Meet by the bookstalls under Waterloo Road.
The Spiral dips slightly to the south of the river, in amongst office blocks and residential flats; for the walker it’s more interesting to stick to the riverside path on the South Bank of the Thames.
But at Coin Street just before the Oxo Tower, veer off through Bernie Spain Gardens, and continue behind the waterside buildings, under the railway bridge at Blackfriars,
and into the dramatically modern new builds around Tate Modern.
A door in the side says Rose Theatre, and faith says this is where Shakespeare worked. Up onto Southwark Bridge, by the modern wordsmiths at the Financial Times, with a view across to the Shard.
The buildings on the north bank of the Thames have pushed the river into a far narrower channel than would have been there in the past. Upper Thames Street marks the old strand, so the church and somewhat incongruous Seafarer’s Mission with the pretty garden and strange nazgul horse scupltures, mark an old limit of the City.
Up through the olde worlde streets to the glittering steel of Cannon Street, and the short, buried Walbrook river, by the side of the Mansion House, opening up to the monumental buildings of the Bank, Royal Exchange, and the cityscape above.
Walk along Threadneedle Street by the London Stock Exchange, then duck into Austin Friars. Continue to Broadgate Circus, marked by a Serra sculpture in iron sheets,
and a plaza which had an ice rink for many years.
Banks own this quarter, but abruptly, the City ends and Hoxton begins.