Free tour

A stroll along the Southbank - Free walking tour

Duration: 2h and 30min
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

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, Drake, Newton, 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 and Brewery
  • Clink Prison Musuem
  • The Bishop Of Winchesters Palace
  • The Golden Hinde 
  • Southwark Cathedral 
  • Borough Market

With fantastic views of “Big Ben”  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 Green bag, as well as holding a sign reading “Guru Tours London”

📍The tour ends on London Bridge (Not to be confused with Tower Bridge) and London Bridge Station, perfectly located directly next to The Shard and Borough Market and a 10-15 minute walk to Tower Bridge and The Tower of London, direct underground   links back to Westminster,  or Kings  Cross, Bond Street (for Oxford Street) or Greenwich

🧑‍🦽The route is flat and on paved footpaths or roads, and can be tailored to be suitable for those with reduced mobility, as there are certain parts of the tour there are steps, please contact me in advance if you require adjustments. 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 at and used at the owners descretion, other 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.

👉💉Just for the record 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 or 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 2 Hours 30 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).

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Annie 07 Dec 2022
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Travelled in couple - Dec 2022
A free walking tour with Richard was interesting . He was knowledgeable of the tour area.
Lia ... 05 Dec 2022
Tel Aviv-Yafo
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Travelled in couple - Nov 2022
Interesting and enjoyable tour
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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.
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