South Bank London

Join a free guided tour this summer!

04 th June 2024

On the second Saturday of every month, in partnership with professional tour guides from the Lambeth Tour Guides Association, you can join in a free guided walking tour of the neighbourhood.

Taking in lesser-known local landmarks, public art, architecture, hidden gems and fascinating forgotten stories from South Bank past and present, each month a different tour guide hosts a walking tour on a different theme.

All guided walks are free to join, although people are requested to reserve a free ticket in advance to help guides manage numbers. Follow our South Bank London page on Eventbrite here for more details.

Here’s a look at the upcoming walks to add to your diary and how to join in! 

The River Crossings from South Bank

Sat 8 June at 11am
Starting point: Outside BFI Riverfront Bar

Join professional guide Geoff Fairbairn for this free walking tour through South Bank's riverside history. From the Thames boatmen of the middle ages through to the ambitious bridge builders of the Industrial Age and onwards to the great engineers and designers of the 20th Century, this is the story of South Bank and the river’s indelible connections. Reserve a place.

South Bank's Hidden Gems

Sat 13 July at 11am
Starting point: Outside the Waterloo tube station entrance on York Road

Led by professional tour guide Sue McCarthy, we'll explore new developments alongside remnants of South Bank's industrial past; see monuments and mosaics; learn about a former warehouse that became a military hospital, a cooperative housing development that thwarted the developers, and finish in an area once famed for hat-making. Reserve a place.

Reel Waterloo

Sat 10 August at 11am 
Starting point: Outside the BFI side entrance on Theatre Avenue

Join professional tour guide Chris Everett for this guided walking tour through South Bank’s cinematic and entertainment history, taking in stories from the biggest Hollywood hits, as well as dazzling moments from South Bank’s more distant history of music halls, storytelling and raucous revellery. Reserve a place.

South Bank Gets Greener 

Sat 14 September at 11am
Starting point: Outside Doggetts Coat & Badge on Blackfriars Bridge

From heavy industry to hidden gardens, explore unusual stories from South Bank's past and present on this free guided walking tour with a unique environmental theme led by Lambeth tour guide Selina Rice.


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