Walking to The Old Vic

Photo by Manuel Harlan

How many steps does it take to get to The Old Vic? To celebrate the return of Dr. Suess’s The Lorax we’ve counted the steps to our theatre from various landmarks across London (and further afield for those looking for an extra tough challenge) to help you go the distance and make the world that little bit greener.

1. Waterloo Station – 211 steps

You may all be very familiar with the 211 steps that it takes to get you from Waterloo Station to The Old Vic – just a hope, skip and a very small jump will take you the 0.1 miles from station to stage.

2. Trafalgar Square – 2,000 steps

In the mile that it takes to get from Trafalgar Square to The Old Vic you’ll get to see the Thames from the Golden Jubilee Bridge, before whizzing past the BFI IMAX and The Royal Festival Hall just in time to get your interval drinks order in.

3. Buckingham Palace – 3,800 steps

This route takes you past all the sights above as well as the opportunity to take a very regal stroll along the Mall besides St James’s Park in the 1.8 mile journey.

4. St Paul’s Cathedral – 2,323 steps

This 1.1 mile route will take you along Blackfriars Bridge. Look to the left and you’ll see the very famous chimney of the Tate Modern.

5. London Bridge – 2,534 steps

You could take a detour on this 1.2 mile route to peruse the produce of Borough Market before heading past the beautiful Menier Chocolate Factory which started life in the 1870s as, you guessed it, a chocolate factory!

6. The V and A – 6,758 steps

If you really want to up your steps you could take the 3.2 mile journey from the V&A where you’ll get to stroll through Knightsbridge, past Harrods, Harvey Nicholls and Hyde Park and then through St. James’s AND Green Park.

7. Stonehenge – 177,619 steps

Now things start to get a little silly. We don’t actually recommend these routes unless you are a very seasoned adventurer but in case you were wondering, it would take 177,619 steps to travel the 84.1 miles from Stonehenge to The Old Vic.

8. Edinburgh Castle – 796,227 steps

A steady 125 hour stroll would take you the 377 miles from Edinburgh Castle to The Cut.

9. Giant’s Causeway – 876,480 steps

Just to make you aware, the 415 miles from Northern Ireland’s ancient columns to The Old Vic does, in fact, include a ferry crossing. Or a rather choppy swim.

10. Snowdon – 483,648 steps

If you fancy a spot of theatre after you’ve conquered Wales’ highest mountain, it would take you a mere 77 hours and 229 miles to make it to The Old Vic.

Would you like to us to add your favourite landmark to our walking map? Tweet us @oldvictheatre with your suggestions. 

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