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walk the tUbe llines (exploring London) Pages

Descriptions of previous tUbe lline walks i did with friends:


walk the the tUbe Lllnes!
No.1 = Sunday 25th Nov. 2012 at 11.45am = Northern Line to Hampstead
- 2hr 20 mins. Lunch at Spaniard's Inn
(always the same starting point = Charles I's horse - 50m south of Nelson's column)
(always the same day = last Sunday of the month at 11.45am)
(always welcome = young children, children in buggies and dogs all welcome)

The first walk up the Northern line to Hampstead was a great success - the group, the route, the weather, the pub at the end
- and we didn't get lost!!! Lots of interest shown for future walks. So please come along and walk in the end of 2012 :-)
The second walk will be following the Victoria line north eastwards finishing at Tottenham Hale - est. 2hr 15 mins
I've yet to research a pub but will send that on before the date.
Feel free to come along for all walks (tee shirt at the end of 2013!), for the occasional time, for part of any walk (if it's near your home),
or just meet up for lunch. Also feel free to bring anyone along - its all just a bit of fun. :-)

No.2 = Sunday 30th Dec. 2012 at 11.45am = Victoria line to Tottenham
- 2hr 20 mins. Lunch at The 10 Pins
(always the same starting point = Charles I's horse - 50m south of Nelson's column)
(always the same day = last Sunday of the month at 11.45am)
(always welcome = young children, children in buggies and dogs all welcome)

The second walk was a great success following the Victoria line (very roughly!) north eastwards finishing at Finsbury Park passing the British Library (the back not the front!), the new Kings Cross development, Islington's suburbs, its vibrant high street, the Emirates Stadium and the very nearby Highbury re-development before ending at Finsbury Park for a great lunch at the 10 Pins.
Again the group, the route, the weather, the pub at the end all great fun - and we still didn't get lost!!!
For this Central Lllne wallk there is a nice pub which is part of Stratford theatre that we'll aim for - though everything is a bit flexible!
Lots of interest shown for future walks. Feel free to come along for all walks (tee shirt at the end of 2013!), for an occasional time, for part of any walk (if it's near your home), or just meet up for lunch. Also feel free to bring anyone along - its all just a bit of fun. :-)
Best wishes - diarmuid



No.3 = Sunday 27th Jan. 2013 at 11.45am = Central line to Stratford
- 2hr 10 mins. Lunch at La Forchetta
(always the same starting point = Charles I's horse - 50m south of Nelson's column)
(always the same day = last Sunday of the month at 11.45am)
(always welcome = young children, children in buggies and dogs all welcome)

The third walk was another great success following the Central line (again very roughly!) eastwards finishing at Bethnal Green. We didn't quite make it to Stratford but that didn't matter. The biggest success was to see the youngest ever tUbe Lllne attendee being 6 month old Oliver in his buggy. He smiled his way along the sunny streets, survived the hustle and bustle of markets and was able to sleep soundly whenever i was recounting an 'interesting fact'! We discovered a little about the naming of the tUbe and the building process for the lines; we saw St Pauls, the markets of Cheapside, Mansion House, the Bank of England and other city landmarks before twisting through the aroma's of Brick Lane and the endless floral market stalls of Commercial Street before ending at a fabulous Pizzeria (La Forchetta at Bethnal Green).
Again the group, the route, the weather, the lunch at the end all great fun - so hopefully see you next time!!!
For this District Lllne walk i will try to research a nice pub - though everything is a bit flexible!
Hoping Spring will inspire a few more of you to convert interest into participation!
Feel free to come along for all walks (tee shirt at the end of 2013!), for an occasional time, for part of any walk (if it's near your home), or just meet up for lunch. Also feel free to bring anyone along - its all just a bit of fun. :-)
Best wishes - diarmuid


No.4 = Sunday 24th Feb. 2013 at 11.45am = District line to Bow Church
- 2hr 10 mins. Lunch at Bow Bells
(always the same starting point = Charles I's horse - 50m south of Nelson's column)
(always the same day = last Sunday of the month at 11.45am)
(always welcome = young children, children in buggies and dogs all welcome)


The fourth walk was probably the simplest route so far following the District line and finishing at Bows Church.
We didn't directly pass St Celements church on the way but we were reciting the nursery rhyme as we explored!
The route was basically along 2 straight roads...
firstly along the embankment seeing the Southern skyline of the Thames with all the new developments before this turned at Blackfrairs to travel through the City. We saw a huge range of architecture often in the same street. We observed St Paul's this month again, poking through the side streets as Wren intended for it to be appreciated. From there we made a detour across the Millennium Bridge to the Tate Modern and when we returned the genius of the bridge's design was evident as the wonderful walking avenue blended perfectly with the gap in the buildings designed by Wren to tempt one back to the magesticness of St Pauls - superb vista! We avoided being imprisoned as we skirted past The Tower.....
and then hit the second road heading straight out to East London from Algate (the oldest of London's original gates to the City). We quite literally paced out the one mile to the (so-named) Mile End tube which was interesting as it was undoubtedly the poorest and least developed mile of the 30 miles we have observed on all the walks so far - boarded up hospitals and shops seemed a world apart from the gleaming offices we'd passed less than 60 minutes before. It also seemed a short mile away to then pass the pubs that the Kray Twins used to hang out in, and carry out an occasional execution in their own ivory tower.
Still, in the East End they know how to rustle up a great Sunday lunch with fresh ingredients all made to order at Bow Bells!
Again the group, the route, the weather (although bitterly cold) and the lunch at the end were all great fun
- so hopefully see you next time!!!
For this Docklands Light Railway (DLR) walk (yes i know strictly not a tube :-)
we'll hopefully end up at a pub on the Canary Wharf plaza - though everything is a bit flexible!
Feel free to come along for all walks (tee shirt at the end of 2013!), for an occasional time, for part of any walk (if it's near your home), or just meet up for lunch. Also feel free to bring anyone along - its all just a bit of fun. :-)
Best wishes - diarmuid


No. 5 = Sunday 31st March. 2013 at 11.45am = DLR to Canary Wharf
- 2hr 10 mins. Lunch at CanaryWharf
(always the same starting point = Charles I's horse - 50m south of Nelson's column)
(always the same day = last Sunday of the month at 11.45am)
(always welcome = young children, children in buggies and dogs all welcome)

The fifth walk was the last north of the river for a few months.
We wandered a few hundred metres south of previous walks and then hugged the river until entering the Isle of Dogs where teh River loops so well known from the EastEnders introduction. As it was Easter Sunday I witnessed the huge huge crowds gathered for the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and that was even before the start of the main walk!
The route started off down Fleet Street trying to name the different old head offices of the Newspapers before meandering through the most Southern part of the City. There was a new view of St Paul's as we approached it straight on but it is also a little unfair to pick up the most known of buildings when there was also amazement at the variety of architecture - with the brand new blending superbly with the centuries old and everything in between. The benefit of Sunday walking was very evident as there was space and time to look, explore and appreciate the variety.
We then skirted with the moat around the Tower of London and hugged the Thames as it meandered sea bound. This took us through the exclusive St Katherine's dock and Marina to the sedate and refurbished residential areas of Tobacco dock and surrounds. There was even a quick detour to a beach-like part of the Riverbank, and then it wasn't long before we were engulfed with shiny towering skyscrapers that make up the Canary Wharf complex. Being a Financial area and Easter Sunday it was particularly quiet which was a stark contrast to the bustle of the huge numbers of tourists in the West End and made finding a pleasant place to eat that was open a challenge!
Still, it found somewhere for a fine feast though the votes for best eatery still go to the Cockney of Bow Bells! The smaller group on Easter Sunday made it a great opportunity to have a decent chat with everyone that came along.
Next time we'll be venturing south of the river and ending up at Greenwich Park and one of my favourite London eateries !!!


Future Walks
No.7 = Sunday 26th May 2013 at 11.45am = Northern line to Balham est. 1hr 55 mins
No.8 = Sunday 30th June 2013 at 11.45am = District line to Putney Bridge est. 2hr
No.9 = Sunday 28th July 2013 at 11.45am = Piccadilly line to Hammersmith est. 1hr 50 mins
No.10 = Sunday 25th Aug. 2013 at 11.45am = Central line to White City est. 2hr 10 mins
No.11 = Sunday 29th Sept. 2013 at 11.45am = Bakerloo line to Kensal Green est. 2hr
No.12 = Sunday 27th Oct. 2013 at 11.45am = Jubilee line to West Hampstead est. 1hr 45 mins
No.13 = Sunday 24th Nov. 2013 at 11.45am = Central line (the West End - via Notting Hill) est. 2hr 10mins
No.14 = Sunday 29th Dec. 2013 at 11.45am = Circle line (the City side- via Liverpool Street) est. 2hr30mins
(always the same starting point = Charles I's horse - 50m south of Nelson's column)
(always the same day = last Sunday of the month at 11.45am)
(always welcome = young children, children in buggies and dogs all welcome)


Past Walks
No.1 = Sunday 25th Nov. 2012 at 11.45am = Northern Line to Hampstead - 2hr 20 mins. Lunch at Spaniard's Inn
No.2 = Sunday 30th Dec. 2012 at 11.45am = Victoria line to Tottenham - 2hr 20 mins. Lunch at The 10 Pins
No.3 = Sunday 27th Jan. 2013 at 11.45am = Central line to Stratford - 2hr 10 mins. Lunch at La Forchetta
No.4 = Sunday 24th Feb. 2013 at 11.45am = District line to Bow Church - 2hr 10 mins. Lunch at Bow Bells
No. 5 = Sunday 31st March. 2013 at 11.45am = DLR to Canary Wharf - 2hr 10 mins. Lunch at CanaryWharf
No.6 = Sunday 28th Apr. 2013 at 11.45am = Jubilee line to Greenwich est. 2hr 20 mins
(always the same starting point = Charles I's horse - 50m south of Nelson's column)
(always the same day = last Sunday of the month at 11.45am)
(always welcome = young children, children in buggies and dogs all welcome)

Small Print

SMALL PRINT - the walks start at Trafalgar Square and follow the rough direction of the stated tUbe Lllne - not all tUbe stations on the stated Lllne will be passed and in many instances might not even be seen! Occasionally the roads walked do not follow 'exactly' on top of the stated tUbe Lllne - this is largely due to Health and Safety procedures and the route taken is also decided after opinion given from various authorities. By joining this MeetUp group you are accepting responsibility for any injury that may occur on the walk.
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