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Sightseeing on foot - some ideas for long walks or short strolls


Central London showing some principle locations including the central royal parks. Main shopping and theatre areas are in the West End. "The City" is the business district. There is a concentration of restaurants around Soho and Fitzrovia. 
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Walking in London 1 - Along the Thames
Walking from old docks and warehouses to the seat of government, a section of The Thames path makes an excellent London walk:-. 
London Walks 1 - From Limehouse Basin to The Houses of Parliament

Walking in London 2 - Royal Parks and Mayfair
Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace, combined with some more off beat places in a circular walk. London Walks 2 - Trafalgar Square through Mayfair and Buckingham Palace

Walking in London 3 - Legal London
Temple - Royal Courts of Justice - Carey Street - Old Curiosity Shop - Lincoln's Inn - Umbrella shop -
British Museum 
London Walks 3 - Legal London

Walking in London 4 - Greenwich 
The Royal Naval College - Cutty Sark - Meridian - Royal Observatory 
London Walks 4 - Greenwich

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London Guide Books
To get the most out of London it pays to be reasonably well informed, the books listed here range from guides suited to the general tourist to the definitive reference work for the interested Londoner.
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Walking in London and Greater London

volume 2Time Out London Walks
"Time Out" is London's premier weekly listings magazine. They publish an excellent series of  "what to do in..." guides.
Contributors include travel writer and BBC London presenter Robert Elms.
Volume 1
"Thirty walks from London writers, each revealing a personal insight into their chosen corner of the capital. With contributors including novelists, journalists, comedians, cartoonists and historians, the result is a book that can be read with pleasure at home, as a collection of writings about London, or used as a practical guide to the city's streets and green spaces. "
Volume 1
Volume 2
Secret London
Andrew Duncan
Underground London. Exploring the hidden city with eight original walks including three following buried rivers, The Fleet, Tyburn and Westbourne. 30 unusual places to visit.
Walking London
Andrew Duncan
30 walks, mainly in central London but spreading out to the most interesting areas away from the centre, including Greenwich, Windsor (well away!) and Hampton Court.
"‘the best and most comprehensive of its genre…the skill which sets this volume above other publications is the way in which practical details about the route are woven with historical and contemporary information..a definite buy" The London Society
Favourite London Walks
Andrew Duncan
50 of the best walks from Andrew Dunce's other books.
Walking Notorious London
Andrew Duncan
New and old notorious London, brothels, prisons, executions, swindles, murders, rookeries, prostitution, porn' trade, gang warfare, gambling and royal mistresses.
Walking Village London
Andrew Duncan
25 London villages, away from the centre, London is full of what were once separate villages that still retain a special character. Hampstead, Wimbledon, Kew, Bexley, Dulwich, Highgate etc.
London Walks Map
Andrew Duncan
30 walks on a map.
London The definitive walker's guide Saunders Cicerone
300 walks. This is London walking for those looking to plan mainly "green" walks all over Greater London rather than those looking for historical walks in central London. Each walk is given a short description and is summarized by 16 factors including good detail of terrain and surface, signage and, an innovation, "green" and "blue" percentages. (an estimate of the percentage of the walk next to grass or water). Illustrated with attractive photographs. An initial map section shows the location of the walks. Where wheelchair access is available it is detailed. Indeed, as the section on "challenge" walking comments that for many any walk is a challenge I feel the author is very sensitive that not all have his natural abilities (long time member of Long Distance Walkers Assoc.). The guide cannot of course give "turn left here" descriptions of so many walks but it does give details of where to get (usually free or inexpensive) full details of each work. 

Discovering Off-Beat walks in London
John Wittich Ron Phillips
A pocket sized guide to a range of walks round some of the most interesting parts of central London.
St Pauls, London Wall and Cheapside
Lincoln's Inn Fields, The Royal Courts of Justice, Carey Street, Temple Bar
Chelsea, The Kings Road, Cheyne Row
Fleet Street, Temple Bar, The Old Cheshire Cheese
Westminster, the Royal Parks to Westminster Abbey
Blackfriairs, The Mermaid, Old Palace Yard
Mayfair, Green Park, Shepherd Market, Berkeley Square, Grosvenor Square.
The Monument, Leadenhall Market, Eastcheap, St Michael's Alley, Ball Court.

Sketchmaps, photographs and a commentary of all the interesting things along the way.

100 Walks in Greater London
Mainly circular walks covering the wider area of London.


London by pub, pub walks around historic London
"The first work to describe London's historic pubs in any detail... illustrated
with gem-like colour photographs" The Guardian 

CAMRA London Pub Walks - Steel
Independent guide to nearly 200 pubs with routes of varying lengths. Beer range and architecture. 


Also: Historic pubs of London - Bruning

More on pubs

City Secrets : London - editor Kahn
Novelists, journalists, artists, architects, curators, designers, playwrights and directors reveal their favourite discoveries in the ultimate insiders guide.


National Trail Guide "The Thames Path" 
You could of course walk the whole of the Thames path, if time is not a problem
2001 edition showing several material recent changes bringing several new sections of riverbank onto the route. Description plus extracts from OS maps at 1:25000 and 1:16000 scales.
London Theatre Walks
Jim de Young
Thirteen dramatic tours through four centuries of history and legend
see also:-
The Theatres of London - Mander

The Great Theatres of London - Bergen

Theatre London: an architects guide - Heathcote

London Theatres - Mike Kilbarn, foreword Zoe Wanamaker

Walking the London Blitz
An unusual angle. Seven walks in City and West End designed to bring the Blitz to life. 

Walking Haunted London
Richard Jones
Professional tour guide Richard Jones gives the low down on Jack the Ripper, Dick Turpin and the the spookiest places in London.


Walking Literary London
Roger Tagholm
25 walks around literary London (with maps).Novelists, poets and playwrights, both  ancient and modern.


London General Guides

Time Out London
General guide to match the walking guide

London A-Z
Street map book with gazetteer of all street names.
(Every Londoner owns one of these and every visitor should have one)
LondonCentral area only

Collins - London by tube
Which stations serve which places, a colour coded guide for visitors wishing to use the underground for a London visit (Jan 2003 out of print)


Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness Guides
Eyewitness London
copyright DKcopyright DKExcellent pocket sized general guide with heavy emphasis on visual presentation by maps, 3D street plans, cutaway diagrams, drawings and photos. Remarkably easy to follow compared with a written guide. 
History and culture. "What to see" with cutaways and floorplans so you will not need further guides. Street maps. Restaurant and hotel listings. Entertainment. Survival guide. Travel information. 

"The guides that show you what others only tell you".

Eyewitness Great Britain 
Likewise whenever I visit an unknown country I take the Eyewitness guide for the country. The same great presentation as the city guides.

Eyewitness Europe 
A compressed guide to Europe for North Americans doing a "grand tour". If investing a lot of money in a tour of Europe my recommendation is to get all the Eyewitness individual country guides, it is a small percentage of the total cost of the trip. On the other hand perhaps you like to travel light with just a single guide for the main sites?

Eyewitness: Great places to stay in Europe
A guide to what the title says, what more can I say?

London Guide
London at Dawn - Epes
Colour photographs of London in the small hours and at dawn
Exploring London's gardens, a seasonal guide - Lister
A professional gardener explores the great and the good, the small and the hidden, the green spaces and the unsung corners of green London.
83 gardens including Chelsea Physic Garden, Middleton House Garden with its "plant asylum" for odd growing plants and the Kensington Roof Garden.
Each garden described with access details (including disabled) and monthly lists to visit each garden at its best.
Legal London, a photographic history - Mark Herber 
Old photographs of legal London

London Reference books

The London Encyclopaedia
Ben Weinreb & Christopher Hibbert
Exhaustive London reference. Over 1000 pages and 5000 entries. The history and culture of London up to the present day. A few years since published so don't expect the latest buildings etc. This is the book for the London enthusiast who does not mind a rather dry text but appreciates the facts.



London: The Biography - Peter Ackroyd
The city recorded as a dynamic living entity. Drink, sex, poverty, crime, the sewage system, food, disease, fire, immigration, war. Peter Ackroyd is an eminent novelist and biographer.
copyright materialThe London Photographic Atlas
Fascinating! All of London photographed from the air. Note the London Eye (top) in this reduced size (x4) example laying horizontal on the river ready to be lifted into position. View more pages at Amazon (UK site only).
copyright materialA History of London - Inwood
"A wonderful book" The Financial Times
The Annals of London
A chronological history of 1000 years of London


A Short History of London - A.N. Wilson
A chronological short history of London, designed to be read over a weekend. Wilson celebrates cosmopolitan London, arguing that the monoculture of the period of two world wars was an exception and that London at other times has always been "foreign" to England, having, after all, been founded by the Romans. He sees the Victorians as having shaped much of modern London, although links back to earlier periods can be found everywhere. Post war, he is critical of the work of property developers and the brutalist concrete architecture of the sixties housing estates. Finally the Millennium Dome and populist mayor Ken Livingstone's 2002 London Plan get their share of criticism. 


London under London: A subterranean guide
Richard Trench
The secret London of the tube tunnels, sewers, pipes and cables. One of the most popular books on London, now in its sixth reprint.
 A Dictionary of London Place Names
David Mills
"It does what it says on the can!"
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