This weekend I did something incredibly touristy. I decided to do a London City Walk, which took us all around Southwark and showed some rather interesting landmarks on the way. A lot of the things the guide showed us, I never knew!
Going on a London Walk was definitely the highlight of my weekend. The other people on the tour were mostly Londoners.
I was a little bit worried what the tour would be like, as it was free (although you can tip afterwards…and unfortunately I don’t carry cash on me), but it was actually very interesting.
I would definitely suggest that when you come to London you have to do a London City Walk. It is a great way to get a bit of history and culture.
We started the walk off at the Monument (very easy to get to via tube – just get off at Monument) and we were told a little bit about the Great Fire.
We then moved on to a church that stands where one of the London Bridge’s started. There have been a few London Bridges. I had walked past that church many times before and had never realised the significance of that place.
After that we turned a corner and went up some steps onto today’s London Bridge. We were told about the Walkie Talkie, and how it melted a Jaguar one summer. It’s funny, because all the modern buildings have these names like the Gherkin and the Shard, and nobody seems to know the proper names for them.
We kept walking along the Bridge and crossed over to the other side to go down some stairs that spit you out by the London Tombs.
Finally we turned a corner and we could smell the deliciousness that is Borough Market (by far one of my favourite food markets). The guide taught us a bit of Cockney slang, something that I must take back home with me so that I can confuse the hell out of people.
Next stop: Sir Frances Drake’s boat…or rather a recreation of one.
We walked past the Clink and ended up walking to the Tate and then over the Millennium Bridge (which I always call the Harry Potter Bridge). When you walk over the Millennium Bridge take a look at the ground. An artist goes and paints the gum that people drop on the ground.
We ended the tour by walking towards St Pauls Cathedral, where we were given some information about Sir Christopher Wren, the architect who really benefited from the Great Fire.
All in all, it was a very good walk. I think I will go and do more London walks before I head home!