I’m not sure if it’s just a symptom of living in London, or merely apartment life in general, but staying inside all day in London can turn you a bit batty. Sometimes, you just need a walk
For all the city’s positives, it has a tendency to get a bit claustrophobic. Whether you were an outdoorsy person before or not, don’t be surprised if you find yourself craving the great outdoors after an extended period visiting or living in the city. Personally, I’ve never been more in love with sunshine.
It’s worth noting that you can really walk anywhere in London, stop, look up and be entirely in awe of your surroundings – it’s such an incredible city, full of history and diversity.
However, for those moments when you’re maybe lacking a bit of inspiration, here are six of the best places to go for a walk:
It may get a little bit touristy at times, but you can’t deny that it’s a pretty damn beautiful place to stretch your legs.
I think Regents park is one of London’s more beautiful. Whilst Hyde Park and Green Park are inner-city, a stone’s throw from the key tourist locations, Regents Park has this ability to make you feel far removed from the hustle and bustle of downtown. A couple of weeks ago, I even tried Saturday morning taiji in the park and left surprisingly energised. On a clear day, it’s also worth climbing up to Primrose Hill for some people watching as you admire the London skyline.
Southbank/any of the bridges across the Thames
Personally, I think the Southbank of London is a little underrated: there’s great food, people watching and it’s easily accessed by public transport. However, walking along any of the bridges (particularly the Waterloo Bridge which gives you a picture-perfect shot featuring Big Ben & the London Eye) is one of my absolute favourite touristy things to do in London.
New River Walk
A friend and I stumbled across this tiny little pocket of green whilst en-route to Stoke Newington. It’s not the most majestic park you’ll find in London, but it’s tucked-away location sparks fond memories of The Secret Garden.
Green Park/St. James Park
Not only is the park pretty damn beautiful, but you have the added bonus of being able to stumble across random little things like Buckingham Palace