4.5 of 5 (2 votes)

Parks, palaces and Portobello Road

A leisurely walk (city/town) starting and finishing in City of London, England, about 6.62km (4.11 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 1:30. It is suitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 16m (52ft)
Loss 22m (72ft)
Max. Elevation 40m (131ft)
Elevation (total) 38m (124ft)
Ladbroke Grove (tube or bus)
Westminster Tube
Distance 6.62km
Duration ~1:30
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 01 Apr 2008
Walking is the best way to see London and with public transport everywhere, you can start and finish pretty much where you like. This walk takes you through the heart of London - from the famous markets of Portobello Road to Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, and finishing in the City of Westminster, home to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. If you only have a short time in the capital, then this will give you a taste of what the city has to offer.

Walk Functions


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Walk Map


OS Grid TQ242813
Head along Westbourne Park Road and Portobello Road is on the right. This world famous street is home to antiques shops, boutique stalls, fruit and everything else in between. There's some fantastic (if pricey) food stalls. The market is open every day except Sunday and in full swing on Saturdays.
Notting Hill Gate About 1.41 km (~0.88 miles) from
OS Grid TQ253804
Follow Portobello Road right to the end, then its a short walk to Notting Hill Gate. From here, head along Bayswater Road to the northwest corner of Hyde Park.
Hyde Park About 0.58 km (~0.36 miles) from
OS Grid TQ259805
It's 'pick your own route' time. There is plenty to see in the 350 acres of Hyde Park - the Serpentine Lake, the ill-fated Diana Memorial fountain, the bird sanctuary and plenty of walking routes. Head towards Hyde Park Corner on the opposite corner.
Green Park and Buckingham Palace About 2.54 km (~1.58 miles) from
OS Grid TQ283798
From Hyde Park Corner, it's a short hop across Park Lane (take note, Monopoly fans) to Buckingham Palace, sitting in front of Green Park and St James' Park. Make sure you get a photo of the Guards in front of the palace.
The Mall About 1.22 km (~0.76 miles) from
OS Grid TQ295800
You are right in the heart of Royal London here, and the tourist shops won't let you forget it. Soak up the atmosphere by walking along The Mall, past Clarence House (where the Queen Mum lived) and oh look, another world famous landmark - Trafalgar Square!
Big Ben and Westminster About 0.74 km (~0.46 miles) from
OS Grid TQ302796
From Trafalgar, head along Whitehall and the impressive Houses of Parliament come into view (and yes I know Big Ben is the bell, not the tower). After a long day's walking, it's probably time for a drink and a look through the photos - there are loads of pubs to choose from in the area.
Westminster Tube Station About 0.13 km (~0.08 miles) from
OS Grid TQ303797
Westminster tube station is just across from Big Ben. before heading home, enjoy one of London's classic views - the River Thames from Westminster Bridge.

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