A stroll along the Southbank - Free walking tour

Duration: 1h and 45min
Languages: English
Guru: Richard
Quality Verified Registered on May 03, 2022

Hi, I’m Richard, I have been a tour guide in London for nearly 20 years and still find something new in this amazing city almost every day. I have a real passion for travel and have been fortunate to have visited fascinating destinations all over The World However, something always draws me back to London like a magnet. It’s a unique blend of history and tradition whilst remaining a thoroughly modern vibrant city on the cutting edge of everything new and exciting that there is to offer. I am massively passionate about London and Londoners and hope that my tours can ignite the same in the visitors that I have the pleasure of showing MY City.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
    This tour allows payment by electronic means or credit card

Tour description

A classic London tour as we take a stroll along The World famous Southbank area of the river Thames, an area steeped in history, mystery, and intrigue, whilst constantly evolving to be the beating heart of London and all that it stands for. 

From the Roman invasion 2000 years ago to modern-day 21st-century innovative design and architecture, the Thames has always played a critical part in London’s development, decline, and rise as a major World City.  Home to Shakespeare, Dickens, Wren, and countless others, the area has always been, and will always remain a vibrant and key part of London’s history and its future. 

This tour will take in many famous landmarks as well as some unusual and hidden gems including: 

  • London Eye
  • County Hall
  • The National Theatre
  • Waterloo Bridge
  • Jubilee Park
  • The Royal Festival Hall
  • OXO Tower
  • Doggets Coat and Badge (Hear the story of the world's oldest annual sporting event)
  • Blackfriars Bridge
  • Tate Modern
  • Shakespeare’s Globe
  • The Millennium Bridge
  • The Anchor Pub 

With fantastic views of “Big Ben” The London Eye, Shakespeare’s Globe,  St Pauls Cathedral, and many other famous sights , all whilst following the magnificent river Thames.
And much much more!

📃THE BASICS📃- What you need to know! (And the boring legal bit)
📍The Tour Starts at the bottom of the steps underneath the Lion Statue on the south side (London Eye side) of Westminster Bridge outside the cafe/bakery (nearest underground Waterloo or Westminster)  I will be wearing a flat cap and carrying a Black and Grey rucksack 

📍The tour ends outside The famous Anchor Pub which is just a short walk to London Bridge Station and Borough Market

🧑‍🦽The route is flat and on paved footpaths or roads, and can be tailored to be suitable for those with reduced mobility, the meeting point is at the bottom of several steps down from Westminster Bridge if you have specific mobility issues there is a step free way to the meeting point, please contact me in advance for more information.
A comfortable pair of shoes or trainers is sufficient,  no need for any specific footwear, although it is advised against wearing high heels (sorry Gentleman!!!)

🐕‍🦺The tour is suitable for dogs but they MUST be kept on a lead at all times.

🥤🥪Please note that there are limited  Toilet facilities on this tour, these will generally be inside cafes or restaurants  and used at the owners descretion, public toilets on the route may charge for use. You may eat and drink on the tour (please no alcohol) but please be responsible and take any rubbish with you until you can find a bin. Generally we will not stop for refreshments or bathroom breaks unless the group is in agreement then we can do so at a suitable venue, Smoking and vaping is forbidden on this tour for the comfort of all participants.

👉💉I am fully vaccinated against Covid 19 in line with current UK government policy, I  am also fully 1st aid qualified via the British Red Cross (certificate valid until January 2024) and hold an advanced DBS (child and vulnerable peoples) certification.

👉Please follow any instructions given to you by myself, police officers or anyone else holding a position of authority whilst on the tour. We reserve the right to remove any person or persons whose behaviour is deemed unacceptable or if they appear to be under the influence of alcohol or any other substance.

🎒Please take basic precautions with your personal belongings. All visitors are responsible for any personal possessions. Neither the guide or Guru Walks are liable for any personal injury loss or damage to any personal property whilst taking part in the tour 

📩 If you have any questions please feel free to contact me via the tour guru website

I look forward to welcoming you to London

Total tour time Approx 1 hour 45 minutes

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    The bottom of the steps underneath The Lion Statue on the south side of Westminster Bridge outside the cafe/bakery (The London eye side) Nearest station Waterloo or Westminster (across the bridge) I will be wearing a flat cap and carrying a green bag carrying a small sign saying “Guru Walks”

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Ludo 18 Sep 2023

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
James 26 Jun 2023

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2023
Richard was extremely kind & generous to run the tour with only my wife and I attending. We had a brilliant time walking along the Thames with Richard and hearing the history & stories behind things you'd never think twice about. His passion for & and in-depth knowledge of London shines through.
Laura 22 May 2023

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Travelled in couple - May 2023
Excellent tour, Richard was extremely knowledgeable and kept us well informed. Easy walking tour with a Greene King at the end. Definitely a must. Thank you Richard!
Débora 01 May 2023

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2023
I thought the ride was pretty weak. It started with the guide arriving late, the tour area is very noisy and it was very difficult to hear what he was saying. I expected more excitement and fun...it was kind of boring.
Anamarija 27 Apr 2023

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2023
Very beautiful walk alongside the river Thames with a different view on the city landmarks. Also there are great and interesting places and landmarks to see and visit in the Southbank itself. Our guide provided us many useful and interesting information. Definitely worth going!
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 40 people.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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