Walk around the City of London with Dave Irwin, Vice-Chair, Wandsworth Living Streets, as our guide
Thursday 10 October 2019
Join us on the River Boat service as we sail to Tower Pier or meet at Tower Pier on the North bank of the Thames at 11am
The River Cruise to Tower Pier
If you are joining us on the Thames Clipper Service (RB6), it stops at the following landing points along the southern bank (our side) of the River, scheduled to depart at
Putney Pier 9.50 a.m.
Wandsworth Riverside 9.57
Plantation Wharf 10.04
Battersea Power Station 10.21
St George’s Wharf 10.27
Arrives Tower Pier 10.57 a.m.
Note: This is the last boat in the morning; so do be there on time!
Buy a single ticket to Tower Pier. Freedom passes and Oyster Cards can be used to obtain a discounted fare.
If you prefer to meet up at Tower Pier, this is on the North Bank of the River, immediately southwest of the Tower of London. The nearest Tube Station is Tower Hill (District Line). Best to allow 10 minutes to walk from the Station to Lower Thames Street, and down on to the Pier.
The Walk through the City
The City is becoming the most walkable part of all London. It really takes people on foot and those cycling seriously. We begin at the Tower of London and proceed via the attractive Victorian facade of Fenchurch Street station, to the roof garden of 120 Fenchurch Street. Then to Lime Street to admire the proliferation of new buildings including the Lloyds Building, the Scalpel, the Toast Rack and the Gherkin. We give the unfortunate Walkie Talkie a miss.
We then pass through Leadenhall Market, stop for a coffee in the Banking Hall of Crosskeys before proceeding through a maze of medieval alleys to the Royal Exchange where the City has recently removed almost all motor traffic and transformed this area at Bank.
Following pedestrian friendly routes we continue to the Guildhall to inspect some aspects of our history in the basement.
Next stop is St Mary le Bow before reaching One New Change, otherwise known as the Stealth Bomber. We can, if we wish, take advantage of viewing St Paul’s Cathedral from the roof and then make our way to Paternoster Square for lunch.
At this point some of us may wish to retire, possibly walking across the Millennium Bridge (making use of the default green – for pedestrians – signalised crossing) to Waterloo and home.
The more hardy may continue to Dr. Johnson’s house, the Royal Courts of Justice, Inner Temple, Astor House, Somerset House and the Strand.
If you get detached from the main party, phone Robert Molteno on his mobile – 079 73 164 203. And we’ll wait until you catch up! But bring along your London A to Z map or Google Maps app, just in case you get detached from the main party.
It would help with plans if you could let me know if you are likely to be joining in on this walk.
Secretary, Wandsworth Living Streets — Robert.Molteno@gmail.com
Picture courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. File: Cityoflondon2019june.jpg Taken from the helicopter tour, Jason Hawkes