London is a fantastic city — you don’t need us to tell you that! With hundreds of tourist attractions to see and thousands of eateries to discover, you could spend a lifetime here and still never see them all. To make the most of your time in the capital, we recommend taking on one of the many walking routes and soaking up the sights along the way. Read on to find out about our five favourite walks through this great city.

Thames Path

One of the most iconic walking trails, the Thames Path stretches 184 miles along the River Thames, from its source in Gloucestershire all the way to the Thames Barrier in south east London. The beauty of this walk is that you can choose to start and finish wherever you like, and choose which sites you want to see. From incredible Tudor architecture to the beautiful Hampton Court Palace, and the natural wonders of Kew Gardens to the lush plains of Marble Hill House and Petersham Meadow, there’s something for everyone.

As this is a fairly central path through London, you’ll easily be able to link up with many other walks. To help ensure you get to see everything you want to, we suggest getting a map, choosing your top sites, and making your own path.

The Jubilee Walkway

Originally opened in 1977 as the Silver Jubilee Walkway in commemoration of Queen Elizabeth’s ascension to the throne 25 years earlier, the goal of this route was to connect many of the capital’s top attractions. The whole route is about 15 miles long but is easily split up in to five main routes: the Western loop, the Eastern loop, the City loop, the Camden loop, and the Jubilee loop. If you want to pack as many major tourist spots as possible into a single day, you can’t go wrong with one of these walks.

There are simply too many attractions to list them all, but some of the sites you can see include, the National Gallery, St Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the Tower of London, the British Library, and Buckingham Palace.

Hampstead Heath Walk

In contrast to the other fantastic urban walks on this list, Hampstead Heath is a chance to explore nature, with wild, untamed fields and amazing views of the city. Covering an area of 320 hectares, you’ll find all sorts of fantastic sights in the Heath, from strings of ponds and ancient woodlands to huge bushes of flowers and a vast array of wildlife — including the largest pipistrelle bat roost in London. As one of the capital’s largest green areas, it offers a great chance to find some wilderness within the hustle and bustle of the big city.

There are plenty of self-guided walking opportunities through some of the prettiest areas of Hampstead, with plenty of great pubs and cafés along the way. For the best views, climb Parliament Hill and take in the iconic skyline.

Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk

This seven-mile circular walk is dedicated to the memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, with 90 plaques in the ground (pictured above) marking the route. This walk will take you through four of the eight Royal Parks: St James’s Park, Green Park, Hyde Park, and Kensington Gardens. You’ll also stroll past three palaces and two mansions, and be given the chance to see a selection of locations that were meaningful to the Princess. If you’ve got little ones with you, make a stop at the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Playground, which has plenty of play equipment inspired by the adventures of Peter Pan.

What’s great about this walk is that it runs in almost circular loops, so it’s easy to join at any point and get back to where you began. Many walkers begin their journey at Hyde Park Corner, which acts as a kind of midpoint, allowing you to walk in a number of directions.

The Outer Orbital Path

Not quite as long as the full Thames Path, the London Outer Orbital Path — known as the London LOOP — stretches to a length of 150 miles. The route is the walking equivalent of the M25, circling the entire Greater London area and going through many of the city’s suburbs. There’s a lot of variety on this route, as you might imagine, with a mix of parkland, woodland, and farmland, as well as plenty of canals and rivers to take in. That said, you are in London, and parts of the trail will take you close to busy roads and urban areas.

The London LOOP is a fairly easy walk to follow, and it can be broken up in a variety of interesting ways, meaning you can create a walk to your own specifications and abilities, whichever part of London you are in.

There are so many great ways to explore the city of London. If you’re looking to spice up your walking tours of the city, you might be interested in the Foxtrail London treasure trail. Our unique take on sightseeing will allow you to explore the city on foot while taking on the cunning fox by cracking clues and deciphering codes.

For more great sightseeing ideas, as well as an in-depth look at some of London’s best locations, check out the Foxtrail blog. We’re constantly adding new and exciting ideas, so check back regularly and start planning your next adventure.

Whether you’re visiting London for the first time or have lived in the capital your whole life, you should definitely visit the historic Southwark Cathedral. With a mix of historic and modern architecture, coupled with a long and storied history — including the residence of William Shakespeare — there’s plenty to see and learn. In this blog post, we’re taking a look at the history of Southwark Cathedral and learning about some of the famous faces that have graced its halls, as well as how it has developed over the last millennium.

Unknown origins

Southwark Cathedral or, more formally, the Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St Saviour and St Mary Overie, has a long and storied past, though its true origins remain unknown to this day.

The site is located at the River Thames’ oldest crossing point, which was once the only entrance to the city of London from the south. Stories passed through generations claimed that the site was originally established by a community of nuns as far back as the 7th century, but there is no historical record of a religious site until the Domesday Book of 1086 listed it as a holy site.

Rebuilding history

In 1106, the church was officially founded as a priory by two Norman knights under the Diocese of Winchester. The church suffered extensive damage during the Great Fire of Southwark in 1212 and was rebuilt over the following years under the oversight of a succession of bishops. During the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 1530s, when Henry VIII took control of the country’s religious buildings and wealth to fund his war campaigns in France, the church was taken under the King’s control and rented back to the congregation.

Going it alone

Eventually, the worshippers grew tired of this arrangement and, in 1611, several merchants decided to purchase the church back from King James I for £800. For the next few hundred years, the congregation was able to attend the church unhindered but, by the 19th century, the building had fallen into disrepair. Plans for a new London bridge meant that some Londoners felt the church should be demolished and rebuilt on another site. Ultimately, it was decided that the church should be restored, and many parts of the cathedral you see today are still standing because of this decision.

Becoming a cathedral

Though it has been a place for Christian worshippers for over a millennium, the Southwark holy site only became a cathedral in 1905, with a diocese covering the area from Kingston-upon-Thames to Thamesmead. At the turn of the 21st century, new extensions were added to the north of the Cathedral, providing meeting and conference rooms, a library, an education centre, a museum, a shop, and a refectory. This new cloister was opened by Nelson Mandela in 2001.

Famous congregants

The holy site has played host to many famous individuals over the last 1000 years. Its first and only Royal Wedding took place in 1423 when King James I of Scotland married Joan Beaufort on the site. Famous court poet and contemporary of Geoffrey Chaucer, John Gower was a resident of the church at the beginning of the 15th century until his death in 1408. William Shakespeare was also a resident of the site for a time, and celebrations are still held on his birthday each year. To add to the list of famous writers who graced the church’s halls, Charles Dickens attended meetings and bellringing practice there before his death in 1870.

As you can see, Southwark Cathedral is absolutely bursting with history. If you’re looking for an interesting way to explore this site, and many others around London, then the Foxtrail London treasure trail could be the adventure for you. Our unique take on sightseeing will have you take on the cunning fox by cracking clues and deciphering codes across London.

If you’re looking for other things to do in London or want to find out more about this great city, why not take a look at the Foxtrail blog? Whether you’re new to the area or are London born, there’s a whole host of exciting history to discover.

Visitor information: Entrance to the Southwark Cathedral is free, although a voluntary donation is welcomed. The cathedral also offers various services and tours throughout the week, and photographs can be taken for a small fee. Visit the cathedral’s website for full visitor information.

If you’re looking for a corporate teambuilding retreat that will promote cooperation, boost morale, and get your staff socialising outside the workplace, then one of our London scavenger trails is the ideal activity. In this blog post, we’ll tell you more about what happens during the trail, and why it makes such an effective — and fun — corporate day out.

What happens during Foxtrail’s corporate teambuilding trail?

During our London corporate teambuilding trail, your employees will be split into groups of up to 7 people and tasked with following an urban treasure trail across the city. To complete the trail, they’ll need to crack codes, solve tricky clues, and decipher the hidden messages left behind by our cunning Fox. Plus, your team will get to see all sorts of famous London landmarks along the way, as well as a few hidden gems, too.

Once they’ve beaten the trail, you can even take your team for some celebratory refreshments in a private room at one of our partner hotels — just ask our team for more info when making your booking. Our classic trail takes around 2.5–4 hours to finish, depending on how well your staff can work as a team! You can learn more about what happens on our trails on our info page.

It helps staff to bond outside the office

Firstly, our Foxtrail London route is a fantastic way for employees to get to know one each other outside the workplace. While traditional work mixers like socialising over a meal or a few drinks can get staff chatting, bonding is often much more effective when everyone is collaborating on a joint task. Foxtrail London’s teambuilding trail is completely engaging, meaning your staff will really feel closer to one another once they’ve beaten the trail by working together.

It promotes problem solving

Your employees will need to put their heads together and think on their feet to solve the clues and break the codes. They’ll be using all their observational, analytical, and detective skills in a way that is fun, fast-paced and exciting. Many of the clues can be quite challenging, so they’ll really need to be fully engaged if they want to solve the trail.

There’s no need to worry about getting stuck, though: if a fiendishly difficult problem starts to get in the way of the fun, your team can always contact the Foxtrail helpline for a push in the right direction!

It’ll get staff actively exploring the city

London over the Thames

Foxtrail London will get your employees out of the office and exploring the city together on foot, which can be a great way to shake up their everyday routine. Taking your employees out of a corporate environment encourages them to get to know each other outside of a work context, and it’s certainly much better than spending all day cooped up indoors. Our trails involve a mix of walking and public transport, so you get to be active without being too strenuous, meaning it’s ideal for all ages and fitness levels.

It encourages teamwork

Foxtrail London can be challenging, so teamwork is a must. Our trails are designed to test their wits, meaning your staff will need to communicate with one another to solve the clues and navigate their way through the trail. So, if you’re looking for way to get your staff working together, or maybe shake up the dynamic and encourage a culture change in your workplace, Foxtrail London is a great way to do this.

…and most importantly, it’s great fun

Most importantly, Foxtrail London is a complete blast! All too often, traditional corporate retreats are indoor events involving lots of tedious, forgettable teambuilding exercises that do little to really help your employees connect with one another. Our treasure trail is a fast-paced, active outdoor adventure that will take your staff right into the heart of London, one of the most exciting cities in the world. It’s four miles of fun that we’re confident your employees will still be talking about for weeks to come — what could be better?

Our exciting Foxtrail London scavenger hunts will get your team solving all sorts of clues and riddles as they follow the trail across the city, which will promote teamwork, improve communication, and help employees to bond. If you’d like to learn more about booking a teambuilding scavenger hunt with us, or want to learn more about how we can make your trip a bespoke experience, get in touch with the Foxtrail team today.

London is filled to the brim with some of the most famous sights, landmarks and tourist attractions in the world, but sometimes, you just want to get away from the crowds. Luckily, we’ve shared four hidden gems in London that are still very much off the beaten track, so they’ll be much less crowded. Whether you’re a seasoned Londoner looking for something a little different to do this weekend, or you’re just passing through and want to avoid the usual tourist hotspots, any of these secret spots is well worth your time. Plus, they’re all completely free!

Little Venice

Little Venice, London

You may not be able to jet off to Venice this weekend, but you can pay a visit to London’s very own version of the famous Italian city. Located just north of Paddington along the Regent’s Canal, this tranquil neighbourhood is the perfect location for a lazy afternoon stroll. Complete with flower-filled canal boats, quaint bridges, and inviting waterside cafes and bars, Little Venice is so much like its Italian counterpart that it’s easy to forget you’re still in the middle of London. We recommend starting at the Rembrandt Gardens and following the canal upstream towards Camden to really see the best the area has to offer.

A buried Victorian street

Charing Cross Road in one the busiest roads in London, with commuters and tourists jostling for space as they rush across the city. But while most people pass over the ordinary-looking traffic island on the junction between Charing Cross and Old Compton Street, it harbours a secret: it’s built right on top of an old Victorian street, the remains of which can still be glimpsed through a metal grate. In fact, if you take a moment to stop and look down, you can still see two well preserved street signs beneath your feet — a reminder of London’s past.

St. Dunstan in the East

St Dunstan’s church

Featuring arching gothic windows and a tower by famed architect Christopher Wren, this bombed-out church is one of the few remaining places you can still see the damage left by the Blitz. But, while it may be a ruin, St. Dunstan in the East still has plenty to offer: in recent years the shell of the church has been landscaped and turned into a beautiful urban garden, giving it a poignant serenity and haunting beauty quite unlike any other park in the city. If you want to visit when it’s quiet, we recommend visiting St. Dunstan’s on a weekend, when the City workers have headed home.

Find the London Noses dotted around Soho

Carnaby Street, Soho

If you’ve got keen eyes and a few hours to spare, why not go on a hunt for the London Noses? These small plaster casts can be found dotted all over Soho, each poking out of a different wall or building in the area. The noses were originally — and illegally — installed by artist Rick Buckley in the late nineties as an act of protest against CCTV cameras, and curious Londoners have been trying to sniff them out ever since.

The noses have been the subject of several famous urban legends over the years, including one rumour that anyone who can find all seven will be rewarded with great fortune — but we’d take that one with a pinch of salt! At any rate, hunting for the noses is certainly a quirky way to explore the lively streets of Soho.

If you’re looking for a new way to explore some of our capital’s best kept secrets, a Foxtrail London treasure trail will be right up your street. You’ll need to think on your feet to solve the tricky clues our cunning Fox has left all over the city, discovering all sorts of secrets along the way, many of which are hiding in plain sight. Best of all, you can bring your friends and family or workmates along for the ride!

Looking for more hidden gems in London? Don’t forget to check out the Foxtrail blog, where you’ll find all sorts of fun things to do for both tourists and city-dwellers alike.