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Charing Cross

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Slow Ways linking Charing Cross and Holborn, Monument, Oxford Circus, Victoria Station, Waterloo Station

England / Greater London / Charing Cross

Charing Cross’s five Slow Ways are 90% checked

Drawn: 5/5
reviewed: 5/5
verified: 5/5
and surveyed: 3/5

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Slow Way Route To do
Charing Cross—Holborn
Chahol one

Review me Distance 2km/1mi Ascent 13m Descent 2m
Charing Cross—Holborn
Chahol two Enjoy me Distance 1km/1mi Ascent 3m Descent 14m
Charing Cross—Monument
Chamon one

Review me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent 27m Descent 29m
Charing Cross—Monument
Chamon two Survey me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent - Descent -
Charing Cross—Waterloo Station
Charwat one Enjoy me Distance 1km/1mi Ascent 11m Descent 16m
Oxford Circus—Charing Cross
Oxfocha one Survey me Distance 2km/1mi Ascent 13m Descent 1m
Oxford Circus—Charing Cross
Oxfocha two Survey me Distance 2km/1mi Ascent 5m Descent 17m
Victoria Station—Charing Cross
Viccha one Enjoy me Distance 2km/1mi Ascent 11m Descent 4m

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16 people have contributed to Charing Cross’s Slow Ways

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6 people have surveyed a route in Charing Cross

16km out of 16km have been walked and reviewed

71km of reviews have been shared in Charing Cross

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Views across the Thames of the South Bank, Oxo Tower, Tate Modern, Globe, Shard and more still give it the wow factor night or day. It makes this route even easier to navigate as you don't have to make the detour onto noisy Upper Thames St....

Daisy C

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To me it goes down the long stairs outside Embankment station, up more steps into station, out on to Villiers St (step-free!) and continues uphill. Near to the Strand Villiers Street gets quite steep and about halfway up that steep part the route turns and cuts through the side wall into the understorey of the Charing Cross hotel (or maybe a phone repair kiosk!) to then emerge upwards through the roadway next to the Eleanor Cross. In the fully-cobbled taxis-only forecourt. Ignoring the impossible and this is the least accessible choices, with one long and two short flights of stairs plus the full steep part of V St. Plus cobbles and taxi dodging. Not ideal. Villiers Street is lively though and perhaps preferable to the passage above if it's very late, when Embankment Station may also be locked, but is easy to walk around.....

Daisy C

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As other reviewers have said it's hard to plot the exact route as there are so many adjacent paths beside and on top of each other....

Strider

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Like Mary Oz it too me several minutes to cross the Blue Bridge in St James Park, I'm sure I accidentally photo-bombed many otherwise lovely tourist pictures....

Strider

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Busy bustling, touristy, entertaining, shops, museums, distractions and the odd surprise. Reasonably direct and easy to navigate. A good city walk....

Strider

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Stairs can be avoided at the Charing Cross end by staying at the bridge level and going through the station....

Mary Oz

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Mostly this route was very busy with tourists, on a sunny Sunday in August, particularly around Covent Garden (where I made a detour to visit the London Transport Museum). There were a few quieter bits further north, including where I passed a shy little art deco cinema which was pointed out to me by someone photographing it. The route was all very nice, and also accessible....

Mary Oz

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Here's my advice - don't do this route on a sunny Sunday in August; it took me 5 minutes just to get over the footbridge in St James Park! However it has to be a 5* route for me. I just picked the wrong day!...

Mary Oz

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The route takes is through back streets and mostly avoids the roads with heavy traffic, and is entirely on pavements....

Hugh Hudson

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At the Charing Cross end of the bridge, we chose to ignore the staircase down to Villiers Street (the GPX is not clear enough to confirm whether than choice was right) and ended up crossing the concourse of the station (past the escalators down to the tube station), and this takes us out to the station entrance without any steps,...

Hugh Hudson

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Convent Garden can be very busy with people, so you can continue along Shelton Street, cross Long Acre and then use Garrick Street to avoid the biggest crowds....

Andy Redfern

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Between Blackfriars and Victoria Embankment Gardens the Thames Path is next to a pretty busy road, but for me this was mitigated by the very generous and thus relatively uncrowded pavements (unlike other possible routes), yet more views over the Thames, and by moving to the Thames side of the road where there is a little more breeze to lift the fumes away....

Daisy C

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Also there is a(nother) diversion now, opposite the Queen's Gallery on Buckingham Gate, it has a couple of no-drop kerbs....

Daisy C

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We walked on a balmy September evening when everyone was outside all of the many historic London pubs, drinking pints under hanging baskets - very enjoyable!...

Hannah

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Nice views of the river to one side but you have the train tracks on the other. Is usually very busy as well and not the most accessible....

Dannyash

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Follows a lot of main roads but will also take you past some of the main central London sites. Very easy to follow....

Dannyash

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I think this is the much better option of the two OXFOCHA routes. It takes much quieter and in my view more interesting streets....

Dannyash

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I’m a huge fan of Oxfocha one, but this route continued to surprise me with great features! I especially liked walking through Soho and coming up on Oxford Circus from behind! I did find that the passage from Trafalgar Square directly to the west of the National Gallery was closed when I walked, but I just went one block down Whitcomb Street (the next street to the east) no problem....

mtormey

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Running eastward near the north end of Villiers Street is one of my favourite street names. It is now called York Place but the sign records the former name - "Of Alley". An explanation can be found at https://thestreetnames.com/2013/11/08/londons-shortest-street-name/....

Martin McGovern

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Not a lot to add to the other views - if you like the bustle of London, you'll love this one - I did!...

Martin McGovern

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In addition, this should also be an easy access, no steps, route; but the detour for sewer construction at Blackfriars includes a long flight of steps (photo), alongside an out of service lift....

Jane Taylor

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This is a fantastic walk through some of the most famous parts of London - Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus, Soho, Carnaby Street ......

Jane Taylor

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Oxford Circus—Charing Cross

Jane Taylor added Oxfocha two, a new walk from Oxford Circus to Charing Cross

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The street choices mix up quieter backways with some of the main strips through Covent Garden, so expect many people, street performers, queues for cafes, and pavements blocked by all these things and, of course, delivery vehicles. Like any central London route, there is a high likelihood that some building work will be happening somewhere on the way. No hesitation recommending this one....

Jane Taylor

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It's generally straightforward and signed, but hopefully this route is plotted accurately enough that navigating should be simplified!...

mtormey

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Charing Cross—Monument

mtormey added Chamon two, a new walk from Charing Cross to Monument

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This is a good route, but the Thames Path (which this route largely follows along the river) doesn't stick purely to the river, as this route says it does. It actually winds in and out a couple times, so this route is too inaccurate to follow faithfully. I've uploaded a Charmon two that addresses this issue....

mtormey

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This route takes you through Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Picadilly Circus, Regent Street, and Oxford Circus. It’s a London tourist’s dream route! Entirely on pavements, relatively direct, accessible, and interesting, a lovely route if I ever saw one!...

mtormey

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The access under Admiralty Arch is currently restricted, and once restored would make this walk even nicer. Try to spot the pelicans on Duck Island!...

Derick Rethans

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The first half comes up alongside Buckingham Palace, then you walk through St James’s park, then it’s only a quick bit to the station!...

mtormey

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As another reviewer points out, when walking from Waterloo to Charing Cross, at the end of the bridge it is unclear whether to turn right down the stairs to Embankment station and walk up Villiers St; or to continue on at high level....

Jane Taylor

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Really enjoyed walking this route in the evening- the best time to walk in central London in my opinion. No difficulties whatsoever- this would suit walkers and wheelers. Lots to see on the way....

Naami

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Appeared to step and step free options to aid access. Stunning views at night....

Naami

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There is a small issue / detour at the moment as you can't walk through Admiralty Arch as there are road works but there is a short detour to the South or you can brave it on the road....

Slow Ways Darren

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I should note that at the Charing Cross end of the bridge (I walked from Waterloo), I wasn't sure whether to turn right go down the stairs and pass through the Embankment tube station, or continue straight and follow the signs for the "step-free route"....

mtormey

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St James' Park (photo) - a go-to for private off-the-record conversations on the many benches and footpaths; pelicans; jogging prime ministers; also good refreshments. Buckingham Palace (lurking in the back of the St James' Park photo) - the Queen is almost never here nowadays, but the guard still changes every day....

Jane Taylor

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A perfectly great route connecting Charing Cross and Holborn. Great London walking. The area around Covent Garden can be pretty busy, especially in late-week evenings!...

mtormey

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Martin McGovern surveyed Chamon one

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Martin McGovern surveyed Chahol two

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I agree with the two previous reviewers, so I've uploaded Chahol two based on those comments....

Martin McGovern

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Charing Cross—Holborn

Martin McGovern added Chahol two, a new walk from Charing Cross to Holborn

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This short city-centre route provides some spectacular views of London's riverscape, as well as the opportunity to interact with smaller pieces of history. I haven't uploaded any photos as it's hard to do this route justice. Highly recommended....

Martin McGovern

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As the other reviewer states, the Holbon End of this route could use some tweaking, and if you are heading to or from Waterloo, go through Victoria embankment gardens and up carting lane to connect with Covent Garden Market...

Henry

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Great river views, I would recommend heading through Victoria Embankment Gardens if you are heading up to Covent Gardens before you hit the northern end of this section....

Henry

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If coming from Charing Cross, turn left at the end of Parker Street to walk up Kingsway and cross using the traffic lights outside Holborn station....

Largecj

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An alternative route (if walking from Charing Cross) is to cross to Traflagar Square at the end of Duncannon, take the raised walkway in front of the National Gallery, turn right up Whitcomb Street until rejoining the main route. Then again at Piccadilly Circus, instead of walking up Regent Street, an alternative is to take Glasshouse, Air, Golden Square, and Kingly rejoining Regent Street at Great Marlborough Street....

Largecj

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Charing Cross—Holborn

Slow Ways added Chahol one, a new walk from Charing Cross to Holborn

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Charing Cross—Monument

Slow Ways added Chamon one, a new walk from Charing Cross to Monument

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Charing Cross—Waterloo Station

Slow Ways added Charwat one, a new walk from Charing Cross to Waterloo Station

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Oxford Circus—Charing Cross

Slow Ways added Oxfocha one, a new walk from Oxford Circus to Charing Cross

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Victoria Station—Charing Cross

Slow Ways added Viccha one, a new walk from Victoria Station to Charing Cross

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Charing Cross’s Slow Ways starting point

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TQ3019780498

Lat / Lon

51.50842° / -0.12531°

Easting / Northing

530,197E / 180,498N

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