Summer has certainly arrived in London, and with the sun shining and temperatures rising, the last thing you want to do is spend it underground. Just as well too, with average temperatures measured in the high 20s on London’s busiest tube lines.
It’s true that London’s tubes are the quickest and most efficient way to get around London, but when temperatures rise, they’re certainly not the most comfortable. The Central and Northern lines are known for being the busiest tubes in London, and crowds plus 26°C heat are not a good combination on public transport. Therefore, why not walk instead? Not only do you get to enjoy the sunshine, you get to avoid the sweltering crowds and take in the sights instead!
Central Line – Averaging 26.1°C in summer:
London’s Central Line is the key tube to take you directly through the centre of London (of course). This means you’ll be travelling between some of London’s busiest areas, and with no air con available, the soaring 26.1°C temperatures are a depressing prospect.
So, here are some highlights of what you can enjoy on a lovely stroll along the Central Line, station to station instead!
Queensway – Lancaster Gate – Marble Arch Stations (25 minute walk total)
Stroll Through Hyde Park
Walking between these three stops takes approximately 25 minutes in total, and luckily, running parallel to these three stations is the beautiful, scenic Hyde Park! What better place to walk through? Take yourself out of the urban and into the country for half an hour or so, grab an icecream and enjoy the warm weather the proper way.
Of course, when walking through Marble Arch instead of taking the tube, you get to enjoy the London landmark itself!
Holborn – Chancery Lane – St Paul’s Stations (30 minute walk total)
Holborn Station is right next to the famous British Museum, so if you’re heading somewhere, make sure to pop in for a visit. Culture, art, history – what more could you want?
St Paul’s Cathedral (& Grange St Paul’s)
How could we leave this off our list? Not only is it steps away from St Paul’s Station, our Grange St Paul’s Hotel is also a neighbour! St Paul’s Cathedral is an iconic religious landmark that remains an awe-inspiring place to visit. If you haven’t done already, take a look inside – otherwise, marvel at its architectural beauty as you pass by.
Liverpool Street – Bethnal Green Stations (30 minutes walk)
Old Spitalfields Market
When you walk past Liverpool Street Station rather than taking the tube, you get the opportunity to stroll through Old Spitalfields Market on the way to Bethnal Green (or vice versa)! Open from 10am to 5pm each day except Saturday, it’s a swift 5 minutes walk from the station and offers up a huge selection of street food, clothes, shoes, homeware and gifts.
Northern Line – Averaging 25.2°C in summer:
Taking you from the North of London and back, it’s only logical the Northern Line is the other busiest tube in the Capital. Temperatures on the Northern Line are said to reach a sweltering 25.2°C in the summer months, so all the more reason to get on your trainers and start walking. Want to know what you’re missing out on when you take the tube? Take a look at our Northern Line walking highlights below.
Waterloo Station – Embankment – Charing Cross Stations (20 minutes walk)
South Bank & The Thames Views
Enjoy views of the Thames, the iconic London Eye and the Shard whilst you walk over Waterloo Bridge – the ultimate selfie spot! Not only are the views on this walking route incredible, the Southbank is always lively and buzzing to walk through.
London Bridge – Monument (5 minutes walk)
Alternative Thames Views & The Monument
Taking an alternative route to Waterloo Bridge, you can also take in the views from London Bridge, crossing over the glistening Thames. Once crossing the bridge, you’ll see The Monument – a tribute to the Great Fire of London in 1066.
Charing Cross – Leicester Square – Covent Garden Stations (10 minutes walk)
London’s hub of entertainment, Leicester Square itself is worth walking through rather than getting the tube, bright lights, bars, casinos and busy restaurants everywhere you turn!
Just look at how much there is to do:
Royal Opera House & Covent Garden Market
3 minutes away from Covent Garden Station is the stunning Royal Opera House, home to the Royal ballet. There’s also Covent Garden Market for you to meander through on your walk! Selling a vast range of wares including food, drink, gifts, homeware, jewellery and much more.
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