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Short version: Pirates, Pilgrims, Mayflower & Brunel...
Long version: 1st Miracle: we're only a 7-minute tube ride from the Houses of Parliament. 2nd Miracle: we're 500 years away. 3rd Miracle: this place still looks like – feels like – what it once was. 4th Miracle: the Mayflower, the Pilgrim Father's pub. And a Dickensian mortuary, king's palace, a villain's gibbet, prince's tomb, pirate's pub). 5th Miracle: down we go, into "the underground cathedral"* (as the BBC called it) – the Grand Entrance Hall to Brunel's tunnel under the Thames. Coda anyone? River-lulled in ancient Rotherhithe we'll hear the cool lapse of hours pass, until the centuries blend and blur. In Rotherhithe, in Rotherhithe... N.B. for us – London Walks – the Brunel waives its £6 admission charge. But they ask for a £3 donation to help the museum charity look after "the underground cathedral." In Rotherhithe, in Rotherhithe.... Ancient riverside village, sea to shining sea, Mayflower... *It's also been called the 8th Wonder of the World
The Maritime London walk takes place at 1045 am every Monday and at 10.45 am every Sunday (except April 22). The meeting point is just outside the exit of Bermondsey Tube.
The 10.45 am Monday morning and 10.45 am Sunday morning walks are guided by Tim. Or by Robert. Robert's the Curator of the Brunel Museum. He's got the key! He's the reason for the privileged access London Walks enjoyed from the get-go.
In addition, there's an evening version of the walk. Called Maritime London at Eventide, it takes place at 6.15 pm every Wednesday. Same meeting point: just outside the exit of BermondseyTube. The 6.15 pm Wednesday evening Maritime London at Eventide walk is guided by Kevin.
And for "big picture" Brunel there's the Brunel's London Tour, which is literally a voyage into his London. It starts at Embankment and goes by boat to "places of Brunel interest" along the Thames. It ends in Rotherhithe at the Brunel Museum – the cherry on the sundae being the visit down into the Grand Entrance Hall to Brunel's tunnel. The Brunel's London Tour – which starts at Embankment Tube (the river exit) takes place at 10.40 am every* Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (except Dec. 24, Dec. 26 and April 22).
N.B. All three walks – Maritime London, Maritime London at Eventide and Brunel's London – end just round the corner from Rotherhithe Station on the London Overground.
Want a preview of the walk and the guiding? Watch the video.
"by far the most impressive series of walks that I have ever encountered are those offered by London Walks" Travel and Enjoy
"the unfailingly fascinating London Walks... If you can't find one [of their tours] that captures your fancy, maybe you really are tired of life." San Francisco Chronicle
"Fascinating. We did the walk from Bermondsey Tube Station along The Thames to The Brunel Museum. Our guide, Tim, was a larger than life character with a wealth of knowledge to share. Our 1h 30min walk became 2h and was worth every penny of the £10 cost. Look forward to doing more of these walks on the next London visit." Judith MB100 Sheffield, UK
If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Maritime London walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Maritime London or Brunel's London Walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well-nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk is good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group. And the clincher: a private London Walk makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. Or indeed a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.