Although London is an expensive destination, you can explore the city on a budget. At the Central Hotel, London, we are committed to helping our guests stretch their pounds as far as possible. Therefore, we have collated a sequence of walks that you can do without a guide to experience the history, culture, and spirit of the English capital.
London South Bank
Starting at the London Eye on South Bank, you can opt to take a spin on the Ferris wheel or visit another of the local tourist attractions such as the London Dungeon or the SEA LIFE Centre London Aquarium.
Following the riverbank eastward, you will pass the National Theatre, the OXO Tower, and Blackfriars Bridge before reaching Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe. Before reaching Borough Market, you have the option to see a replica of the Golden Hinde and tour the Clink Prison Museum.
Conclude this self-guided tour at Tower Bridge with the option to book a ticket to enter the Tower of London and learn about the city’s mediaeval past.
Little Venice and the canals
Little Venice and the Regent’s Canal is an absolute must for guests of the Central Park Hotel, Paddington. Plus, it’s extremely romantic for couples.
Start with brunch at Paddington Basin and follow the towpath to the canal junction at Rembrandt Gardens. Head eastward along the Regent’s Canal which will skirt around the perimeter of the Regent’s Park where you can break away to explore. Otherwise, continue following the towpath to Camden – with the option to continue walking as far as your legs will carry you.
The canal system stretches as far as the Olympic Stadium in Stratford and would require at least another day or two of walking.
Street Art of London
Head to Camden and take a stroll along Camden High Street, which is brought to life with bold and colourful shop fronts. Do also wander the streets of the main road. For example, Miller Street, Kentish Town Road, Stucley Place, Buck Street, Hawley Street, and Harmood Street are decorated with street art and murals. This area is ideal for photographers.
You may also follow the Amy Winehouse Trail, which starts at the bronze statue of the singer at Camden Stables Market.
City of London
Begin at St Paul’s Cathedral with the option to visit the interior or admire the church from the ground. Follow Cannon Street eastward and you will reach the Monument to the Great Fire of London.
From here, you will pass the Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street. While it is free to visit the observatory, advance booking is mandatory. Due to high demand, you will need to do this at the same time you confirm your reservation at the Central Hotel, London.
Meander through the ornate Leadenhall Market and pick up a coffee and pastry before Bishopsgate and then London Wall leads you to the Museum of London. This free museum is dedicated to the city’s turbulent history. Conclude with a wander around the Barbican Centre, where another tropical garden awaits you.