After a sweet nap we went to conquer the old city of Cavtat, which isn’t big but very lovely. When we saw that we have the strength we drove to Dubrovnik, and we could see the city’s beauty even from a distance. The plateau we arrived from was higher than the old city, which is easier to travel. When we saw all the stairs we will need to go down in – and later go up – we turned around and headed back to Cavtat, for a fish dinner on the water, with a view of the sunset.
On our way, we pass through colorful vegetables, fruits, clothing and seafood shops but we didn't stop. Again, we're at the metro that leading us to the Corvisart station, which is our meeting point. At this stage, it was clear that we were going to be very late. We arrived to the station, surprisingly before our friends. We sat on a bench in a small garden nearby the station waiting for them.
After a short time, our friends arrive, smiling, fitted with two scooters. What fun! We walk together - two mothers, and two young ladies, to the 13th quarter. It's a great opportunity for us to get familiar with other less touristic parts of the city, which we probably wouldn't get to know by ourselves. We passed a small-decorated garden in which a local party was being held, and continue to the china town, where we sit down for a snack.
After we recover, we find another beautiful flourishing garden in which the fountain is actually working! After entertaining in the garden, we head to the French National library. The library is located in four giant buildings, making you think about the amount of books that actually may exist there. The foot of the building has a big wooden yard where the girls could freely drive the scooters without any fear. It was almost dark, and we found a restaurant to have dinner. The girls go for the pasta, the mothers took their chances on something more special and at the end, no one gives up for a good desert. Full, tired and happy, we said goodbye to each other and hoped to meet again sometime. One girl and her mother are going right to the parking lot, and the other girl and her mother go to the metro. Good night.
Barcelona Gothic Quarter and Ribera. One Day Walk (One Day Tour - ODT).
Start: Place de Catalunya.
End: Place de Catalunya.
Orientation: Circular tour. 7-8 km walk.
Weather: no rain.
Main Attractions: Placa de Catalunya, Arc de Triomf, Parque de la Ciudadela, Museu de Zoologia, Zoo, Mercat del Born, Ribera Quarter, Iglesia Sant Maria del Mar, Museu Picasso, Clothing and Textile Museum, Placa de Ramon Berenguer El Gran, the Old Walls, Gothic Quarter, Museu Frederic Mares, Museo de Historia de Barcelona (MUHBA), Placa del Rei, Palau de la Generalitat, Barcelona Cathedral, Claustro, Palau de la Musica, Placa de Catalunya.
From Placa de Catalunya - head north. Arrive to the Catalunya Metro station. Turn right onto Ronda Sant Pere. Turn right onto Passe de Sant Joan. Cross: Via Laitana, Carrer de les Jonqures, (the Urqinanoa Metro is on your left), Carrer del Bruc, Carrer de Girona. At the roundabout , take the 2nd exit. The Arc de Triomf is on the left in the palm-tree-lined Passeig Lluis Companys.
The arch is located between Passeig de Lluís Companys and Passeig de Sant Joan. Behind the triumphal arch starts a wide promenade connecting leading to the Park of the Ciutadella. The Passeig de Lluís Companys is an attractive avenue lined with palm trees and nice lanterns:
Cross the Parque de la Ciudadela. The Park of the Citadel is on the site of a fort built by Felipe V in the 18th century. The fort was demolished to make way for the Universal Exhibition in 1888. The Catalan Parliament, Museum of Modern Art (TUE-SAT 10.00-17.00, SUN 10.00-14.30) and the Cascada Monumental are on your left in the park. The Castell dels Tres Dragons and the Museu Geología are on your right.
The gardens are wonderful with their old and new statues, trees and fountains. The Zoology Museum (Museu de Zoologia), resembling a fortress, stands in the end of the park. Open TUE-SUN 10.00-14.00.
Inside the Catalan Parliament:
The zoo, in the end of the park is quite interesting and large-scale. The main attraction, Snowflake, the Albino Gorilla had been dead in 2003. From the exit gate of the park, turn right to the Carrer Distillers and, later, on Avinguda Marques de l'Argentera. Dine: Kiosko Gourmet Burger, Marques de L_Argentera 1. Cross Passeig de Picaso. On the left - the Estacio de Franca, wonderfully train station. Turn right to the Carrer de Commerc. Cross Carrer de Ribera. On your right – Mercat del Born: a local food market that had been transformed to an Exhibition Centre. Opposite the market – Passeig del Born – the heart of the Ribera quarter. Walk along Passeig del Born, crossing Carrrer del Rec.
Opposite the 3rd turn to the left – Iglesia Sant Maria del Mar. One of the most beautiful examples of Gothic architecture in Catalonia. Don't be fooled by its exterior. Its interior is spectacular and gives an impression of light and spaciousness. Some interesting stained-glass windows have survived from various periods. Built between 1329 and 1383. The construction of Santa Maria del Mar is the background for the best-selling novel La Catedral del Mar, by Ildefonso Falcones (2006).
Walk back in Passeig del Born and turn immediately left to the Placeta de Montcada and continue along Carrer de Montcada. The street is full with old mansions transformed into variety of museums and art galleries. One of them is Museu Picasso (Montcada 15-23) with admirably renovated rooms and halls. Inside you see many works, representative, mainly, of the early period of Picasso in Paris and Barcelona. Open TUE-SAT 10.00-15.00.
At the same road (No. 12) stands the Museu Textil I d'Indumentaia – Clothing and Textile Museum with interesting display of period-costume display. Open TUE-SAT 10.00-17.00, SUN 10.00-14.00. Dine: El Xampanyet, Carrer de Montcada, 22, next to the Museu Picasso. Continue walking till the end of the Montcada road (north-west) and turn LEFT to the Carrer de la Princesa. Walk until Via Laietana and turn right (opposite is Jaume I Metro station). On your left Placa de Ramon Berenguer El Gran.
Pass the old walls and walk into the twisting Tapineria road. Continue with the Tapineria (Ferreteria Americana and Art Picasso to your right). Turn left (south-west) into the narrower Baixada de la Canonja toward Placa de la Seu. You are now in the Gothic Quarter.
Here stands the Barcelona Cathedral. The cathedral is dedicated to Eulalia of Barcelona, co-patron saint of Barcelona (Not to be confused with Sagrada Família). We shall return to the Cathedral later. Follow the Cathedral walls and walk along Carrer del Comtes until you arrive to Museu Frederic Mares (Plaça de Sant Iu, 5). Open TUE-SAT 10.00-19.00, SUN – 11.00 – 20.00. Don't miss the internal patio with ists delightful fountain and fishpond. It houses the collection of the sculptor Frederic Mares.
Continue in the same direction until the end of the Carrer del Comtes and turn left to the Baixada de Santa Clara. The Museo de Historia de Barcelona (MUHBA) is on your left. Open: TUE.-SAT 10.00-19.00, SUN 10.00-15.00. For special interest in the museum are the subterranean excavations of the old roman Barcelona.
Turn left to the impressive Placa del Rei (King's Square). Rather small, but, beautiful square surrounded by Gothic architecture buildings.
Retrace your steps from the square and continue with the Carrer del Vaguer (south-east) until its end. Turn right and continue with the Carrer de Libreteria until you arrive to Placa de Sant Jaume. On your left – the Town Hall and on your right – the Palau de la Generalitat. The construction of the Generalitat Palace began during the reign of Jaume II in the 15th century. It was complted in the 17th century. It is now the residence of the Catalunyan government. It is one of the few buildings of medieval origin in Europe that still functions as a seat of government. Open: 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from 10 to 13:30. In case it is open - you must visit the Chapel of Sant Jordi and the patio staircase.
A covered bridge connects the Generalitat to the Carrer del Bisbe. Walk in the Bisbe and turn right onto Carrer de Santa Llúcia to face, again, the Barcelona Cathedral. Open: Weekdays: 8.00-12.45 (Cloister: 8.30-12.30) Free entry, 13.00-17.00 Entry with donation, 17.15-19.30 (Cloister: 17.15-19.00) Free entry. Sundays and Holidays: 8.00-13.45 (Cloister: 8.30-13.00) Free entry, 14.00-17.00 Entry with donation, 17.15-19.30 (Cloister: 17.15-19.00) Free entry. Free to visit, and only 3 euros to go to the top of the towers. The Gothic Cathedral we have today was built on the foundations of the primitive Christian basilica and the subsequent Romanesque Cathedral. Construction commenced on 1 May 1298 during the the reign of King James II of Aragon, and was virtually completed by the mid-15th century, under the rule of King Alfonso V of Aragon. Three distinct periods can be defined: the first, the building was planned and the apse and radial chapels were built, as were the presbytery - with its altar and crypt- and the pseudo transept; afterward, the three naves, with their respective lateral chapels, were extended back to the choir; finally, construction of the basilica continued to the façade, which was later closed with a simple wall (1417). The Cloister was finished in 1448. At the end of the 19th century, the Barcelona industrialist Manuel Girona offered to undertake the work on the façade and on the two side towers, in keeping with the plans drawn up by the architect Josep O. Mestres and inspired by the initial 15th-century project. Mr Girona's children finalized their father's work in 1913. Beautiful, serene, and a quiet oasis away from the crowd of tourist. The beauty is both on the inside and the outside. Magnificent architecture and craftsmanship reflected in the building.
The real beauty here is at the top. Taking an old lift ride , you are presented with fantastic views over the city and of the bell tower and spires.
There are many small chapels inside of the church. Lots of statues and and stained glass windows. You enter the Cathedral Cloister (Claustro). It has more character than most. With pleaseant garden in the centre and many chapels around. Note the small fountain and Saint Jordi statue near the Cathedral entrance.
Exit by way of the main door and cross Placa de la Seu. Turn right to Avenida de la Catedral and left into Carrer del Dr. Joaquim Pou. Walk several hundreds of metres until you see on your left the Jefatura Superior de Policía de Cataluña. Turn to the right (diagonally) to Sant Pere Mes Alt road. Dine: Arabia, Sant Pere Mes Alt 18.
After the first turn to the left stands the Palau de la Musica. A modernist, Art-Deco masterpiece attributed to Domenech Montaner and built in 1908. It is a masterpiece of colorful tile and glass.
Go back (right) to Via Laietana and walk until Placa Urquinaona. Continue a while and turn left to Carrer de Fontanella. Walk until you arrive to our final (and first) destination of Placa de Catalunya.
From Streatham Common to Wimbledon Park - Capital Ring Section 5. (with extension of 1-2 hours to Clapham Common)
Start: Streatham Common Station.
End: Wimbledon Park Station.
Distance: 10 km - 12 km.
Introduction: Much of this section is beside roads, but the route goes
through some interesting and leafy residential streets as well as Tooting Bec and Wandsworth Commons.
The walk is entirely level on tarmac paths or pavements, much of it beside roads; there is one steep footbridge with steps.
There are cafés and pubs at Streatham, Tooting Bec Common, Balham,
Wandsworth Common, Earlsfield and Wimbledon Park.
There are public toilets at Streatham Common, Balham and Earlsfield.
Follow the route with the distinctive Big Ben Capital Ring signs. There are
bus stops and train and underground stations at Streatham, Streatham
Common, Balham, Wandsworth Common, Earlsfield and Wimbledon Park,
as well as buses along the route.
Directions: From Streatham Common Station turn left along the approach road and continue ahead along Estreham Road to the footbridge, where Section 5 Walk of the Capital Ring starts.
Follow the railway line. At the bend, turn left through the subway to Potters Lane, then turn right along Conyers Road. On your left the odd mosque-like building is Thames Water’s Streatham Pumping Station, built in 1888:
Cross Mitcham Lane and keep ahead along Riggindale Road. At the end
bear left on to the A214 Tooting Bec Road, and after going over the railway line, cross the road at the traffic lights and go to the entrance to Tooting Bec Lido. Tooting Bec Lido has one of the largest swimming pools in Europe holding a million gallons of water. It was opened in 1906 as a conventional pool, but rebuilt as a lido, Italian for beach, in 1936. Its iconic blue pools, diving boards and sunbathing areas have been used in films such as Snatch with Brad Pitt. Bear half right along a tarmac footpath to Tooting Bec Common. There is a lake just off to the left and further on a cafe to the left. Cross the road and continue ahead to the northern part of the common:
Bear left towards the railway line. After about 200m turn left down a wide alleyway to come out on to Culverden Road. Cross into Fontenoy Road, turn right into Bedford Hill, turn first left into Ritherdon Road, turn right into Cloudesdale Road and at the end turn left into Elmfield Road past Balham Leisure Centre:
On the other side of the road is Du Cane Court. Its rather austere exterior
hides some of the most elegant apartment blocks in South London. These
date from the 1930s, the Art Deco period. Many celebrities have lived here and it was the location for the television series Poirot.
Turn right along Balham High Road and then left onto Balham Park Road;
keep straight on under the bridge for Balham Station:
Cross Boundaries Road and keep ahead for 500 metres to a bend and then turn right along an alleyway leading to Wandsworth Common:
Follow the railway line and go through the ticket office of Wandsworth Common Station. Bear left beside the station approach to St James’s Drive, cross at the lights to pass the Hope Pub, then cross Bellevue Road. Bear half right to the next part of Wandsworth Common where you rejoin the railway line. There are toilets and a café in the former Neal’s Farmhouse, the cream building to your right which now houses park offices and a nature study centre.
Keep on the path and go ahead with a cricket pitch on your right. Just before the end, bear left up a short earth path to Trinity Road. Cross at the traffic lights towards the County Arms pub, then keep ahead along Alma Terrace. Ahead is the forbiddingly high wall of Wandsworth Prison, built in 1851 as the Surrey House of Correction. No photos allowed (exterior and interior) !.Oscar Wilde was imprisoned here in 1895 before being moved to Reading Gaol where he wrote his famous ballad of the same name. Great Train Robber, Ronnie Biggs, was here for two years before he escaped in 1965. Derek Bently was wrongly hanged here in 1953 for the murder of a policeman; the conviction was overturned in 1998.
Turn left along Heathfield Road to a mini roundabout and turn right into
Magdalen Road. This very straight road runs for three quarters of a mile
(1.2km), an alternative route follows a parallel path through the cemetery
(the gate at the end is narrow and not suitable for wheelchairs). There are also toilets in the cemetery.
After leaving the cemetery pass Earlsfield Public Library and then Earlsfield Railway Station is on the right. At the end of Magdalen Road, cross over and turn right at the lights and go under the railway bridge.
Around here you will cross the River Wandle, which gives its name to
Wandsworth. It’s one of the fastest flowing rivers in the London area with a drop of 200 feet in just ten miles. It powered many watermills which
produced flour, metal, leather, paper, textiles and even gunpowder. The
river is accompanied by the Wandle Trail.
At the lights turn left onto Penwith Road and then left onto Ravensbury
Terrace. Follow the road as it bends to the right, passing Haslemere Industrial Estate. Continue along on Haslemere Avenue which then becomes Mount Road. Turn left down Lucien Road and head into Durnsford Road Recreational Ground:
Follow the path past a school and a playground into Wellington Road. Turn left out of the park and then right into a short alleyway past Field Court. This comes out onto Durnsford Road. Turn left to cross at the lights towards Wimbledon Mosque, built in 1977 and then turn right up Arthur Road. Section 5 finishes at Wimbledon Park Station (steep ascent).
In case you have 1-2 spare hours take the tube and head to Clapham Common station. From the station head west on The Pavement toward The Polygon. Turn left onto Clapham Common North Side and the Holy Trinity Church is on your left. Here, in year 1881 started William Wilberforce his successful campaign for the abolition of slavery:
Head northeast on Clapham Common North Side back toward The Pavement. Continue and follow the Old Town, go through 1 roundabout
and you'll see on the left the Mongolian Grill and Hotpot restaurant. A special experience of self-cooked, Mongolian bbq / soup. Yes, you pay money and cook yourself your meal ! (see Tip below). It is in 29 North St.
From here take a walk of 10 minutes to Larkhall Rise road to get a nice view of London from Larkhall Rise road in Clapham Common. Good chance that the view is blocked by new housing projects, but, give it a try. Head southeast on North St toward Fitzwilliam Rd. Turn left onto Fitzwilliam Rd and turn left onto Rectory Grove. Continue onto Larkhall Rise and, in every corner, try to get a view of London (or, at least, of the past-glorious Battersea Power Station):
From here you head southward - crossing the whole Clapham Common until you arrive to Clapham Common South station. In a clear day - it is a pleasurable walk of 1/2 hour. Walk back (south-west) on Larkhall Rise, continue onto Rectory Grove. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto and follow Old Town. Continue onto Clapham Common North Side. Slight left onto Rookery Rd and turn right and continue along Clapham Common South Side. Slight left onto Balham Hill and you face the Common South station. Better, cross the extensive Clapham Common, heading south - and you'll see plenty of green open space, 4-5 ponds (including big one for paddling), lovely old buildings around the park. Here and there you'll see squirrels or ducks. Very relaxing place which provides enough space for everybody:
Orientation: A fantastic, busy day in the Docklands areas in London ! Within 5 years these areas will be the most sought for and expensive in London ! They are exotic, colorful, with atmosphere and a rare combination of water marines, money and state of the art urban residences... A lovely walk of a whole day in distinct part of East London Docklands.
Start: Crossharbour DLR station:
End: Deptford High Street Station.
From Crossharbour head south on East Ferry Rd toward Selsdon Way. Turn on the first right onto Selsdon Way. Turn right onto Lanark Square. See the Balmoral House and Algon house new residences projects:
From Lanark Square head west (no roads names...), turn right, slight left and you are in Pepper St. Come closer to the Thames river. On your right: the Inner Millwall Dock ( and the Canary Wharf in the background) and on your left the Outer Millwall Dock. A breath-taking scenery:
Turn left and walk along the path and the river from the inner to the outer Millwall Dock:
The Outer Millwall Dock is nontheless impressive:
In the far edge of the outer Millwall Dock you'll see the Docklands Sailing and Watersport Centre. From the centre's main entrance turn left toward Westferry Rd and sharp right onto Westferry Rd. We take the right direction just for having a look at some residence buildings and gardens... (we shall retrace our steps and change direction later):
After 5-10 minutes walk in Westferry Rd. you should see the John McDougall Gardens on your left. Enter the gardens to get a closer view of the Thames and London:
Continue northward in Westferry Rd. This is a quite deprived area in East London. The better view is on your left. The river and the Thames Path are to your left - parallel to Westferry Rd. In this side you can see a few impressive building projects like the Waterman Buildings twins:
From here change the direction and walk back southward in Westferry Rd (10-15 minutes walk) until you arrive to the interesting and unique Space Arts Centre building:
Continue southward in Westferry Rd and turn on the fourth lane to the right to Napier Lane. This small lane brings you to the Masthouse Terrace Pier (Maritime Quay) and the Thames Path:
Continuing along the Thames Path (Blasker Walk) southward (the river on your right) you pass elegant quarter with nice (and expensive) looking blocks on your left:
5-10 minutes walk later you arrive to the peculiar Great Eastern Docklands Heritage site:
Keep walking along the Thames Path (south-eastward) and you arrive to even more elegant group of housing prject near the Burrel Wharf Square:
From Burells Wharf Square, along the Thames path our direction becomes eastward. We are heading to the Island Gardens Park passing a long queue of sought-for posh housing blocks and the famous Elephant Royale Thai restaurant:
Follow the Thames Path signposts (there are a few by-passes as well) and you arrive to the Blackwall & District Rowing Club on the river bank. From there you have a marvelous view to the south bank - Greenwich Naval College and the Maritime Museum:
A Bit later you arrive to the Island Gardens Park on the Thames bank with extensive view on Greenwich (and East Greenwich and, in clear days even North Greenwich) :
On the north side of the park there is a small cafe'/restaurant run by a couple of ladies from Tobago. Friendly service' light snack and fantastic, budget home made Jamaican food.
Exit the park from its main, sole entrance/exit. Head northeast on Manchester Rd. Turn left and the extensive Millwall Park is on your right:
Not so much to see in this park - but excelent views from here. Take a short stroll and find (more to the north) the leading path to the adjoining Modchute Park:
On the west side of Modchute Park (and Millwall Park) stands Modchute DLR station:
From the Modchute DLR station take the DLR and Overground trains to the Deptford Station (not Deptford Bridge DLR station).
From the station turn right (south !) on Deptford High St (very interesting road with variety of ethnic groups, vibrant and colorful) toward Douglas Way. Turn left onto Giffin St. Turn left onto Deptford Church St. Turn right onto Bronze St. Turn left onto Creekside Rd. and the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance will be on your right and the Telford Homes Creekside Greenwich Project on your left. You won't find a word on this place in London travel Guides. But, it is a striking place. Wonderful surroundings, geniune architecture, creative, young atmosphere, cheerful students. One of the best, unexpected surprises in London:
Enter into the college to admire its interior, spaces and restaurant. Go outside and find a path to the back of this masterpiece complex to have a glance at the neglected (but very pretty in the afternoon sun !) Greenwich Creekside. What a picture !
After the Laban architectural experience I'll take you by hand to see a few more architectural project in this area - all of them in Deptford but marketed as being in Greenwich. Head north on Creekside toward Copperas St. Turn right onto Creek Rd. Turn left onto Glaisher St. You pass the Millenium Housing project/quarter:
Turn left to stay on Glaisher St. Continue along the Thames bank (Glaisher or Creekside street. There are signpost on both of these names...). Magnificient views of the river (on your right) and housing project (on your left):
Opposite one the new projects you face a grandiose, astonishing statue of Peter the Great:
Continue 200 metres north-west to arrive to an old coal-loading pier with nice view to the north bank of the Thames:
This our last stop. From here we make our way back to the Deptford station. Find (on your left) the Ahoy maritime Centre (Borthwick St). Head south on Deptford Green toward Deptford Green. Slight right onto Stowage. Turn right onto McMillan St. Turn right back onto Creek Rd. Turn left onto Deptford High St. Enjoy this wonderful street and walk until you'll see the station on your right.
Lambeth, Archibishop's Park - 2-3 hours walk:
Not well publicized and not typical of the usual tourist destinations. Lambeth Palace is the official residence in London of the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury. Short-time, easy, uncrowded sites. Walking distance of Westminster Bridge,
Start & End: Lambeth North Tube Station.
Distance: 2-3 km. Suitable for a rainy day.
Origin: Get Walking - Keep Walking web site: http://www.getwalking.org/walking-routes/london-walking-routes/the-archbishop%E2%80%99s-walk/
From Lambeth North head southeast on Westminster Bridge Rd. Turn left onto Pearman St. Continue northward in Pearman Street when the the impressive Perspective Building is on your left:
Cross Frazier Rd. and continue until Waterloo Rd (the Ambulance Service Headquarters is on yiur right). Turn left into Waterloo Road. Continue until the Baylis Rd. is on your left. Note the Old Vic theatre is on your right. The Old Vic is one of the best known and best loved theatres in the world. It is associated with the greatest acting talents that Britain has ever produced: Laurence Olivier, Peggy Ashcroft, John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Albert Finney, and Peter O’Toole. This iconic building continues to attract the best creative actors from the UK and all over the world to tread its famous boards:
Turn left into Waterloo Millennium Green and follow the path, taking the left hand turning at a T junction. Cross over a wooden bridge and exit the green, turning right next to the Duke of Sussex Public House. Turn immediately left next to the Pub into Baylis Road and head for the Zebra crossing. Cross Baylis Road using the zebra crossing and turn left and then immediately right into Frazier Street. Walk up Frazier Street for a short while and cross into Murphy Street just before the ‘Controlled Zone’ sign. Take care, there is no safe crossing here. Walk on the right-hand side of Murphy Street where the pavement is wider. You will be able to see the London Eye in the distance. Follow Murphy Street as it turns to the left to re-join Baylis Street. Turn right into Baylis Street, then walk to the end of the road to come out opposite the Lambeth North branch of NatWest on Westminster Bridge Road. Cross Westminster Bridge Road using the controlled crossing and turn left and immediately right into Hercules Road. Behind you is, again, Lambeth North Underground Station opened on the 10 March 1906 as Kennington Road, the original terminus of the Bakerloo Line. Walk along Hercules Road, admiring the nice properties on the right, and take the third turning on the right, Virgil Street. This takes you under the main Waterloo Railway and brings you out opposite Archbishop’s Park. Cross Carlisle Lane and enter the park through the gate. Turn left and walk along the avenue of plane trees, past the Children’s playground and clay football pitch on your right:
From this vantage point, you will be able to see the Palace of Westminster, better known as the Houses of Parliament. The Palace contains around 1,100 rooms, 100 staircases and 3 miles of corridors. Although the building mainly dates from the 19th century, remaining elements of the original historic buildings include, Westminster Hall used today for major ceremonial events, and the Jewel Tower. Shortly past the end of the football pitch, you will come to a Y fork in the path. Take the right hand route and immediately turn right down the Lambeth Millennium Path. This path is decorated with plaques which commemorate famous people and events in Lambeth. As you walk along the Millennium Path, you will be able to see Lambeth Palace the London home of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
At the end of the Millennium Path, turn right and walk past the other side of the football pitch heading for the corner of the park. You will pass toilets on your left as well as St Thomas’ Hospital. Where the path turns to the left to exit the park, you will see a dirt track on the right. Follow this path alongside the Tennis Courts and exit the park the way you came in.
On exiting, turn left and walk along Carlisle Lane. Head for the tunnel in front of you, crossing Royal Street and Carlisle Lane to gain access to the footpath underneath the railway. Walk under the railway bridge and when you reach the other side, you will be opposite Lower Marsh, with the Walrus bar across the road on the left hand side. Cross into Lower Marsh using the controlled crossing, keeping to the right hand side of Lower Marsh.
Lower Marsh is so named because it lies on the site of the ancient Lambeth Marsh which first appeared in historical records in 1377. This historic street has operated as a street market and centre for local shopping since the mid-19th century. In 1984 Lambeth Council designated Lower Marsh and its immediate surroundings a conservation area in recognition of its special character.
After passing the Iceland store on your left, turn right into Frazier Street, follow Frazier Street crossing Baylis Road until you reach Pearman Street. Continue and turn left to Westminster Bridge Rd. and back to Lambeth North station.
After losing its ferry connections with Ferance - Folkestone sank into a long depression and demise. With the Channel Tunnel, far west of Folkestone and the curtailment of the ferries services to France in year 2000 - they were almost no good reasons to stop in or pass through Folkestone. But, during the last years, with a massive aid of the multimillioner Roger de Haan a large-sclae restoration and many festive event take place in this town. Again, Folkestone has plenty to offer to the young and old travellers (local and foreign). You can arrive from London to Folkestone within an hour with the High-Speed train. Folkestone slowly retains its reputation as a leading place for families' weekends' destination or for youngsters seeking nice beaches / parks with good sea air in addition to many nice and budget restaurants and bars. In Folkestone you sense, everywhere, the efforts to make visitors feel welcome !
One-day Circular walk from/to Folkestone Central Railway Station:
Turn right into Cheriton Rd. Bend slightly left continuing with Cheriton Rd. Slight right onto Middelburg Square and immediately left onto Shellons St. On the 3rd turn to the right, turn onto St. Eanswythe Way
and continue onto Market Pl road. THe, turn twice left into Rendezvous St. This is your start point of the Creative Quarter.
The Creative Quarter: Don't be surprised if many locals don't recognize this term or name. A small, colorful area of Folkestone down town owned by the Creative Foundation which rents out shops, galleries, apartments and other commercial units to artists, young and promising professionals. The narrow, cobbled-stone Rendezvous St. snakes into the High Street lined with brightly-painted buildings. You may find some houses or shops are empty but, still, there is an air of ambition and regeneration illustrated with many flyers of local events and festivals and hesitant projects of local artists. See our Tip on the Samuel Peto Whetherspoon Restaurant in the Rendezvous St.
A statue in Old High Street (climbing from the Harbour to the High St.):
In the end of the High St. turn right into the Harbour St., continuing with Lower Sandgate Rd. and Road of Rememberance - until you enter the famous promenade of Folkestone - The Leas. On your way you pass the War Memorial:
Leas Cliff Hill, Lower Leas and Leas Lifts:
Folkestone lives on two levels: up on the cliffs and hills and down by the sea. In this area the two levels are linked by steep and snaking steps. Walk, first, along the promenade (east to west) of the clifftop Leas. Get spectacular views of the sea, the Coastal Park (which stretches between the promenade and the coast). It is a walk of 1 hour (until the Metropole Hotel) or longer (2 hours if you continue until the Sandgate village). There's plenty of benches to sit and relax and watch the world go by. Free of traffic. Fantastic views over the coast, the Coastal park and France (only on a clear day). Clean promenade and lovely gardens along.
Every 400-500 metres there is a flight of stairs from the promenade level down to the Coast level. Another option is the Leas Lift. It operates from 1885. One of three water-powered funicular lift remaining in the UK.
The Upper Leas promenade:
The Grand Metropole Hotel (end point of 1-hour walk along the Upper Leas promenade:
Coastal Park between two levels of Folkestone:
After descending the zig-zag steps to the lower coast level - you'll find a path (Sea Path) along the coast, into the coastal park leading you back to Folkestone down town in the reverse direction: from west to east. In case you descended the steps opposite the Grand Metropole Hotel - it is 1 hour of relaxed walk to the old Harbour - passing the defunct train viaduct. This is a wonderful place to clear your mind. Well maintained with wonderful plantings throughout. There are very many facilities like an adventure park for the kids, one or two cafe's and hidden paths with wood furniture This beautifully designed park allows you to take a walk with no crowds around,
The Harbour: Atmospheric, quiet, waiting for massive regeneration, packed with fishing boats. Folkestone Harbour has the potential of being tourist attraction. Fountain for children, seafood stalls and restaurants offer a choice of menus. It still waits the development of the marina and shore-line to be a popular hit.
The main hub-point, in the harbour, is the cobbled Stade with its black fishermen's small houses, food stalls and restaurants, and noisy seagulls. In case it is raining or you're very hungry - try the Grand Burstin Hotel restaurant: on your left when just entering the Harbour site:
Continue from the Stade, along another (not impressive) promenade leading to another small sandy beach Sunny Sands Beach. From here you climb a short zigzag staircase and continue climbing with a narrow path to the East Cliff.
Here stands a Metheorological station. From its terrace or roof you have a spectacular view to the distant Dover Cliffs, to Folkestone town and Harbour. By the way, from here - it is only a 1-hour- 90 minutes walk with a clear, distinct path to Dover Cliffs. 300-400 metres downstairs lies the Warren Beach. Fabulous views and you are away from the crowds.
From the East Cliff to Dover Cliffs:
The view from the East Cliff to Folkestone town:
We recommend that on your long way back from the East Cliff to Folkestone Central Railway Station - you'll stick with an upper level route. Stay on the higher roads - for having better views over the harbour and coastline. One good reason to walk down back to the harbour (and, then, climbing back to the down town) would be occasional musical bands' performances during the summer afternoons.
Head south-west on Wear Bay Rd toward Foreland Ave or take the Wear Bay Rd., turn right to Radnor Rd until you arrive (turn left) to Dover Rd.
Continue to follow Dover Rd for about 400 m. and turn right onto Bradstone Rd. Turn left onto New St. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Foresters Way. Continue onto Cheriton Rd and the train station will be on the left.
Deal and Walmer Castles and Beaches:
Orientation: Seaside small town of Deal is quite appealing sleepy place. Picturesque old town, many Georgian houses in pastel colours and fascinating beach and pier. Through and at the end of its seafront wait two castles built by Henry VIII: Deal Castle and Walmer Castle. Both, linked by seaside promanade / path (part of the Saxon Shore Way). We recommend visiting Deal only and walking the whole fab stretch of seafront between Deal and Walmer.
Start: Deal railway station. It is a 10-12 minutes walk from the station to Deal Old Town - passing through the pleasant High Street.
End: Walmer railway station. It is 30-40 minutes walk from Walmer Castle to Walmer station - passing green (private) meadows and quiet streets.
Eating: Deal Old Town and sea front are packed with restaurants and bars. Do not try Jasin's in the end of Deal Pier (some portions are poor and expensive). Try the Bohemian restaurant on the promenade. In case you decide to delay your lunch after visiting BOTH of the castles - keep in mind it falls quite late in the afternoon. There is a restaurant in Walmer Castle but with light meals only and limited choice of sandwiches. There are also descent, well-priced restaurants in Walmer along your way from the Castle to the station.
From Deal Station go straight ahead (Queen St.) and turn left to into West Street. Continue with this road into the Middle Street which is the prettiest in Deal's Old Town:
Elegant, cute pastel houses with several colorful narrow alleys around. The Middle Street was, in the past, the high road. It is said that a secret, unearthed network of tunnels lies beneath this street. Nowadays, enjoy the picturesque tranquility of this road - until you arrive to Union street ( passing the local Maritime & History Museum on your right). In this road you can try the famous Dining Club vegeterian restaurant (exceptional food). Turn left and left again - into Deal High Street: vitage shops, pleasant coffee shops, flowers stalls. You walk southward in the High Street. On the fourth junction left turn into King Street. Walk till its end - until you face the Beach St. - Deal's seashore promenade. On the 2nd junction from Union St., to your right - you see this interesting house (on Stanhope Rd. corner):
From here you keep walking southward, approx. 6 km along the seashore (on asphalted roads or tarmac paths) - until you arrive to Walmer Castle. This is our day's main attraction: Deal / Walmer seafront. Even if its right side (west) houses look a bit shabby - it is handsome, pleasant 2-2.5 hours walk with many photo opportunities and, surprisingly, uncommercialized with a lot of charm. Pebble beach. Relaxing views.
Deal Pier (splendid view back over Deal town):
Deal Pier - "Embracing the Sea" - John Buck 1998:
Deal seashore - The Regent - a paint of the door of an old, neglected cinema house - Prince of Wales promenade:
Deal Castle - in the southmost point of Deal. Built by Henry VIII in 1539-1540, as part of a chain of coastal castles against maritime invaders. Open daily 10.00- 18.00 (summer) and weekends only 10.00-16.00 in winters. 5 GBP.
Houses along Prince of Wales promenade - from Deal to Walmer:
Pastoral meadows north to Walmer Castle:
After 3-4 km. walk from Deal castle you'll see, on your right (100 metres from the beach) the Walmer Castle walls hidden in a small forset. Built by Henry VIII and surrounded by glorious gardens with wonderful panoramic sea views.
Open daily 10.00 - 18.00 (summer) or weekends only 10.00 -16.00 (winter). 7.80 GBP. The site is protected by circular walls. You can see, inside the castle (it looks like a stately home) Duke of Wellington bedroom with its simple, spartan bed, his armchair (in which he died at 1852) and his death mask. The Castle was often host to The Queen Mother. I would recommend taking advantage of the FREE audio tour. Well worth two hours' visit, especially on a bright day when the gardens are in their full glory.
Entrance to Walmer Castle:
Duke of Wellington Bedroom:
Picture of Queen Elizabeth II - 1996:
Walmer Castle Terrace - view towards France seashore - soak up the sea air:
View of Walmer Gardens from the Castle:
Walmer Gardens - Queen Elizabeth the Mother Garden:
Peonies in Walmer Gardens:
From the main entrance/exit of Walmer there is a tedious walk (partially, uphill) of 3 km until Walmer Station:
Head north on Kingsdown Rd toward Granville Rd.
Turn left onto Granville Rd.
Turn left onto Dover Rd/A258.
(Note: you can cross the private field from Walmer Castle straight towards Dover Road - along the wire fence on your left (be aware of the sheep's mess...)).
Turn right and climb up onto Station Rd. The station is on your left opposite a new-built cottages project.
Inns of Court, Fleet Street, Holborn, Soane's and The Hunterian Museums:
This area of Central London is home to the legal professions. The law is above and inside the Inns of Court, Courts of Justice and many buildings and houses around. Several buildings, like: Middle Temple Hall and Staple Inn - predate even the Great Fire of year 1666. Holborn is a fascinating area, also a hub of the 19th century British legal system. Then and nowadays - lawyers work, eat, study and sleep here - as does the British common law... The Inns of court are open to the public, full with romantic, naive, archaic atmosphere, with charming small gardens.
Start: Holborn station.
End : Holborn station.
From Holborn station head south on Kingsway toward Parker St. Turn left onto Remnant St. Turn right onto Lincoln's Inn Fields and the entrance to Lincoln's Inn is on your left. It is on the north side of the Law Courts. This is the best-preserved of London's Inns of Court. Some buildings go back even to the end of the 15th century. The bricks of the Inn were laid during the reign of Elizabeth I. Oliver Cromwell was a student living here. It was a playground for the Law students living here, but, also an execution place in Tudor times. Lawyers play tennis here in the summer evenings and it has also become the site for evening suppers for some London's homeless. The Inn is surrounded by a brick wall separating it from the streets. The buildings are used both by barristers and solicitors and other professional bodies. Open: Mon - Fri: 07.00 - 19.00. The Inn's buildings, however, are only open for organised tours, except for the Chapel (which is open Monday to Friday 9.00 to 17.00 - see below). Tours of the Inn, with registered guides, can be arranged through: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please give at least two weeks notice, preferably longer. Groups will normally comprise a minimum of 15 visitors. The tours, which lasts between 60 minutes and 2 hours, will include, subject to availability, visits to the Old Hall, Great Hall and Chapel. Prices: 5-45 GBP, depending on duration of visit. The tours start in the morning at 10:30 am and in the afternoon at 2:30 pm.
The Great Hall now serves all the normal purposes of a hall in an Inn. During the four dining terms of the year, each 23 days long, it is used for dining, and students of the Inn keep their terms then. In addition, the hall provides lunches for members throughout the year.
The Great Hall exterior:
The Library is open to all students and barristers of Lincoln's Inn, as well as outside scholars and solicitors by application. It is part of the Great Hall Building (with your face to the building - on the right side).
Lincoln's Inn of Court Fields:
Lincoln's Inn of Court Chapel:
The Gothic chapel is from the early years of the 17th century. The current chapel was built between 1620 and 1623 by Inigo Jones, and was extensively rebuilt in 1797 and again in 1883. Open: Mon - Fri: 12.00 - 14.30:
The Old Hall is the finest building in the Inn and, indeed, is one of the finest buildings in London. It is small but beautifully proportioned and executed. It is very rarely open to the public.
Exit the Lincoln's Inn fields from the same entrance (the most western one) you've entered (Lincoln's Inn Fields road).
Here, you can make a detour and visit one or two museums which are adjacent to the Lincoln's Inn premises. Sir John Soan's Museum is at 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields (opposite the north border of LIncoln's Inn) and The Hunterian Museum is in 35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields (opposite the south border of LIncoln's Inn). From the west exit/entrance of Lincoln's Inn - you have to turn RIGHT to Soan's Museum and turn LEFT to the Hunterian Museum.
In case you want to visit the Sir John Soan's Museum, (and Royal College of Surgeons), 35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields - turn right and head north on Lincoln's Inn Fields. The museum is opposite the southern part of Lincoln's Inn Fields premises. Otherwise - continue from (1). Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 - 17.00. Last entry 17.30. Closed every Sunday, Monday and bank holiday. Admission is free. The quietest time to visit is when they open at 10.00. The Museum is lit by candlelight on the first Tuesday of each month, from 18.00 until 21.00. This event is extremely popular and many more people arrive. For this reason, at 17.30 the museum issues tickets to the first 200 people who arrive. Photography, using either a camera, mobile phone or iPad is not permitted in the Museum. Born in 1753, the son of a bricklayer, Sir Soane died in 1837 after a long and distinguished career. He designed 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields as his home and as a setting for his antiquities and works of art. After his wife's death he lived here alone, constantly adding to and rearranging his collections. The house was left by its owner in his will for all people to see. He established the house as a museum by Act of Parliament (1833) requiring that his romantic and poetic interiors be kept as they were at the time of his death. This is something you rarely find. This museum is a great experience. There's so much packed into it. In some places It's dark which makes viewing difficult at times. The picture room with the multiple panels of paintings is quite fantastic. Note: the house might be under refurbishment - but the museum is still open:
In case you want to visit the The Hunterian Museum and Royal College of Surgeons - turn left along Lincoln's Inn Fields road and The Hunterian Museum and Royal College of Surgeons, 35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields is opposite the southern part of Lincoln's Inn Fields courts. Otherwise - continue from (1). The Hunterian Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Admission is free and the museum is open to all. The Hunterian Museum is located inside The Royal College of Surgeons of England, 35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields. This is an interesting museum if you are fascinated by anatomy and medical science. I think it should interest every adult. Keep in mind you can fill enjoyable couple of hours spent wandering around a fascinating array of human and animal specimens. True, not for the faint hearted. It is a very weird collection of animals, body parts and even full foetuses hold in jars and on top of that a lot of surgeon history and instruments. You'll learn a lot:
Two floors of exhibits in the Hunterian Museum:
A picture of a British gentleman from the 18th century who weighed 335 kg.:
In case you gave up the Soan's and the Hunteriam Museums detour - continue from here:
(1) Head south on Lincoln's Inn Fields (straight on from the exit you left the Lincoln's Inn) toward Sardinia St. Continue onto Portsmouth St. and at Nos. 11-13 stands the Old Curiosity Shop - believed to be the original for Charles Dickens book of the same name. Probably the oldest shop in London - a 17th century building. It gives a rare impression of London before the Great Fire of 1666:
Head southeast on Portsmouth St toward Sheffield St. Turn right onto Portugal St. Turn left onto Clare Market. Turn right onto Houghton St. Turn left onto Aldwych. Slight left to stay on Aldwych. The Royal Courts of Justice will be on the left. These are the British main civil courts. Only civil cases are tried: families matters, appeals and liabilities. Criminals are dealt in the Old Bailey. (see later). Closed: public holidays. Open: Mon - Fri: 9.00 - 16.30. Courtrooms are open to the public, but, with stringent security checks. No cameras allowed. The extravagant buildings were completed at 1882 and they contain almost 1000 rooms 5.5 km. of corridors. Try to exit from the south (The Strand) - from the same direction you've entered the complex:
Opposite the Royal Courts of Justice, on 216 The Strand you find the Twinings Tea Shop And Museum. The shop is narrow and long so that each side from the entrance is racked with different products. You will be astonished to learn of the huge range of items that are available. At the rear of the shop is a relatively small museum charting the history of the firm and it's products. You can spend here easily 20-30 minutes. Sample teas can be tried and greatly add to your experience with tea. A visit is highly recommended. Prepare your wallet:
You have to walk back one block before (more to west) to see The George on the Strand pub. This place opened first as a coffee house in 1723. Lots of interesting artifacts and pictures. Price range 10 - 16 GBP for a lunch:
Have a glance at Lloyds TSB Bank PLC, 222 Strand branch - still owning the glorious past atmosphere:
A few steps later, more eastward along the Strand, outside the Law Courts, stands the Temple Bar Memorial - a monument that dates from 1880 and marks the entrance to the City of London. It is a long-standing tradition for the monarch (The Queen or the King) to stop here and ask the permission of The Lord Mayor to enter the City. The huge archway was designed by Wren:
Just before the City and Fleets Street start, take the right (south) leg of Fleet Street and 1 minute walk from the Temple Bar Memorial (near the Wildy Legal Bookstore) there is a small alley (on your right) - leading to the Temple Church and Temple Inns of Court. Actually, there are, here TWO inns of court: The Inner Temple (only the grounds are open, Mon - Fri 12.30 - 15.00) and The Middle Temple Hall (open Mon - Fri 10.00 - 11.30 and 15.00 - 16.00. It is closed frequently for formal events). Advancing along this alley - we see, first, on our left the Temple Church (open Wed - Fri hours change frequently. See open hours on the church main door). Entry charge: 4.00 GBP (2.00 senior citizens). Free to 18s and under. The Temple Church was built by the Knights Templar. The Round Church was consecrated in 1185. The Temple Church Choir and the fine organ can also be heard in concerts, along with two professional ensembles based at the church: The Temple Singers and The Temple Players. Lunchtime Organ Recitals take place on Wednesdays 13.15-13.45. The present organ (currently being restored in Durham) was installed in the church by its builder, Harrison & Harrison Ltd, in 1954.
The name "Temple" derives from the Knights Templar order which protected the pilgrims to the Holy Land. The order was based in this area but its power had been a threat to the British Crown and the knights were forced to leave:
Photo of Queen Elizabeth and her husband (1958) in the Temple Church:
In the church nave - there are effigies (13th century) of the Knights Templar:
The column opposite the church indicated the exact place where the Great Fire of 1666 was extinguished.
The Inner Temple is the eastern part of the complex and the Middle Temple is the western part. The Temple Church is roughly central to these two inns and is governed by both of them. The Inns each have their own gardens, dining halls, libraries and administrative offices, all located in their part of the Temple. They are separated by the Middle Temple Lane.
Most of the land is, however, taken up by buildings in which barristers practice from sets of rooms known as chambers. Until the twentieth century, many of the chambers in the Temple were also residential accommodation for barristers. Nowadays, there are very few number of residential limited to the very top floors and to top lawyers only. The whole area suffered much damage due to air bombs in World War II and many of the buildings, especially in the Inner Temple and Middle Temple inns, had to be rebuilt. Temple Church itself was also badly damaged and had to be rebuilt. Rebuilding was completed in 1959, and today the Temple is a flourishing and active Inn of Court, with over 8,000 members.
The Inner Temple sets of chambers are: Crown Office Row, Dr Johnson's Buildings, Farrar's Building, Francis Taylor Building, Harcourt Buildings, Hare Court, King's Bench Walk, Littleton Building, Mitre Court Buildings, Paper Buildings and Temple Gardens. Inner Temple Gardens were laid out around 1601, with a set of decorated railings added in 1618. The gardens contain various landmarks, including a sundial from 1707, a pair of cisterns dated from 1730 and a lead statute of a blackmoor by John Nost. The gardens were previously noted for their roses, and William Shakespeare claimed that the Wars of the Roses started in the Inner Temple Garden.
The Gateway, at the top of Inner Temple Lane on Fleet Street, is thought to have existed in the same location since the founding of the Temples by the Knights Templar. It was rebuilt in 1610 and again rebuilt in 1748. The building above it (which is not owned by the Inn) is reputed to have been the council chambers of Henry Frederick and Charles - Princes of Wales:
Hare Court, within the Inner Temple:
Middle Temple Hall is at the heart of the Middle Temple Inn, and the Inn's student members are required to attend a minimum of 12 qualifying sessions there - educational elements combined with dinners or receptions with lectures, debates, mooting, or musical performances. Middle Temple Hall is also a popular film location - the cobbled streets, historic buildings and gas lighting give it a unique atmosphere. William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night received its first recorded performance in this place:
Middle Temple Gardens:
Middle and Inner Temple Inns of Court from the south (Victoria Embankment direction):
Exit/Entrance to Middle and Inner Temple Inns of Court from Victoria Embankment:
We leave the Temple Inns of Courts from the point we entered it and continue walking eastward (right) along Fleet Street. England's first printing press was set up in this street and Fleet Street had been the centre of England publishing industry ever since. In No. 37 stands the C Hoare & Co (private banking company) building which was, in the past, the Old Mitre tavern - patronized by William Shakespeare and Ben Johnson. The house was built 1828-30 and was designed by architect Charles Parker:
In 1702 was issued the first newspaper from Fleet Street and, during the following centuries, this street became synonymous with the Press. From the end of the 1980s there were new digital technologies which made it easier to produce papers and the street was abandoned by the Tabloids. Almost all of the newspapers had moved east to Wapping, Canary Wharf and south to Southwark in the 1980s and 1990s. The former offices of The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Express and Reuters are Listed Buildings:
Former Reuters & Press Association Building - 85 Fleet Street (built: 1934-1938):
The Daily Express Building (120 Fleet Street) is a Grade II* listed building located in Fleet Street in the City of London. It was designed in 1932 by Ellis and Clark to serve as the (past) home of the Daily Express newspaper and is one of the most prominent examples of art-deco architecture in London:
Victorian Clock outside the Daily Telegraph Building, 135–41 Fleet Street:
135–41 Fleet Street, the former Daily Telegraph Building:
A short detour. On your left, Chancery Lane. Its length 0.5 km and it connects Fleet Street at its southern origin with High Holborn. Historically, the street was associated with the legal profession, an association which continues to the present day; however, consulting firms, ancillary businesses and the Maughan Library also occupy the street. Lincoln's Inn occupies most of the western side of the lane north of Carey Street. I recommend you'll explore this street and walk back to Fleet Street. The Maughan Library and its clock tower is situated on the eastern side of Chancery Lane, opposite the Law Society:
Several steps later, on Fleet Street, on your left, stands St Dunstan-in-the-Westmore church, 186a Fleet Street. An octagonal-shaped building, it is dedicated to a former Bishop of London and Archbishop of Canterbury. Open Monday-Friday, 09.30 - 17.00. St Dunstan's dates back to the 10th century; it survived the Great Fire of London:
St Dunstan Church clock from 1671. Gog and Magog ringing the bell:
View from Fleet Street to Ludgate Circus and St. Paul Cathedral:
Further along Fleet Street, on your right (a bit off Fleet Street) is St. Bride Church or the Press Church. OPen: Mon - Fri 08.00 -18.30, Sun 10.00 - 13.00, 17.00 - 19.30. Closed: public holidays. One of Wren's best-loved churches. Popular venue for memorial services of departed journalists. World reputed octagonal spire- built in 1703.
The underneath crypt contains Roman pavement:
... and fantastic exhibition on WW2 history of the City of London:
Continue along Fleet Street and cross Fetter lane. Pass Crane Ct and Red Lion Ct, on your left. On the third alley, to your left - turn left onto Johnson's Ct and zig-zag in this alley until you arrive to Dr. Johnson's House - a former home of the 18th-century English writer and lexicographer Samuel Johnson. Built in 1700 by wool merchant Richard Gough. it is a rare example of a house of its era which survives in the City of London. There are many other houses of this period elsewhere in Greater London, but this is the only one in the City and the only one of Johnson's 18 residences in the City to survive. It is located at No. 17, Gough Square, a small L-shaped court. Johnson lived and worked in the house from 1748 to 1759, and, there, he compiled his famous A Dictionary of the English Language:
Hodge - The Cat of Dr. Johnson in Gough Square. It is written there:
"When a Man is Tired of London' he is tired of life. For there is London all that life can afford...".
Offices Buildings in Gough Square:
Vertical Gardening in these buildings - Gough Square:
Head south on Gough Square, turn right toward Bolt Ct, turn right onto Bolt Ct, turn left to stay on Bolt Ct. The Starbucks Cofee is on your left and (above the average) McDonald restaurant on your right. Turn LEFT onto Fleet Street.Our next destination is Holborn. So, you can continue along Fleet Street and TURN LEFT ONTO Shoe Ln. Head north on Shoe Ln toward Wine Office Ct. Turn right to stay on Shoe Ln. Turn left onto Shoe Ln. Slight right to stay on Shoe Ln. On your right the Garden of St Andrew's Holborn Church (5 St. Andrews Street):
Turn right toward Holborn Viaduct and turn left onto Holborn Viaduct (its northern leg). Walk in Holborn Viaduct (westward) until Waterhouse Square. Skip to (2).
In case you want to see Ludgate Circus and/or the Old Bailey - follow this detour instructions:
Continue eastward along Fleet Street and 5 minutes walk further - you are in Ludgate Circus (in the background: St. Paul Cathedral). Here, in this bustling junction, starts Ludgate Hill which rises up to St. Paul's Cathedral (more to the east):
St. Martin Ludgate Church + St. Paul Cathedral:
Detour to the Old Bailey: Head east on Ludgate Hill toward Farringdon St. Slight right to stay on Ludgate Hill. Turn left onto Old Bailey and the famous court is on your left. The Central Criminal Court deals with major criminal cases from Greater London and, in exceptional cases, from other parts of England and Wales. Trials at the Old Bailey, as at other courts, are open to the public, albeit subject to stringent security procedures. Part of the present building stands on the site of the medieval road which follows the line of London's fortified wall (or bailey), which runs from Ludgate Hill to the junction of Newgate Street and Holborn Viaduct. The public galleries are open for viewing of trials in session.No admission for children under 14. No cameras, video equipment, mobile phones, bags, food or drink allowed in the building. There are no facilities for the safekeeping of such items available at the entrance to the public galleries. You leave your valuables at the estate agents across the road for £1 per item as all electronic devices are prohibited in the court. Just to the right of Hoborn Viaduct, two or three shops down, it is the Scott’s sales and letting office. At Scott’s, you will be charged £1.00p for every item that you leave and they will issue you with a ticket, that you present on your return. Then walk back down to the Old Bailey and once past the famous arches, turn left into Warwick Passageway, where you queue for the Public Gallery. As we said the doors do not open until 10.00. They give you bags to deposit any food or drink, which is also not allowed within the building. Then, through detectors and checks. At last, you are free to visit courts 1 - 12, if they are in session. Be sure to engage with Court Clerks, as they will be paramount in helping you spend your time wisely (not always polite and patient). They will advise on what stage the cases are at, what is expected that day and how extreme or sensitive some cases may be, dependant upon your own personality.
Opening Times: The public galleries are open Monday - Friday 10.00 to 13.00 and 14.00 - 17.00. Visitors must be over 14. Proof of age may be requested by security. Note: you are never admitted before 10.00 and the whole security process will consume significant time. Children or youngsters, sometimes, are not allowed to enter murder trials:
After visiting the Old bailey - continue along Old Bailey road northward until its end and turn LEFT to Holborn Viaduct (Newgate Street on your right). Walk until Holborn Viaduct end and continue in the same direction (north-west) when it changes to Holborn. Continue in Holborn (the northern leg) westward until Waterhouse Square.
(2) We are now in Waterhouse Squre. Waterhouse Square is a large Gothic building of red brick at 138-142 Holborn in the London, owned by Prupim, part of the Prudential group. Do not miss the spectacular courtyard in Prudential building known for its architecture (preservation prize of year 1993). Waterhouse Square is part of the historic Alfred Waterhouse Holborn Bars Prudential offices development on High Holborn. The scheme was substantially redeveloped in 1991 to provide modern office accommodation and is comprehensively refurbished. Originally, the Holborn Bars building was built 1879–1901:
Behind the Prudential Building lies the Anglo-Catholic church of St Alban the Martyr. Originally built in 1863 by architect William Butterfield it was gutted during the Blitz but later reconstructed, retaining Butterfield's west front. It is a building of two lives, as the exterior is a classic Victorian Anglo Catholicism design, the interior is actually a very modern minimalist design:
Opposite the Prudential Building, a bit to the right (east) you see the Staple Inn. A Tudor building that has been used by actuaries since 1887 when the Institute of Actuaries was first based here. Over its history it has been as an Inn of Chancery for younger members of the legal profession and then a principal office for the Actuarial Profession, and continues to be a meeting venue for actuaries. Many actuaries around the world consider it their "home". This half timbered Inn gives an impression of High Holborn before the great fire and redevelopment in seventeenth century when it would have been lined with many similar buildings. The house is not open to the public, although you can have a look around the courtyard:
Walk BACK in High Holborn (eastward) toward Leather Ln. Turn left onto Leather Ln. Turn right onto Greville St. Turn left onto Hatton Garden. Hatton Garden, the centre of the diamond trade, was leased to a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I, Sir Christopher Hatton at the insistence of the Queen to provide him with an income. It is most famous for being London’s jewellery quarter and centre of the UK diamond trade, but the area is also now home to a diverse range of media and creative businesses. Over 50 shops represent the largest cluster of jewellery retailers in the UK. The largest of these companies is De Beers, the international family of companies that dominate the international diamond trade. De Beers has its headquarters in a complex of offices and warehouses just behind the main Hatton Garden shopping street. Appreciate the fine stone carvings of Treasure House at numbers 19-21. Then, look out for the narrow alley of Mitre Court where the Mitre Tavern was first built by the Bishop of Ely in 1546 for his servants. The latter is still contains a piece of the cherry tree around which Elizabeth 1 was said to have danced the maypole.
Our last destination is the Gray's Inn Garden the last Inn Court for today. It is 10 minutes walk from the north end of Hatton Garden to the Gary's Inn Gardens. Turn left to Greville Street. Turn right to Leather Ln. Turn left to Baldwin's Gardens. Cross Gray's Inn Road and continue along Gray's Inn Square.The Gray's Inn Square is on your right:
Turn right toward Jockey's Fields. Turn right at Warwick Ct and Sharp left onto Jockey's Fields. Gray's Inn, is one of the four Inns of Court (professional associations for barristers and judges) in London. Only the grounds are open - Mon - Fri 12.00 - 14.30. The buildings may be visited only by prior arrangement. This ancient legal centre goes back to the 14th century. It was badly damaged in WW2 but much of it has been rebuilt. A Comedy of Errors by Shakespeare was first performed in Gray's Inn Hall in 1594. Charles Dickens was employed here in 1827-8:
It is 5 minutes walk to the tube station. We trace back. Head north on Jockey's Fields. Sharp right onto Warwick Ct. Turn left onto High Holborn and walk 2 minutes to Chancery Lane tube station.
Bloomsbury: Pancras Station, Midland Grand Hotel, The British Library, St. Pancras Parish Church, Woburn Walk, Bloomsbury Squares (Tavistock, Gordon, Bedford, Bloomsbury, Russel), UCL, the Sicilian Avenue, Hotel Russel.
Start: St. Pancras International station.
End: Russel Square tube station.
Duration: 1/2 day. The other half of the day can be devoted to the British Museum.
Weather: Very good for a dull-gloomy day. Especially - if you predict rain in the second half of the day.
St. Pancras International station stands between the British Library (south), Euston Rd. (south), King's Cross station (east) and the Regent's Canal (north) and St. Pancras/Midland roads (west). Its structure is widely known for its Victorian architecture. THe station was renovated and significantly expanded during the years 2000-2010. A special terminal-area was constructed for Eurostar services to continental Europe. The architecture of the station and its environs is stunning and really mixes up the old the new. Shops and restaurants tend mid to high end in price point. here are many beautiful interesting statues and sculptures even in the ceiling to admire. St. Pancras Station exterior is a marvelous red brick Gothic style giant structure. It is appealing to look at and worth a few snaps of your camera as well (better, during midday with the sun at your back). Exiting the station - you face one of the most glorious of London's red-brick Victorian constructions - the majestic Midland Grand Hotel, completed at 1876:
Head south on Midland Rd. Turn right onto Euston Rd. Turn right onto Ossulston St and the British Library will be on the right. The British Library is the largest library in the world (second largest being the Library of Congress of the United States). The library was originally a department of the British Museum. It became legally separate in 1973. In 1997 it had moved into its new purpose-built building at St Pancras - after a long, public arguments on its budget, location and necessity.
Opening hours: Monday: 10.00-20.00, Tuesday: 09.30-20.00, Wednesday: 09.30-20.00 ,Thursday:09.30-20.00, Friday: 09.30-17.00, Saturday: 09.30-17.00, Sunday and public holidays: Closed. Entry is free.
Visit if you like books and history. Allow, approximately, 2 hours. The "Treasures" room at the library is amazing. The library has some amazing written documents including early religious artifacts, original scores, original books, even original handwritten documents: the Magna Carta, Gutenberg Bible, the 9th century Diamond Sutra (Indian-Buddhist text), Quran, handwritten letters from Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, Lady Jane Grey's praying book, original musical scores from Beethoven to the Beatles. Special exhibitions are held on a regular basis. Stamp lovers should not miss the huge Philatelic Collection. A multi-storey, glass-walled tower houses the King's Library, collected by king George III and donated by George IV in 1832. Beautiful building, too. It's a beautiful building, set back from the Euston Road with a peaceful courtyard (Piazza) at the front. On a sunny day, how nice to sit outside or in the Plaza, with a snack and coffee and watch the world go by. Inside, the cafe is excellent value and the facilities first class:
Issac Newton statue:
Gutenberg Bible (1454-1455):
Book on medicinal plants from year 1440:
Original hand-written document on dreams of Zigmond Freud
Paint from the Indian Mythology - Mahabharata:
Libretto of Henry Purcell from year 1680:
The song "Yesterday" - original hand-written document with hand-writing of Paul McCartney:
Original hand-written words of John Lenon to the song "Hard Day's Night":
The Bible in Ethiopian language:
Ancient maps of the world:
Map of Germany in the biggest Atlas in the world - given to Charles II king of France in year 1660:
Going outside from the BL head southeast on Ossulston St toward Euston Rd. This road is the northern boundary of Bloomsbury. The traffic roars and moves slowly, on this bustling road, west to Marylebone Road and east to the City and Islington. Turn right onto Euston Rd. Stop at the 3rd left turn in the crossway with Upper Woburn Place. Here stands St. Pancras Parish Church. Its crypt can be accessed from Duke's Road (the 2nd turn to the left from Euston). It is a majestic building featuring stunning stained glass windows. The church is peaceful and calming. The building exterior is pretty impressive with some huge pillars and impressive sculptures and flanked by lovely, colourful trees:
Walk approx. 500 m. along the Upper Woburn Place road (passing the Hilton Euston hotel on your right and the Association of Charitable Foundation on your left) - until you arrive to the Woburn Walk - to your left. A narrow restored street with nicely-fronted shops. The poet W.H Yeats lived at No. 5 (1895-1919):
If you entered the Woburn Walk at the west side (from Upper Woburn Place) - you end it at the east opposite the Duke's Road. Don't worry. You return this charming alley whole back. Head southwest on Woburn Walk toward Upper Woburn Pl. Turn left (continuing) Upper Woburn Pl. Turn right onto Endsleigh Pl. Turn left onto Tavistock Square Gardens.
A cherry tree was planted here in 1967 in memory of the victims of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and at the centre of the gardens stands a statue of Mahatma Gandhi, sculpted by Fredda Brilliant and installed in year 1968:
We continue with statues of Indian famous figures. Head southeast on Tavistock Square toward Gordon Square and turn right onto Gordon Square. It is a twin square with Tavistock Square, it is a block away and has the same dimensions... Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) statue is the main attraction in Gordon Square:
On the west side of Gordon Square Gardens you see the most eastern line of the UCL (University College of London) complex of buildings. The main entrance is from Gower Street. Turn right (north) onto Gordon Road and take the left turn to Gower PL and, again, left to Gower Street). Its main building was erected in the 1820s with Corinthian portico:
On the opposite side of Gower Street stands the Cruciform Building (the University College Hospital) - a red-bricked building. You are not allowed to take photos into the universtiy premises. I recommend visiting the UCL galleries and small museums. The main building of UCL is home to the most famous of London's art schools - the Slade. It puts small, temporary exhibitions drawn from its huge collection of works of art (including names like: Rembrandt, Turner, Constable and Paul Nash). UCL Art Museum is open to the public whenever an exhibition is on display between 1pm and 5pm from Monday to Friday. Don't be put off by the small space - some works here are really fantastic and rare. Even, if located in a noisy university - this museum is actually open to all and a very welcoming place. The main peak is prize-winning material from Slade students past and present. A great pleasure.
Female Figure Lying on her Back by Dora Carrington (1893-1932):
he Petrie Museum is one of the greatest collections of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology in the world. It illustrates life in the Nile Valley from prehistory through the time of the pharaohs, the Ptolemaic, Roman and Coptic periods to the Islamic period. Opening times and hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 13.00 - 17.00.
Continue southward along Gower Street about 800 m. (10-12 minutes) until you arrive (on your right, the 4th or 4th turn to the right) to Bedford Square Garden. Built between 1775 and 1783. One of the best preserved set pieces of Georgian architecture in London:
Continue on Gower Stareet, which becomes Bedford Square along the gardens - until the road changes its name to Bloomsbury Street. At this point - turn left to Great Russel Street. Continue along Great Russel Street for 320 m. and at the 4th turn to the right you face the Bloomsbury Square Gardens. Dating from 1665 and the first of London's open spaces to be called a "square". There are many handsome 18th- and early 19th-century houses around:
Victoria House at the Bloomsbury Square:
Do not miss the Sicilaian Avenue on the south-east end of the Bloomsbury Square Gardens. A beautiful promenade with Italian atmosphere:
Return to Great Russel Street. With your back to the Bloomsbury Square Gardens - turn left along Great Russel Street. Turn right onto Montague St. and after 200m. turn right at Russell Square. On your right is the famous Russel Square. To the north is Woburn Place and to the south-east is Southampton Row. Russell Square tube station is nearby to the north-east. One of the bombings of 7 July 2005 was on a London Underground train to Russell Square tube station, and another was on a bus on Tavistock Square. To commemorate the victims, many flowers were laid at a spot on Russell Square just south of the café (light meals only). The location is now marked by a memorial plaque and a young oak tree:
A lovely small, clean, family, friendly park with grass areas and plenty of benches to sit on. The square is beautifully organized and pleasant to hang in:
Hotel Russel is in the nort-east side of the park, behind the Russel Square Cafe. It was built in 1898 by the architect, Charles Fitzroy Doll. The main gimmick of this hotel is that its restaurant is said to be almost identical to the Titanic's dining room. Another one is the 100-yr-old main revolving door. Take the staircase up - to the 2nd floor. It is amazing architectural gem !
From the nort side of Russel Square park turn right (east) to Bernard Street and after 2 minutes walk yo arrive to the Russel Square tube station. To arrive to the British Museum take the Montague Road from the southmost edge of Russel Square park, walk south along the Montague and turn right to the Great Russel Street.