WALK LONDON's Queen's Walk takes you over Westminster Bridge, along the south bank of the River Thames towards Tate Modern then back over the river on the Millennium footbridge to St Paul's Cathedral.
This pedestrian walkway is several miles long and passes some of London's most popular tourist and visitor attractions all of which can be visited throughout the year.
For your comfort WALK LONDON's self-guided Queens' Walk tour passes many shops, cafes, bars and restaurants on your way to see some of London's most prestigious and world famous art galleries and theatres.
Leisure walker: 2 hours
Power walker: 45 minutes
START: Westminster Underground: District and Circle
→ South Bank Lion
→ County Hall (London Sea Life Aquarium)
→ London Eye
→ South Bank Centre (Royal Festival Hall, Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Rooms, Poetry Library)
→ National Theatre
→ National Film Institute
→ Tate Modern
→ Gabriel's Wharf
→ OXO Tower and Centre
→ Shakespeare's Globe
→ Millennium Bridge
→ St Paul's Cathedral
FINISH: St Paul's Underground:Central Line
THE QUEEN'S WALK
Westminster Bridge, opened in 1862, is
now the oldest bridge
across the river Thames in London. The original Westminster Bridge, built in the reign of George II, started to sink and was replaced. The South Bank Lion weighs 13 tons and is over 150 years old. It was one of three lions which stood above the entrance to the old Lion Brewery, where the Royal Festival Hall now stands.
County Hall, built in 1922, was the headquarters for the Greater London Council until it was abolished in 1986. Regularly in conflict with Central Government the facade of the building acted as a giant billboard for anti-government slogans. County Hall is now a tourist venue with millions of visitors each year seeing the attractions, eating in the cafes or staying in the hotels.
When the London Eye was constructed in 1999 it was the largest observation wheel in the world. Still the largest in Europe at 135m, it is one of London's top attractions with unique and breath-taking views of Westminster and the City. One rotation takes 30 minutes, on a clear day views up to 40km can be seen. Since opening over 40 million passengers have 'flown'.
Opened in 2002,
the footbridges run both sides of Hungerford Railway Bridge and use Isambard Kingdom Brunel's original 1845 buttresses. The complex design won specialist category in the 2003 Royal Fine Art Commission's Building of the Year Award. Walk up the steps over one side and back over the other to see outstanding views of London's famous attractions.
The Southbank Centre is the largest single-run arts centre in the world. It contains 5 iconic venues; Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Rooms, Hayward Gallery and
the Poetry Library. With over a 1,000 musicians and artists performing each year, there
is a wide-ranging artistic program including
music, dance, literature and the visual arts.
National is London's most prominent publicly funded theatre company and stages over 20 productions a year. The Grade II listed building contains three auditoriums, which present a varied program, including new plays by contemporary playwrights. The foyers, open to the public, have a theatrical bookshop, cafes, bars, exhibitions and free live music.
Originally named Stamford Wharf this iconic riverside landmark was London's second highest commercial building. The OXO ‘beef cube’ logo was incorporated as windows in the tower to get around a ban on sky advertising. Gabriel's Wharf is a mix of over 40 independent art and retail design studios, shops, restaurants and cafes set in a relaxing riverside location.
Tate Modern is Britain's national museum of International Modern and Contemporary art. Housed in the former Bankside Power Station, designed in the 1940's by architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, the galleries and huge turbine hall, 35 meters high and 152 meters long, display works from the year 1900 to the present day. It is the most visited modern art gallery in the world.
in 1997 with a production of Henry V, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre is a reconstruction of the original Elizabethan wooden 'O' oak framed Globe. The original Globe was built in 1599 by the Lord Chamberlain's Men, a playing company to which Shakespeare belonged. The original playhouse was destroyed by fire in 1613 when a theatrical cannon miss-fired.
Opened in 2000, the London Millennium footbridge is an ultramodern steel suspension bridge that links the
Southbank to the City of London. From Tate Modern, the "blade of light" bridge is aligned to give a spectacular view of St Paul's Cathedral's south facade.
The eight stabilised suspension cables can support over 5,000 people on the bridge.
Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has overlooked the City of London since
604AD. The current Cathedral was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and completed in 1710 after its predecessor was destroyed in the 1666 Great Fire of London.
Events at St Paul's have included the marriages of Catherine of Aragon to Prince Arthur, 1501 and the Prince of Wales to Lady Diana, 1981.
TOURIST AND SIGHTSEEING ATTRACTIONS
The Queen's Walk - Interactive Google Sightseeing Map
WESTMINSTER BRIDGE to ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL
START at Westminster Underground Station. Come out of the station at
EXIT 4. You will be opposite the Palace of
Westminster looking at the largest four-faced clock tower in the world.
Big Ben, is not the Clock Tower, but is the largest bell inside the
tower that strikes the hour.
Turn left out of the station on to BRIDGE STREET
SW1 and walk up to VICTORIA
EMBANKMENT SW1. Cross straight over
the road and walk across the left hand side of Westminster
Bridge to the South Bank Lion.
Walk DOWN the steps from Westminster Bridge onto The Queen's
Walk (Thames Path, South Bank). Walk straight ahead past the Old County
Hall (London Aquarium and National File Museum) and the London Eye
wheel. Continue along the path, under the bridges (Hungerford Millennium
foot and railway bridges) to the Royal Festival Hall.
ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL to OXO TOWER AND GABRIEL'S WHARF
Continue on the path past the Royal Festival, Queen
Elizabeth Halls and Purcell Rooms. Walk under Waterloo Bridge to the
Royal National Theatre. Continue on the path past the business offices
to Gabriel’s Wharf and the OXO Tower.
OXO TOWER and CENTRE to ST PAUL'S CATHERDRAL
Continue on the path past Tate Modern, the Millennium Footbridge (does
not wobble now) and Shakespeare’s Globe, go under Southwark Bridge. Walk
across the millennium foot bridge to St Paul’s Cathedral.