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Illuminated River Guided Walk

lllu­mi­nat­ed Riv­er is an ambi­tious, new pub­lic art com­mis­sion – a unified light installation trans­forming the cap­i­tal at night, connecting bridges on the Riv­er Thames. 

Conceived by internationally-acclaimed light artist Leo Villareal and award winning British architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. Villareal uses the latest LED technology to ‘paint with light’, that subtly unfolds across the bridge structures. He engages with each bridge, respecting and revealing their individual histories and architectural features, while creating a beacon of London’s creativity, ambition and spirit, that is free and accessible for all to view.

Join your City Guide on this gentle, evening walk alongside the River Thames to find out more about the project, the artist and the four City bridges which form the first phase of this extraordinary, new public artwork for London.

Please note: the walk is step-free but uses lift access.

Places are free but must be booked due to restricted numbers.

When and where:

Meet: Inside the entrance hall of Blackfriars Station

End: Near the Tower of London

Time: Every Tuesday  from 7 January to 31 March 2020 at 6pm.

See the booking site for details


Important Notice 15 March 2020

Following government advice we have suspended our walks until further notice

We can't wait until we can take you around the wonderful City of London. We'll of course update you with any developments as they happen.


Nearly all the regular walks and tours offered on this website are just turn up and pay or free. For these walks no advanced booking is possible. There are only a few tours that need to be booked in advance (Illuminated River, Smithfield Market, Leadenhall Market walks and Guildhall and the Roman Bath House tours) because of restricted numbers.

Note: tours run every day of the year except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. In exceptional circumstances we may not have a guide available and we'll let the City Information Centre know.

If you want a walk or lecture for a group of people, then please use our Find a Guide section.