South Bank London

Panorama view of river thames and south bank at low tide, on the left blackfriars bridge, in the middle sea containers hotel and on the right oxo tower

South Bank Walks: Travel & transport south of the river

Join this free guided walking tour exploring South Bank's history of rail, road and water connectivity.

Opening Hours

The walk starts at 11am and lasts approximately 1.5hours.


This event has ended.

10 Feb - 10 Feb 2024

Ticket Information

The walk is free although space is limited.

Location Info

Rennie Garden, Blackfriars Road, London, UK

For this edition of our free guided walking tour series South Bank Walks, we explore South Bank's unique history of transport and travel with professional tour guide Alison Rae.

Although today the area is best known for the Waterloo Station rail terminus, for centuries north Lambeth and the South Bank of the river was associated with water-based activity, including boat-building, wharves and warehousing.

Thames-side commerce placed the South Bank in the heart of the capital, equidistant by water to Westminster and the City, making this an early transport hub and interchange. In his famous diaries, Samuel Pepys records crossing Lambeth Marsh in 1665, travelling from the City of London to Whitehall.

Taking in unusual landmarks and forgotten sites, this walk reveals the past and present road, rail and maritime links that have shaped how South Bank's position as a key London transport hub has developed and evolved.

* The walk lasts 1.5 hours covering approximately 2.4km

Meeting Point: The walk sets off from Rennie Garden (pocket park next to Blackfriars Bridge, opposite Doggetts Coat & Badge pub)

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