10 Bridges Walk 2018

Come and join Life’s biennial 10 Bridges Walk!

Assembly Point

From Tower Hill Tube Station, take the stairs down, following signs for ‘Tower of London’, through the underpass and turn left, follow signs to Tower Bridge, through Tower Gardens. Walk under the road via St. Katherine Docks subway turning right past the glass office building (Tower Bridge House) and International House and walk straight on to the river’s edge, passing Guoman Tower Hotel and Starbucks. Turn left for the Dolphin Fountain. Please aim to be at the Dolphin Fountain by 1.45pm. Each walker will be given a raffle ticket and a Walker’s Record Sheet with Directions and a Life t-shirt. The Walk starts at 2pm from the Dolphin Fountain. 

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Tower Bridge

Go into the Dead Man’s Hole archway.  Inside here is the ‘Tower Bridge Exhibition’ sign with adjacent steps.  Take these steps up, which go under Tower Bridge. Cross Tower Bridge on the up river (right hand) side. At the end of the bridge, go down the steps on to the Queen’s Walk. Continue along the riverside past the Mayor’s City Hall, HMS Belfast and Hay’s Galleria. Good view of the Walkie-Talkie building.

London Bridge

Go up the steps onto London Bridge, cross the bridge on the down river (right hand) side. Check with the Steward outside Adelaide House. Good view of The Shard from here, the tallest building in the European Union. Take the metal steps down on your immediate right adjacent to Adelaide House and follow the lengthy Riverside Walk, walking under a rail bridge, to the end of Three Cranes Walk.

Southwark Bridge

Ignore Fruiterers Passage and go up the steps onto Southwark Bridge. Cross the bridge on the down river (left hand) side. Check with the Steward at the South end and go down the steps, before the bus stop. Turn right under the bridge and continue along Riverside Walk past Shakespeare’s Globe.

Millennium Bridge

Turn left in front of the Tate Gallery (free toilets in the gallery) and walk up the ramp to cross the Bridge. Steward at St. Paul’s Cathedral end of the bridge. Turn left and go down the stairs and at the bottom of the stairs go right along Paul’s Walk. (Pay toilet available here).

Blackfriars Bridge

Walk under Blackfriars Rail Bridge, take the steps up to Blackfriars Road Bridge and cross the road here. Turn left and cross Blackfriars Bridge on the up river (right hand) side. Steward at Doggett’s Pub. Here take the steps down and continue along the Thames Path/Queen’s Walk. (National Theatre has free toilets).

Waterloo Bridge

Walk under Waterloo Bridge and turn left to take the stairs up to cross on the up river (left hand) side. Steward at the end of the bridge. Here take the stairs down and cross the road Savoy Place and cross Victoria Embankment at the lights to walk along the riverside, past Cleopatra’s Needle, to Embankment tube.

Golden Jubilee Bridges (2)

Cross the road at the lights by the tube station and take the steps up to cross the first footbridge. Steward at the end by the lift. (Festival Hall has free toilets). Go down the stairs to walk under the Hungerford Rail Bridge and immediately take the stairs up to cross the second footbridge. Steward at the end.Take the stairs down and cross Northumberland Avenue to walk alongside Whitehall Gardens. Keep to this side of Victoria Embankment, avoiding building works on the riverside path. Good view of the Battle of Britain Monument and the London Eye.

Westminster Bridge

At Westminster Bridge cross the road towards the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. Then turn left and cross Westminster Bridge on the up river (right hand) side. This side is less crowded. Steward at the end near the gift stall. Take the stairs down to rejoin the Thames Path.

Lambeth Bridge

Continue past Lambeth Palace on the left until you come to the stairs to Lambeth Bridge. Take these and cross the bridge on the down river (right hand) side to meet the final Steward. Check raffle ticket for prizes with Steward. Complimentary refreshments at Pret A Manger, 19 Horseferry Road, a short walk away.

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Girl with a Dolphin Fountain, Tower Bridge


St Katharine's Way, St Katharine's & Wapping, London E1W 1LD


September 23, 2018