Walk From Trafalgar Square to Westminster to the London Eye

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Admiral Nelson Statue, Trafalgar Square, London Photo

Admiral Lord Nelson Statue, Trafalgar Square, London Photo.
Admiral Lord Nelson Statue. Wendy Bumgardner © 2005

Enjoy photos of this 3 mile walk through London, England including Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Westminster, the London Eye, and the Golden Jubilee Bridge.

Admiral Nelson Statue, Trafalgar Square, London

Trafalgar Square is a major intersection of London. The statue celebrates the victory of Admiral Horatio Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar over the French. Enjoy the swarms of pigeons and climb up on the lion statues.

I'll begin my walk here, having arrived via the Underground to Charing Cross or Trafalgar Square stations. Art lovers must tour the National Gallery. I stopped in to visit my favorites, Rembrandt and Vermeer.

From Trafalgar Square, I take Whitehall to Westminster.

London Walking Guidebooks

"Rick Steves' London" Updated yearly, this book describes several wonderful walks in and around London, in addition to travel tips and sights to see. Rick Steves is always the first source I go to when planning a vacation in Europe.
"Frommer's Memorable Walks in London"  An excellent guidebook to enjoy truly interesting walks in London. I enjoyed several of the walks and was never disappointed in discovering nooks and crannies and history I would have missed otherwise.

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The Old Admiralty, Whitehall, London

The Old Admiralty, Whitehall, London
The Old Admiralty, Whitehall, London. Wendy Bumgardner © 2005

The Old Admiralty, Whitehall, London

The Old Admiralty on Whitehall is just one of the many historic sites on this governmental boulevard. From this building, Brittania rules the waves. Suitably, I am listening to one of the "Master and Commander" series of British Naval novels by Patrick O'Brian on my MP3 player.

Along Whitehall you will also pass the Banqueting House where King Charles I was executed, and the Horse Guards, which has a Changing of the Guards ceremony Monday - Saturday at 11 am and Sunday at 10 am.

You will also pass Downing Street (blocked off and well-guarded) where the Prime Minister makes his or her residence, and the Ministry of Defense.

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Whitehall and Westminster Abbey Photo

Whitehall, site of world's first traffic light.
Whitehall, site of world's first traffic light. Wendy Bumgardner © 2005

Whitehall, site of world's first traffic light.

At the end of Whitehall we can see Parliament Square and Westminster Abbey. This is the site of the world's first traffic light, a blessing for pedestrians everywhere.

You can proceed ahead to tour Westminster Abbey, or turn left to pass by Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.

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Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament Photo

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament
Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Wendy Bumgardner © 2005

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament

The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben are key landmarks on the Thames River for any London walk. You can appreciate them from the Westminster Bridge for good photos.

Tour Information: Houses of Parliament

From this location, you can catch river tours at the Westminster Pier. The Westminster Underground station is here if you want to arrive or depart from here.

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Ad Astra RAF Statue at Westminster Pier, London Photo

Ad Astra RAF Memorial, London
Ad Astra: RAF Memorial on the Victoria Embankment. Wendy Bumgardner © 2005

Ad Astra statue, near the Westminster Pier, London, England

From the Houses of Parliament, turn left to the Westminster Pier. From here you can catch river tours if you want to see London from the river Thames. This Ad Astra statue is in memorial to the RAF personnel lost in the two World Wars.

Now we return back to the Westminster Bridge and cross over to the South Bank.

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London Eye Photo

The London Eye on the Thames River, London, England
The London Eye on the Thames River. Wendy Bumgardner

The London Eye on the Thames River, London, England

The London Eye is on the Thames River across from the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. This giant observation wheel opened in 2000 in celebration of the turning of the millennium. You can ride 135 meters up to view the city of London for 30 minutes. You can book your ticket online or get in the queue.

On our walk, we cross the Westminster Bridge and turn left on the Jubilee Promenade to pass by the London Eye.

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London Eye and the Golden Jubilee Bridge, London Photo

London Eye and the Golden Jubilee Bridge, London Photo
London Eye and the Golden Jubilee Bridge, London Photo. Wendy Bumgardner © 2005

London Eye and the Golden Jubilee Bridge, London

The London Eye is on the south bank of the Thames River. You can stroll over the Westminster Bridge from the Houses of Parliament and turn left on the Jubilee Promenade. Here you can see our return bridge, the Golden Jubilee Bridge.

On the Westminster Bridge, we have walked 1.2 miles from Trafalgar Square. The London Eye is at the 1.5 mile mark of our walk.

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London Eye and Houses of Parliament on the Thames River Photo

London Eye and Houses of Parliament on the Thames River Photo
London Eye and Houses of Parliament on the Thames River Photo. Wendy Bumgardner © 2005

London Eye and Houses of Parliament on the Thames River

Now we have passed downriver of the London Eye and have a view back of the Houses of Parliament in London, England. The Jubilee Promenade on the south bank of the Thames is a very pleasant stroll. We have come 1.5 miles from Trafalgar Square, via Whitehall, across the Westminster Bridge. We will continue on the Jubilee Promenade.

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Jubilee Promenade, London, England

Jubilee Promenade, London, England is a lovely walk along the south bank of the Thames River.
Jubilee Promenade, London, England. Wendy Bumgardner © 2005

The Jubilee Promenade, London, England is a lovely walk along the south bank of the Thames River.

The Jubilee Promenade stretches along the south bank of the Thames River from Westminster Bridge, past the London Eye. The wide walkway has many benches for resting and enjoying watching the other walkers. It is pleasant and quiet compared to the north bank walk along the Victoria Embankment, which is alongside a busy roadway.

Here we can see St. Pauls Cathedral further downriver.

But we will instead turn left and cross the Golden Jubilee Bridge, pedestrian walkways built along each side of the Hungerford Bridge.

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Golden Jubilee Bridge, London Photo

Golden Jubilee Bridge, London Photo
Golden Jubilee Bridge, London Photo. Wendy Bumgardner © 2005

Golden Jubilee Bridge

The Golden Jubilee Bridge, London connects the north and south banks of the Thames River. These two pedestrian walkways were added to both sides of the Hungerford Bridge. We will take the right side walkway to end up on the correct side of the bridge to head to Charing Cross Station. On the bridge, we have come 2.2 miles from Trafalgar Square, via Whitehall, across the Westminster Bridge, past the London Eye, and now back to return.

After crossing the Golden Jubilee Bridge, you can continue on Villiers St. past the Charing Cross Station and turn left on The Strand to return to Trafalgar Square. Your walk will total 2.75 miles.

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