If you’re looking for a walk that takes in some of the world-famous landmarks that London has to offer – then this might be the one for you. At just 2.5miles it’s a great stroll through the heart of the capital.
This is a circular walk – so feel free to pick your own starting point and which direction you’d like to go. We’re starting in Regency Street and heading in a clockwise direction.
Heading north, we join Horseferry Road before cutting through and across Victoria Street and onto Broadway before cutting through and onto Birdcage Walk with St James’s Park ahead of us. If you have time, it’s worth stepping into the park to admire the wealth of birdlife that call here home – including some pelicans (yes – you did read that right!). After some were gifted to King Charles II, there have been pelicans resident in the park for over 400 years by royal approval!
When you’re ready we’re heading east towards Parliament Square with views ahead of you of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Parliament Square itself is lined with statues of world figures including Sir Winston Churchill, Millicent Garrett Fawcett, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.
You have a wonderful view here of Westminster Abbey. We skirt around Abbey and head onto Millbank to follow the Thames southwards, walking past the Jewel Tower, Victoria Tower Gardens (and its famous sculpture by Rodin), Lambeth Bridge and Tate Britain (which is worth spending some time in). As we approach Vauxhall Bridge we turn right, and then right again onto John Islip Street.
We go through Millbank Gardens and then onto Marsham Street. A left turn takes us on to Page Street and then we find ourselves back where we started.
Julia’s verdict: An urban legend not to be missed.
Nearest Train (or tube) Station(s):
Pimlico, Victoria, St. James’s Park