Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

London`s Lost Riverside (A Guided Walk in London)

"London`s Lost Riverside" is one of the very popular Guided Walks in London devised and led by the well known Blue Badge Guide Colin Crosby, of Colin Crosby Heritage Tours.

These walks are an excellent way of soaking up some Local History.

The starting point for this walk is outside Blackfriars Station.

The riverside in question is that of the River Fleet. It still flows under the City, but was a visible river until the 18th century, although by that time it had gained an unenviable reputation as a stinking receptacle for London`s rubbish.

Today it retains its river valley, over which passes Holborn Viaduct, and which was used for the world`s first Underground railway, the Metropolitan.

Colin takes the party upstream, as close as possible to what would have been the shoreline, as far as Clerkenwell, and back down the other side.

Along the way, the hills leading up to St. Pauls Cathedral and to Fleet Street will become obvious.

This is just one of the fascinating walks that Colin leads around parts of London which are not quite so obvious from a tourism point of view. Others include "Bow Bells", "John Wesleys London", "Sweeney Todds London" and "Crime and Punishment".

Dates, costs and where to meet

A place on 'London`s Lost Riverside' costs £6.00 per person, or £5.00 if paying in advance. The guided walk begins at Blackfriars Station, and is running on:

I'm sorry, but there are no plans to run this event at present.

If you would like to book a place on one of these dates, please telephone Colin on (0116) 2611576 or email him at

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