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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 walks around the City of London

Our daily walks run from the City Information Centre, just south of St Paul's. Although booking is advised it's fine to just turn up on the day and pay.

In addition, you can visit some of the City's delightful gardens, while in the evening take a stroll along the river to admire London's bridges, now beautifully lit thanks to the Illuminated River Project. 

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

If you would 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 group we'd love to take you on a tour of the City. And if you're a company based in the City who would like to organise a social event for your work colleagues, why not book an evening walk with us? As guides we know where all the good pubs are!

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