13 Attractions to see during your West End walk in London

Walking in the West End London
Walking in the West End London
West End Walk, London

Table of Content

TRAFALGAR SQUARE AND THE NATIONAL GALLERY

COVENT GARDEN AND NEAL’S YARD

LEICESTER SQUARE AND CHINA TOWN

SHAFTESBURY AVENUE

PICCADILLY CIRCUS

ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS

THE STREET OF PICCADILLY AND GREEN PARK

OXFORD STREET AND REGENT STREET

BUCKINGHAM PALACE

ST. JAMES PARK

Why is the West End called the West End?

 

The West End is named because the City of London was the central part of London, then it expanded as the years went by. The West End is the western part of Central London, and it’s where all the major attractions are and where tourists hang out.

You’ll enjoy your West End walk because there are so many things to see and do without spending any money, unless, eating and buying souvenirs of course. This is where all the famous landmarks are situated. 

 Although the attractions in the West End are next to each other, walking around can be tiring if you’re not used to it. I recommend spending at least half a day to a day here. Many Londoners are known for walking from A to B, especially if it’s short distance, so if you’re not a walker, make sure to take a lot of rests between your walks. Otherwise, skip some attractions altogether or spend less time as advised in this guide.

Don’t use this guide religiously, but tweak it so it can be tailor made to your walk. You can start anywhere you’d like, just use Google Maps to get around, the distance is the same as using this guide. Public transport here is very convenient compared to many countries around the world, so if you get lost, go to the nearest tube station or bus stop. Please note, that walking around can take up to 2 hours, not to mention going inside some attractions, lunch, shops, and dinner. 

Summary of your West End Walk

 

The best place to start your West End walk is from Charing Cross Station, it’s one of the major stations in London. If you get off at London Bridge, you’d have to walk further into the West End, otherwise, take the bus. If you’re taking the bus, the traffic can be bad, and you’d have to squeeze through with other people on the bus. It can be claustrophobic.

Start in Trafalgar Square and head over to the Strand towards Covent Garden. From Covent Garden, walk towards Monmouth Street and find Neal’s Yard, one of London’s hidden gems, also an Instagram worthy place. From here, The British Museum is 12-minute walk or 13 minutes using the Piccadilly Line and stop at Russell Square Station.

British Museum

To your left, you’ll end up in Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue where you’ll see many famous West End theatre shows including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Les Miserables, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and many more. Turn left at the end of Shaftesbury Avenue and you’ll be in Chinatown and Leicester Square, turn right, you’ll be in Soho, a great spot for nightlife, the LGBT community, and many restaurants. Walking straight on will lead you to Piccadilly Circus. 

Piccadilly Circus is linked to Regent Street, Oxford Street, and Tottenham Court Road for the designer and high street brands. You’ll find the Liberty’s Department Store, a Tudor department store dating back to the 15th Century, Hamleys Toy Shop, and many more.

(Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is open mid-October, dates to be confirmed.

 

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square and The National Gallery

Trafalgar Square and The National Gallery

 

Trafalgar Square not only is an icon but celebrates the victory of the Battle of Trafalgar. The British naval won against the Napoleonic War between France and Spain in 1805. The tall Nelson’s Column standing in the middle commemorates Admiral Horatio Nelson who brought excellent strategic plans within the British navy, later died in the Battle of Trafalgar, hence the name Trafalgar Square. Now, Trafalgar Square holds many events from religion, politics, national events to demonstrations.

As for the National Gallery, if you’re interested in classic artists such as Van Gogh, Anthony Van Dyck, Monet, and many more, then you should visit. You can also watch exhibitions while you’re there for free. On their website, there are virtual tours you can see during COVID-19. You get to see what to expect before you go there.

Piccadilly Circus and Statue of Eros

Walk up to the street of Piccadilly. You’ll see Lillywhites sport shop, the 19th Century bookshop for the Queen, Hatchard’s, Waterstones selling 20,000 books, Fortnum & Masons department store, Burlington Arcade, Royal Academy of Arts, St. James’ Church and Market, The Ritz Hotel and Green Park, one of 8 royal parks of London.

Walk through Green Park towards Canada Gate, the tall black and gold iron gate, leading to Buckingham Palace. From Buckingham Palace, walk towards St. James’ Park and the Horse Guard Parade. During summer, you can visit the Buckingham Palace State Rooms.

Walk through Horse Guard Parade archway, turn left, you’ll end up in Trafalgar Square again where your walk will finish. 

We’ll talk about each attraction in detail below.

Covent Garden

Covent Garden, West End

 

From Trafalgar Square and Charing Cross Station, you’ll see Itsu, McDonald’s, Sainsbury’s, Topshop and Pizza Hut. There are small independent theatres around here and the Lyceum Theatre for the Lion King at the end of the street. The Lyceum Theatre is closed until the 26th June 2021, but feel free to book tickets on their website.

Walk up towards The Strand Hotel and turn left, where you’ll be in Covent Garden. The first thing you’ll notice is the Covent Garden Piazza.

There are many things to do in Covent Garden. The cobbled square makes the environment feel British. You’ll see several shops from Tom Ford, Chanel, the busy Apple Store, the Moomin Shop and the Tin Tin Shop. Benjamin Pollock’s Toy Shop is permanently closed due to COVID.

Covent Garden

You will also see crowds of people in the square watching street performers. They can be cheesy, but kids still love them. On the other side of Covent Garden, you’ll see live statues, when you toss a coin, they’ll move positions. At the moment, due to COVID, there aren’t many street performers out there, expect for the one in the Square.

There are also many bars, cafes, restaurants, and pubs to choose from ranging from £10 – £15 a meal. The three food outlets include The White Lion Pub, Crusting Pipe, a wine bar and restaurant, great for Afternoon Tea, and Sushisamba, a popular chic restaurant for high-end dining among the Brits. McDonald’s and Shake Shack for fast food restaurants and the busy Flat Iron for steak are all here. The Flat Iron is always busy and can be claustrophobic, but the service is second to none.

Attractions in Covent Garden include The London Transport Museum, a museum of the history of London’s transportation going back to the 17th Century. The London Transport Museum opens from 10 am – 6 pm, Monday to Thursday, and 10 am – 9 pm Fridays.

There are many activities for children of all ages, and they can jump on board some of the transport. Children under the ages of 17 years old go free of charge. Spend 1 hour here if you wish.

Other attractions include The Royal Opera House, St. Paul’s Church, a hidden gem opened in the 17th Century, the crowded Apple Market, and Jubilee Market.

Apple Market has several stalls selling hand made products. Situated in the 19th Century Covent Garden Piazza, the Apple Market sell handmade products from shiny silverware, fashion accessories, house ornaments, and many more. Prices range from £10 upwards.

Jubilee Market is another market behind Apple Market. This market usually sell British souvenirs, London sweaters and t-shirts and many more. It’s larger and more crowded than the Apple Market, and there’s usually no space to walk past and you may have to walk in a slower pace.

All around Covent Garden, you’ll see many blue coloured plant carts as part of the Covent Garden décor and it’s worth taking several photos in front. Spend at least 40 minutes to an hour at the London Transport Museum and 1 hour in Covent Garden.

 

Hidden Gem: Neal’s Yard

 

After Covent Garden, make your way into a hidden gem Neal’s Yard. This is one of London’s hidden gems. Between the shops in Monmouth Street, you’ll easily miss a small alleyway. It looks just like a normal alleyway, but as you soon as you go inside, you’ll see tall colourful 19th Century buildings consisting of many shops, from a small hairdresser to a traditional British pub with a patio and a health store. From Neal’s Yard, head over to Charing Cross Road and Shaftebury Avenue, the famous West End theatre District.

Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus

 

At the end of Shaftesbury Avenue, you’ll be in Piccadilly Circus, turn left, you’ll be in China Town. Between China Town and Piccadilly Circus, you’ll be in Leicester Square. 

Piccadilly Circus is nothing but a social hangout. People usually take photos of the giant billboards and have lunch at the Shaftesbury Memorial statue. Spend no more than 30 minutes here. The only reason why it’s so popular is because of its location. It’s connected to the theatre district, Leicester Square and Regent Street, the shopping district, if you want to buy the latest designer and high street brands. Hamley’s Toy Store and the 15th Century Liberty’s Department Store are situated here.

If you are a science enthusiast, check out Bodyworld where you will discover the inner part of the human and other mammals’ internal organs and its muscles. For opening times and when the museum will open, check out their website here.

 Around Piccadilly Circus, you will find Criterion Theatre where you will see major shows in the West End. In my opinion, the shows aren’t that popular compared to Les Miserables and Harry Potter the Curse Child among many others but if you are a theatre buff, you’re more than welcome to have a visit and enjoy the architecture. 

People usually spend time in Piccadilly Circus after a hard day of shopping. Others would go there before and after a theatre show, a place to eat your take away, and listen to noisy buskers singing by the Shaftesbury Memorial. It’s the many streets linking to Piccadilly Circus that should be given special attention to.

Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain

 

The Statue of Eros was originally called the Shaftesbury Monument after the Victorian philanthropist, Lord Shaftesbury. It opened in 1893, informally, it is called the Statue of Eros because it wants to reflect the Greek God of Desire.

From above the skyline, the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain rises high. The giant colourful billboards flashing in Piccadilly Circus above as people walk and take selfies around them. The giant colourful billboards and the Shaftesbury Memorial are only used for selfie purposes.

At the beginning of Shaftesbury Avenue, check out Rainforest Cafe and you’d feel like being in the Amazon Jungle. Hear sounds of crickets, frogs, and imagine yourself at night when night crawlers come out. Check out their restaurant downstairs and exotic toys and goodies.

Beeping cars, taxis and loud engines from the iconic red buses drive around the busy roundabout around the Statue. Use the zebra crossings when possible, it’s really dangerous if you don’t look where you’re going. It seems like Piccadilly Circus is surrounded by a colony of ants from the top.

The loud trumpets, guitars, bass, and piano from buskers performing make the Circus that extra special if you like a vibrant and loud atmosphere. The smell of fresh air feels like the new fragrance of fresh bedsheets during the breezy Winter months. Piccadilly Circus lights up at night, and you can usually see the lights from the billboards reflected on the vehicles driving past.

It’s not about what goes in on Piccadilly Circus, it’s about what’s going on around it that matters. People are attracted to this area because of its West End location, set in the heart of Central London. Whether you want to go shopping, dining, watching long-running theatre shows, socialising or enjoying the nightlife, it’s all here.

There are several ways you can get to Piccadilly Circus. There will be a tube line in the Bakerloo (brown) and Piccadilly (dark blue) Line. The lines run 24 hours every Friday and Saturday ONLY.

Buses that go to Piccadilly Circus are 12, 453, 94, 3, 12, 88, 159, N3, N109, and N136. The N stands for Night buses.

Soho 

 

Soho becomes lively at night. This is where you go to get your dancing shoes on and look glitzy. From gay clubs to packed traditional British pubs, to mid-range and high-end restaurants serving food from around the world, there’s always something to suit your taste buds. If you’re in Soho, check out Vapiano’s Italian Restaurant. It’s always packed with people, there’s always going to be a long queue, but you order with the chef, and queue up in either the pasta, spaghetti, or salad section. They’ll give you a buzzer while you sit down and wait for your meal. Once the buzzer flashes, you’re ready to eat.

 

Hidden Gem: The House of MinaLima

 

Located in the heart of Central London, Soho, behind Shaftesbury Avenue, House of MinaLima is a Harry Potter gift and merchandise shop. If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, then this place is for you. The storefront looks like an arcade; red all over with small light bulbs surrounding the name of the shop. It’s situated below a pink bricked house; you can’t miss it. You will often see several black and white Harry Potter billboards, a replica of several posters and billboards you’d see in the movies. Other items include the flying envelopes that the Dursley’s kept from Harry, a statue of Hedwig, a large artwork of the Marauder’s Map on the floor, (you can step on it), many books on witchcraft and wizardry as well as the Dark Arts. See the exhibition downstairs for more surprises.

Situated behind Shaftesbury Avenue, the major West End theatre district, House of MinaLima has several members of staff who would be willing to help you choose your Harry Potter products. They’re the real Harry Potter fans. If you haven’t had enough of the Harry Potter Studio Tour in Leavesden, then visit the shop when you get back to London (if you have enough time that is). The store closes at 7 pm.

Regent Street and Oxford Street

Regent Street London

Regent Street is connected to Piccadilly Circus. Regent Street is personally better than Oxford Street because there are more things to see. Hamley’s Toyshop is here. You can usually find shopkeepers entertaining children and parents at the entrance, especially during Christmas. You also have the busy Apple Store as well as Carnaby Street. A cobbled walkway consisting of many small designers and beauty stores as well as coffee shops and cafes.

Liberty’s Department Store is also here. The Tudor style department store is always busy with shoppers, especially during Christmas. If your budget can afford it, why not splash some cash on souvenirs.

As for Oxford Street, it’s busy but it’s just full of high street shops. Selfridges is the only store that’s worth browsing and shopping for. Other than that, Oxford Street is full of high street shops such as Zara, Primark, H&M, and many more.

Hidden Gem: Secret bar The Luggage Room

 

If you want to try out something different from the usual partying areas scattered in every corner of Soho, you must try out several secret bars, which London is well known for. Hidden from the busy life of the city, this post wouldn’t be complete without acknowledging obscure secret cocktail bars around London. Here is one called The Luggage Room.

The luxurious, cosy, and dark cocktail bar has an intimate setting hidden in the aristocratic area of Mayfair. The Luggage Room offers 19th Century alcoholic drinks to the current period. If you want to experience the lively atmosphere, make sure you check in during the weekends by 10 pm.

The simple black door has a silver lion knocker. It can easily be missed and be mistaken for an abandoned house. However, as people reach the basement, you’d feel like being the set of the Great Gatsby movie. The afternoon tea cakes and sandwiches taste the same as the afternoon teas served around London, but the sweets and savouries taste so different from the other restaurants and cafes in London.

Check out the marble fireplace, the leather menu imprinted with the club’s initials, a selection of cocktails that used to be served in medieval times down to the peanuts. These small details are what make the place memorable, especially when you’re spending time with your family and friends.

Harry Potter the Cursed Child theatre

Leicester Square

The magnificent, 20 feet oak leafless trees surrounding Leicester Square stands tall. It seems like it’s protecting the people and the square from bad luck. In the middle of the square, a tall righteous statue of William Shakespeare looks down on the children playing by the many fountains surrounding it.

Usually, in summer children play by the fountains and people sitting on benches surrounding the square reading, people watching and socialising. Here, tourists and locals come together to socialise and have a good time.

Home of film premieres with the likes of Star Wars, Spy, and Tomorrow Land, Leicester Square is always overflowing with international visitors. It makes Leicester Square the second to the Hollywood scene.

Visit the Odeon Cinema and Empire Casino. There are various Odeon cinemas across London but what makes Odeon Cinema Leicester Square special is that it’s home to film premieres as well as old and modern movies unlike other Odeon cinemas around London. It also has an IMAX theatre as well as state of the art 9 screen cinema.

I’m not really much of a gambler but Empire Casino is one of the high end casinos in London. Read the reviews here on TripAdvisor and check out their website for more detail.

Fast food restaurants, Mexican, Italian, Mixed Grill and the always busy pub The Moon and the Stars scatter around Leicester Square. Having visitors watch the premiers and international visitors from all over the world come to Leicester Square, I can feel the community come together and you can see the multi culture of London all over again.

Leicester Square is another place to socialise and eat. As most know, Leicester Square is the home of film premiers, and it can be as busy as Covent Garden, but space is larger, and not so crowded.

The first thing you’ll notice is the Hippodrome Casino if you’re coming from Leicester Square Station. If you’re the gambling kind, the Hippodrome Casino is a great place to hang out. Like Covent Garden. Don’t forget to ask around for theatre tickets in several booths around here. The queues are usually long in these ticket booths, but the prices are worth it. 

Many people have recommended to go up the Indigo Restaurant for a great view of London, but, personally, it’s not worth it. London is very industrial so don’t expect a spectacular view from the Indigo Restaurant, although the view of Leicester Square from above is great. It’s better to go up the Shard or Sky Garden in the evening. You’ll also see a great view of the Shard from Sky Garden.

The Leicester Square Hotel, Premier Inn Leicester Square Hotel, Radisson Blue, Haymarket Hotel and W Hotel are some 5 star hotels worth checking out. Just type in the hotels’ names for reviews from Tripadvisor.

Can you find the character statues from Singing in the Rain, Paddington Bear, and Bugs Bunny in and around Leicester Square?

 

 SomChinatown

 

Chinatown LondonWhat I love about Chinatown is that there’s so many dishes to choose from, from all around Asia. Sometimes, you may have to line up to get a table or make a reservation beforehand to get a good table. So, for me it’s a bit of a hit or miss. Compared to many Chinatowns around the world, Chinatown in London is quite small, only a few square metres. It will probably take around 30 minutes to walk from one end of Chinatown to the other.

Since the1950’s, Chinese immigrants have settled in London and made businesses here. From restaurants, cafes, supermarkets, beauty parlours to Thai massages and buy Chinese herbal medicines. Compared the US, Chinatown is not remarkably big, and people usually admire the Chinese lanterns strewn at the top of buildings. Day and night are always busy with people passing through or finding a place to eat. Check out the Chinese New Year in Trafalgar Square and what goes on in Chinatown.

As I stepped inside the small Chinatown, there were crowds of people walking under the thousands of red Chinese lanterns strewn above you. Shop owners would have hundreds of crates in the middle of the road full of fresh fruits and vegetables, waiters and waitresses standing outside the restaurants persuading you to go inside and try out their dishes. You could see the people taking food from the buffets by the window in order to tempt you to try out their food, and the menus written in Chinese and English by the door. Sometimes, you can smell the fragrant roast duck and hear the sizzling of the pan. Food here costs around £12 upwards for a meal, so it’s better to try out the eat as much as you like buffet. It’s more cheaper.

The best restaurants I would recommend are C&R, a Malaysian taste and Vietnamese Restaurant next to a small game arcade at the end of the street. C&R is in a small alleyway in Rupert Court. The restaurant can be tight spaced and crowded, sometimes, people queuing up outside the restaurant. Although there are two floors, the selection of food are amazing.

 

Hatchard's Bookstore in Piccadilly
Queen Elizabeth at Hatchard's Bookstore

Queen Elizabeth II, Hatchard’s Bookshop

Hatchard’s black wooden store front still has the 19th Century architecture with two Union Jack flags above to shop. A gigantic crest stuck to the wall can be seen at the top of the shop. This means the shop is an official supplier of goods and services to the Queen. “By appointment to Her Majesty the Queen Booksellers”. Although it’s the one place the Queen buys her products, it’s just an ordinary shop for people to browse and buy. However, admire the dark British 19th Century architecture.

 

 

 

Hatchards bookstore, London

Royal Academy of Arts

Across the road is the Royal Academy of Arts located in Burlington House, open to the general public. Academy of Arts is a place for the public to enjoy arts and exhibitions by practicing artists from around the world nominated by their companions. It is a chance to showcase their work and their commitment to art. Compared to other galleries and art museums, the Royal Academy of Arts is an academy showcasing modern artists that has been appreciated throughout history. I haven’t had the chance to visit the Royal Academy of Arts because of COVID, but once it’s safe to do so, I’ll review it.

St. James’ Church and Piccadilly Market

Piccadilly Market
St. James Church, Piccadilly

Nestled behind the small, intimate Piccadilly Market, opposite the Royal Academy of Arts, is St. James’ Piccadilly Anglican Church dating back to the 17th Century. It’s not a major attraction and there’s not a lot of people visiting, but it’s a good place to get away from city life.

Designed by Christopher Wren, before the dark wooden medieval staircase, look up to a high ceiling and you will see several paintings of priests and pastors since the 17th Century. Admire the gothic window and original brickwork at the top of the stairs.

As you head into the altar, look up to the white arched ceiling adorned with intricate gold décor. This church is a great place to get away from the busy city life. Spend around 30 minutes here.

Fortnum & Masons

Fortnum and Masons is a British tea shop selling teas, biscuits and chocolates. Its British architecture has that British Gothic feel to it and they sell British snacks you never thought existed. As you enter the 18th Century building, you’d feel the dark atmosphere, and as you open the second door, the grand light green and golden building is full of luxurious chocolates, biscuits, teas, and general confectionary from England. You’d feel a million dollars and you’ve just stepped inside chocolate heaven. You can have afternoon tea upstairs in their restaurants but if you don’t want to buy anything, have a browse at least. I haven’t had a chance to eat there and have afternoon tea because of COVID, but once it’s safe to do so, I’ll review it. If you want to have a taste of British snacks, visit Fortnum and Masons.

The Ritz Hotel

Walk further up and you’ll notice The Ritz Hotel. As many know, the famous Ritz Hotel serves first-class fine dining in the heart of London. To be honest, people will just walk through the archway of the hotel, nothing more. I think it’s a nice hotel to admire.

Next to The Ritz Hotel is The Green Park, one of 8 royal parks of London. The Green Park is not as beautiful as the other eight royal parks, but take some time to enjoy nature, the 19th Century buildings around it, the flowers, the many large oaks, and ash trees as well as the memorials. People hardly pay attention to the memorials here, but children often like to play by them.

The Ritz Hotel

New Bond Street and Burlington Arcade Shopping Centre

Opposite the Ritz Hotel, you’ll come across a bright side street full of designer brands, from Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci and many others. As you walk through the street, you’ll see different coloured flags representing Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and many more. Their large glass doors clear and immaculate with their golden handles. You can see inside the store. Usually, there are several store assistants with their black and white suits standing in every corner, and one or two people browsing and buying bags and fashionwear.

 

As for Burlington Arcade Shopping Centre, you’ll see rows of luxurious boutique stores ranging from luxurious coffee shops, fashionwear, expensive designer watches, and many more. You can feel the dark, and intimate 19th Century architecture and high bright arched ceiling. The walkway isn’t that long, it probably takes about a minute or two from one end to another. It’s nice to walk through it, as you’d feel you stepped back to the Victorian times.

Green Park

Buckingham Palace

Beyond Green Park, you will notice a large black iron gate known as The Canada Gate. If you go past the gate, you’ll end in Buckingham Palace. Buckingham Palace is self-explanatory, no need for an introduction.

People like to take photos in front of the palace and hang around by the Victoria Memorial statue in front. If you want to see the Changing of the Guards, you will have to come here first thing in the morning. Get there by 10 am for the 11 am ceremony. The Changing of the Guards lasts for an hour. It does get busy and if you go anywhere else, you’ll miss your spot. The best view is the left-hand side of the iron gate.

There so many reasons to visit Buckingham Palace, and if you want to find out more about the Buckingham Palace State Rooms, it’s open during Summer. Click on the link to find out more.

Buckingham Palace

St. James’ Park

St. James' Park, London

Stock photography of St. James’ Park. If you look closely, you’ll see a larger version of the Horse Guard Parade and a great view of the 19th Century building behind.

The Blue Bridge, St. James' Park, London

A photo I took of St. James’ Park from the Blue Bridge. A big difference to the stock photography image.

Next, take some time enjoying one of the 8 royal parks of LondonSt James’ Park. Unlike Green Park, St. James’ Park has more activity for everyone. If you want to make the most of St. James’ Park, walk down the small steps towards t. James’ Lake. You’ll see many ducks, swans, and birds, as well as wild greenery, sprouting out of the water.

While you’re walking on the path, you will notice several plaques that say, “Princess Diana Memorial Walk”. This means the path is a memory to Princess Diana of Wales. Turn right, you’ll notice several bushes opposite a white-water fountain, not usually used, and much wildlife. Between the bushes, you’ll see a great view of great 18th Century buildings with a view of the London Eye and the lake. Go back to the path where you came from and walk up.

Princess of Wales Memorial Walk

As you walk up, you’ll notice a blue bridge over St. James’ Lake. Take some time to take photos of the view of Buckingham Palace and the London Eye. This blue bridge is a great area to procrastinate and enjoy nature. Next to the blue bridge, you’ll come across people crowding a large tree. Here, you’ll see several green parakeets who are tamed enough to sit on your hand if you give them some food.

Walk further up, you will see a path going up to Duck Island. Here, you will see white pelicans sitting on the rocks. They are quite far away and it’s hard to take a good picture but at 2:30pm, it will be feeding time and you’ll be able to get up close and personal with them. Sometimes, they’ll sit by the blue bridge. It depends on the ranger.

Pelicans

Horse Guard Parade

Horse Guard Parade

As you go round the park, you’ll see the Horse Guard Parade. As you can see from the Horse Guard Parade, the 19th Century building behind Horse Guard Parade from the stock photography above has disappeared. Photos can be misleading, so be careful!

Here, you’ll be able to see Horse Guard Cavalry, another type of Changing of the Guards, Horse Guard Parade at 11 am. It lasts 1 hour. There is a lot of waiting around though, otherwise, there’s nothing more to see here except a wide-open space leading to Trafalgar Square to the left or a 9-minute walk to Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and the Southbank area to the right.

Click for Things to do in Southbank. Further up from Horse Guard Parade, you will see a paid museum Churchill War Museum, a paid museum and the children’s playground area.

Changing of the Guard Horse guards Parade
Horse at Horse Guard Parade

This horse was friendly, not all horses are. Be careful.

Go through Horse Guard Parade archway, you will see two horse guards standing. Get up close and personal with the horses. You can pet them gently, but be careful, they are not to be messed with.

Turn left, you will end up in Trafalgar Square and the free National Gallery again, and this is where you end your walk. Head over to Charing Cross Station to go home.

Note that you may be so tired walking and visiting every attraction, so choose your time wisely. I tend to relax in coffee shops or the nearest parks to have a rest and charge your phone.

Although travelling internationally is not safe now, please stay at home if you can. A fellow blogger Amina Smamri has a lifestyle blog here. She has many ideas about enjoying your time at home. My other passion, other than travalling, are reading books and fashion. Read her two articles on Jill Mansell’s book review here and taking care of your nails while at home here. Since you’re already spending time at home, why not take care of your nails while at home.

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West End Walk, London
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