Kensington (Olympia) to Edgware Road Tube Walk

This is the 54th day of my London Underground tube walking challenge. It is also the last day. Today I will complete the final section of the 12th and final underground line.

Kensington (Olympia) to Earl’s Court

I start at Kensington (Olympia). It is named after the Olympia Exhibition Building which is next to the station. This Exhibition building is run by the same people who run the nearby Earl’s Court Exhibition Building.

I head south and briefly pass along Kensington High Street before going into Warwick Road. Warwick Road has a Homebase and a Tesco superstore and a number of housing blocks.

Beyond the housing blocks is the Earl’s Court Exhibition Building. It doesn’t look like there is a show on today as the gates are closed.

I pass the west entrance of Earl’s Court tube station, walk along Penywern Road and then get to the east entrance of Earl’s Court.

Earl’s Court to High Street Kensington

I pass the Dr Who Police Box outside Earl’s Court underground station and then walk north up Earl’s Court Road. Along the way I spot this van which had two toy dogs positioned just in front of it. I have no idea why.

I get back onto High Street Kensington head east past the many shops and then arrive at High Street Kensington tube station.

High Street Kensington to Notting Hill Gate

I pass the former Barker’s department store and then turn left into Kensington Church Street.

This area is well known for its antique shops, a few of them are pictured here.

At the end of Kensington Church Street I turn left and reach Notting Hill Gate tube station.

Notting Hill Gate to Bayswater

On Notting Hill Gate I turn into Ossington Street and then right into Moscow Road.

On Moscow Road I pass a church and several more mansion blocks (Bayswater is home to loads of them) before reaching Bayswater tube station which is on the Queensway.

Bayswater to Paddington

I walk a short way up Queensway and turn right into Porchester Gardens passing a mansion block and the 1950’s Hallfield Estate.

On Eastbourne Terrace many of the old office blocks have been renovated with new glass fronts. On Praed Street I reach Paddington tube station.

Paddington to Edgware Road

I continue along Praed Street passing the local shops and the famous St. Mary’s Hospital where Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin.

At the far end of this road some of the new blocks of flats which surround the Paddington Basin come into view. I also pass the Hilton London Metropole Hotel.

I cross Edgware Road, walk along Chapel Street, and then reach Edgware Road tube station; the final tube station on my tube walking journey.

District Line Walk – Day 6 Summary

This final section of the District line tube walk took me just over one and a half hours to complete.

4 thoughts on “Kensington (Olympia) to Edgware Road Tube Walk”

  1. Congratulations! That is amazing! Now, when are you gonna start walking all the national rail routes in London? 😉

  2. I think I’ll have a break for a while before trying anything like this again!

    At the start of the project I was wondering whether I should include any of the Overground, DLR or Tramlink, but I think I did the right thing by just doing the 12 tube lines.

  3. Congratulations! That’s a great achievement. 🙂

    I should know, because on Monday I set off on my own tubewalk along the LU network. I’ve been planning my route since about September, and finally I’m ready to go; we must have come up with the idea at around the same time, so big respect for managing it first! My current plan is to take 42 days in June, July and August, writing and taking photographs as I go, and putting them up on my website at – sounds familiar, eh? 🙂 Great minds, and all that…

    I’d love to make contact, if possible, just because I can’t believe that there’s someone else out there who’s mad enough to walk the tube. I love the website, too – clean, easy to navigate, and lovely photos. I’m honoured to be following in your footsteps – bravo!

    All the best,


  4. Hi Mark,

    I can’t believe that someone else wants to try this either! I’ve had a look at your site (it looks great) and it seems you are much more organised than me -I worked out many of my routes either as I walked or on the tube on the way to each days starting point. I think with all your ‘points of interest’ you should be able to write an interesting account.

    I’ve added a link to your site on this page and as you are doing it for a good cause I’ve given you a £10 donation.

    It would be very interesting when you are finished to overlay both sets of walking tracks on top of each other to see how our routes differ. Good luck with your walking and I’ll definitely be following your progress to see how it goes.

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