5 walks to discover contemporary London London

LIVERPOOL STREET STATION TO DALSTON

East

This walk follows a straight line north from the financial district, through Shoreditch and on to one of London’s most vital areas, Dalston. Starting in sight of the Gherkin and Lloyd’s building you’ll go past Spitalfields Market, Shoreditch Church, the Geffrye Museum, Dalston’s Ridley Road Market and the Rio Cinema. Continue on to Stoke
Newington Church Street if you’re feeling energetic.

SOUTHBANK RIVER WALK

Southbank

This walk follows the Thames Path along the river and is one of the most revealing and pleasant in London. Begin outside the Royal Festival Hall and continue east past the Hayward Gallery, BFI cinema and the brutalist National Theatre building. Continue on to Borough Market and Southwark Cathedral, taking in Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Clink Street.

Mayfair

Mayfair

Between Hyde Park to the west and Regent’s Street to the east Mayfair is London’s most exclusive district, home to its most luxurious shops, hotels and restaurants. A circuitous walk should take in Berkeley and Grosvenor Squares, louche Shepherd’s Market, Burlington Arcade, Saville Row, the Royal Academy of Arts and Bond, Brook and Duke Streets for shopping.

HACKNEY

Hackney

From Hackney Central station explore along Wilton Way and down through London Fields to Broadway Market, before making your way back via Mentmore Terrace and Mare Street. You’ll soon see why this is one of the hippest parts of town, with so many creative new businesses.

WHITECHAPEL TO ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL

East

Begin in the old East End at Whitechapel station and head west along Whitechapel Road. There’s an Asian street market here selling food, fashions and plenty more besides, plus a possible diversion onto the southern, Bangladeshi end of Brick Lane. Continue on to the Whitechapel Gallery, then negotiate Aldgate Circus and continue on through the financial City district, via Leadenhall Market and the Bank of England, to the cathedral.

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