17 London Underground Stations It’s Better To Walk Between

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I’m in London today and it’s stifling so rather than sweat on the tube I turned to this handy map that shows how far it is between London Underground stations – in steps.

It’s been created by insurers Pruhealth and it’s super useful both for racking up some extra steps and saving you time – brilliant if you’re on a quick trip to London.

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Apparently my walking trips today between Holborn and Covent Garden, Covent Garden and Euston and Moorgate and Liverpool St racked me up 4429 steps….not including going up and down the steps or along the platforms. Or my walk to and from the station at home. 10,000 steps done me thinks.

Which brings me to some useful advice – which stations are probably quicker to walk between than get the tube?

If you live in London, you probably know this – but if you don’t or a new to the city, the map gives some clues. My theory is if the journey is about 500 steps or less it’s definitely going to be quicker to walk between tube stations- which means you’re better off walking between

Covent Garden and Leicester Square

Charing Cross and Embankment

Farringdon and Barbican

Marylebone and Baker Street

Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus

Moorgate and Liverpool Street

Warren Street and Goodge Street

If it’s closer to 750 steps it might not be quicker but it’s probably nicer to walk if it’s steaming hot outside. That means

Temple and Blackfriars

Mansion House and Cannon Street

Barbican and Moorgate

Great Portland Street and Euston

Goodge Street and Tottenham Court Road

Holborn and Chancery Lane

Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road (although this can be slightly maddening!)

Hyde Park Corner and Knightsbridge

Edgware Road and Marylebone

Old Street and Moorgate

The map only shows you the steps between stations on the same line, but there are a couple of journeys swapping between lines that are also quicker to walk including between Lancaster Gate and Paddington and Knightsbridge and Sloane Square. In fact, according to this post on Secret London there are eight journeys that are quicker by foot than trying to do them by tube.

If time matters to you more than steps, this map from Transport for London tells us how many minutes it takes to walk between the stations on each line. Of course it doesn’t allow for finding cool stuff on the way or getting distracted in shops!

And if you do decide to get the Tube between all the other stations, you can at least rack up some extra steps by walking up and down the escalators.

I always reached my 10,000 step target on a day in London just simply getting from A-B. The map above only covers the absolute centre of London, but that doesn’t mean all the stations outside this bit are miles and miles apart. Check out this feature which shows you how many minutes it takes to walk between a heap of other London stations.

If you do want to walk around London, having google maps on your phone is a great idea, or, go old school and use an A-Z, it’s how I get around as it means I don’t have to wear out the battery on my phone using maps – or wave it out and about in public. Most of the touristy areas of London are pretty safe, but I still prefer to be a bit cautious.. I’ve got this mini A-Z that fits in my bag pretty easily.

And while we’re talking books, if you are going on holiday to London and want a guidebook, here’s a few I recommend. This post was originally written when I lived in London, but now I live in Sydney and so when I go back to London I act like a full on tourist and get guidebooks.

Time Out London: These are my favourite city guides for any city as they have a section that’s updated every year which tends to find newer, things that you might not get in other guides. Click here to check it out. 

Lonely Planet Best of London: Pinpoints all the highlights – and isn’t that heavy to carry around. I just read this for my upcoming trip and found a few things in there I didn’t know about. Click here to see more.

Hidden London: I love finding quirky, hidden sights in a city (in fact, I run a whole blog on that, so check out differentville.com if that sounds appealing. But, this is one of the books I’m going to be using as reference in my next London trip. Click here to see more. 

Pretty City London. If you’re looking to up your instagram game, give this a try. The Pretty City team find the absolute most gorgeous places to photograph in any destination. Just remember though, some of London’s prettiest places are also people’s houses so PLEASE respect their privacy. Click to check out the book. 

A Street Cat Named Bob: It’s not a guidebook, but if you’re looking for something to read on your travels set in London. It’s the story of James, who was busking on the streets of London, and having a really tough time of it, when he found Bob. This book is brilliant – but you might have a little cry at some point. Click to order it here, you won’t regret it. 

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