I'd been to London before, on a group tour, but I'd never really walked it. So, when my best friend mentioned that we could see quite a lot on foot, in one stretch of road, I agreed. Let me tell you now, if you don't like walking, or tire quite easily, this is probably not for you.
We started out at her flat, right around the British Museum, and headed down Charing Cross Road towards Trafalgar Square. We were momentarily sidetracked by a little alleyway of antiquarian bookstores, but after looking through all of their rummage bins, we continued onwards. We eventually passed the National Portrait Gallery, and then found ourselves in Trafalgar Square. The National Gallery is here, and it's quite popular to sit on the lions at the base of the Lord Nelson statue. We then crossed through the busy intersection, continuing on to Whitehall, the road that Charing Cross becomes.
We'd seen Buckingham before, but if you're interested, it's right down through the arches to the right of the intersection. Interesting fact about The Mall: The Mall is long enough to safely land a jet if the Queen needs to be evacuated by air!
While walking along Whitehall, we came to St. James's Palace, where the mounted guardsmen are. Did you know that the horses get to stop working at 5pm? After that, the guards continue on, standing for the night. If you look across Whitehall, from where you stand at St. James' Palace, you have a neat view of the London Eye.
We kept on down Whitehall, and we eventually reached the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Note: Big Ben isn't the clock, it's the bell!
After visiting Westminster, we continued to the left of the Houses of Parliament, and headed straight over the Thames, to get a picture of the back side.
After this, we were pretty hungry, so we stopped for lunch, and decided to take the subway back to the flat.
If you do walk, you get a viewpoint that you can't really get on a tour bus. You can stop, and get all sorts of neat pictures. So if you're up to it, try walking London, you'll see it as a Londoner does.