Private Thames Tour with Historian
- Private, guided tour: Enjoy an unscripted history tour of the Thames River’s waterfront pathways.
- Insightful knowledge: Investigate the history of the South Bank of the Thames River.
- Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre: We will walk past the original site and the site of the rebuilt theater, an active performance venue. How the theater district moved to the West End from the Globe’s south bank location and the social taboos surrounding its existence will be discussed.
- London’s Tate Museum: Formerly the Bankside Power Station, the repurposing of this site exemplifies the modernization of London.
- Small, private tour: Individual interaction with your expert guide who is a Ph.D. or MA level historian is encouraged. No tour group may have more than six members.
- Easy/moderate exertion required: We will walk approximately 2 miles over 2.5 hours via level surfaces
- Accessible: Our route is wheelchair friendly.
- Child friendly: Our docents are family friendly and can adapt their presentation styles to the learning styles of children. However please contact us directly if you have children under 13. We’d love information about the favorite school subjects and hobbies. The more we know the better the docent match we can make for you.
- Exteriors only: This tour will not enter any of the landmarks we visit.
About This London Tour
The River Thames, sometimes called the Old Father, is the longest and best-known river in England. It has inspired numerous writers, singers and artists. This extremely popular walking tour will follow the course of the river through the heart of London providing you with an overview of the city and her history.
Royal palaces, government bureaucracies, theatrical and performance venues along with maritime institutions, taverns, warehouses, assorted private residences and commercial establishments line the Thames River. Each has its place in London’s history and all in some way serve as examples or symbols of power, wealth or influence. A place alongside the river has always been enviable real estate. From its days as a Roman outpost to its status as a world trade and finance center London has in many ways been defined by the Thames, a working river whose wharfs and bridges play a part in dividing and creating the city. Your tour explores the evolution of the city and how urban action efforts like the clean-up of the river after the ‘Big Stink' of 1858 has restored bio-diversity to the waterway, home to more than 120 species of fish.
Our trek ends at one of the latest riverside attractions, the London Eye. You will have a birds-eye view of the path you have taken from atop one of the world's tallest Ferris wheels. (Tickets not included.)
Please meet your guide in front of the Costa Coffee at 1 Tower Hill Terrace, London EC3N 4EE. This is located right by Tower Hill and the Tower of London, right on the opening that leads to the Tower.
As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind.
Buildings, museums, streets, and monuments can sometimes close without notice due to labor strikes, structural problems, or other civic disturbances.
The docent who leads a given walk may become unavailable at the last minute due to illness or other unforeseen circumstance. In these cases we will seek to re-organize the walk to accommodate the change; however, our responsibility in these cases is limited and we cannot be held liable for circumstances beyond our control.
Plan to walk for approximately 2 miles at a gentle pace. If your mobility is limited, this tour may be too challenging for you. This itinerary is not suitable for wheelchairs.
Walking Tour, Cultural, Private Tour
Public transportation may be used from time to time. Have local currency available for tickets. Your tour may involve walking only.
Ph.D. or MA-level scholar guide
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages. Traveling with children 12 years of age and younger? Tell us their ages and interests during the booking process so we can match you with the best guide.
Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our guide, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the guide.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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