London Bridge, Southbank, and Borough Market Private Tour

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  • 3 hr

Explore London’s trendy Southbank and buzzing Borough Market, famous for its food, theatres, galleries and historic landmarks.

Itinerary Details

Explore some of London’s most iconic buildings, markets, theatres, and fabulous views on this private walking tour along the south bank of the River Thames, through London Bridge, Southbank, and Borough Market. On your private tour you will: 

  • Enjoy the personal attention of your private guide. 
  • Start your tour beside the river on the beautiful Bankside footpath. Enjoy incredible vistas of London's finest bridges, castles, and cathedrals.
  • See Blackfriars Railway Bridge with its red pillars – and learn how it was demolished during the war.
  • Walkthrough the Founder's Arms, a lovely pub with incredible views across to St Paul's
  • Have a look at Bankside Beach and enjoy the marvellous view of the Thames!
  • Pass by the incredible Tate Modern art museum, and the iconic wobbly Millennium Bridge – made famous by the last Harry Potter book/movie!
  • Stop at Shakespeare’s Globe and the now-iconic mural of the Bard for a fantastic photo and to hear all about life in Elizabethan London. 
  • See the Golden Hind pirate ship, and hear the tales of Sir Francis Drake, Queen Elizabeth I’s favourite sailor or circumnavigated the globe.
  • Visit Southwark Cathedral, where Shakespeare’s brother is buried, and the oldest Gothic church in London. 
  • See HMS Belfast from the outside as you stroll along the river. 
  • Explore Southwark's treasure trove of galleries, historic buildings, and pubs. Visit the Hay's Galleria, an impressive Grade II listed mixed-use building and desirable warehouse in London.
  • Dive into London's oldest food market. Decide what you'd like to indulge in and enjoy! 
  • Learn about the area's strong connection with Shakespeare and Dickens, see the Globe theatre and the infamous Clink prison where Dickens's father was imprisoned for debt.
  • See the old prison walls, the haunting pauper’s burial grounds of the ‘Winchester Geese’ and London's last surviving coaching inn. 
  • Visit Borough Market - where your tour ends - and learn the history of the historic market before enjoying its many fares. 
Begin at London Bridge, where the small trading town built by the Romans stood upon the river Thames. Hear the stories of how the Thames helped Britain take command of the oceans - from Sir Francis Drake and his journey on the Golden Hind to the HMS Belfast, the most significant surviving Royal Navy warship from the Second World War. 

For centuries, London has stood at the centre of the world’s commerce, adapting to the shifting tides of power and technology. A former dockland and industrial slum, and now an icon of successful regeneration, London Bridge is one of London’s most historic and storied districts.

Move west along the river and into the time of Shakespeare, as you pass by one of the world's most famous theatres, known for the timeless words penned by arguably the greatest playwright of all time. 

A few blocks east and several centuries later, step into the world of Southwark, which was built on industrial, smoky origins. Grand Victorian wharves, granaries, and shipyards once spanned its shores, amassing the trade and treasures of Her Majesty's Empire. Now, the area has evolved into one of London's most adored and exciting districts. The neighbourhood has arguably the best vistas across the city, its finest walk, and London's most beloved food and fresh produce market.

Tour duration
3 hours

Type of tour
Walking tour – no transport costs are included. Your guide will help you get around on the day.

Tickets included
No tickets required 

Other inclusions
- Gratuities ( Optional) 
- Food and Drinks ( Not included) 
- Picture license at the Southwark Cathedral

Suitable for
Couples, Culture Vulture, Family, Friends, History Buffs

Attractions along this route:

HMS Belfast
An iconic battleship permanently moored on the Thames ,that once served in WW2.

Golden Hinde II
Sir Francis Drake’s ship sit in SE1 reminding travelers of his tremendous feats. However, he is regarded in Spain as a criminal for raiding ships and ports throughout the Americas.

Borough Market
A beautiful wholesale fruit and vegetable market, one of the oldest in London.

Millennium Bridge
Nick-named by Londoners 'the wobbly bridge' due to unexpected swaying in its early days, this pedestrian walkway over the Thames opened in June 2000.

Southwark Cathedral
With over a thousand years of history, Southwark Cathedral first shows up in history in the Domesday Book of 1086.

Globe Theatre
The Globe Theatre was built in 1599 in London. William Shakespeare most famous plays were performed here.

Blackfriars Railway Bridge
The Blackfriars Railway Bridge crosses the River Thames in London and it was opened in 1886. The red pillars that can be seen on one of its sides were used to support the original railway bridge that was dismantled in the 1980s.

Entertaining and commercial area in central London, near River Thames
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