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London's River Walk: Saturdays

Trade, transport and traditions

The River Thames is London. It’s why the Romans chose its gravel north bank to found Londinium; its tidal waters brought trade and wealth to the City - and continues to do so.

Spend a leisurely couple of hours walking along its edge and let your City of London Guide tell you about frost fairs, swan upping, entertainment Southwark-style and Lord Mayors’ Shows.

Discover how the Thames helped - and hindered - the City during the Blitz of 1940 and what role it played during the Great Fire of 1666. 

  • See the first crossing of the River Thames for 100 years and learn the reason why it really did wobble
  • Get all the facts and figures on the Thames; its tides and its wildlife. Did you know there are over 100 species of fish in the Thames?
  • Visit an 1100 year-old dock and the site of the first public lavatory (fortunately no longer there!) 
  • Admire modern buildings like the Shard and learn how Shakespeare's Globe Theatre came to be built.
  • Walk by London Bridge and learn how it looked 700 years ago.
  • Discover the origins of the nursery rhyme ‘London Bridge is falling down’.
  • Learn about the Pool of London and why it was once the busiest port in the world

Please note: children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/guided-walk-londons-river-tickets-119722393903

Photos: courtesy of Niki Gorick

 

 

 

Weekly Illuminated River walk 

We are so pleased to be able to offer this popular evening walk again with very small groups (six people) to explore the amazing artwork that is the Illuminated River Project.  The ultimate aim is for artist Leo Villareal to illuminate 14 of the bridges across the Thames. The first five are completed and are all in the City - come and see them and find out more with us on Tuesdays.  Booking essential https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/illuminated-river-walk-by-city-of-london-guides-tickets-121964205221

Daily walks from the City Information Centre (by St Paul's Cathedral)

We are delighted to announce the return of our daily guided walks in the heart of the City of London!  One every day of the week at 11.00 am.  All places must be booked in advance to ensure we maintain small group sizes which can be socially distanced.  We are really excited to be able to take you around the extraordinary Square Mile once more.  Full details when you click on the photos below.

Culture Corridor Walks until October 30th

Come on in to the City!  We are excited to be working with the City Corporation on this programme of walks until October 30th. Following a carefully planned route in small groups using social distancing and technology to give you the best experience, there is  one walk each day from a borough that borders the City: Westminster (Saturdays), Lambeth (Sundays), Camden (Mondays), Islington (Tuesdays), Southwark (Wednesdays), Tower Hamlets (Thursdays), Hackney (Fridays). Thanks to support from the City of London Corporation, all are free. If you live locally, or even if you don't, this is the perfect time to explore and discover what has happened and who has walked these streets in years gone by.  The streets are very quiet so you have the chance to stop and stare without pressure.  Find out more and reserve your place by clicking on the photos below.

 

We are pleased to be working in partnership with the Temple Bar Trust.   You are invited to join us for series of live-broadcast, virtual walks around the City. The series includes the fascinating history of Temple Bar, Paternoster Square, St Pauls, the life, and work of Sir Christopher Wren and some of the wonderful but often overlooked statues and sculptures nearby.  Find out more and book here: https://templebartrust.org/walks  

 

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

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