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SWC Short Walk 19 - Royal Parks

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Birds All Lined Up, The Long Water

SWC Short Walk 19 - Royal Parks

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Buck Palace, from St. James's Park

SWC Short Walk 19 - Royal Parks

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Downing Street

SWC Short Walk 19 - Royal Parks

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Swan 30.8.18

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Heron 30.8.18

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Serpentine Gallery 30.8.18

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Royal Parks walk

History

This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Updated: Thu, 15-Apr-21

Date # Post
Tue, 15-Dec-20 5

Evening Walk - One last walk...before Tier 3: Royal Parks (w/o Kensington Gardens)

Length: approx. 6.0 km
Net Walking Time: 1 ½ hrs
Meet: Lancaster Gate Station (at street level on Bayswater Road) at 18.30 hours.
Lancaster Gate is on the Central Line in Zone 1, Paddington Station is a 5-minute walk away.
Finish: Whitehall, near Charing Cross/Embankment & Westminster stations. All are in Zone 1.
Drop-Outs: Hyde Park Corner, Green Park or St James’s Park tube stations, or buses.

Map-led, through Central London's extensive parks. With Kensington Gardens closing at dusk and off limits, we will explore Hyde Park in more detail than usual on this walk, then commence through Green Park and St. James’s Park.


Eat/Drink: Numerous options around Westminster/Whitehall/Trafalgar Square.
For walk directions, map, photos and gpx/kml files click here. T=short.19.a
Only 1 walker was there on time, but 4 others trickled in within a few minutes, ie 5 on a warm for the time of year evening, with clear skies and no wind.
We walked for a bit more than an hour through Hyde, Green and St. James's Parks, which were all near deserted, so quite eerie to walk through, and with lots of the grand buildings surrounding the parks well lit and providing for some fine scenery, to end on Whitehall, where the first pub was closed, the second one had all in service tables occupied, but the third one (The Old Shades, a Young's pub) had tables available. So we enjoyed a meal and a few drinks. 2 then walked on to London Bridge/home.
Thu, 23-Jul-20 8

Evening Walk: Rambling with the Royals

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Meet: 19:15 Outside North Exit of Notting Hill Gate Tube Station (i.e. exit signposted for Portobello Road/Market)

Distance: 4 miles/6km (plus a bit with Notting Hill extension)

End: Multiple Choices -- Charing Cross, Embankment, Westminster

With the ongoing closure of the Queensway and Lancaster Gate tube stations, we will start this walk from the Notting Hill Gate Tube station and improvise a route to Kensington Gardens to pick up the main route....in fact, I would suggest that we extend the walk slightly by making a quick circuit through Notting Hill on the way to Kensington Gardens...

This walk links three large parks through central London, passing by several iconic London landmarks in the process.....Sadly, there will be no Serpentine Summer Pavilion this year (as with most of 2020 -- deferred to 2021)....but should still be an interesting and enjoyable evening stroll....

Not entirely sure about post walk refreshments, but feel confident that we will find something on offer....if only a take away beer on along the river....

More information and a route map can be found here.

Enjoy the walk!

7 gathered at the appointed alternate start location for this outing and after exchanging details set off in socially distanced groups within sight (given the improvised route). Another caught up with us along Portobello Road, making for 8. As with most of central London, Notting Hill was somewhat subdued for a Thursday night....Eventually, we arrived at Kensington Gardens and more or less followed the suggested route through three grand city parks....On passing the lively Serpentine cafe, we broke with tradition and enjoyed alfresco drinks along the lakeside....Dusk was gathering as we set off on the final stretch and it was very atmospheric indeed with the old gas lights illuminated....On reaching St. James Park, a few departed to transport links while the remaining 5 continued through the park to visit the Giant White Pelicans who were getting ready for bed on their rock....a pleasant summer evening with brief sunny interludes.
Thu, 29-Aug-19 15

Evening Walk – The Battle of the Summer Pavilions (II): Serpentine Gallery (Royal Parks Walk)

Length: 6.0 km
Net Walking Time: 1 ½ hrs
Meet: Queensway Station (corner of Queensway and Bayswater Road) at 18.30 hours.
Queensway is on the Central Line in Zone 1, Bayswater (Circle and District lines) is a 3-minute walk away.
Finish: Whitehall, near Charing Cross/Embankment/Westminster stations. All are in Zone 1.
Drop-Outs: Hyde Park Corner or Green Park tube stations, or buses.
Map-led, through Central London's extensive parks, past the Serpentine Gallery’s Summer Pavilion in Kensington Gardens (the gallery is open to 18.00 only, but we should get into the pavilion, as the park closes at 20.00).
Eat/Drink: The Serpentine Pavilion (maybe) in Kensington Gardens, The Lord of the Moon of the Mall (Wetherspoon’s) in Whitehall plus numerous options around Trafalgar Square.
For walk directions, map, photos and gpx/kml files click here. T=short.19
14 outside the tube station, 1 other bumped into 100m along the route, so 15 in fine weather. Always amazing how busy the parks are in the evenings, but busy they are. People feeding the parakeets, the squirrels, the ducks, the geese, themselves...
We didn't fit in, really, but enjoyed the walk nevertheless. We stopped briefly to admire the summer pavilion (nice slate curvature, one should come back during daytime to check out the bar) and reached Whitehall as a smaller group, as about a handful had dropped off by then to home or public transport. The usual Wetherspoon's was vetoed on grounds of being always crowded, a bit messy and run by an explicit Brexiteer, so we eventually settled on The Clarence's upstairs dining room, which was rather nice. Some had a meal, some didn't.
I can’t stand Weatherspoon’s. The atmosphere is always dire.
Thu, 30-Aug-18 19

Evening Walk - The Royal Parks with the Serpentine Pavilion & The Mastaba: Queensway to Whitehall

Length: 6.0 km
Net Walking Time: 1 ½ hrs
Meet: Queensway Station (corner of Queensway and Bayswater Road) at 18.30 hours.
Queensway is on the Central Line in Zone 1, Bayswater (Circle and District lines) is a 3-minute walk away.
Finish: Whitehall, near Charing Cross/Embankment/Westminster stations.
Drop-Outs: Hyde Park Corner or Green Park tube stations, or buses.
Map-led, through Central London's extensive parks, past the Serpentine Gallery’s Summer Pavilion in Kensington Gardens and past Christo’s floating artwork, The London Mastaba, on the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park.
Eat/Drink: The Serpentine Pavilion in Kensington Gardens (this park closes at 20.00), The Lord of the Moon of the Mall (Wetherspoon’s) in Whitehall plus numerous options around Trafalgar Square.
For walk directions, map and gpx/kml files click here. T=short.19

18 met at the posted time, 1 lagged 10 minutes behind, catching us while still in Kensington Gardens. We veered off the gpx route to pass by the Serpentine Pavilion (the bar inside shuts at 6, unfortunately) and then admired The Mastaba, majestically dominating the Serpentine, and veered off route again in Green Park to get away from the traffic a wee bit. Bucks Palace was next, then St. James's Park including its Pelicans and through the Government Quarter. Most, if not all, turned into the Wetherspoon's for some sustenance.
19 pleasant late summer evening.
Wed, 10-May-17

Queensway to the Thames [evening walk]

Royal Parks
Time: 19:00
Distance: 6km

Meet: Beside bike stands at the corner of Queensway and Bayswater Rd.
(Turn right as you exit Queensway tube station for a few metres.)

A classic evening walk
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Intend going.
Does anyone go on these evening walks?
Wed, 01-Jun-16

Evening walk

The Royal Parks - Queensway to the Thames
Meet: 19:15 beside the bike stands at the corner of Queensway and Bayswater Rd. (Turn right for a few metres on exiting Queensway tube station .) T=short.19
Destination pub: The Lord of the Moon of the Mall, 16 - 18 Whitehall.
Wed, 12-Aug-15 7

The Royal Parks - Queensway to the Thames

Meet: 19:00 prompt beside the bike stands at the corner of Queensway and Bayswater Rd. (Turn right for a few metres on exiting Queensway tube station.)
Destination pub: The Lord of the Moon of the Mall, 16 - 18 Whitehall. T=short.19
Intend going.
A little off topic here, but don't forget the Perseid meteor shower may be visible on Wednesday night.
So if the skies are clear and the light pollution is low where you are, you may want to look up in a north easterly direction where you might catch a glimpse ...
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7 dry and warm
route taken was a bit longer than advertised, but v pleasant (I certainly had never walked some of the paths before). drinks at the chain pub on Whitehall. joined there by 1 other SWC walker. walk poster rota sorted. the stragglers left just b4 last orders.