London exists because of the Thames. The city's history is inextricably bound to the river and its tributaries, and to the man-made water channels created during the 19th century - the canals around the north of London and the Docks to the east. In "London's Waterside Walks", one of the city's experienced Blue Badge Guides, Brian Cookson, describes 16 walks, selected to reflect the history and modern developments related to these waterways. The walks cover many of London's most stunning views and its most beautiful scenery, as well as much compelling waterside industrial archaeology. Routes range from the riverside village of Richmond with its famous view from Richmond Hill and the remains of Henry VII's Tudor palace to the extraordinary mix of old and new industrial and commercial structures around Docklands and the Thames Barrier. The walks were developed for the highly rated City Literary Institute courses of combined lectures and walks on London's waterways, and have been tried and tested several times by the author.
Using his experience and local knowledge, David has produced commentaries that are a pleasure to read and clearly point out what to look for, both the popular tourist attractions and significant lesser-known sights. The walks are designed to last about two hours, including stops and visits to places of interest with free entry. Each walk includes a summary of the highlights, a clear route map, detailed descriptions of approximately 15 stopping points and listings of places worth a further visit, with information on opening times, addresses and entrance fees. Dramatic photographs of some of the spectacles which adorn London's waterside enhance and enliven the text.
Brian Cookson is a former computer consultant who, since 1993, has worked as a London tourist guide and Citizens Advice Bureau advisor. This is his first book.