Chase away the winter blues, Part I

70-minute walk

While there are fewer crowds and queues in London between February half-term and March 'spring break', it can be cold, gray and wet. Here’s a route that includes some of London’s most popular (and some off-the-beaten-path) attractions. 

 The complete walk between Trafalgar Square to Tower Bridge takes a total of 70 minutes with stops along the way out of the elements. The first 35 minutes, includes:

The National Gallery — The Gallery holds 2,300+ of the most revered masterpieces.  Open daily with free entry (there is a charge for some exhibitions). 2077 472885
Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

National Portrait Gallery — It is home to the world's largest portrait collection.  Open daily with free entry (there is a charge for some exhibitions). 2077 472885
St Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE

St Martin-in-the-Fields — As a working church, everyone is welcome to attend their services Tours are offered every Wednesday at 2.30 pm and/or visit the Café in the Crypt. 2077 661100

Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ

Somerset House Free and open to the public, but some exhibitions and events require a ticket. Tours are offered Tuesdays, Saturdays and select Thursdays £8. 2078 454600
Strand, London WC2R 1LA

The Courtauld Gallery — Located in Somerset House, this Gallery features some of the most famous Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, including works by Édouard Manet and Vincent van Gogh and houses the most significant collection of works by Cézanne in the UK along with works Degas, Gauguin, Monet, Renoir, Seurat and more. Entry tickets from £10.

Twinings — The small 300-year-old Twinings shop is easy to miss, but worth stopping in for a visit to their tasting bar at the back of the shop and their mini museum.
Tip : It can get crowded – try early weekday mornings.
Royal Courts of Justice — Tours run from Monday to Friday (if at least 14 people having booked). Pre-booking required £17 (£15 children 14 years and under). 2073 533511
Strand, London WC2A 2LL

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese — This Grade II listed pub that was rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1666 and known for its famous regular patrons, including Charles Dickens and Mark Twain. 2073 536170
Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

St. Paul's Cathedral — One of London's most iconic landmarks is located on Ludgate Hill, he highest point in the City of London.  Open daily with free entry (there is a charge for some exhibitions)
Chasing away the winter blues - Part II will cover the 35-minute path from St. Paul’s Cathedral to Tower Bridge.


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