Classic Greenwich and Boat Trip

(21 customer reviews)

Tower Hill underground station, London (meet by the Tower Hill Tram coffee stand)

Guided by Ann or Fiona or Isobel or Jan or Karen or Simon W.

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
3 May 2024 Special 10.15 am 12.45 pm Summer
17 May 2024 Special 10.15 am 12.45 pm Summer
7 June 2024 Special 10.15 am 12.45 pm Summer
14 June 2024 Special 10.15 am 12.45 pm Summer
5 July 2024 Special 10.15 am 12.45 pm Summer Reserve Online
19 July 2024 Special 10.15 am 12.45 pm Summer Reserve Online
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6 September 2024 Special 10.15 am 12.45 pm Summer Reserve Online
20 September 2024 Special 10.15 am 12.45 pm Summer Reserve Online
4 October 2024 Special 10.15 am 12.45 pm Summer Reserve Online
18 October 2024 Special 10.15 am 12.45 pm Summer Reserve Online

On the Greenwich walk, there is an additional charge for the boat ride,  for which we get you a discounted fare.

To start the weekend, the perfect London Walk… Yes, perfect. Here’s why: 1) Greenwich is its own universe – its own universe just a snap of a finger  from central London. 2) in Greenwich you step into a trompe-l’oeil picture, a Canaletto scene of order and majesty.

3) The walk decodes Greenwich. 4) To go on this walk is to feast on Greenwich’s secrets – tiny particulars you’d otherwise miss. A horse’s tail, a hidden hand…

a tell-tale furrow in the terrain, a crushed king, the world’s most expensive apology, Saint Preposterous, clocks that saved thousands of lives, a save-you-a-tenner secret place to bestride both hemispheres, a flutter of fans, the ‘X’ factor which graces works of genius. 5) The Greenwich walk is the overture to London’s most sensational “day out.”

Riverside pub lunch. The beer Nelson’s old salts drank. His Trafalgar uniform, with the bullet hole. Flea market. Observatory. Cutty Sark. Cream tea. The unique trifecta: down Greenwich way people walk under the Thames, sail across it, fly* over it. N.B. the walk ends in Greenwich, just a couple of minutes away from Greenwich’s superb and blazingly quick transport links back into central London. *That’s right, there it is – in the distance – the gondola in the sky. The Cable Car! Guided by Ann or Isobel,  Fiona  or Jan


The meeting point is outside Tower Hill  Station. Meet just outside the Exit, by the Tower Hill Tram Coffee Stand. Here’s a photo of the meeting point.

We form up by the Tower Hill Tram Refreshment Stand and make our way past the Tower of London down to the river. The guide normally does a bit of guiding on the way down to the Thames. At the pier, we board the boat for our voyage down to Greenwich. N.B. the walk ends at 1.15 pm in Greenwich Church Street, opposite St. Alfege church. From there it’s a five-minute walk to public transport. Getting back to central London is quick and eezy peezy. You’re spoiled for choice: DLR (Cutty Sark Station), boat from Greenwich Pier or the 188 bus. Quickest right into the heart of central London is the DLR  – it’s 19 minutes from Cutty Sark Station to Bank  Tube.


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If you can’t make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, Classic Greenwich and Boat Trip it can always be booked as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Classic Greenwich and Boat Trip walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We’ll tailor it to your requirements. Ring Fiona 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.


A private London Walk makes a fab gift – be it a birthday or anniversary or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that’s special. Memories make us rich.


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21 reviews for Classic Greenwich and Boat Trip

  1. Neil Dymond

    This walk includes a delightful river trip from Tower Hill down to Greenwich, followed by a stroll around the main attractions of Greenwich with information about the history of the area, particularly on naval and royal themes. The walk finishes at 1.15pm in Greenwich village leaving you the afternoon to decide which of the many interesting places to visit in the afternoon. There is so much to see in Greenwich that it will take more than one visit to do it justice. A wonderfully historic part of London, away from the main tourist areas.

  2. E Beazley

    My family and I rode the Thames and toured Greenwich with Ann on 15 Sep. The weather was beautiful so the journey on the Thames from Tower Hill to Greenwich was terrific. Ann was a wonderful guide. We were delayed a bit at Tower Hill because our boat was late, so Ann pointed out many of the interesting sites in the Tower Hill area until the boat arrived. Once we arrived at Greenwich, Ann provided an overview of Greenwich’s origins and its importance to the Royal Navy, to astronomy, and even to the development of accurate clocks. Ann made sure we were able to stand astride the meridian that divides the eastern and western hemispheres. She also pointed out one of the funniest street signs in London–beware those itinerant ice cream sellers! What a great way to see Greenwich–I highly recommend this tour.

  3. Sparky shoe

    Fabulous walk guided by Ann. She was very knowledgable and good fun. Hope to meet her again on future walks. Looking forward to the introduction of her ‘cat tails’ walk!

  4. Linda Tournade

    Ann is a superb tour guide. I strongly recommend that you sign up for any tour she is leading including this one.

  5. David

    Excellent! Ann was our guide and she was superb.

  6. Meetu

    We’ve been to several London Walks tours. This one with Isabella was the worst. There was hardly any walking. We just stood at 3-4 spots and learnt random history about the royalty and their pets. There was also a lot of “if you go there, you’d see xyz…”. I’d skip this one if I were you.

  7. Doris Stelling

    Stop reading the reviews and just book the tour! The boat trip and Ann‘s knowledge of historical fun facts make a wonderful start for your day to Greenwich.

  8. Tom Brown

    London Walks has an excellent reputation. Ann’s tour of Greenwich was another example of why they have this reputation. She combined knowledge, humor, and personality to give a memorable learning experience. Her excellent tour also showed me how much more there is to see in Greenwich. Ann also offers “foody” tours. It’s on my list of things to do when I’m next in London.

  9. RICK

    Interesting ask and my companion was very much impressed. Only drawback was a flock of very loud teenage students of the boat nattering away the entire ride. It totally drowned out the narration of the crew. Not the fault of the guide but still irritating.
    Other than that, very informative and entertaining walk. Thank you Ann

  10. Anders

    This was another great walk from London Walks. Ann is really knowledgeable about Greenwich and makes it a fascinating tour of a part of London I know a bit but not well. She gave a good overview of the history of the area as well as lots about the Old Royal Naval College. She also dealt well with the logistics of getting us all from the start point and to the point even though some people were late arrivals.

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