The Great War is too big a subject to cover completely in a walk, so it’s best to concentrate on one of the lesser known elements of it, such as the Home Front. You start in Trafalgar Square, not to see various statues but to be shown (using some great photos) how the square was used for fund raising, propaganda and recruitment. Across from here is a statue to Edith Cavell, and you’re told you the story behind it. You then head through Westminster seeing various Great War statues and are told about the start of the secret service in the war, in a building we’re passing. You’ll also see the Cenotaph and hear how it came to be there. You cross the river and head for the museum. You pass a pub with Charlie Chaplin history so you’ll hear of his role, and the controversy surrounding him, during the war.
Then it’s into the Imperial War Museum. It has an amazing Great War section, which you’ll be guided around, using the exhibits to tell you more about the home front in the war to end all wars, and of course there’s a huge amount to see regarding the trenches and so on too.
Start Walk: Trafalgar Square
Finish Walk: Inside the Imperial War Museum
Shorter Walk Alternative: Take the underground mid-walk from Embankment to Lambeth North tube station