Baker Street to Battersea Section 3

Distance 6.2 miles / 10 km

Marble Arch I Hyde Park I Buckingham Palace I St James’s Park I Trafalgar Square I South Bank Centre I Thames Path I London Eye I Houses of Parliament I Lambeth Palace I Battersea Power Station

Palace of Westminster

SECTION 3 Introduction

This is the central London section of our North South Trail taking you from bustling Baker Street down to Marble Arch, across Hyde Park, past Buckingham Palace, up Constitution Hill to visit the pelicans in St James’s Park, then through Trafalgar Square, across the river to Jubilee Gardens and finally along the Thames Path to Battersea Power Station. All these famous landmarks in one walk!

Directions

Baker Street station has multiple exits, so navigate to the very busy Marylebone Road and take care crossing either via lights or underpass. The route then follows residential roads heading right under Marble Arch and across Hyde Park. On exiting the park, take care crossing at Hyde Park Corner and continue through Wellington Arch, into Green Park then across the front of Buckingham Palace and into St James’s Park. After this green space, go through Admiralty Arch and cross the busy roads around Trafalgar Square. After taking a small back road and steps up to Hungerford Bridge, you then follow the Thames Path and signage all the way to Battersea Power Station. At Vauxhall, the path comes away from the river but joins the river again on a path left off Vauxhall Bridge.

Please note that, as Battersea Power station development is still under construction, routes around here are subject to alteration.

Route details

Start Baker Street – Bakerloo, Circle, Jubilee, Metropolitan
End Battersea Power Station – Northern Line
OS Route   NST Walking Post Baker St to Battersea
Difficulty Easy
Length 6.2 miles / 10 km
Average time 2.5 – 3 hours
Total ascent 98ft

St Mary's, Marylebone

Marble Arch

Hyde Park

Buckingham Palace

King George I Statue, Trafalgar Square

Lambeth Palace

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WHY NOT TRY

So many choices! Here are a couple –

Kensington
When you reach the Serpentine, turn right to follow the lake around to the road bridge, turn left, cross over the lake and continue until you see the Albert Memorial to your right. This was built by Queen Victoria for her departed husband. Opposite here is the Royal Albert Hall, 15 mins walk from the Science, Natural History and Victoria & Albert Museums.

Thames Path
Once you cross to the south side of the Thames, turn left instead of right and you’ll walk along the Thames Path by the Southbank Centre, London Eye, Globe Theatre, Tower of London and Tower Bridge.

TRANSPORT

Baker Street is in Zone 1 and very well connected with the Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan & Jubilee lines and many bus routes.

Battersea Power station tube (zone 1) is on a new branch of Northern Line, two stops from Kennington. Battersea Park Station, with trains to Croydon and Victoria, is also nearby

TOILET OPPORTUNITIES

So many opportunities. Among others there are public toilets in Baker Street, Charing Cross, Waterloo, and Vauxhall stations. Also Hyde Park, Green Park, St James’s Park. Plus Battersea Power Station. For customers, there are also multiple pubs, cafés, restaurants etc on the way. No need to get caught short!

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ALONG THE WAY

Hyde Park
The walking route only covers a small corner of this famous Royal Park – one of four leading to Buckingham Palace (Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens are the other three). If you have the time, you can take a boat out on the Serpentine, visit the lovely rose garden or listen to an empassioned lecture at Speaker’s Corner.

National Gallery
Presiding majestically over the hustle and bustle of Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery houses a monumental collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900. Boris Anrep’s floor mosaics in the main entrance hall are also well worth a look! You need to pre-book a ticket to enter the gallery, but these are free of charge.

Houses of Parliament
You will need to cross back over the river at Westminster Bridge to visit this iconic building but you can either pre-book a tour of the Palace of Westminster or drop in and watch a debate in the House of Commons free of charge from the public galleries.

The South Bank
Offering iconic views over the river, this commercial and entertainment district is packed with enticing amusements to distract you from your walk. Along with the food options at Gabriel’s Wharf and around the Southbank Centre, there’s also the National Theatre, the iconic Millennium Wheel, the London Aquarium and boutique galleries (along with some great views) at the Oxo Tower – to name a few.

FOOD AND DRINK

There is too much choice! As this route traverses the whole of central London we cannot possibly list all the options. but it’s fair to say that if there is a cuisine you’d like to try or a drink you want, you will probably find it here.

So instead of listing specific restaurants, cafés and bars, here’s some information about the centre point of London.

Charles I statue – Trafalgar Square
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The most commonly mentioned “centre” point of London is the Charles 1 statue, located just south of Trafalgar Square on a little island. It’s known for being the location where all distances to London are measured from. The confusing thing is Queen Eleanor’s Cross used to be located here and that was the original centre measuring point of London. There is now a replica of the statue in front of Charing Cross station but the centre point remains here.

There is a plaque by the statue with this inscription:

“On the site now occupied by the statue of King Charles I was erected the original Queen Eleanor’s cross, a replica of which stands in front of Charing Cross station. Mileages from London are measured from the site of the original cross”.

See more about of the disputed centre points of London