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Illuminated River: The Final Five Bridges. Fridays

The final five bridges of the Illuminated River have come to life - discover them with us.

The first four Illuminated River bridges – London, Cannon Street, Southwark and Millennium – made their debut in 2019. Since their launch the four bridges have been creating an evocative display every evening from dusk until 2am

In 2021 the next five bridges joined in

To book your place visit our Eventbrite page. 

Making the world’s longest public art commission. Although a public artwork, it has been paid for by private, philanthropic sources - an incredible gift to London.

Blackfriars Road, Waterloo, Golden Jubilee, Westminster and Lambeth Bridges have also been illuminated by New York-based artist Leo Villareal’s subtle display of slowly moving light sequences.

Villareal’s vision is to create a unified series of evocative lighting sequences across the bridges, reflecting their cultural and historical contexts. 

Along the walk your Guide will tell you about the artist and the engineering involved in the project along with the stories of the bridges along the way. The Guides leading these walks are accredited by the 'Two Cities' - London and Westminster, as the illuminated bridges cross the boundary! You will meet us to start the walk in the City of London and we'll end in the City of Westminster.

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

Safety:

  • The safety of our group members and Guides is paramount and we have small group numbers to help manage this. Places MUST be booked in advance. We are unable to accept onto our tours anyone who has not booked a ticket.
  • You will be with people you don't know in your group and are welcome to wear a face covering
  • If, on the day, you feel at all unwell please cancel your place.

You can also join us on a walk on Tuesday evenings to see the first four bridges

Images: Guy Fairbank

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