6). You can’t help but be in awe as you walk across probably the most famous bridge in the world.
Take some time to appreciated some amazing views of both sides of the city before moving on the short distance to London City Hall (Point 7)
From City Hall you should be able to spot the Shard high in the distance. Start walking towards it and on the way you should pass the Winston Churchill Britain at War Experience. If learning more about the war interests you then I recommend a visit. After about a 10 minute walk you should be standing at the very bottom of Europe’s tallest building (Point 8). Taking pictures like the one below.
And here is where my first walking tour of London ends. London Bridge Station is located right next to the shard and from here you can begin exploring other areas of London. I hope you enjoy this tour as I will be bringing you a few more soon, taking in other sights such as the London Eye, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace.
Have you ever had the chance to visit London, what was your favourite sight in the city, let me know in the comments below.