Well, for the record, it takes me about 1 hour and 25 minutes. That response usually prompts a "that's a long way" or "that's a long commute". Which in some ways is true, but I really don't think that an hour and 25 minutes walking through the city and along the river is worse that 45 minutes stuck on a tube - particularly at this time of year when you're likely to be slowly boiling alive down there!
However, I do get that walking for that length of time may seem like a boring/daunting prospect. And this is where I have to let you into a secret - sometimes I don't notice whole swathes of my commute. I know the route so well that I can go off into my own little world and enjoy my number one walking-commute tip - audio books.
I'm an avid reader, as well as walker, and I have to say that in former days I was quite 'sniffy' about audio books. I felt that you couldn't really say that you've read a book if you've only listened to it. Now though, I'm a total convert. That's not to say I don't read physical books any more, I most certainly do, but I've come to appreciate just how fantastic a good audio book can be. Not to mention the fact that walking 6 miles reading an actual book would be somewhat impractical, and probably pretty dangerous!
The thing is, I'm so busy most of the time with work, seeing friends and now wedding planning too, that fitting in time to read a physical book becomes quite tough. I usually find myself binge-reading on holiday instead! In contrast, I have a good 3-hour window every single day to listen to audio books.
I have a deal with Audible where I get two audio books a month for £14.99. Given that they can cost anything from £5.99 - £70 I tend to get my moneys worth and more! The brilliant thing is that I want to make my books last, which means I've listened to some really long books. Books I'm not sure I'd ever have had the time to sit down and read. Things like Middlemarch, Anna Karenina and the Count of Monte Cristo, to name but a few.
And I don't just listen to fiction, I listen to biographies, history books, science books, basically anything I can get my hands on. I've really been able to indulge my inner medieval history geek by listening to all of Alison Weir's factual history books, as well as countless others. Ask me something about Henry VIII or Katherine Swynford or the Wars of the Roses and I could probably bore you for hours!
What I love about listening to books while I'm walking is that they take me off into another world, but at the same time, they don't stop me from interacting with the world around me. I can take in the lovely views through the city or along the Thames as I walk, but at the same time I can get swept up in a story, or history. Particularly fitting when listening to something like Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, which centres almost entirely on London.