Short read: Brunel’s London – Boat Trip, River Walk, Tunnel Descent…
Long read: This isn’t just Brunel, it’s a voyage – and a walk – into the birthplace of modern London. So, yes, under three Brunel bridges and over two Brunels’ tunnels to the best-kept secret in London. (And into the bargain a sightseer’s London checklist, from the Houses of Parliament to the Tower of London.) Icons. And that secret. Several secrets, actually. A secret gateway for the Russian Czar. Six dead men on a haunted ship. Broken bones by the silent Harpy. Broken slipways on the Isle of Dogs. Shattered columns, shattered dancers, magic at the Tunnel Club. Mind-melting magic. Outcroppings of the past that haven’t been swallowed by the passage of time. That tell of the monster ship. And of the world’s most important tunnel. That more than tell. That give us access to the tunnel where men died and Brunel met with destiny. N.B. Oyster/contactless recommended. We get you 50% off the price of the boat ride. And the Brunel Museum waives its £6 admission charge for us. But they ask for a £3 donation to help the museum charity look after “the underground cathedral.” Keith guides the walk on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. On Thursdays and Fridays it’s Martin. On Saturdays it’s Robert himself. On Sundays it’s Kevin.
BRUNEL’S LONDON – THE PRACTICALS
Brunel’s London takes place at 10.30 am every* Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The meeting point is just outside the river exit of EmbankmentTube. Oyster or Day Travel Card recommended for our short train journey. There’s an extra charge for the boat ride but we get you a whopping 50% discount off the price. And there’s no queuing – our tickets are reserved. N.B. the walk ends at the Brunel Museum, just round the corner from RotherhitheRailway Station, which is part of the London Overground network. Alternatively, Bermondsey Tube, which is on the Jubilee Line, is just a ten-minute walk from where we end. *Except Dec. 23, Dec. 24, Dec. 25, Dec. 26, Dec. 27, Dec. 30, Dec. 31, Jan. 1, Jan. 2, Jan. 3 and April 28
N.B. time-wise this one lasts a bit longer than the normal 2 hours for a London Walk. Allow for an extra 45 minutes. The duration’s longer because of the “extra element” of the boat ride.
LONDON WALKS VIDEO
Want a preview of the walk and the guiding? Watch the video.
LONDON WALKS REVIEWS
“Even jaded Londoners find these London Walks a source of astonishing gems of information about the city in which they live.” Daily Mail, Top London Treats
“by far the most impressive series of walks that I have ever encountered are those offered by London Walks” Travel & Enjoy
“I have been on several London walks but this was simply the best, with a boat ride thrown in and an amazing surprise at the end! Our guide was knowledgeable and great fun. I would and have highly recommended this to anyone, whether or not they are particularly interested in Brunel” JoJ70
“I just wanted to let you know that we took the tour with Robert on Saturday. This was absolutely incredible. Robert is an amazing guide, really passionate about his subject. His knowledge and presentation is out of the ordinary. We had a group of 37 people and he handled this crowd with expertise and grace. Please give our big ‘Thank you’ to Robert.” Elizabeth Haimsky
“Brunel’s London Walk – Just Amazing! We go to London every few years and have always gone on at least one London Walk when we visit. They have always been at least worthwhile, and often wonderful. This particular walk was the best we have been on yet. It costs a little more because the price covers the boat-trip down the Thames. It is also a little longer than most walks because it covers a lot of ground. As well as the boat, we walked and used the Tube and rail. I finally understand the geography of the area, including places like the Isle of Dogs. Our tour guide was passionate and informative, and we came away with a pretty good understanding of the Brunel family and their contribution to London. The walk ends at the pub which stands on the spot where the Mayflower left from, and we enjoyed a very tasty lunch there after our big walk. This was an excellent walk, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Go!! Y.G. Adelaide, Australia