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Down by the Thames

Wander through 2,000 years of London's history in the company of Octavius the Octopus, who lives by the river.


Walk a spiral slope, diagonal steps and stunning bridges. See Octavius's Top Treasures all along the route, and find out where he lives.


As you make your way from Tower Hill to Hungerford Bridge you will see all sorts of of beautiful and interesting buildings, learn fascinating facts and uncover hidden surprises. There are eye-spy photos on every page, and fun things to do on the Rest-your-legs pages.


The virtually traffic-free route means that Down by the River is particularly suitable for families with younger children.


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Route distance

About 3 miles, or 5 kilometres



About 5 hours at a leisurely pace, with rests and picnic


ISBN 978-1-908921-01-7

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“There is a great deal of interesting information in the book and it certainly kept the adults entertained just as much as the children."  


Amanda, Wanstead



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Wheelchair and

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Picnic and rest spots

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Free/public toilets

Includes information about:

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Down by the Thames pops into two buildings, but they can easily be skipped and this is a great outdoor route. Recommended.