London Royal Route (aka Sovereign Line)

1 day, Cathedral, English Heritage, South East England & London

The London Royal Route (aka Sovereign Line) – Tower of London, via St Paul’s Cathedral, to Westminster Abbey – 5 miles, 1 day. Delve into the heart of England’s history through the streets of the modern city. Take in relics of an old enchantment, when London was thought to be the New Troy, and Westminster Abbey was the holy of holies. Pick out holy wells and ancient stones, places of sanctuary and peace, the tombs of saints and the haunts of sinners, from the scrum of the modern city.

Linking the two traditional power centres of London, the City of Westminster and the City of London, via countless holy places, you follow the ancient processional way from the Tower of London, believed to replicate the lost palace of the Kings of Troy, through the popular and commercial City, to the political and priestly city of Westminster, in the shadow of the great Abbey church.

NB The majority of City of London Churches are closed at the weekend, City of Westminster Churches are open.

Click to download route/s in GPX file format for your smartphone’s map app

Instructions for using a GPX file to show you the route on your smartphone

Association of English Cathedrals


Tower of London

All Hallows by the Tower, Oldest Church in City of London

St Dunstan in the East Church Garden

St Mary at Hill Dome

Monument to the Great Fire of London

View South from the top of the Monument

The Great Ceremonial London Stone

St Mary Abchurch

St Mary Abchurch Dome

Henry Moore Altar in St Stephen’s, Walbrook

Dome of St Stephen’s, Walbrook

London Mithraeum

St Mary, Aldermary

The original Temple Bar (now relocated next to St Paul’s Cathedral)

Temple Church

Temple Bar Replacement (in original position on Fleet St, marking boundary of City of London / City of Westminster)

George III and Old Father Thames

Eleanor Cross (Charing Cross) and St Martin in the Fields)

The Cenotaph

Pyx Chamber, Westminster Abbey

Chapter House, Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

This route was created by Jason Goodwin, and developed in collaboration with BPT’s Guy Hayward.

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