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Thames Walking Tour

Political, religious and artistic heritage along London's most famous river
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 1.4 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  This walk takes you to some of London’s best-known sights along the venerable river Thames. The journey is rich in history, both... more »

Tips:  Make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and carry a lightweight travel umbrella for the notoriously fickle London weather. If you’... more »

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Points of Interest

Start the day at London's most famous landmark. Originally the site of a series of royal palaces dating back to the 13th century, these Gothic-style buildings were completed in the mid-1800s after a fire destroyed the medieval original. They are the official home of the House of Lords and House of Commons, the nexus of English political power.

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Walk across the street to this venerable seat of the Church of England where Anglican worship has taken place for more than 1,000 years. The largely Gothic building was consecrated in 1065 and completed around 1090.

These days, Westminster Abbey may be best known as the wedding venue for Prince William and Kate Middleton, but history, science and... More

If you're touring with kids who need a break from all of the historic landmarks, pop into the aquarium. It features thousands of creatures in more than 2 million liters of water--including 40 sharks from 12 different species.

Afterward, if the weather's nice, they can burn off a bit of steam running around nearby Jubilee Gardens or marveling at... More

Cross over unassuming Westminster Bridge to County Hall, site of the city's modern take on the Ferris wheel. Built as a temporary structure to celebrate the millennium, the Eye swiftly cemented itself in the popular imagination.

Take a ride across the London skyline by day or by night for spectacular bird's-eye views. The circumference of the... More

This arts center includes Royal Festival Hall, home to some fantastic music and dance performances, and the Hayward Gallery, a smallish space with rotating contemporary art exhibits. The hall often offers lunchtime concerts, especially in the summer.

It's also a great area to stop for a meal. Head to Canteen if you want a casual,... More

Its "brutalist" concrete architecture has a fair number of detractors, including Prince Charles who called it "a clever way of building a nuclear power station in the middle of London without anyone objecting."

There's no denying, however, the caliber of performances within. Since the buildings opened in 1976, luminaries... More

This landmark was originally built as a power station, redesigned in the Art Deco style in the 1920s and now serves as a mixed-use combination of apartments, restaurants and retail shops.

It got its name from Oxo, the beef stock cube company that used its premises for cold storage. Today, Oxo Tower Wharf is home to more than 30 design studios... More