Walking is my jam. I love it. It got me through many of those early days in London when even breathing in London felt too expensive, and it gets me through currently when I need to know that London is bigger than the problems in my own head. Which brings me to this blog post, where I will show you an awesome walking route that can be broken up however you like BUT I will also shamelessly beg you for money. You see, my team at work (yes, contrary to popular belief I do have a job) has decided to walk this entire 25km route along the Thames to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. I know Christmas is a spenny time of year, but if you have £2 to donate you would earn my endless love.
The link to donate is: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rebecca-walks18
As I said the full route is 25km, should take 5 hours to complete and takes you across the Thames 9 times (8 times over the top, and once underneath). I have broken it into some more manageable chunks down below where you can choose which attractions you want to walk past and admire. I have also (because…me) added my recommended coffee stops along the path – all have been through a rigorous rounds of testing.
Because Google is evil I had to split the map in two links:
Link 1 – https://goo.gl/maps/RoPiUtFdbkk
Link 2 – https://goo.gl/maps/8SbdQxZP6e42
Anyway, on to how you can break up the walk:
Part 1: O2 to Wapping
Sights seen: O2, Royal Naval College, Cutty Sark, foot tunnel under the Thames, Canary Wharf, Shadwell Basin, St Katherine Docks
Recommended coffee stops: Greenwich Market, Urban Baristas (near Wapping Station), White Mulberries (in St Katherine Docks)
Part 2: Wapping to St Pauls
Sights seen: St Katherine Docks, Tower Bridge, Tower of London, HMS Belfast, Monument, Globe Theater, Tate Modern, Millennium Bridge, St Pauls
Recommended coffee stops: White Mulberries (in St Katherine Docks), London Grind (near London Bridge), The Wren (near St Pauls, only open weekdays)
Part 3: St Pauls to Big Ben
Sights seen: St Pauls, Gabriel’s Pier, National Theater, Somerset House, Royal Festival Hall, London Eye, Big Ben
Recommended coffee stops: The Wren (near St Pauls, only open weekdays), Fernandez and Wells (in Somerset House), Beany Green (outside Royal Festival Hall)
Part 4: Big Ben to the Horse and Groom
Sights seen: Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, MI5, MI6, Chelsea Psychic Garden, National Army Museum, Saatchi Gallery, Horse and Groom (pub)
Recommended coffee stops: I mean, at this point all hope of coffee has gone. Just head to the Horse and Groom for a well deserved pint.