Want to do all the London sightseeing, very quickly? Then here’s the route map for you.
Redditor magulagie has created the ultimate sightseeing walk for tourists in a hurry. Just a shade over five miles long on the map, it takes in a ton of London’s most iconic features, and if you avoid going inside any of the places you pass, it’ll only take about two hours! Perfect for ticking a lot of tourist-y boxes, filling up that Instagram story, or just getting your bearings on foot at the beginning of a trip. (See more free things to do in London.)
You’ll start off at Trafalgar Square…
Take a stroll along the Mall…
Until you arrive at Buckingham Palace.
Then head along Birdcage Walk.
Until you get to Westminster Abbey.
The Houses of Parliament, and Big Ben, are right next door.
Then head over Westminster Bridge…
And you’ll get to the South Bank. Along here you’ll see the London Eye:
The Southbank Centre:
And book stalls under Waterloo Bridge.
You’ll go past the scrap of sand we call the foreshore (and maybe even some sand sculptures!) and the OXO Tower.
Before too long you’ll arrive at the Tate Modern.
The world’s most popular art gallery, don’tcha know? Are you going to go in? NO THERE IS NO TIME.
Carry on along the river a little bit and you’ll see Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
And this is embarrassing but (for the only time on this walk) you’ll have to double back on yourself very slightly.
Then it’s over Millennium Bridge:
Until, you reach St. Paul’s Cathedral!
I hear it’s beautiful inside, but you’re not allowed to take photos anyway so quite frankly who’s got the time?
Time to walk along Cannon Street…
This bit’s a bit boring, to be honest.
…until you get to The Monument!
Here’s what it looks like from the top.
A bit like a very tiny prison courtyard with a memorable view?
Now just roll down Lower Thames Street and you’ll soon get to the Tower of London!
You could go in, meet the ravens, ogle a Beefeater, check out the Crown Jewels. Or say ‘nahhhhhhhhhhh y’alright’ and carry on.
Tower Bridge is like right next door. Get a load of that.
Then just a couple of minutes away you’ll reach the pretty marina at St. Katherine’s Docks:
Until – hurrah! – you finally arrive at a flower-festooned pub.
Well played, my tourist friend. Well played.
See the full map here.