A 24-hour Tube strike is set to bring London to a standstill as negotiations between unions and London Underground to avoid industrial action have failed. The strike will begin at 6.30pm today (5 August), closing all Underground stations and leaving commuters queuing for alternative transport until Friday morning (7 August).
Although unions do not oppose the upcoming "night Tube" service, workers are unhappy at pay and conditions offered. The latest strike action will be the second in two months, following one in July that halted the entire Tube network.
With the strike fast approaching, commuters are being advised to seek other transport with plenty of time to spare. But if you do not fancy queuing for buses, here is a quick guide to walking and cycling around the capital.
For those who would normally travel via Tube, here is a handy map that tells you how long it takes to walk between stations. The Weather Channel UK has also put together list of scenic walking routes around London for a relatively stress-free commute.
South Bank to Southwark Cathedral: "Not a fan of crowds? This could be the route for you. You can start at the London Eye while taking in the spectacular views of Big Ben and Westminster. Then once you've passed the stalls of the South Bank you have the Oxo Tower, Shakespeare's Globe, Millennium Bridge and Tate Modern, the Golden Hinde II, the Clink, the Cathedral and Borough Market."
The Scenic Route: "Take a walk on the green side. Start at Westminster where you can see the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Then walk through St James's Park; as you walk through, there is a beautiful lake with pelicans and fountains. From there, you'll pass Horse Guards Parade on your right and then the other side of St James's has the lovely stretch that is The Mall leading up to Buckingham Palace. Crossing The Mall you will find Green Park, once you've walked through you will come out at the Hard Rock Café with Hyde Park just a stone's throw away on the other side of Hyde Park Corner."
The tourist route: "It wouldn't be a tourist route if you didn't pass through Piccadilly Circus. From the Natural History and Science Museums walk towards Kensington Palace, passing the Albert Hall on your right, you can walk up Palace Avenue in full view of all the embassies. Turn right and walk along the Serpentine coming out of the park at The Dorchester Hotel. Walk up Piccadilly, passing The Wolseley Hotel and Fortnum and Mason on your right and The Royal Academy of Art on the left, until you reach Piccadilly Circus."
The quick route: "Starting from Waterloo where many of the Overground trains come in, walk over Waterloo Bridge and you're in Covent Garden, right in the centre of London and within walking distance of pretty much everywhere, the City on your right and Soho on your left."
The shopping route: "This may take a while but if you have time (and perhaps some cash) to spend, you can start on the King's Road and work your way up to Sloane Square, turn left on to Sloane Street going up to Knightsbridge with Harrods on your left and Harvey Nichols on your right. Take a quick detour through Hyde Park and come out at Marble Arch where you can then make your way all the way down Oxford Street."
What will the weather be like?
According to The Weather Channel UK, London will be dry and part cloudy on Wednesday evening with just a slight risk of the odd isolated shower. Thursday 6 August will be dry but cloudly, with some sunshine in the afternoon and maximum temperatures of around 23/24C.