The Ultimate London checklist walk
by Nicolai – Astor Victoria
If you’re looking for value for time and you want to visit the essential landmarks in the capital, read on for a walking guide which will bring you back to the doorstep of Astor Victoria.
Walk down Belgrave road towards Pimlico station, turn right onto Vauxhall Bridge road. You will be crossing over the Thames, the stretch of water has played an essential role throughout the history of London. When at the other side of the river you will be confronted by the old MI6 building (this was the HQ for secret overseas affairs conducted by government agents).
It has featured in the movie Skyfall. Just before the building, you will notice a set of stairs which will be signposted as the Thames Path. The Thames Path is suitable for cycling or walking and runs along the length of the river, however, it will require some navigation to stick by the river as there are developments and commercial buildings that are positioned by the water’s edge. So, continue your cycle/walk towards the London Eye which is visible from this point.
On the way, you will see Houses of Parliament/Big Ben (which is now being refurbished) from across the river, it makes for a good photo opportunity. Continue past the London Eye, you will be in South Bank, a perfect location to chill and take in the atmosphere. There are musicians, performers, places to eat and drink on this vibrant patch of the Thames. When you’re done, walk across the footbridge, this will lead you onto Piccadilly Circus, Leister Square & Trafalgar Square.
We know it, there is a lot to take in! Thankfully there are Information points which show your location on the map. These information points can be found all around the city. Heading back, you want to take a walk down the road named The Mall which cuts through St. James Park Road. This is one of the straightest roads in London, where most parades take place. At the very end is Buckingham Palace. When you see the Union Jack flag at full mast on top of the flagpole, it means the Queen is currently residing at the Palace.
For the final part, take the left side of the Palace down Buckingham Place Road. Left again when you pass Victoria Train Station down Eccleston Bridge road, which then turns into Belgrave Road. Then your home Put your feet up and have a cup of tea! You’re in merry old England after all!