London Bridge to St Marys by Foot


From London Bridge to St. Mary Rotherhithe on foot.

This largely Thames-side walk may take you three quarters of an hour at an unhurried pace, but allow yourself enough time to look about.

Start at the Southern end of London Bridge and take the steps down to the riverside path, going in the direction of Tower Bridge. Pass the Hay's Galleria on your right, or take a diversion to explore the shops and eating places therein and view 'the Navigator' - a whimsical feature sculpture by David Kemp (1987).

As an alternative to the above, make your way from London Bridge Station to the Galleria, and walk through it to gain the path by the river-side.

Continue along (or return to) the path, passing HMS Belfast on your left (a World War II cruiser, now a floating museum) and some interesting new buildings on your right.

You are now on 'The Queens Walk', between the River and a small park. Go under the archway below Tower Bridge to 'Shad Thames'. Take the passageway 'Maggie Blake's Cause'on the left, to regain the riverside. Continue East, passing a large bronze sculpture ('Inventioni' by Eduardo Paolozzi), and then on your right the Design Museum.

Cross the small dock in front of you by the steel footbridge; on reaching the other side bear right, go through the door in the corner, through a short passage, and down a few steps into Bermondsey Wall West. (This door is closed at night, but walkers after 9.00 am and before dusk should find it open. The alternative is a U-shaped diversion on the roads around the dock).

Proceed to the end of Bermondsey Wall West, turning right after St. Saviour's House then immediately left into Chambers Street. Go past the cold storage buildings on your left and at South Bank Studios turn left into Loftie Street, which opens into Bermondsey Wall East. Opposite the 'Old Justice' pub bear left across Fountain Gardens Square to reach the riverside again. Continue along the riverside path, and follow it down a few steps and around the entrance to Cherry Gardens Pier.

Walk on, pausing to view a group lifelike of bronze sculptures (Dr Salter's daydream by Diane Gorvin); a lifelike cat , the figure of a child in the dress of a century ago leaning against the wall, and a seated male figure. Passing the 'Angel Wharf' continue to King Stairs Close, waterside buildings with a plaque showing a ship on them. To your right enter King's Stairs Gardens, and go across the grass diagonally to pick up the footpath. Go left on striking the path, which leads between small blocks of dwellings. Pass Elephant Lane on your left and Mayflower Street on your right and you will see the spire of St. Mary's ahead and somewhat to the left. Head for it!

Return by Underground from Canada Water or Bermondsey Stations (Jubilee line), or by bus, or by taxi.