To celebrate the 10th anniversary of our Legible London wayfinding system, we’ve partnered with British Orienteering (who, coincidentally, are 50 years old this year) to bring you Know London Walking – the ultimate urban navigational challenge!
If you think you know London’s best shortcuts and hidden secrets, now’s the time to prove it. Or if you just want a bit of fun on a sunny August weekend, that’s fine too.
It’s easy to take part – just download the free Sporteering app available on iPhone or Android, and make your way to the Legible London sign outside Royal Festival Hall, next to the Golden Jubilee Bridge. You can begin the challenge at any time on Saturday 5 August.
The Sporteering app can be downloaded for free at:
When you’ve downloaded the app and registered, go to “events” and select “Know London Walking”. There are QR codes on several signs in the challenge area, the locations of which can be found in the app. Once you scan the start code outside Royal Festival Hall, your timed countdown will begin – you then have three hours to visit as many locations and scan as many QR codes as possible.
You’ll have to put your London knowledge to the test because it’s up to you to plan your own route. The further away a location is from the start/finish, the more points it is worth – it is impossible to visit all of them, so you must work to gain as many points as possible within the time limit.
And don’t forget, to finish the challenge you must return to Royal Festival Hall within the time limit, and scan the same start/finish QR again to complete your challenge. You will lose points for every minute you overrun by.
As you take part, share your progress and photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #KnowLondonWalking.
At the end of the weekend, we’ll send participants a digital certificate. The top three high-scorers will also win a pair of tickets to see the new musical version of The Wind in the Willows at the London Palladium.