Walk 22 - From Elephant & Castle, at the Southern End of the Bakerloo Line, to Green Park Tube Station
Walk Distance 6 Kilometres (4 miles)
Underfoot Good surfaces throughout
Journey Time (from Central London to Elephant & Castle) 10 minutes
Getting Back to Central London Finishes in Central London
Points of Interest Imperial War Museum, Archbishop's Park, Westminster Bridge, Houses of Parliament, St James's Park, Buckingham Palace, Green Park
Refreshments - Grand Union Pub in Brook Drive, refreshment stalls in St James's Park, numerous cafes near end point.
Opportunities For Shortening This Walk After emerging from Archbishop's Park there are numerous bus stops. Also, the walk passes Westminster Tube Station.
What To Expect From This Walk
Elephant and Castle Tube Station is located in the very heart of London and this walk is unavoidably urban. However, it is packed with interesting sights. After leaving the Bakerloo Line exit at Elephant & Castle, the walk does its best to immerse you immediately in some quiet side streets. These lead eventually to Archbishop's Park one of the lesser known green spaces in Central London. Leaving the park you are soon crossing Westminster Bridge with the London Eye on your right and the Houses of Parliament ahead. Going straight ahead brings you to St James''s Park with its lake and a stunning view from its bridge. On the final section you pass close to Buckingham Palace before heading up across Green Park to the end point.
Information on Things You Will See
Archbishop’s Park The land occupied today by Archbishop's Park was formerly part of the grounds of Lambeth Palace. Since 1901 it has been a public park. Today it is SE1's largest green space. Facilities include football pitches, tennis courts, toilets and a children's playground.
The London Eye is Europe’s largest ferris wheel. It is 135m tall and has a diameter of 120m. It was formally opened on 31 December 1999 by the then Prime Minister, Tony Blair. It was constructed in sections which were floated up the Thames on barges and assembled lying flat on piled platforms in the river. Once the wheel was complete it was lifted into an upright position by a jacking system which raised it at 2 degrees per hour The wheel has 32 air-conditioned passenger capsules and it is estimated that at least 60 million people have ridden ot between its opening and 2016.
Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster. The tower is now officially known as the Elizabeth Tower having been renamed in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Despite being one of the world's most famous tourist attractions, the interior of the tower is not open to visitors, though UK residents are able to arrange tours, well in advance, through their Member of Parliament. However, the tower has no lift. So, those escorted, must climb the 334 limestone stairs to the top.Due to changes in ground conditions since construction, the tower leans slightly to the north-west, by roughly 230 millimetres (9.1 in) over 55 m height, giving an inclination of approximately 1/240. Due to thermal effects it oscillates annually by a few millimetres east and west.