Without the Thames, there would be no London. It's the City's lifeblood... bringing it prosperity, defence but also deadly disease. Over the centuries it has acted as a motorway, a burial ground, a frozen playground, and the setting for some of the country's finest buildings.
This guided walk will begin outside the City Information Centre (opposite St. Paul's Cathedral) and take you to see some of the best buildings nearby. You'll look at the re-constructed Globe Theatre (a replica of Shakespeare's Elizabethan playhouse), the re-purposed Tate Modern art gallery (an old power station on Bankside), and Norman Foster's new Millennium Bridge (where young couples snap padlocks to signify their love). You'll also see famous landmarks like The Shard and Tower Bridge.
If you like the sound of this river walk then how about seeing even more of the river on an open-top boat? There are two boat companies that Craig recommends: City Cruises and TRS (Thames River Services). You can read Craig's review of City Cruises and his TRS review on his blog before you go (TRS is slightly better, because the boats are usually a lot less busy).
Somerset House Historical Highlights – Every Thu and Sat – This tour has tales about Tudor intrigues and the extravagant entertainments laid on during Georgian times
Guided walk around Charles Dickens’ London – Every Fri – This guided walk will take you around some of the most memorable streets and locations that Charles Dickens used in his novels.
11 — London’s cheapest sightseeing bus – Every day – If you don't fancy spending money on an open-top sightseeing bus, then there's a cheaper alternative — the No 11 bus.
City Highlights: The Top 10 sights – Every Mon, Wed and Sun – A two-hour guided walk around the Square Mile, showing you some of the most famous historical sites and buildings in the City of London.
Mansion House: The Lord Mayor’s Residence – Every Tue – Look inside the Lord Mayor of London's official residence at Mansion House and see the interior courtyard and famous Egyptian Hall.
Guided tour of Wren’s best churches – Every Tue and Thu – This guided walk will look at the outside of St Pauls Cathedral and at a selection of Christopher Wren's finest City churches
Guided walk around Roman Londinium – Every Wed and Sat – Walk through the streets of Roman Londinium and see what remains of the old city walls, military fort and amphitheatre
Look for more guided tours in March
If you enjoy Millennium Bridge then you might like to visit London Bridge (you can walk it 10 mins), St. Paul’s Cathedral (you can walk it in 6 mins), Tate Modern (you can walk it in 4 mins), Tower Bridge (walk it in 22 mins or catch the tube from Blackfriars to Tower Hill) and Westminster Bridge (walk it in 24 mins or catch the tube from Blackfriars to Westminster)
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