London walking tour, town and country, England

“Explore London on foot and at your own pace with two self guided walks, then hop on a train to discover beautiful countryside just beyond its boundaries. ”

Highlights

Four self guided walks | London parks walk | River Thames walk | Polesden Lacey | Leith Hill | choice of accommodation | detailed route notes, cultural commentaries and maps | guide to restaurants and places to eat

Description of London walking tour, town and country, England

The best way to discover a city is on foot and this London walking tour, town and country, allows you to discover London at your own pace. Enjoy all the sights you would encounter on a guided walk but with our notes you don't have to follow the crowd or strain to hear what is being said. You can stop whenever you like and you get to keep our comprehensive commentary notes afterwards. We include four walks, two in the city and two in London's countryside. Both country walks are accessed via a 45-minute train ride from Victoria Station. Our clients are invariaby amazed at the beautiful, unknown countryside you will find so close to London – a well kept secret we share with you.

One London walk incorporates four of the most beautiful parks in the world. You'll see the famous buildings and locations most associated with Princess Diana during her life. The four mile morning walk incorporates St James’s Park, Green Park, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens and includes Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and St James's Palace. At Kensington Palace there's the option of visiting Princess Diana's former home, or enjoy a memorable lunch on the terrace of Queen Anne's Orangery. Either continue on a four mile afternoon walk, returning to the start through the same parks by a different route. Or, if you would like to explore Kensington High Street, follow our directions. From there you can take the underground.

The second city walk takes you along the mighty River Thames, along the South Bank, past the London Eye and the Festival Hall to Bankside. Discover some of London's best kept secrets, uncovering what it was like to be in this great city 400 years ago. There's the former red light district, the site of Shakespeare's original Globe Theatre and Southwark Cathedral. Visit fascinating Borough Market – a great place to sample London's best street food – and the world famous Tate Modern then cross the Millennium Bridge to St Paul's Cathedral. Finally, if energy permits, visit the ancient Inns of Court which trace their origins back to the mediaeval Knights Templar, an order of Knights founded in 1118.

You’ll stay at the Artist's Residence, a small boutique hotel in the heart of Pimlico, a London 'village' just five minutes' walk from Victoria Station with easy access to central London's hustle and bustle. We provide restaurant recommendations and details of places to visit. Alternatively, stay at an excellent B&B or at a small apartment, both within five minutes' walk of Victoria Station.

The city walks are easy and can be walked in normal shoes and if you tire there are plenty of opportunities for refreshment on both walks. You are never far away from an underground station so if you wish to cut a walk short, this is very easy to do. The country walks are not difficult and both can be enjoyed by any normally fit person. You can wear trainers (sneakers) and all you need are our detailed route directions and a small rucksack or shoulder bag in which to carry your water and your needs for the day.

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

01273 823 700

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: London walking tour, town and country, England

Environment

Walking is the least carbon intensive way to travel and ensures that the environmental impact of our walking clients is kept to a minimum. Where it is necessary to travel by means other than on foot, we encourage the use of public transport; if that is unavailable we recommend local transport companies to reach the start of the walk. We aim to balance the environmental impact of travelling with the benefits that sustainable tourism brings to the local economy. In our office we recycle paper, cardboard, ink cartridges and printed material. We purchase recycled printer cartridges, paper, envelopes, labels, pens, bin liners. We turn off printers, photocopiers, computers, battery chargers and transformers at the end of each day and avoid ‘screen savers’, use energy-efficient bulbs and low-energy appliances. We cut CO2 emissions by keeping thermostats at the lowest comfortable setting. We do not take disposable plastic bottles to the countryside, instead promoting the use of water bottles manufactured by companies like Sigg.
We do not print brochures but keep our customers informed of our activities electronically via email, electronic newsletters and our website. We encourage clients to remit their payments electronically via PayPal or by bank transfer. All our customers also receive our Guide to Sustainable Tourism, setting out the steps they should take to reduce the impact of their travels on the environment.

Community

We use only small, family-run hotels & B&Bs. They employ local people and prepare meals from organic produce as far as possibl close to public transport, ensuring that the use of cars and taxis are unnecessary. We also recommend individually-owned restaurants, shops and cafes which are not part of large chains. Our routes take our clients away from the most crowded parts of the city to explore areas as much as possible away from the crowds. We also provide walks in the Surrey Hills, easily accessible by train. The city visitor thus discovers unspoilt and unknown countryside which has not been developed for tourism, bringing much-needed revenue to local inns and tearooms. Our carefully-researched commentaries introduce our visitors to the area’s rich history, culture and folk law, has the effect of giving people a sense of community with the place. People often return on their own or with friends, visit the same pubs and renew their sense of being at one with the beautiful countryside on London's doorstep. On both the country walks on the itinerary, visits are included to National Trust properties where membership and entrance fees are used to help restore and conserve our heritage, and provide employment for local people.

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