The London Walkabout Tour Route Directions.

 The DIY London Walkabout Tour

Start point Charing Cross Station - End Point Charing Cross Station. Duration 1 Day

Leaving Charing Cross Station and turn right walking up The Strand, cross over the road and take the 3rd right Southampton St, follow the road until you get to Covent Garden, here you will find lots of street entertainers so have a mingle for a while.

Leave Covent Garden via Russell St, crossing over the road and continuing straight on past the Fortune Theatre on your left, continuing over the junction with Dury Lane continuing into Kimble St until you get to the junction with the Kingsway.

Cross over the Kingsway turn left and almost immediate right into Sardinia St, then first left into Portsmouth St and on your left will be The Old Curiosity Shop.

Continue along Portsmouth St to junction and then turn left along Portugal St take the first right into Carey St continuing you will pass on you're left an old pub called the Seven Stars and on your right a line of  Four Red Telephone Boxes.

Continuing on take the next right into Bell Yard and the first shop on the left was Mrs Lovett's Pie Shop, famed from Sweeny Todd. At the end of Bell Yard turn right and you are at the front of the Royal Courts of Justice, cross over the road to get a better view and check out it's eerie Gothic tower.

Come back on yourself and passing Bell Yard on your left walk East along The Strand onto Fleet St. Pass Chancery Lane on left and at 186 Fleet St was where the murderous Sweeny Todd had his Barber Shop. Cross over Fleet St and there is a gated entrance (only open Mon-Fri) to Temple Church  famous for the Knights Templars and used in the film 'The Da Vinci Code'.

 

Crossing back over Fleet St an continuing to head East and take the first left into Fetter Lane, then take the second right into W Harding St, follow into Pemberton Row and walk through the buildings into Gough Square home of Dr Samuel Johnson famous for writing the first Dictionary.

At the statue of Gough the Cat take the alleyway to the left and then take the first right into Wine Office Court until you pass ye Olde Cheshire Cheese famous drinking haunts of such people as Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Arthur Conan Doyle and Alfred Tennyson.

Continue to the end of the alleyway and turn left back into Fleet St passing St Brides Church on your right, famous for amongst other things inspiring the tiered wedding cake.

Continuing along Fleet St cross over at the junction with Farringdon St on to Ludgate Hill, take the second left into Old Bailey and up on the right is the famous court room that sits on the site of the old Newgate Prison.

At the top of Old Bailey take a right turn into Newgate St, take the second right into Paternoster Square hope to the London Stock Exchange.

Walking straight on you will come out at the side of St Pauls Cathedral. Walk round to the front of the cathedral and the East down the opposite side of the cathedral that you entered onto Cannon St.

 

Keep walking straight along Cannon St (using the footway underpass) until you pass Cannon St Station on your right and a hundred yards or so on the left in a shop window (look carefully or you will miss it) you will find the London Stone also known as the Stone of Troy.

Continue down Cannon St until you come to the Junction of Monument Station, cross over and turn right down King William St and then first left and straight in front of you is The Monument, the largest unsupported pillar in the world and memorial to the Great Fire of London in 1666.

Walk past the Monument and turn left into Pudding Lane, at the junction turn right in to Eastcheap, cross over and the take the first left in to Philpot Lane, follow straight crossing over the junction of Fenchurch St  follow Lime St, take the second left and this will take you to Leadenhall Market . Walk through the market and come out at Leadenhall Place, turn right then at the junction turn left back into Lime St.

At the junction with Leadenhall St cross over, turn right then immediate left into St Mary Axe and this will take you to the Erotic Gherkin or the official name Swiss Insurance Tower.

Coming back on yourself turn right into Leadenhall St passing on your left Lloyds of London, the famous insurance market with its industrial looking architecture.

Walking past Lloyds of London on your left carry on down Leadenhall St, go straight over the junction with Gracechurch St on to Cornhill, keep on this road all the way to Bank Underground Station, there take the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Greenwich Cutty Sark.

The DLR is a great little rail network with driverless trains, it will take you through Canary Wharf and the old London Docks, Docks that have long since closed.

At Greenwich Cutty Sark take some time to explore the market and surroundings (this is a good place to take lunch) before taking the river bus up to Tower Pier.

 

At Tower Pier get off the River bus turn right and walk alongside the Tower of London towards Tower Bridge, take the steps up to the bridge, cross the river and then walk along the river towards the HMS Belfast passing the London Assembly on your left.

Walking towards London Bridge (don't confuse London bridge with Tower Bridge) the path will take to Tooley St and away from the river bank, pass under the bridge and ahead left you will see Southwark Cathedral. Pass the cathedral and keep right into Cathedral St and you will come to a small dock, home of the Golden Hinde.

 

Carrying walking straight on passing The Klink on your left, keeping to the right you will pass the Anchor Pub, keeping to the river bank walk under Southwark Bridge and you will pass Shakespeare's Globe.

Walking on you will come to the Millennium Foot Bridge (known as the wonky bridge) that crosses the river to St Pauls on your right and the Tate Modern Gallery on your left.

Carry on walking along the river under Blackfriars Bridge and then on to Waterloo Bridge passing the National Theatre on your left you will then need to climb the steps and cross over the road to get to the other side. On the other side slightly to the right is an opening with steps leading down back to river level.

Keep walking along the path walking past the many Street Entertainers, The London Eye and eventually onto Westminster Bridge. 

Walk across Westminster Bridge, cross over the road walking past The Houses of Parliment(Big Ben) on your left, then turn left in to St Margaret's St alongside Westminster, then when you get to a crossing, cross over and walk along Broad Sanctuary until you get to Westminster Abbey.

Walk back to parliament Square and you need to take the road diagonally opposite on the other side of the Square which is Whitehall. Walking along Whitehall you will pass the Cenotaph on your right, Downing Street on your left, Horse Guards (Household Cavalry) on your left until eventually you arrive at Trafalgar Square. Cross over on to Trafalgar square.

Leaving the Square cross walk over to the National Gallery, turn right and cross the road passing St Martin-in-the Fields on your left. Follow the road straight on and you will see Charing Cross Station opposite and BACK WHERE YOU STARTED.

 

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