I’m a bit late for new years resolutions, so lets call this a work resolution. I work in the City in London, which is basically the financial district and surrounding areas. Being an office job, I inevitably spend anything from 8 to a horrible 12 (12 is my absolute limit) hours a day sat at a desk.
This inactivity is terrible for my health.
Obviously, I do get up for tea breaks and to go to the toilet, and I usually try to venture out at least breifly at lunch. But for a while now I’ve been in this terrible habit of not really straying further than Fenchurch Street, where my office is.
Despite the City being inhabited almost exclusively by Monday-Friday 9-5 dwelling city workers (really, it’s like a ghost town on a Saturday), there are so many beautiful sights and interesting places to see, all within walking distance. I’ve been to plenty of them over the years, but long ago I stopped ‘being a tourist’ and appreciating what’s around me, and so I don’t visit them enough.
I recently read a newspaper article about the ill effects of inactivity. I’ve read them before and I always curse my lifestyle and wish I could have a more active job, but for whatever reason this article really stuck with me, and yesterday I had a good idea.
I can couple finding wonderful things to show you on this blog, with taking a brisk walk on my lunchbreak. I’ll explore every inch of the City and surrounding areas by foot and post about what I find. As long as I can get there and back in 45 minutes on foot, I’ll go anywhere.
I made this resolution yesterday morning, and yesterday lunchtime I made my first expedition to St Paul’s Cathedral. Where will I go next? I haven’t decided yet! Already on my list are:
- Borough market
- St Katherine’s Docks
- The Tower of London
- Tower Bridge
- Bank of England
- Brick Lane
Got somewhere you want to send me? Comment and I’ll go!