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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.


Photos: courtesy of Niki Gorick



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. Read our policy on Refunds.

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


We've added 3 new walks for this season:

Secrets and Symbols, News from Fleet Street, and From Shakespeare to Oscar Wilde

Billingsgate Roman House and Baths open 

This unique site is now open for this season of tours. Find out more.

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, a school or another 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 a 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? We've been awarded TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice for 2023!