walking in london

Every May, City Hall implores Londoners: “take to your feet!”, but here at Insider London we ask: why stop there? Read on for four reasons why foot-travel is the king of urban transportation in the all-year-round city of London!

It’s an easy way to trim down after Christmas trimmings!

The physical health benefits of walking are numerous. One recent study found a strong link between those who walk in cities and those with lower blood pressure, as well as a reduced risk of hypertension – associated in particular with cardiovascular diseases.Walking at a relatively brisk pace of about 4 miles an hour for 30 minutes can burn 150 calories so come and walk off those festive indulgences.

It’s a proven way to relax

It’s no secret that exercise releases endorphins but even from regular gentle walking then we can reap the benefits. Countless studies show the benefits of walking for mental health in a variety of ways; from stress reduction to mood improvement. Many sources even say that regular walkers experience less fatigue.

It helps reduce pollution

2018 was the year of the air pollution scandal, so let’s make 2019 the year to do something about it. Reduce your carbon footprint by moving the soles of your feet. Less vehicles on our roads mean cleaner air for all so leave the car at home and enjoy London’s increasingly-green public space. Go and explore exciting redevelopment projects like Kings Cross, which place pedestrianisation at their core.

You can discover more!

Step out of the commute and take the time to stroll around and absorb the richness and diversity of our beloved capital. Take in the rich history of London’s ancient streets or finally drop in to that new independent coffee shop you sometimes pass on the bus. Did you ever notice that mural before? Slow down to keep up with London’s ever-transforming streets!

street art walking in London “taken on our street art walk”

When you walk in London, the world is at your feet (pardon the pun) – so join Insider London to explore the most exciting dimensions of our global city with an alternative walking tour.