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Best Walks in London
London has a bad rep for being fast-paced and over-crowded, but it's also jam-packed with pockets of joy which include some incredible walking opportunities that allow you to lose yourself in the hustle and bustle of city life. We've chosen some of our favourite walks in the hopes of inspiring you, whether you're a native Londoner or a fly-by visitor.
The entirety of the Thames Path might be a bunion-inducing 186 miles, but the central portion running from Albert Bridge to Tower Bridge takes in many of the capital's key sights. We recommend starting the journey at Albert Bridge in order to take advantage of the bars, restaurants, and food markets during the final stretch to Tower Bridge, because let's face it, by then you will have earned it.
Distance: 5.4 miles
Starting off at Angel, you can follow the snake-like Regents Canal through Islington, Camden Market, Regents Park and finally Little Venice. It's a beautiful walk that leads to frequent de-tours to various points of interest en-route (think: more food and bars. You see where we're going with this?). There are of course ample opportunities to extend this walk at either the beginning or end of your journey, but the core of the walk should take around 90 minutes, leaving plenty of time to explore the sights.
Distance: 4.3 miles
This two-hour walk starts at Richmond Station, and takes in all things Richmond: Richmond Park, Richmond Riverside, Richmond Hill, and Ham House. Richmond is amongst the most picturesque areas of London, with its sprawling greenery, the River Thames, and gorgeous houses that make you hope a rich philanthropist will take pity and adopt you as you stand ogling their home from the curb. Whilst Richmond has its far share of bars and eateries, we recommend a picnic at the top of Richmond Hill or in Richmond Park itself, making the most of all that green space.
Distance: 4.5 miles
This Central London walk is a classic, starting in the shadows of St Pauls Cathedral. Follow the Thames path up the river to Monument, wind around the financial district on the way to Guildhall and finish up at the Museum of London. If you feel the need to stretch your legs even further, then the Museum of London will tempt you inside to help you reach the coveted 10,000 steps.
Distance: 4.2 miles
Whilst the Capital Ring Walk unsurprisingly... rings around the capital, we particularly like the Hackney Wick to Beckton District Park section. Wonderfully quiet and gorgeously green, this portion of the walk takes you past the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the River Lea, and the Abbey Mills Pumping Station.
Distance: 5.2 miles
Alberts Bridge to Tower Bridge