Today we will be walking in empty central London. We will start our virtual walk from a very emblematic London place – London Eye and in particular the Jubilee Gardens, just under the famous Ferris wheel. It is one of the symbols of the capital was built in 1999 and is the tallest pillar observation wheel in Europe – 135 meters tall.
The walk will take you to:
- London Eye
- Westminster Bridge
- Parliament Square
- Downing Street and Horse Guards
- Trafalgar Square
- St James’s Park and Buckingham Palace
The area around London Eye is usually crowded with people, but today is quite empty. Walking in empty central London is experience like no other. We can still see people here and there as London is slowly getting out of lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The observation wheel is located on the South bank of the river Thames and offers spectacular views from the top. Even under the construction you can enjoy a relaxing walk on the riverside and why not grab a coffee or a snack from the local places. The ticket price for London eye is currently 27.50 pounds if you book online and 31 if you pay at the gate. There are reductions for families, elderly people and children. More information you can find on their website: Tickets
We continue and will cross Westminster Bridge, which is the perfect spot for taking photos with the London Eye and the Big Ben, which unfortunately is currently under construction. Next on the horizon are the Palace of Westminster and the Parliament Square. The Palace of Westminster is actually the Parliament. This is the place where the two houses meet – the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Hopefully they will resume the visiting options for tourists as soon as the lockdown is over. Sometimes they offer free entry, so keep an eye on the web if you will be lucky to find a free ticket. Parliament Square is a famous place for protests and demonstrations. It has 12 figures of famous people located around it.
Downing Street and Horse Guards
Moving forward we will go to Downing Street. As seen in the movies, this is where the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom lives with his family, who currently is Boris Johnson, who has successfully recovered from the Covid-19 disease in the nearest St. Thomas’s hospital.
Next we will see the place with a logical name – Horse Guards. There you will always find 2 guards on horses, which attract many tourists daily for a photo and the brave ones even touch the horses.
In the distance in front probably most of you can recognize Trafalgar Square with its tall Nelson Column. Trafalgar Square is usually very busy, but today not so much although we can see people slowly tend to go out for a nice walk in the sun and especially the locals who enjoy London without the tourist crowds.
St James’s Park and Buckingham Palace
I will take you through the picturesque St’ James’s Park all the way to Buckingham Palace. Walking in empty central London has its advantages. We do not see the usual crowds. This park is just beautiful especially at this time of the year with the sun and all the flowers blooming. There is a lake in the middle, which is home to many ducks and small birds. Going through the park in spring and summer is a real blessing. You can see people spread across the grass areas relaxing, but following the social distancing rule.
And finally – Buckingham Palace. Magnificent and surrounded by gardens it is for sure one of the most visited places in London. It is not open for the public the entire year, but only for a short period of time in summer. It has 775 rooms, so take your time if you decide to visit in summer. The ticket prices you can find here: Tickets. This year the palace is supposed to open in July until October.
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