This excursion will be back soon. In the meantime we’d be happy to organise a private tour for you. Please contact us on 020 7624 3978 | [email protected] to make a booking.

Building the Victoria Embankment – A Story in Stone – Geologist-Guided

Embankment underground station, London (Villiers Street exit)

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The construction of the Victoria Embankment is one of London’s greatest engineering projects. This walk will reveal the history of embanking the Thames, reveal important engineering considerations such as accommodating the River Fleet and the Metropolitan Line and tell the complex story of procuring the 500,000 cubic metres of granite required to embank the Thames. We will also look at the stones of Cleopatra’s Needle, Somerset House and Blackfriars Bridge. Guided by University College London Geologist Ruthit all comes down to the guiding! N.B. The walk takes about two hours and will end at Blackfriars Station.

What’s an Urban Geology Walk like? Click here for a review that tells it like it is. 


To go on the Building the Victoria Embankment Geology walk meet Ruth at 2.30 pm on Saturday, XXXXX. The meeting point is just outside the Villiers Street exit of EmbankmentTube.


“London Walks puts you into the hands of an expert on the particular area and topic of a tour…”   The New York Times

(The New York Times knows whereof it speaks: Ruth is a distinguished professional Geologist.)

“by far the most impressive series of walks that I have ever encountered are those offered by London Walks”  Travel and Enjoy


If you can’t make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Urban Geology walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have an Urban Geology Walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience (depending on Ruth’s and her team of geologists’ availability of course). We’ll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) “fit” is well-nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Niamh or Peter or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at [email protected] and we’ll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they’re good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – 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.


It all comes down to the guiding.


But don’t just take it from us and the New York Times


“Nah, don’t need it, got it all here,” you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the famous white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgar Square. They’re on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it’s win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town’s delights. Should be on everybody’s London itinerary.