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South riverbank trail from London Bridge to the Tower of London (2.5 Km)

Updated: May 10

Start at London Bridge Station

Finish at Tower Hill Station



THE EXPERIENCE


This route is a perfect mix of historic sights and spectacular riverside views of the City of London. It takes you from London Bridge Station to Tower Hill, along the south side of the river Thames, provides stunning views of the City of London and passes many of its most famous sights such as London Bridge, Hays Galleria, HMS Belfast, City Hall, Tower Bridge, St Katharine Docks and the Tower of London. Its northern shore is steeped in history, whilst its southern shores show how well the industrious Port of London has been redeveloped.

It is great for history and iconic sights, cityscapes, museums, culture, fantastic riverside and dock views, sunrise/sunsets, and cathedrals. Numerous eating and drinking spots along the way support it.

London Bridge to the Tower of London Bridge Opening

 

MUST SEE PLACES



What to See List


PLACES TO EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY


Areas to Eat, Drink and Be Merry List



BEST TIME

Morning - The best time to do this route is on weekends in the early morning when it is quiet and free from crowds and heavy traffic.

Day - Most of this route will be busy during the day.

Evenings - Quieter during the evening.


ROUTE OVERVIEW

This riverside route starts outside London Bridge Station at the Tooley Street exit opposite London Bridge Hospital. It heads across the road to St Olaph's House and the small passageway to the left (St Olaph Stairs) that leads to the Queen's Walk and some spectacular river views across to the City of London. Turning right will take you towards Tower Bridge, past the Hays Galleria, HMS Belfast, More Place, the Scope and City Hall, with wonderful views across the river to Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. It then crosses Tower Bridge and, on the far side, goes down the steps into St Katherin Docks to do a quick tour of the marina before returning to go under the bridge and onto Tower Wharf. This follows the perimeter around the Tower of London on the western side before crossing over to Trinity Square Gardens and finishing off at Tower Hill Station.


Route at a Glance Video.


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DESCRIPTIVE PHOTO GALLERY


This gallery provides a descriptive and visual reference to many sights along this route. Use the Google Map above to find their location. Double-click to see its full size.


 

INTERESTING FACTS

Tower of London Moat

 Tower of London First and Lat prisoners

St Katherine Dock and Tower Hotel

Tower Bridge

Sights on the South Side


 

VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE AREA


Click on the picture below to go on a 360 virtual tour of the areas and have a look around.



Use the blue route to explore this location by looking around in 360, taking in the sights and sounds, listening to an audio recording about the area and going on a virtual tour.


 

HISTORY & GUIDES VIDEO LIBRARY


SIGHT GUIDES


These short videos give you a quick guided tour of some sights on this route.

4:57 minutes


7:31 minutes


 

HistoryGUIDES


This 4:28-minute video gives you an overview of the area's history.




This video gives you a short introduction to how the City of London grew during the Tudors (1560) and the Victorians (1860)

7:26 mins



 

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