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Travel Trade

Bankside has so much to offer why not bring your group to discover some of the most popular attractions in London or some of the hidden gems that the area has to offer. This section of the website provides information on everything you will need to know from travel arrangements to group incentives.

Download the Bankside Travel Trade Guide 2013 edition from here.


London City Airport

London City Airport is the closest airport to Bankside approximately eight miles away situated in London Docklands. It provides access from key European destinations and can boast a quick passenger throughput. It is directly linked to the Docklands Light Railway, which connects with the Jubilee Line at Canning Town. Tel: 020 7646 0088 Website:

Stansted Airport

Stansted is adjacent to the 8a junction on the M11. The Stansted Express takes visitors to London Liverpool Street in 45 minutes or for a cheaper option you can easily pick up a National Express coach from the airport into London Victoria or Stratford (change here for westbound Jubilee Line). Tel: 0844 335 1803 Website:

Luton Airport

The Airport now offers passengers an extensive choice of both scheduled and charter services including frequent departures to over 85 destinations, including services to Europe, Africa and North America. Luton has excellent transport links by road (M1, A1) and rail - 50 minutes to London Bridge from London Luton Airport Parkway, located on the Thameslink line with courtesy buses shuttling passengers between airport and station. Tel: 01582 405 100 Website:

Gatwick Airport

Gatwick serves most European destinations and a wide range of transatlantic and international cities. Gatwick is only a 30 minute train journey to London Bridge. There are also efficient bus services from Gatwick into central London. Tel: 0844 892 0322 Website:

Heathrow Airport

Situated west of London, it is the UK’s largest airport with links to over 250 international destinations. Heathrow is linked to London via the Piccadilly Line and the Heathrow Express train service to Paddington. For Waterloo, Southwark and London Bridge change at Green Park for the eastbound Jubilee Line. Tel: 0844 335 1801 Website: 


There are a number of recommended tour guide companies that can take you round the area, giving you historical facts and quirky stories and making sure you discover all those hidden gems.

London Walks makes the new familiar and the familiar new. London Walks conducts over 100 walks a week, 365 days a year. Their guides include authors, journalists, actors and the crème de la crème of professionally qualified Blue Badge and City of London guides. “The first and best of the walking tour companies” (Fodor’s Great Britain). Tel: 020 7624 3978 Email: 

Southwark Cathedral Guides also offer escorted Walks of Historic Bankside, Borough High Street and Dickens in Southwark. They can also arrange visits to Guy’s Chapel (including access to the Crypt) and St George the Martyr Church with its Dickens’ Little Dorrit connections. Tel: 020 7367 6734 Email:

Individual guides can also be found through the Guild of Registered Tourist Guides, 52 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1XN Tel: 020 7403 1115


Southwark Street

There are eight 20 minute set down/pick up points along Southwark Street and at the south end of Southwark Bridge for attractions such as Shakespeare’s Globe, Tate Modern and Vinopolis. One point is located at the East end of Southwark Street, which is conveniently placed for Southwark Cathedral, the Golden Hinde and Borough Market.

Tooley Street

At London Bridge there are three 30 minute set down/pick up bays at English Grounds Turn into Battlebridge Lane from Tooley Street. The coach bays provide a safe, riverside meeting place for groups close to HMS Belfast. A little further away, Tower Hill Coach Park near the Tower of London offers a mixture of drop-off and parking spaces.

Tower Hill

Tower Place also provides excellent toilet facilities and a waiting area. For more information see

Interactive Coach Parking Map (ICM)

Find the above coach parking and drivers' facilities , live traffic updates and planned road works at


The Clink Prison Museum

Groups of 10 or more to The Clink Prison are entitled to use one of their specially trained tour guides at a small cost offering groups an insight into the amazing history of Bankside and most importantly The Clink Prison, home to many interesting characters. Call to discuss any special offers or discounts. Tel: 020 7403 0900

Golden Hinde

Buy 1 ticket get 1 free with British Rail vouchers.

The London Bridge Experience & London Tombs

1 free leader place for every 10 people booked.

Shakespeare’s Globe 

Exhibition - groups of 15 or more are required to book in advance. Preferential rates are available to groups, and one complimentary ticket is offered for every 16th person. For further information visit: exhibition or contact the Group Booking & Travel Trade Officer on: +44 (0) 20 7902 1500 or email:

Theatre - Book 10 seated tickets and get 1 additional ticket free. Please note that there is limited availability for groups in all areas of the theatre. Tickets must be for the same performance. Adults accompanying groups aged 18 and under must remain with their group throughout the performance.

Southwark Cathedral

Trade familiarisation visits welcome. Contact the Cathedral Visitors’ Officer, David Payne on 020 7367 6734 or at david.payne@southwark. to request a copy of their Trade Group Visits Brochure or to arrange a visit. For an additional £4 per person each member of your group will receive a copy of the Cathedral’s authorized guidebook as a lasting memento of their visit. (Current retail value £4.50). This has to be requested at time of booking. Morning and afternoon tea menus for group bookings are available. For example: coffee / tea, scones filled with jam and cream = £4.95 per head including VAT. Min number 10; max 50. Further details are available from the Visitors’ Officer.


Group discounts are available for groups of 20 or more on all three of the self-guided wine tasting experiences Vinopolis offer. Discounts are only available when booking in advance. Please contact the Sales Team on 0207 940 8300 for further information. One free ticket per group of 10 booked. Guided touBankside Gallery are delighted to offer a 10% discount on all purchases in the bookshop to groups of 10 people or more.

River Operators

The River Thames is the best way to arrive in Bankside, London Bridge and Bermondsey alighting at either Bankside, London Bridge City, Tower Millennium and St Katharine's piers.

Tate to Tate

The Tate to Tate boat runs every 40 minutes between Tate Modern and Tate Britain. It is operated by Thames Clippers.


Thames Clippers

Operating a quick service between Embankment and the 02 arena, stopping at destinations such as Tower Pier, Canary Wharf and Greenwich the Thames Clippers services departs from Bankside Pier between the hours of 6.46am  and 11.22 on weekdays and 9.20 and 11.22 on weekends. Email:


Check for timings.