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Illuminated River: The First Four Bridges. Tuesdays

Shining a light on the bridges!

The lllu­mi­nat­ed Riv­er is the longest public art commission in the world. Each bridge has a specially designed sequence personally created by the artist and all together they shine a subtle and beautiful light on the Thames and London.

American light artist Leo Villareal and London architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands impressed the jury of the competition with their exciting kinetic artwork as well as their respect for the natural environment, local inhabitants and the architectural character and history of the bridges.

In this walk we look at the first four bridges to be illuminated:

Millennium Bridge

Southwark Bridge

Cannon Street Railway Bridge

London Bridge

City Guides are proud to walk and talk about this dynamic project in the City enhanced with ‘light and code’ to create a monumental moving sculpture. We look at the bridges' history, ancient and modern as well as the story of how the idea of the Illuminated River became a reality that can be enjoyed by everyone.


  • The safety of our guests and Guides is paramount and group numbers are limited to help with this.
  • Our walks are outside but you will in a group with people you don't know and you are very welcome to wear a face covering if you wish.
  • If, on the day, you feel at all unwell please cancel your place

We try to make our walks as inclusive and accessible as possible and use lifts to access the riverside path.

Booking is essential via Eventbrite. 

We offer daily, weekly and monthly walks around the City of London 

Our daily walks run from the City Information Centre, just south of St Paul's. You need to book via Eventbrite to secure you place. Note: the cut-off time for booking our daily walks is 21:00hrs the night before. If we don't have any bookings then the walk will not take place 

Our weekly walks have individual booking pages and earlier cut off times, please see the individual listing.  

Starting in November our two Illuminated River walks - phase 1 on Tuesdays and Phase 2 on Fridays.

Our Billingsgate Roman House and Baths limited season comes to an end in November as the site is put to bed for the winter.

Some of our walks offer concession rates: valid for over 65s and students. 

All Eventbrite bookings have a booking fee.

Private tours

If you'd like to organise your own walk, lecture or a virtual tour, then please use our Find a Guide section. If you're a member of an Arts Society or a U3A or other group we'd love to take you on a tour of the City. And if you're a company based in the City who'd like to organise a social event for your work colleagues, why not book an evening walk with us? 

If you've been on a walk recently we'd love to hear from you. Why not leave a review on our TripAdvisor page?

Note: We try to make our walks as inclusive and accessible as possible