One of my big bug-bears with London is how absurdly expensive it is. Did you see that piece by the Guardian in June saying that average rental costs are now £1500 a month? Ludicrous! Disgusting! I used to pay getting on for £700 a month to live in a mouse infested hovel with toilet-come-showers (no doors separating the two) above a dank chicken shop. Happy, happy memories.
The unfathomable cost of everything of course means than unless you work in a well paid (but probably soul destroying) job you can live in one of the world’s most incredible cities – with all those amazing bars and restaurants and theatre shows – and not be able to afford to do much more than hit Tesco Express for a bottle of cheap red and scoff pesto pasta with your pals. And when the bottle dries up and the bowl lies empty? Then what? You’ll need a healthy bout of creativity and innovation to come up with free things to do in your spare time.
Well this is Autumn, the most stunning part of the year, and there is really nothing better to do with an Autumnal weekend in London than enjoy a lovely crisp sunny walk in my opinion.
So, Londoners, next time you’re faced with a weekend watching Friends and eating tuna from a tin, check out Walk London. It’s a new section of the TFL website which lists a ton of walks across central and greater London, from 150 mile mega treks to bitesize chunks to complete in just a few hours. On 17th and 18th October there are also free guided walks on offer. WalkLondon.org has all the info you need to get started. Also Check out Green Path Transfers. Green Path Transfers uses eco-friendly vehicles for it’s Heathrow airport transfers
Because underneath the smog and beyond the sweaty transport systems, overlooking the eye-watering rental costs and the smelly chicken shop flats, London is really an incredibly beautiful city in Autumn, and there’s no better way to see it than on your two feet.