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North riverbank trail from the Tower of London across London Bridge (1.4 Km)

Updated: May 10

Start at Tower Hill Station

Finish at London Bridge Station


THE EXPERIENCE


This is one of London's most historic and oldest areas, with the Tower of London being here since 1070 and London Bridge being the only bridge into London until Westminster Bridge was built in 1750. It has historically been the main area for river trade and commerce, with the Port of London and Custom House sited close to the Tower of London. This short discovery route takes you from Tower Hill Station to London Bridge Station along the north side of the River Thames, past the Tower of London, Custom House, Old Billingsgate Market and London Bridge.

Great for history and historic sights, cityscapes and riverside views, iconic sites, churches, bridges, sunrises, and sunsets. Crowds around the Tower of London and London Bridge with a few pubs and eating places at the start and end of the route.
View from the top of Tower Bridge toward City Hall and London Bridge

 

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 - The area around the Tower of London and London Bridge will be busy during the day.

Evenings - Quieter during the evening.


ROUTE OVERVIEW

This route sets off from Tower Hill Station and goes around Trinity Gardens before skirting the top of Tower Hill Terrace and turning right past All Hallows by the Tower Church. It turns left onto Byward Street and follows the street down into Lower Thames Street with Custom's House on its left. It turns down the next left into a narrow passage next to Old Billingsgate, called Old Billingsgate Walk, which brings you out by the river with great views of Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast and the Shard. The route then follows the riverside path east towards London Bridge, which goes up a flight of stairs onto the bridge. The final section crosses London Bridge towards the Shard, crossing Tooley Street and then under the bridge on the left, which goes towards the endpoint at the station entrance - next to the Shard.


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

 Trinity Square

London Bridge

The Shard


 

VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE AREA


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



Use the red 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

This short video gives you a quick guided tour of some sights on this route.

5:08 minutes



 


HISTORY GUIDES


This 1:31-minute video gives you an overview of the area's history.





 

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