London, Midweek Explorers: TotallyThames

02 October 2019

11:00 - 15:30

Don Felice Cafe
14 Albion Street
United Kingdom
SE16 7JQ


All comers£0.00 

This is a repeat of the September 16th walk. Pictures taken on this walk, although technically outside the project date,will be eligible for the RPS Thames/Totally Thames project.

The details.

We will meet at Don Felice Café, 40 Albion Street, London SE16 7JQ.   Here’s the link.

To get to Don Felice, cross the road on leaving Rotherhithe Station, and take the pedestrian path towards Albion Street, turn right on Albion Street and then Don Felice is on the left.  It is also easy to reach from Canada Water tube station if you prefer.

We will aim to leave there, having had coffee and admired their pictures, at 11.00am.

The plan is to walk by the Brunel Museum (details below for those who wish to visit)  and along the Thames Path to Tower Bridge.  This walk takes us to many interesting places: 

Beside the Brunel Museum and we will pass St Mary’s Church, which provides the burial place for four of the Mayflowers owners including Christopher Jones, who captained the ship to the New World.  Its roof is shaped like an upturned ship!

Beyond this alleyway, we will pass a pub – the Mayflower – and continue between warehouses linked by overhead bridges to King’s Stairs Gardens.    These stairs served the palace of Edward III, as well as generations of watermen and mudlarks who scavenged along the river at low tide.  The sunken grass garden, which we will see on our left, is the remains of Edward III’s 14th century manor house.

We continue on our way to Tower Bridge passing through some of the oldest and most atmospheric areas which remain along the Thames Path – from sites of Charles Dickens novels to gentrified apartment blocks and the stainless still footbridge at the entrance to St Saviour’s Dock and through the area known as Shad Thames.

On arrival at Tower Bridge, we will cross to the North Bank and turn left in front of the Tower.    (For those who need a caffeine fix at this point, there are a number of chain shops such as Pret and Costa!).  

Our walk will continue along the North Bank as far as London Bridge, across London Bridge and back for about 100 yards along the South Bank to Hays Galleria, where – for those who wish – lunch will be available at “The Red Café” – or perhaps better known as Café Rouge!

From there it is but a short walk to London Bridge and its many connections to trains, tubes and buses.


1).   We are not including a visit to the Brunel Museum in our walk (we will walk past it), but for those who would like to visit the Museum beforehand, it is open from 10.00am and we are  happy to meet you there at about 11.05/11.10 to start the walk – here’s the link  (Admission Adults £6/Concessions £4).

2).  If anyone wants to take a shorter route, they can continue on the South Bank from Tower Bridge, in front of the Mayor’s Office from where it is but a few hundred yards to Hays Galleria and the end of our walk.

This walk is planned to link to the Thames Festival, which is going on for the whole of September, and here's a link to the Festival Web Page.  

Thisi picture is of the Ship of Tolerance,and here's what the website says:

The Ship of Tolerance, created by acclaimed artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, brings together children from a multitude of continents, cultures and identities through the universal language of art. This moving international installation utilises the artworks of a thousand primary school children, refugee groups, hospitals and cultural organisations to create the sails of a stunning wooden ship. A floating sculpture measuring 60 feet, The Ship of Tolerance will be moored in the Royal Docks in August and by the Millennium Bridge throughout September, promoting unity in the heart of the capital. The project will also be supporting community workshops encouraging tolerance and diversity. The Ship of Tolerance is produced by the Kabakov Foundation and Nadja Romain, Founder Art Action Change in collaboration with Thames Festival Trust. Justine Simons, Deputy Mayor of Culture and Creative Industries, comments: “London is a beacon of inclusiveness and acceptance, so there really is no better place to display The Ship of Tolerance. The project is a wonderful example of the power of art to unite communities and inspire young people.”


Cancellation policy

This event is free but numbers are limited. If you do book a place and find you are not longer able to come, please let us know so that someone else can have your place.

Judy Hicks
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Region: London