For those interested, here's my run home:
1 Start: My office on Bishopsgate in The City, aka the Financial District aka the Square Mile:
2 London Wall: London Wall was the defensive wall first built by the Romans around Londinium.
The wall appears to have been built in the late 2nd or early 3rd century, certainly between 190 and 225,
and probably between 200 and 220. This was around 80 years after the construction in 120 of the city's fort, whose north and west walls were thickened and doubled in height to form part of the new city wall. It continued to be developed until at least the end of the 4th century, making it among the last major building projects undertaken by the Romans before the Roman departure from Britain in 410. This photo is an example of a number sites around The City where the old Roman Wall is exposed.
3 St Paul's Cathedral: The present building dates from the 17th century and was designed by Sir Christopher Wren. It is generally reckoned to be London's fifth St Paul's Cathedral, all having been built on the same site since AD 604.
4 The Millenium Bridge and Tate Modern at the other end (with the chimney): Britain's national gallery of international modern art. It is the most visited modern art gallery in the world, with around 4.7 million visitors per year. It is based in the former Bankside Power Station, which was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott.
5 Barrister's Chambers at Temple (Located between Fleet Street and the Embankment)
6 One of the Dragons standing guard at the entrance to The City of London
7 London Eye aka Millenium Wheel: It is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe, and the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom, visited by over 3.5 million people annually.
8 Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column: The name commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar (1805), a British naval victory of the Napoleonic Wars. The column was built to commemorate Admiral Nelson, who died at the Battle of Trafalgar. The whole monument is 169 ft 3ins (51.59 metres) tall from the bottom of the pedestal to the top of Nelson's hat.
9 View down Whitehall towards The Palace of Westminster aka Houses of Parliament. Downing Street is just on the right hand side. London's Cenotaph is just beyond the bus. I could cheat and upload images of No 10 and The Palace of Westminster but I don't actually run past them on this particular route, although I do from time to time if I change my route for variety.
10 Horse Guards Parade (The building on the far right of the photo is the rear of No 10 Downing Street): It was once the Headquarters of the British Army. The Duke of Wellington was based in Horse Guards when he was Commander-in-Chief of the British Army. The site is used for annual ceremonies such as Trooping the Colour, which commemorates the monarch's official birthday, and Beating Retreat. It will be home to Beach volleyball during the London 2012 Olympic games!!
11 Buckingham Palace: Not sure what goes on there!
12 Eaton Square: If one could ever buy one of these houses or indeed apartments (rarely on the open market), they'd cost tens of millions. I don't live here!
13 Putney Bridge (view from): View west, away from London. The Oxford/Cambridge boat race starts immediately below the bridge. Boat houses are on the left hand side beyond the pier. The first bridge was opened in 1729. Putney Bridge is unique in that it is the only bridge in Britain to have a church at both ends.
13 Finish: Home. Wouldn't be wise to disclose my address, but it's in Putney.
The run is approx 8-8.5 miles (13.5km). It takes me approx 65 mins and I run it 3 to 4 times per week, either to or from work, depends on how much of a rush I'm in.
There you go, I've done my bit for London's tourism. Maybe that could be my new job. A running guided tour of London!
Have a super day