Learn how the tidal river Thames has been the heart of London for centuries
This interesting relaxed walking tour starts in Westminster near Big Ben and ends near the Globe Theatre (around 2 miles).
You will learn how the Thames was an important means of transport for kings, fed hundreds of Londoners, became the source of cholera outbreak, was also a place of entertainment for kings and Queens with pageants and water music and of the London common people with the frost fairs, all before the Thames never could be frozen over again when the Embankment was built.
Many interesting facts and photo opportunities on the way. We end near the Millennium Bridge with the option for the very fit to continue by crossing the bridge to St. Paul's Cathedral.
Our interesting walking tour will start at the heart of the political world in Westminster. We will follow the Thames along Victoria Embankment, see ruins of the old Whitehall Palace before crossing the Thames to Southbank, cultural centre of music. We follow the story of the Thames to Oxo tower, Tate Modern, Shakespeare Globe etc. . .
This tour will finish around the Shakespeare Globe or alternatively at St. Paul's cathedral and takes in some of the most amazing viewpoints in London. Full of interesting history of London a city always dominated by the tidal river Thames.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Hotel, Monument/Building, Suggested by Guide: On Parliament Square right in front of the entrance to Big Ben (Houses of Parliament) Gate. The nearest underground station is Westminster station.
Duration: 3 hours
This is a walking tour.
- Guiding Services
Estimated Local Cash Needed
5 Pound Sterling - Transport from your hotel to Westminster Palace, Big Ben where the walking tour starts
I am not a driver guide but can organise a chauffeured car to take us around at leisure.
Alternatively we can visit places by public transport, on foot or by black cab taxi.
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We had a terrific afternoon walking around London with Patricia: she is warm, knowledgeable, easy to be with, and made the city's history and culture come alive as she shared with us the major historical landmarks, out of the way gems, famous stories, and wonderful antidotes that make London such an amazing city. I highly recommend booking one of Patricia's tours while on vacation in your London.