When asked for insider tips for travelling around London I always suggest people look at a roadmap as well as a tub map when planning their journey. A short walk at street level is often faster (and nicer if the weather plays along) than making one or more changes of tube lines. I need to travel from Paddington to Bank, which I could do by taking the Bakerloo line to Oxford Circus and changing to the Central line. The alternative is to walk from Paddington to Lancaster Gate and get on the Central line. I’m pretty sure that I would take as many steps getting from the Bakerloo to the Central line under Oxford Circus as I to walking outside to Lancaster Gate.
The route includes a short stretch on the Jubilee Greenway, a 60km route marked out in 2012 commemorating 60 years of HRH Queen Elizabeth II’s reign linking major Olympic Game sites.
I then walk down Spring Street along Sussex Gardens and down towards Lancaster Gate. At the beginning of the year, I would pass this car every morning. It is a good example of the mismatch of residential to parking structures in London – the owner can afford to live in the centre and own a McLaren, but can’t afford to garage it!
On arrival at the entrance to the tube station, come rain or shine, I would be greeted by very cheerful members of Jehova’s Witness.