The Bridge to London

(4 customer reviews)

London Bridge Underground Station - the Borough Market Exit on the corner of Southwark Street and Borough High Street

Guided by Charlie

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
14 June 2024 Special 6 pm 8 pm Summer Reserve Online

The southern edge of London Bridge is a very special piece of ground. Doubly so seen with Charlie’s eyes.

For nearly 1,000 years it was a tight funnel – anyone wanting to reach London by land from the south would have to cross it.

Add to this the (in)famous Liberties of the Clink and the Mint – free of City control – and you have a heady mix.

This was the setting off point for pilgrims and coaches, a place of theatre, of bawdy houses, of a heaving market, a place of worship and of hospitality in its “hospitals.”

Oh, and then London’s first railway arrived. So much happening, so little space.

Come on this walk to understand the historic roots of so much that is alive and kicking today while most of what has passed has left plenty of traces to seek out and enjoy.


4 reviews for The Bridge to London

  1. Stewart

    Another great London walking experience, this time in the area around London Bridge. Our guide was Charlie, whose depth of knowledge and entertaining style brought to life the landmarks and people that he highlighted from the history of the area. He linked them together in a fascinating story as we moved from site to site and left us wanting more, so we’ll definitely be back.

  2. Dorothy MacDonald

    Charlie’s walks are always interesting, informative with a lively presentation, even in areas you know quite well there’s a lot of history to catch up with and historically London Bridge was the centre of everything in London. Thanks again Charlie.

  3. Patrick

    My mum and I both loved this tour. Charlie is a truly great guide and his enthusiasm is infectious. The tour deepened by knowledge and appreciation of London.
    The directions to the meeting point at the start of the walk could possibly be better as we struggled to locate any signs inside the tube station directing us to borough market. Maybe sharing the post code of the meeting point would be helpful.

  4. Margaret Miller

    Fascinating lens into London’s evolution as a city. Charlie, our guide, was scintillating with his deep knowledge of every aspect of history, personalities and topography that especially emerged when we asked him questions. It was all delivered in a relaxed and entertaining fashion. We will certainly be back for another!

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