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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

Your walking tour starts from the City Information Centre, south of St Paul’s Cathedral. It lasts between 1.5 and 2 hours and ends near Monument. Your guide will be able to advise you on local pubs, cafes and eating places.

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

Photos: courtesy of Niki Gorick

Download a copy of our guided walks leaflet here

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.

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