Building and Rebuilding the Thames Embankment

(2 customer reviews)

St. Paul's underground station, London (exit 2)

Guided by Ruth

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
3 August 2024 Special 2.30 pm 4.30 pm Summer Reserve Online

The construction of the Victoria Embankment is one of London’s greatest engineering projects. This walk will reveal the history of embanking the Thames and look at the important engineering considerations such as accommodating the River Fleet and the Metropolitan Line. Construction of the Embankment required 500,000 cubic metres of granite which caused huge problems in procurement. This walk will also discuss the implications for the Embankment following the construction of the new Thames Tideway sewers and look at some of the reused stones used in the project ‘From The Thames to Eternity’. The walk will finish at Temple Station.


Ruth’s the real deal. She’s a top-flight, award-winning, professional geologist.

2 reviews for Building and Rebuilding the Thames Embankment

  1. Rony Bruell

    Wonderful walk, a great guide, and lovely stones! I will never look at pavement and walls the same way I used to. Thank you!

  2. Christoph Karner

    This was a great walk. London from a completely different perspective, focussing on the stones it was built from and the cobbles we walk on.
    And all with the experienced geologist Ruth, who is not only a scientist but also a very good guide.
    These kinds of walks are the icing on the cake of the London walks programme.

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