Walking in London

walking in london“Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.”
Steven Wright

“No city should be so large that someone can’t walk out of it in a morning.”
Cyril Connolly

Pick up a copy of the Evening Standard magazine today and read Will Self’s article about walking in and out of London. Then wrap up warm this weekend, leave your home and walk for as long as you can. Because like Self, ‘I truly feel that if all Londoners walked out of the city once a year, it would do more for our sense of civic pride than any number of mayoral or local governmental initiatives’.

So, where to walk to? Head out of London through Wanstead and Snaresbrook en route to Epping. Or walk alone into London and gain some perspective at the memorial to heroic self-sacrifice at Postman’s Park.

Walking in London (and out of it) is always worth it, I promise.

P.S. Will Self on skyscrapers

4 thoughts on “Walking in London

  1. Lee Newham

    When I first came to London in 1992, I was doing work placements. Then I got my first job which paid 4.5k a year. My pay didn’t cover a flat, so I stayed in various places for free with friends. At the weekends, I’d walk everywhere. I hardly knew London, but with a Travelcard, a belly full of pound slices of pizza with dodgy coleslaw I discovered most of London. I’d walk from Belsize Park to Blackheath and back via Maida Vale, from Burnt Oak to Camden, from Greenwich to Oxford Street. I’d make it a rule to walk somewhere I’d never walked before. Detours were good. There was no plan.

    I got to meet people and started to love London. It’s changed a lot. There are few places that offer solitude any more. The South Bank used to be quiet in places. I even saw Banksy before he was famous putting up an artwork (there were a few of them, it wasn’t him alone).

    I loved looking up at buildings and catching glimpses of how things used to be, how they changed, imagining who lived in places and how and why areas evolved. The layers of history are still there to see.

    What saddens me now, is that 24 years ago, the grottyness was old, the neglect was os something that used to be beautiful but was now falling down, or an old shop sign that had been left. This neglect was discovered and cherished (like Shoreditch) and made beautiful again (when it wasn’t redeveloped).Now the grottyness is new, plastic, cheap, gaudy or fake.

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    1. Carla B Post author

      Just seen this Lee and really pleased you commented. Can’t imagine what it must have been like to live in London then. Like you I’ve walked and continue to walk all over London – but the things I see are very different now to what you saw then. If you don’t mind I’d like to post your comment in a new blog post – I think there are lots of people who’d like to read it.

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