London’s Thames is one of the most iconic rivers in the world and is easily recognisable due to its snakelike curls through central London and the iconic riverside landmarks along its banks. The meandering waters of the Thames take visitors through the many characters of London, the glittering corporate skyscrapers, the medieval grit and dockland moss all meld into a larger face – that of the city of London. The different facets of London’s riverbanks must be seen to be believed and guests at hotels on Bayswater Road London are ideally situated to explore the many landmarks on the River Thames and its tributaries.
From atmospheric city rambles to nature trails along its banks, the banks of the River Thames offer unique insights into the history and terrain of the English capital. It’s not just the Thames though that can reveal layers of the city, but its canals and long-forgotten tributaries. This blog will outline some of the best walks along the waters of London for first-time guests at accommodation near Oxford Street to walk, swim or sail their way on their London adventure.
South Bank To London Bridge
The walk from the South Bank to London Bridge may be short but it pulls out all the stops along the way. Along this bustling walk you’ll pass through the heart of London and see landmarks such as Big Ben, the Southbank Centre, London Bridge and the Globe Theatre. Showcasing both modern culture – in the form of the British Film Institute and National Theatre – and the old (Globe Theatre), walking along the South Bank is like travelling through London’s history.
Waltham Abbey To Broxbourne
Whilst a little further out than the other walks on this list, the Waltham Abbey to Broxbourne canal walk is well worth the journey. Taking you through Greater London and Hertfordshire’s most beautiful landscapes, this walk follows the River Lea – which begins in East London and carries on into Essex. See houseboats, water birds and ancient villages along this 4.3 mile river walk.
Little Venice To Camden
Perfect for nearby guests at the Park Avenue Bayswater Inn Hyde Park Hotel, this walk takes you through the heart of north west London’s canal system and up the historically important Regents Canal. Through London’s idyllic Paddington and Little Venice area you’ll pass houseboats and canalside cafes as well as the tranquil Rembrandt Gardens. Entering into the Camden area via the Regent Canal will take you through the famous markets that the area has become so well known for.
Angel To Broadway Market
Though you could theoretically walk the entirety of Regents Canal from Little Venice to Limehouse, it would take a good day to do so. Splitting this walk into two sections means that you’ll have more time to appreciate the sights and sounds of Angel and nearby Islington, whilst seeing how the historic morphs into the artsy as you pass through East London.
Greenwich To The Thames Barrier
With a rawer and more industrial feel to it, the walk from Greenwich’s riverside to the Thames Barrier will offer guests at hotels near Queensway London a journey into the busy docklands days of London. The walk will take you through the Greenwich Peninsula Ecological Park and give you great views of London’s entrancing industrial zones.