London is full of famous streets, lanes and boulevards, with the likes of Portobello Road, Oxford Street, the Mall and many others having captivated tourists from across the world for many years.
However, if you’re looking for a street that truly encapsulates all that the city has to offer then you could certainly do a lot worse than spending a day discovering the highlights of the A10.
The name might not sound particularly glamorous, but that’s because this road is in fact comprised of several different streets, which collectively make up the A10.
The action starts at the northern end of London Bridge – otherwise known by its less appealing moniker the A3 – at which point the A10 carries the name Gracechurch Street. As the heart of London’s financial district, this part of town is overlooked by some of the most dramatic buildings the city has to offer, and stands in the shadow of the Shard, the Walkie-Talkie and others.
As you head north, you’ll soon walk past the Gherkin – another of London’s most iconic high-rises – before the road changes name and becomes Bishopsgate. As this point you’ll also find yourself at the foot of Heron Tower, which is known for its wonderful Sky Bar.
Located on the 38th and 39th floors of the tower, this establishment offers some truly breathtaking views over the city’s skyline, and is the perfect place for tourists looking to discover the full splendour of the capital.
Carrying on your journey, you’ll pass Liverpool Street Station and then reach Shoreditch High Street, which is one of London’s top areas for nightlife. This stretch of the A10 is packed with lively bars, pubs and cafes, and is also just a short walk from the famous Brick Lane.
The A10 then becomes Kingsland Road, which has become famous for its many excellent Vietnamese restaurants. If you’re not hungry though, keep going north until you reach Regent’s Canal, which is always great for strolling along and taking in the pretty scenery.