Ahoy! The Mayflower Village

(7 customer reviews)

Rotherhithe Overground station, London

Guided by Maribeth or Michael

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
Friday Weekly 2 pm 4 pm Winter Summer Reserve Online
Saturday Weekly 2 pm 4 pm Winter Summer Reserve Online
Sunday Weekly 2 pm 4 pm Winter Summer Reserve Online
Thursday Weekly 2 pm 4 pm Winter Summer Reserve Online

N.B. this walk will not take place on the following dates:

02-10-2022 25-12-2022

Short read: 1620 salute, time-honoured village, oldest pub on the river.

Epigraph read: The Mayflower, Sea to Shining Sea, Ancient Riverside Village… And for good measure Gulliver’s Travels and the tunnel that made modern cities possible.

Long read: Once upon a time… yes, 400 hundred years ago the Pilgrims sailed from here. And a world-changing voyage away, the ship limped back for salvage. Here’s a school endowed by sailors, ringed by houses built from ships. Here the captain lies at peace, his memorial a stone keel. Here the Fighting Temaire’s a bishop’s chair – and an altar. Here’s a church with masts for pillars, with a roof that’s an upturned ship. Here the Golden Hinde returns with round flanks full of treasure (but the Erebus and Terror are still lost). Here names flash like jewels in the night of time… Adventurers and settlers; kings’ ships and ships of men; captains, admirals and generals of East India fleets; gold-seekers or pursuers of fame… All went out on that stream. The dreams of men, the seed of commonwealths, the germs of empire. We are all pilgrims, we all sail and we return to the Mayflower on the river. The oldest pub on the river, it looks like, feels like the inside of an old ship – quarter deck and quarter gallery and forecastle and foredeck and stem and hold and bulwark and tumblehome. And it serves good ale.

Now the curtain rises on a different scene. 1st Miracle: we’re only a 10-minute tube and Overground 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 – is here (let alone a king’s palace, a Dickensian mortuary, a villain’s gibbet, a prince’s tomb and a pirate’s pub). 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…

Ahoy! The Mayflower Village – The Practicals

Ahoy! The Mayflower Village takes place at 2 pm every* Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  

*November 1 – April 30. To be on the safe side check the date on the calendar. Or heed the top-level announcements that read: Click for dates this walk does not take place.

The meeting point is just outside the exit of Rotherhithe London Overground Station.

Rotherhithe London Overground Station is very central and dead easy to get to. Take the Jubilee Line to Canada Water Tube Stop. Change to the Overground – you want Platform 4, Northbound. Rotherhithe London Overground Station is just one stop north.

It’s the perfect fit for us, Rotherhithe London Overground Station. 1. It’s right in the heart of old Rotherhithe. 2. It’s only a stone’s throw from the Thames – and The Mayflower Pub. 3. It’s just a 20-second walk from “the tunnel that made modern cities possible.” 4. It has a great coffee shop!

The team of Mayflower Village guides is headed up by Robert.

Robert is Mr. Mayflower Village himself. He lives locally; he’s extremely well connected; he’s the distinguished retired Curator of the Brunel Museum; he’s a boon companion of the Landlord of The Mayflower, “the oldest pub on the river.”


If you can’t make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, Ahoy! The Mayflower Village it can always be booked as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Ahoy! The Mayflower Village 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 Noel 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.


Don’t just take it from us.


7 reviews for Ahoy! The Mayflower Village

  1. Victoria White

    Fascinating walk – led by Tim. Learned so much about an area I thought I knew well!

  2. Catherine Ward

    Great walk with a lovely guide Tim ThomasVery interesting,entertaining and funny.Most enjoyable afternoon out

  3. Lorraine Roth

    Thoroughly enjoyed the walk today guided by Tim. He gave us so much information about the history of the area. He is a excellent guide and his personality added to the enjoyment of this intetesting area. The time went too quickly. Highly recommended

  4. Katherine

    So glad we chose this walk!
    Learned to love an area we wouldn’t have even known to check out (or how to spell).

  5. Peter Lawless

    an interesting tour in a part of London I had never visited before , Maribeth is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide, great views of the London skyline over the river Thames particularly from the Angel pub , which is well worth a visit after the walk is over. Before the walk started I called in at the Mayflower pub and had fish and chips , very nice. A very enjoyable walk.

  6. Vivien Marno

    This was such an interesting walk. We learned so much. Michael was very well informed. He told us wonderful stories with a gentle sense of humour. He peeled back the layers of this area of London and helped us see it through different eyes; his love and enthusiasm for this are was obvious and contagious. Thank you so much Michael.

  7. Allison

    What a great tour! Did this walk with Tim on 17 October and thoroughly enjoyed it. His connection to the area is clear and he entertains while still informing. Loved his stories not only about his history in the area, but everything he had to share about a very fascinating village that is so near to the city, but so far away. Thank you, Tim! GREAT walk.

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