Whether it’s history, culture or nature you’re after (or a little of each), walking freely in London to find them can be a real pleasure, especially this time of year. Put on your comfy shoes, stock up on snacks and a drink and set off as lazily or as focused as you like. There is plenty to discover in these wonderful locations close to some of our most sought after London apartment rentals.
CANALS & RIVERBOATS
Picturesque Little Venice, just north of Paddington by Regent’s Park is delightful and simply perfect for walking around in. Just take the Underground to either Warwick Avenue or Maida Vale and you will be 5 minutes from the many lovely canals and colourful riverboats of this area. The Edwardian architecture you see all around you is also pleasing, as are the many charming riverside pubs, cafes and restaurants you will stumble across on your way. Meanwhile Gardens is a local community Garden that is worth exploring which has facilities for young children and teenagers. Nearby: Regent’s Park & London Zoo, Abbey Road and Lord’s Cricket Grounds.
IN HISTORY’S FOOTSTEPS – A CITY WALK
Our great selection of apartments in London in The City are always popular. The Square Mile is stuffed to bursting with historic and cultural sights that will keep you amazed and delighted as you walk those ancient streets. A small bakery in Pudding Lane is where the Great Fire of London started in 1666 which destroyed most of town. The Monument built to commemorate this terrible event is nearby and offers wonderful views of The City. Visit St Olave’s Church where the local diarist Samuel Pepys is buried; walk down iconic Fleet Street (named after the lost River Fleet) to St Paul’s Cathedral and The Tower of London. Nearby: Shakespeare’s Globe, Tate Modern, London Bridge and Brick Lane.
ONE WALK, TWO FAMOUS PARKS
The walk through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens is one of the most lovely to take in all of central London. These two popular parks are co-joined but manage to differ in style and charm. Start from Marble Arch and walk past Speaker’s Corner into the wide and open expanse of Hyde Park. You will pass along Rotten Row (the sandy horse racing path) and Hyde Park’s large fountains before finding yourself in the more intimate, old world charm of Kensington Gardens with it’s period benches and boating pond. At this end by Kensington Palace, turn off into Notting Hill for markets and cafes, or Kensington High Street for shops and restaurants. Nearby: Portobello Market, Albert Memorial and Royal Albert Hall.
BLOOMSBURY: MUSEUMS & GARDEN SQUARES
Bloomsbury is another popular choice with our short term accommodation London visitors and no wonder. This historic, literary neighbourhood is one of central London’s most charming for wandering around in. Famous local walkers from this pretty part of town are the writers Charles Dickens and Virginia Woolf. You are spoiled for choice as far as garden squares go, Russell Square with its fun, spurting fountain being the best known. Tavistock Square has statues to identify and Gordon Square is peaceful. You will find bookshops, cafes & restaurants a plenty here, as well as The Charles Dickens Museum and The British Museum, of course. Nearby: Tottenham Court Rd, Oxford Street and Covent Garden.
COOL CAMDEN TOWN & SURROUNDINGS
Those of you who have chosen a Camden short let apartment London will find that this iconic central neighbourhood supplies plenty of gritty urban charm as you walk around the many markets or go boat watching by Camden Lock with it’s barges and riverboats. Nearby: Head off to explore some interesting and beautiful places of interest a few underground stops away. Highgate Cemetery is fascinating and lovely to walk in with it’s ancient trees and countless memorials, many of them for famous people. Hampstead Heath is not to be missed for those who like a more wild, meadowy amble with great views and wildlife. Hampstead Village has olde pubs and charming tea-rooms enough for everybody!