Download London walking guides

Explore London by foot with new downloadable guides

A new web site www.southbankwalks.com invites Londoners and visitors alike to view the South Bank from a different perspective by exploring the history and architecture of riverside London on foot.

The site features the Walk This Way series of walking guides in a new, downloadable format. Revealing stories from the past, the five free guides bring buildings and bridges to life, presenting familiar landmarks in a new light, and uncovering hidden gems. Accompanied by stunning photography, the guides explore South Bank, Bankside, Pool of London, Covent Garden and Soho.

The five downloadable titles are:
Walk This Way South Bank: From London Eye to the Imperial War Museum
Walk This Way Millennium Bridge: From St Paul’s Cathedral to Bankside and Borough
Walk This Way Riverside London: From Tate Britain to the Design Museum
Walk This Way Golden Jubilee Bridges: From Soho and Covent Garden to South Bank
Walk This Way Young Person’s Guide: A discovery of the Thames, especially written for young people

The guides will open your eyes to the city around you, discover:
– The reason why the South Bank Lion was originally painted red
– London’s only one-way train service, the Necropolis, which carried cholera victims to their final destination
– Classic examples of sixties brutalist architecture
– The alternative uses for the Tower of London, including a zoo, a royal mint and a palace
– The oldest structure in London, the 3473 year old, 180-ton granite obelisk – Cleopatra’s Needle
– London’s very first patisserie, Maison Bertaux on Greek Street

For those bitten by the history and architecture bug, the site’s other fascinating content includes:
Sculpture Stroll: discover twenty historical, functional or aesthetic pieces of public art in South Bank
Buildings Search: find out more about historically and architecturally significant buildings in the area
Street Search: research the history and origin of many of the streets in South Bank
Memories: read the reminisces of local people about life and work in South Bank

 

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