You think you know the Thames?

Join celebrated authors and Blue Badge Guides on a fascinating walking exploration of London's great river as they reveal its secrets and stories.

Thames Walks are ticketed events. Booking is essential.

Tickets: £7/ £5 Concession / 10% Discount Festival Friends (* unless otherwise stated). Eventbrite fees apply.

White Rabbit Walking Tour of Nine Elms on the South Bank

This is the Tale that the River Told

Did you know that an elm is considered a border tree that marks the boundaries between this world and others...? Take a stroll with two untrustworthy storytellers from White Rabbit who'll tell you tales of florists, farmers, liars, lovers, railway workers, police officers, poets, and mythical creatures who have walked in your very footsteps. You'll be amazed, amused and maybe even alarmed as you discover things you never knew about this incredible part of London.

Saturday 14 September, 3pm

Meeting Point: Embassy Gardens Marketing Suite, Nine Elms Lane, SW8 4AE

Saturday 14 September, 6pm

Meeting Point: Embassy Gardens Marketing Suite, Nine Elms Lane, SW8 4AE

London's Lost Rivers

Hear the ripple and splash of London's Lost Rivers buried beneath our feet.

 
The Fleet with Paul Talling

Explore the lower part of the River Fleet’s course - the sites of the monastery, the market, prisons, slums and wells that once lined the banks of this now subterranean river.
Sunday 8 September, 3pm – 5.30pm

Meeting point: outside The Blackfriar pub, 174 Queen Victoria Street, Blackfriars. EC4V 4EG
End Point: Kings Cross St Pancras

The Effra with Tom Bolton

Follow the route of the buried River Effra to discover Brixton’s forgotten rural past, find out why the Oval is oval and visit the oldest inhabited spot in London.

Saturday 14 September, 1pm – 3.30pm

Meeting point: Brixton Tube Station
End Point: Vauxhall Bridge

The Neckinger with Tom Bolton

Cutting through the South Bank and Bermondsey, this walk along the buried route of the River Neckinger reveals south London’s visionaries, dissident monks, madmen and a selection of well-known household brands.

Sunday 15 September, 11am – 1.30pm

Meeting point: Bernie Spain Gardens
End Point: Design Museum

The Walbrook with Tom Bolton

Walk the route of the Walbrook, the lost river around which the Roman founded Londonium (the City of London). Overwhelmed by rubble and other urban detritus, it was paved over by the late 1400s.

"The debris dug from the river – hoes and ploughshares, chisels and saws, scalpels and spatulas, the heads of forgotten gods and a collection of 48 human skulls tell the earliest London tales." - Tom Bolton - tour guide, geographer and charter of lost rivers.

Sunday 15 September, 3pm – 5pm

Meeting point: Shoreditch High Street Station
End Point: Cannon Street Station

Blue Badge Guides Explore The Thames

Churches, Bridges and Lavatories with Colin Del Strother

Regeneration through the ages: the City of London’s riverfront from the great fires to the wobbly bridge.

Wednesday 11 September, 6pm – 7.45pm

Meeting Point : All Hallows Church by  Tower Church
End Point: north end of the Millennium Bridge

Brothels, Bishops and Bards with Brian Cookson

Discover ancient riverside buildings and their connections to Shakespeare, Chaucer and the Bishops of Winchester.

Thursday 12 September, 6pm – 8pm

Meeting point: Monument Station, Monument exit
End Point: Tate Modern

Wapping and Old London with Brian Cookson

Explore the former London Docks with their reputation for piracy, from St Katharine Docks to London's oldest riverside pub, the Prospect of Whitby.

Friday 13 September, 6pm – 8pm


Meeting point: Tower Hill tube station exit. Exit on the upper level by Tower Hill Green.
End at Shadwell Basin.

The Mouth of the Lea with Colin Del Strother

Cross the Prime Meridian, see London’s Lighthouse and visit a Nature Reserve under the DLR.

Saturday 14 September, 11am – 1pm

Meeting Point: East India DLR station
End Point: Canning Town station (DLR & Jubilee line)

The Boat Race with Brian Cookson

London historian, bridge expert and author of 'Crossing the River: The History of London's Thames River Bridges from Richmond to the Tower' takes you on a fascinating walk - the course of the Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race from the Victorian Hammersmith Bridge to ancient St Nicholas Church, Chiswick.

Saturday 14 September, 3pm – 5pm

Meeting point:  Hammersmith Tube Exit by WH Smith
End Point: Chiswick Mall

Walking Under the Thames with Colin Del Strother

From the World’s Largest Gun to London’s Largest Lock via a walk under the river.

Sunday 15 September, 3pm – 5.15pm

Meeting point: Woolwich Arsenal DLR station (Beresford Square exit)
End Point: Gallions Reach DLR station
(comfortable footwear is essential for this more difficult walk)

Archaeological Walks

Vauxhall *

Explore the foreshore at the mouth of the lost River Effra with Mike Webber, a leading Thames archaeologist with encyclopaedic knowledge of London and its river.

Saturday 7 September, 10am – 11.30am

Meeting point: Riverside walkway in front of MI5 building

Booking is essential. Space is limited to 40 people.

Bankside *

Leading Thames archaeologist and archaeological illustrator Dr Fiona Haughey leads a guided walk on the foreshore exploring 10,000 years of finds beneath your feet.

Sunday 8 September, 10am – 11.30am

Meeting point: Outside The Globe Theatre, on the river walk way, at the stop of the steps going down to the beach SE1 9DT

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Location

Various locations. Check individual Walks for details.

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