City Orientation Walk, London

City Orientation Walk, London

London, the capital of Great Britain, is also one of the cultural capitals of the world and has been in place since the Roman times. Many of London's landmarks are truly iconic, such as the Houses of Parliament, ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, to mention but a few. More have been added to the cityscape in recent decades and the number is growing. Follow this orientation walk to visit some of London's most prominent attractions.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: England » London (See other walking tours in London)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
Author: Xena
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Westminster Abbey

1) Westminster Abbey (must see)

Westminster Abbey is a large, mainly Gothic church, in Westminster, London, located just to the west of the Palace of Westminster. It is the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English, later British and later still monarchs of the Commonwealth Realms. According to a tradition first reported by Sulcard in about 1080, the Abbey was first founded in the time of Mellitus, Bishop of London, on the present site, then known as Thorn Ey (Thorn Island). The Abbey's two western...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Portcullis House

2) Portcullis House

Portcullis House is an office building in Westminster, London, UK, that was commissioned in 1992 to provide offices for 210 Members of Parliament and their staff, augmenting limited space in the Palace of Westminster and surroundings. The building was designed by Michael Hopkins and Partners and incorporates Westminster tube station below it. The building's curious profile, with its rows of tall chimneys, is intended to recall the Victorian Gothic design of the Palace of Westminster and to...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Big Ben & Houses of Parliament

3) Big Ben & Houses of Parliament (must see)

Editor's note: At this time and until 2021, the Elizabeth Tower, which houses the Great Clock and Big Ben will be covered for renovation work (tip: walk over Westminster bridge and the clock is still open from that side)

The Palace of Westminster, also known as the Houses of Parliament, is the meeting place of the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom—the House of Lords and the House of Commons. It lies on the north bank of the River Thames in the heart of the London...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Westminster Bridge

4) Westminster Bridge (must see)

“Earth hath nothing to show more fair,” wrote William Wordsworth, while looking out over early morning London from Westminster Bridge in 1802. Of course, he was standing on the first bridge, constructed in 1750 by the Swiss architect Charles Labelye.

The bridge you can cross today was opened in 1862 and was designed by Thomas Page, who also worked on the designs for the Thames Embankment. The bridge spans the Thames from the County Hall and the London Eye on the East side of the river to...   view more
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London Eye

5) London Eye (must see)

The Merlin Entertainments London Eye (commonly the London Eye, or Millennium Wheel) is an extremely large passenger-carrying Ferris wheel situated on the banks of the River Thames in Central London in the United Kingdom.

It is the largest Ferris wheel in Europe and has become the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom, visited by over three million people in one year. At the time it was erected, in 1999, it was the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, until it was surpassed...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Hungerford Bridge

6) Hungerford Bridge

In 1845 the Hungerford Bridge was a suspension bridge that farmers from the south of England used for crossing the River Thames when they freighted their produce to the Hungerford Market, which was the most important market in the south of the capital at that time.

In 1859 the bridge was bought by the South Eastern Railway Company, who wanted to build a railway bridge from the south of England to the capital. Businessmen working in London were leaving their city houses to live in the country...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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The Strand Street

7) The Strand Street

Strand is a major thoroughfare in the City of Westminster, Central London. It runs just over 3⁄4 mile (1,200 m) from Trafalgar Square eastwards to Temple Bar, where the road becomes Fleet Street inside the City of London. The road's name comes from the Old English strond, meaning the edge of a river, as it historically ran alongside the north bank of the River Thames. The street was popular with the British upper classes between the 12th and 17th centuries, with many historically...   view more
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Admiralty Arch

8) Admiralty Arch

Admiralty Arch is one of the most photographed buildings in London. It stands between Trafalgar Square and the Mall – the long road to Buckingham Palace.

The Arch was commissioned by King Edward VII in memory of his mother Queen Victoria, but sadly the king died before the building, designed by Sir Aston Web, was completed in 1911. The magnificent building with its five arches adjoins the Old Admiralty Building from which it takes its name. Originally it housed the offices and residences of...   view more
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Trafalgar Square

9) Trafalgar Square (must see)

With its position in the heart of London, Trafalgar Square is a tourist attraction, and one of the most famous squares in the United Kingdom and the world. At its centre is Nelson's Column, which is guarded by four lion statues at its base. Statues and sculptures are on display in the square, including a fourth plinth displaying changing pieces of contemporary art. The square is also used as a location for political demonstrations and community gatherings, such as the celebration of New...   view more
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National Gallery

10) National Gallery (must see)

A visit to the National Gallery on Trafalgar Square shouldn’t be missed if you are a lover of Western European paintings from the 13th to the 19th centuries.

The gallery was formed by the British Government in 1824 when they bought over 30 paintings from the estate of a merchant and collector of fine arts, J.J. Angerstein. Two-thirds of the collection in the gallery has been given by private donation. The rest has been bought by the government using monetary donations, such as a £50...   view more
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National Portrait Gallery

11) National Portrait Gallery (must see)

London is the home of a great number of museums, galleries and historical buildings, some of which are a bit overwhelming and heavy going; so if you want to spend an afternoon in a light-hearted way, don’t miss the National Portrait Gallery in St Martin’s Place, just off Trafalgar Square.

The great thing about this gallery, opened in 1856, is that the caricatures, drawings, paintings and sculptures haven’t been chosen for the great names of their creators, but for their rarity value –...   view more
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Piccadilly Circus

12) Piccadilly Circus (must see)

Piccadilly Circus was built in 1819 to connect Regent Street with Piccadilly. The Circus is particularly known for its video display and neon signs mounted on the corner building on the northern side, as well as the Shaftesbury memorial fountain and statue which is popularly, though mistakenly, believed to be of Eros. It was named after a house belonging to Robert Baker famous for selling piccalillis (collars).

Why You Should Visit:
A classic, fast-paced London intersection, very centrally...   view more
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Carnaby Street

13) Carnaby Street

Carnaby Street is a pedestrianised shopping street in Soho in the City of Westminster, Central London. Close to Oxford Street and Regent Street, it is home to fashion and lifestyle retailers, including a large number of independent fashion...   view more
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Walking Tours in London, England

Create Your Own Walk in London

Create Your Own Walk in London

Creating your own self-guided walk in London is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
South Bank Walk, Part 2

South Bank Walk, Part 2

Continue your cultural walk along the southern bank of the River Thames and enjoy the unique attractions it hosts. Buzzing with life and joy, London's South Bank will eagerly reveal all of its secrets. Take this tour and check it out yourself.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Holborn/Covent Garden Walk

Holborn/Covent Garden Walk

During this self guided walking tour around Holborn and Covent Garden areas you will have a chance to visit such famous and interesting London attractions, as National Gallery, London Coliseum, London Transport Museum and many others. Don't miss your chance to explore the best of the Holborn and Covent Garden areas.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
West End Nightlife

West End Nightlife

Be prepared for the exciting, throbbing sensation of London's nightlife, one of the best in the world. You will find everything you are looking for: trendy clubs, hot atmosphere and exclusive drinks. Follow this London West End nightlife tour to get the party started!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
South Bank Walk, Part 1

South Bank Walk, Part 1

The South Bank is the area in London on the southern bank of the River Thames that houses a number of important cultural buildings and is always crowded with tourists. It is now one of London's most important cultural centers. Take this tour to reveal all of the South Bank secrets.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 km
London's Historic Pubs Walk

London's Historic Pubs Walk

If there’s anything more an iconic symbol for London than Big Ben or the London Eye, then it must be the traditional English pub and London is full of them, dating from pre-Victorian times to just about five minutes ago. With so much history surrounding London there is no shortage of historic pubs to choose from. Whether you fancy half timbered, rambling watering holes or small but perfectly formed pubs in central London you'll be spoilt for choice with the selection of historic pubs in the capital. Standard opening times are between 11am and 11pm (10:30pm on Sundays or on public holidays; Scottish pubs generally do not open on Sunday).

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
Walk around Buckingham Palace

Walk around Buckingham Palace

London is deservedly recognized as one of the cultural centres of the world. Among many cultural treasures found here are perfectly reserved ancients buildings, grandiose monuments and beautiful statues, as well as museums with wide collections of various objects, featuring traditions of different nations and epochs. This self guided walking tour around Buckingham Palace will reveal some of the most exciting London mysteries to you.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km

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