Local’s Advice for Planning Your Walk Down the Thames


A walk along the Thames is on many London visit bucket lists, and it’s not hard to understand why. Offering beautiful scenery and a glimpse of London’s past and present, there are lots of great ways to explore this integral part of the city – or even head outside its boundaries to explore some of the areas the Thames continues to snake through.

In this guide, we’ll offer some top tips on planning your own Thames walk, direct from locals who already know the ropes…

Plan in advance

The Thames (and the Thames Path) covers a vast stretch which goes far beyond London itself, so its important to plan ahead and decide which route you want to travel! There are options for all skill levels, so there’s no need to be deterred – but it does help to know what you plan on doing before you end up biting off more than you can chew!

The Thames worked as a critical trading route for centuries, with goods shipped both within and outside of the capital. As a result, there are many different routes to choose from, giving you plenty of great itineraries to explore while you stay at hotels in Chelsea UK.

Take some essentials

As with any walk, you’ll need to take a few essentials on the trip to help keep you fuelled for the trip. Depending on the length of your journey, you may wish to take some water along to stop you getting dehydrated, and even a few snacks if you’re making your own journey a day-long outing.

Wear good walking shoes

Comfy, sturdy shoes are essential for Thames walkers staying at the San Domenico House Hotel. This will help prevent you slowing down, and also ensures your feet will be protected from damage – so you can continue to enjoy the rest of your London visit.

Invest in a guide book and map

This is an essential consideration for even the most experienced of travellers, as without a good guide book (and a map) it can be easy to get lost while roaming around London’s outer edges! There are lots of great guide books on the market, which can be purchased either ahead of your trip to the San Domenico House Hotel, or while you’re here, by heading to one of London’s numerous shops catering to touristic needs.

Enjoy the journey

If you’re tackling the Thames in full, then be sure to incorporate some rest days to help ensure you experience every area you venture through, instead of simply focusing on the task itself.

There are many tourist attractions dotted along the Thames Path within Greater London, but the Thames also heads through towns such as Henley, where there’s lots to see and do at a slower pace, and Oxford, which is one of the world’s most famous university cities and a major site for visitors from around the globe.