Take a stroll through time with our free London walking tours of the East End.
Although the East End does not, perhaps, have the glitz and glamour of the West End, it it steeped in history and is at the heart of some of the most important landmarks and events in British history. You will hear about the culture and characters that shaped this great city from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Sir Christopher Wren’s St Paul’s Cathedral and the pirates and smugglers of Execution Dock. Our free walking tour enables you to set your own itinerary and pace while learning about the sights and sounds that surround you.
Our expert audio descriptions bring alive the Kings, Queens and Princes of the Tower of London where you can pause and try to get a glimpse of the famous rooks that still guard the Tower to this day. Your free walking tour takes you along the banks of the River Thames through the docks and the wharves where you will understand the impact that ships for trade and military have had on shaping the city and the country as a whole. We will take you to HMS Belfast where you can experience at first hand the conditions of a warship which operated during World War Two and the Cold War.
The Thames is both at the heart of London and our free tour. London is a city of bridges and your walk goes from the very oldest, London Bridge, to the most iconic, Tower Bridge, and of course, to the modern Millennium Bridge, the newest footbridge across the river.
Art and literature are a key part of the free tour and as well as the Globe Theatre you will pass may sights that have inspired great works of art, books and poetry. You could pause your journey (and the audio) at the Tate Modern to see some of the greatest pieces of modern art in the world, or simply enjoy a coffee as you look across the river and reflect on your journey through time and the East End of London with our free London walking tours.