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).
The Original Tour — Open-top sightseeing bus – Every day – The Original Tour is one of London's most popular sightseeing buses, and it's also a great way to travel around the capital.
London Bus Tour — open-top sightseeing bus – Every day – This traditional open-top bus tour will take in all the best landmarks and attractions, with a free river cruise and guided walk.
TRS river cruise, from Big Ben to Greenwich – Every day – Spend a leisurely afternoon on a TRS river cruise from Big Ben to Greenwich, and see some of the sights along the river.
Boat trip down the Thames, with City Cruises – Every day – City Cruises offer one-way, return or all-day boat trips between Westminster and Greenwich, stopping off at Tower Bridge.
Roar down the Thames in a speeding boat! – Every day – A trip on a Thames Rocket is something you'll never forget, speeding down the river underneath the London's bridges.
Ghost Bus Tour, around London’s dark past – Every day – The Ghost Bus Tour will take you on a journey through London's gruesome past, and into the dark heart of the capital.
See London by night — on a sightseeing bus – Every day – The 'See London By Night' bus tour will show you London's most famous landmarks beautifully lit up in the night sky.
Look for more guided tours in November
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)
Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans