Getting enough exercise is important, no matter where you are holidaying. If your travels take you to London, you will find plenty of opportunities to get out and about and enjoy some of the scenery that this grand old city is famous for.
Still, walking can be demanding on your lower body, and with so much to see and do in London, it can be easy to overdo things. To make sure your walking tours of London don’t have unfortunate physical side effects, make sure you have the appropriate support clothing such as compression socks for men from the Tommie Copper compression brand range.
There are so many great walks to be had in the capital that you could fill several weeks, but to get you started, here are seven of the best London walks.
Little Venice to Camden
Known as the Jubilee Greenway, this walk along Regent’s Canal is one of the most pleasant of its type in the city. On a direct route between London Zoo and Camden Lock, it is usually a quiet walk and is particularly pleasing on sunny days in the summer, when the canal barges and boats are busy on the water. The walk is around two miles in total and has a genuine countryside feel to it. If you end your journey in Camden, you can take your pick of the tasty street food on offer in this part of the capital.
Tate Modern to Jubilee Gardens
Strolling along the South Bank at sunset can be a magical experience, with the Victorian lamp-posts, the stark architecture of Westminster Bridge and the dramatic silhouette of Tower Bridge. The National Theatre also offers a beacon of color, and this part of the city becomes a beautiful setting when night falls.
Inner Temple Garden
Between Temple and Blackfriars, this garden dates back to the 14th century, though prior to that it was an orchard. Visitors can still see the remains of that history in the 18th-century gates and the sundial that dates back to the Queen Anne era. The garden itself is a great spot to see native British birds, including robins and thrushes, as well as several species of butterfly. The main attraction, however, is undoubtedly the impressive display of flowers, which includes tulips, poppies and snowdrops. The Inner Temple Garden is one of the prettiest spots in London, a haven of peace and tranquility to relax in idyllic surroundings.
Morden Hall Park
Morden Hall was built in the 1770s and at one time was a country estate, though in 1941, it was bequeathed to the National Trust. The Park is based round the River Wandle and offers a home to a variety of rare birds, along with over 2,000 roses. The Park is just a five-minute stroll from Morden tube station and is open every day of the year. Better yet, there is no fee for entry, and you can wander the peaceful paths for as long as you want.
St James’s Park
The oldest Royal Park in London, St James’s Park is ideally situated in a central location not far from Westminster and Buckingham Palace. The Park offers another opportunity to enjoy British wildlife, and many of the animals here have become accustomed to human proximity, so you will be able to enjoy a unique experience, which includes a chance to see the Park’s most famous creatures: the pelicans. It isn’t as quiet a walk as Morden Hall Park or the Inner Temple Garden, but it is still a beautiful way to pass the time.
Hampton Court to Albert Bridge
Wandering along the Thames offers many pleasant sights. From the Tudor architecture of Hampton Court Palace to the stunning Albert Bridge, there is always something to see. It is possible to walk the whole north bank of the Thames, although at 23 miles, this would be an ambitious trek. The gardens of Hampton Court Palace offer an immaculate, beautifully designed cultivated space, while Kew Gardens has some spectacular greenery, and Marble Hill House, Petersham Meadow and Syon Park are all worth a visit.
As a contrast to the palace gardens that are symbolic of London’s green spaces, Hampstead Heath is a huge nature reserve that provides an untamed walking environment that offers stunning views of the city. The Heath boasts more than 30 ponds and 791 acres of woodlands and is also home to a vast array of wildlife, including bats, deer and terrapins.
There are few more fascinating locations to go walking than in London, and these seven walks are a great place to start your exploration of the city.