The only way to explore London is by taking one of these river walks

Amanda Gegg, May 2018

Even though there are many cities in the world that have an impressive river to speak of, there are few that possess as much majesty as the River Thames. For hundreds of years this magnificent waterway has divided the centre of London and during that time its banks have remained one of the best ways to enjoy the city on foot.

With a National Trail that stretches for 180 miles, there is certainly no shortage of options if you want to enjoy a walk by one of the world’s most imposing rivers but here are just a few of our favourites…

The Southbank
Not only does the Southbank possess one of the most formidable vistas of London – the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben – it is also a major hub of activity if you’re looking for a fun way to spend some free time.


Chelsea Embankment
A few minutes south of the King’s Road, Chelsea has its own little slice of Thames magic where you can enjoy a blissful walk lined with the river’s celebrated Dolphin lamp posts.

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Thames Barrier to Greenwich
Since its unveiling in 1984, the Thames Barrier (built to protect central London from the risk of flooding) has remained an extraordinary spectacle and the 5-mile walk from there to Greenwich will give you a great tour of the city.


Tower Bridge to St Katharine’s Docks
It’s no secret that Tower Bridge is one of the most popular London tourist attractions, framing the Thames in a way like no other. However, few know it is situated just a short walk from St. Katharine’s Docks, where you can spend some time looking at the incredible collection of boats or having a lovely drink overlooking the marina.

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Jubilee Greenway (Little Venice to Camden)
Completed in 2012 to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Jubilee Greenway is made up of 10 walks, featuring some of London’s most celebrated sights. Little Venice to Camden is particularly enjoyable due to the array of colourful barges that line the walk up Regent’s Canal.

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