London’s South Bank Historic River Walk


London’s South Bank Historic River Walk

Explore the historical heart of London with our South Bank Historic River Walk. This engaging 3 hour tour will guide you along the Thames, offering a perfect blend of history, culture, and stunning views. From the towering London Eye to the majestic Tower Bridge, each landmark tells a story, creating a rich tapestry of London's past and present.

Your journey begins at County Hall, at the South end of Westminster Bridge, where you’ll dive into the South Bank's history, from its origins as a Roman landing site to its current status as a cultural hotspot. As we meander along the river, you’ll be treated to magnificent views of Somerset House, St Paul's Cathedral and much more, with fascinating insights into their historical significance.

While our tour briefly passes by Borough Market, this short visit highlights its age-old charm without the crowds, offering a snapshot of its thousand-year legacy as a hub of food and trade.

The tour concludes with a breath-taking view from Tower Bridge, overlooking the Tower of London. Throughout your walk, you’ll receive personalised recommendations for other must-visit spots and hidden gems around London, enriching your experience in this vibrant city. This is an unforgettable exploration of London’s treasures!


Please note: 

  • This tour is normally delivered on foot with no access to sites included.
  • Some optional extras include a vehicle to drive between sites, site access and refreshments.  These must be requested at the time of booking and will incur additional costs.
  • The normal recommended duration for this tour is published on this page.  If you require a shorter or longer duration please let us know at time of booking and we will do our best to accommodate you.
  • All of our tours are for private bookings only.  Whether you're a single, couple, family, group of friends or corporate booking, you will enjoy the exclusive care and attention of our guide
  • All guides on our team are warm, engaging professionals who are well travelled themselves, and offer their own rich life experiences to help hit the mark for your enjoyment of our tours.
  • Guides reserve the right to adapt the route of this tour according to various logistical requirements (for example inclement weather or traffic congestion) on the day of the tour.
  • Most tours are customisable and adaptable for special interests, language support (currently English, French and Spanish), accessibility / disability amendments and other sensitive handling (such as women-led tours). 
  • Please advise us of any other special requests on booking.
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At a glance

Neighbourhoods explored
South Bank
Sites along the way
St Paul's Cathedral, The Tower of London, Sky Garden, Tower Bridge, Southbank, Shakespeare's Globe, Tate Modern, Roman Wall
Themes enjoyed
Roman History, Medieval History, Architecture, Shopping, Riverside / Canalside Beauty, Cultural & Educational, Art, Cultural Diversity, Nightlife, Tudor & Stuart History, Georgian & Victorian History, Modern History, Street Food and / or Cafes, Stage & Screen
Perfect for
Couples, Families, Corporate Groups, Singles, Layover, Children, Seniors, Disabled
Typical walk duration
3 hours