The Jubilee Walkway - Walk 4
The Western and Jubilee Loops
This afternoon’s walk completed The Jubilee Walkway (Western and Jubilee Loops) and it seemed apt to finish it today as Queen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning British monarch, surpassing the reign of her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.
Starting in Covent Garden you pass by the Royal Opera House which is one of the leading opera houses in the world and is home of The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet and the Orchestra of the Royal Oper House.
Heading west through Leicester Square you come to the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. It houses the greatest collection of Western European paintings in the world and was built here in 1831 as it was considered to be the very centre of London.
Adjacent is the National Portrait Gallery which is an art gallery housing a collection of portraits of historically important and famous British people. It opened in 1856 and was the first portrait gallery in the world.
Heading through Admiralty Arch you head down The Mall which is London’s main Ceremonial route from Buckingham Palace to the City of London. The Queen’s coach cam along here to her Coronation in Westminster Abbey in 1953, and to St. Paul’s Cathedral for the thanksgiving services for her Silver (1977), Golden (2002) and Diamond (2012) Jubilees.
Heading round the edge of St. James’s Park you come out to Parliament Square, the Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey. Passing through Victoria Tower Gardens you cross the Thames via Lambeth Bridge.
Walking beside the Thames on Albert Embankment you pass by Lambeth Palace which has been the historic London residence of Archbishops of Canterbury since the 13th Century.
The path continues under Westminster Bridge and becomes The Queen’s Walk and you pass by the London Eye, County Hall, the Southbank Centre, the National Theatre, the OXO Tower and the Tate Modern.
Over the Thames again, via the Millennium Bridge, you pass by St. Paul’s Cathedral and down Fleet Street once home to Britain’s national newspapers and news organisations.
A quick walk through Lincoln’s Inn Fields brings you a stroll away from the end of the walk in Covent Garden which once housed a fruit and vegetable market in the central square but is now a popular shopping and tourist site. It is home to the Royal Opera House, the Theatre Royal, St. Paul’s Church (the Actors’ Church) and the London Transport Museum.
Distance: around 7 miles.