We’re sure we aren’t the only ones missing London’s vibrancy right now, from the wild nights out to the electrifying cultural scene, but we can still find the beauty in it all at a distance.
If you’re looking for inspiration to spruce up your daily walk or are looking for places to visit once restrictions lift, why not explore some of London’s prettiest places for a stroll. From iconic landmarks to the prettiest cobblestone streets, here are our seven favourite places to pass on our daily walks. Enjoy these now or save for a later date.
Please note, if you are heading out ensure you are distancing and sticking to the lockdown restrictions and guidelines to ensure the safety of yourself and others.
It’s also home to Neal’s Yard, renowned for its colourful buildings and independent eateries, and looks like something out of a film. Right now enjoy the slower pace as you stroll from street to street, uncovering beautiful little gems and prime Instagrammable cobbled lanes.
One of the prettiest spots in London, Seven Dials is an oasis of opportunity.
One of the prettiest spots in London, Seven Dials is an oasis of opportunity. During usual times, the area is set at a slower pace and offers a fine space to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
It’s home to over 90 stores including world-renowned international flagships and a wealth of cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs. Our favourite being Homeslice to grab a quiet bite or indulge in their 20inch pizzas with a group of friends.
A few of our favourite streets for photo ops include Lancaster Street, St Luke’s Mews and Westbourne Park Road.
Stroll down here on your next day off for some real movie magic and imagine you’re walking arm in arm with Hugh Grant from the hit 90s film, Notting Hill.
There’s no denying that Notting Hill is home to a wealth of technicoloured beauty. Home usually to the bustling Portobello Market, it’s the lively atmosphere, quirky characters and colourful streets that makes it so special and draws tourists here every year.
While the streets aren’t so tourist ridden right now, head down and see how the other half live inside the rainbow houses and take photos in front of the pretty doors – see if you can find the door with the googly eyes, if you know, you know.
Installed in front of The Royal Exchange, the Paparazzi Dogs installation has become a huge global phenomenon, with the likes of Snoop Dogg eagerly posing with the ‘Pap Dogs’. The display includes hybrid dogmen, all who wear suits and each armed with a camera in a bronze sculpture. Created to give everyone their ‘15 minutes’ of fame, head down this weekend and take a snap with the famous Dogs.
It’s the perfect place to stop by on your daily walk in the City or visit at a later date – the display will be in place until the end of Summer.
Where old meets new, The Royal Exchange is home to a special collection of contemporary luxury brands and provides the perfect space to meet, eat and shop. While the boutiques and eateries may be closed for now, you can still enjoy the beauty of the iconic building from outside.
The historic building celebrates its 450th anniversary this year and to kick off the year-long celebrations is an exhibition of Paparazzi Dogs, a series of sculptures by critically acclaimed contemporary artists Gillie and Marc.
Created to give everyone their ‘15 minutes’ of fame.
Wander along this weekend and walk past Buckingham Palace, Green Park, Kensington Gardens, and of course, the Grand Union Canal at Little Venice. Continue along and you’ll find yourself buried amongst the riverside views of Regent’s Canal too.
Beautiful and mesmerising, Jubilee Greenway provides the perfect backdrop to a Spring stroll or save the route until a later date and reap the benefits in the summer and stop by one of our favourite canalside boozers – our favourite being The Lighterman a little further along in Granary Square. Spread across three floors, it’s home to contemporary dishes and a cracking Sunday roast.
There are loads of canalside walks to visit and stroll along in London, but meander along Jubilee Greenway, the canalside walk dedicated to The Queen. Created back in 2012, the 60 kilometre route marked the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II and has since provided a special space to escape the busy streets.
The 60 kilometre route also links to the Olympic and Paralympic stadium and venues, with various green spaces and waterways to stop off at too.
It’s slotted between Burlington Gardens and the bustle of Piccadilly, and has become something of an iconic London institution, with 2019 marking its 200th anniversary. Anyone who has stepped inside the arcade will recognise the tail-coated Beadles who line the doors. They’re the smallest and oldest police force in the country, and provide a vital role in keeping the shopping district in top form.
Famed for its vintage watches and jewellery shops, head down and snap a photo outside the royal building. It’s truly remarkable.
Enjoy the city being a little quieter than usual and stroll along London’s usually busier streets, Piccadilly. Right now while the restaurants, cafes and bars are closed, and the retail stores aren’t operating, you can still reap all of the benefits and beauty of the city as you stroll along the iconic street, past some of the finest establishments in the world. Our favourite, of course, being Burlington Arcade.
A short stroll down the road and you’ll find yourself at Battersea Power Station, the exciting regenerated riverside neighbourhood. Set on the banks of the Thames, the hub is home to independent eateries, bars, shops and things to do. Last summer even saw a socially distanced outdoor cinema and theatre pop-up, which was a huge success and we’re hoping another will arrive later this year.
For now though, stroll through the park and potter over to Battersea Power Station to soak up the sunset.
We already have an article dedicated to London’s glorious parks but we wanted to touch upon Battersea Park here because it’s just a beautiful spot to whirl away an afternoon – I mean, just look at that sunset. Totally mesmerising, totally gorgeous.
Boasting over 200 acres, Battersea Park was built during the 1800s and has continued to be a favourite place to sunbathe and stroll through by Londoners ever since. It’s brimming with trees, green space and a lake, plus boasts its own children’s zoo too.
The Line is London’s first contemporary art walk that sees art and nature intertwine.
Walk by and spot all of the interesting artworks and sculptures, from Antony Gormley’s Quantom Cloud to Abigail Fallis’s DNA DL90, made out of shopping trolleys in the shape of a double helix.
Helping you get your culture fix and get out walking is The Line, London’s first dedicated public art walk.
Running from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to the Greenwich Peninsula, The Line is London’s first contemporary art walk that sees art and nature intertwine. It follows the waterways and the line of the Greenwich Meridian and helps to inspire fellow artists, creatives and passersby with its awe-inspiring installations and exhibitions.