Thames: From Tower to Tate - Small Group Walking Tour

Cross London Bridge, find the world’s oldest operating theatre (hidden for 100 years). See the pub where Dicken’s drank, and taste the gourmet delights of “London’s Larder” in Borough Market. Visit Southwark Cathedral, the Globe Theatre and Tate Modern.

Highlights:

Cross the Thames for amazing views and darker history

Walk the old backstreets & river paths

Unravel the history ancient London

Visit old pubs, operating theatres, markets & playhouses

Pass the “wobbly bridge” before ending in the gigantic Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern

We start in the heart of the old historical centre of the City of London, yards from where the Great Fire began. We will set the scene, as we travel across London Bridge to the South of the river. Historically an area of poverty, marshes, and depravity it has been regenerated into London’s most interesting districts.

We walk along the Thames with fine vistas back to the City and Tower Bridge. We see HMS Belfast, and turn through Hays Galleria, one of old London’s oldest shipping wharfs.

Wandering the back streets of Bermondsey, we enter King’s College before discovering the oldest operating theatre in the world. Access to the Old Operating Theatre is up a short but steep, narrow spiral staircase.It is worth the squeeze to view this hidden gem. Check out the gruesome amputation tools!

We then discover the only remaining galleried pub in London, hidden in the back streets of Borough. It was here that characters like Chaucer & Dickens would have drunk and written about.

We then explore the gourmet food suppliers of Borough Market, where you can taste oysters, wine, cheese, coffee and much much more...

Standing at the old entrance to the City of London, Southwark cathedral has hosted both princes & paupers. We pop in to see the amazing Gothic architecture, and admire the oldest cathedral in London.

Returning to the Thames, we pass the Golden Hind. An English galleon that circumnavigated the globe over 500 years ago now rests at ease on the Thames.

Continuing down Clink St, the former site of an infamous prison we can follow in the footsteps of Tom Cruise to stop for a drink at the riverside Anchor Inn.

Taking to the backstreets we see the original site of the famous Globe Theatre, and the even older Rose Theatre.

Turning back to the river, we encounter the recreation of the Globe Theatre, and we can book tickets for a Shakespeare performance or a guided tour.

With great views of St Pauls cathedral across the water, we can stop to hear about the “wobbly bridge” and why it was closed within a week of opening!

The tour finishes within an old power station, now regenerated into the Tate Modern art gallery. Stand in awe within the huge Turbine Hall and see how famous artists have created their largest works of art.