Books About Town – Riverside Trail

Regular readers might remember that I sent off on a mission last week to complete the National Literacy Trust Books About Town trails with my friend, Em. We started with the Greenwich Trail last Sunday and this weekend did the Riverside Trail which runs along the South Bank alongside the Thames River. It’s one of the most exciting parts of the city where super modern meets ancient London in a vibrant swirl of business and leisure.

I was extra excited to venture out because my company will be moving offices to the South Bank in a couple of months’ time and I’m looking forward to really getting to know this part of town and what secrets it has to hide. We certainly weren’t disappointed when we came across the Hays Galleria, which houses a cute collection of bars, restaurants, boutiques and market stalls surrounding a crazy fountain.

Although Em and I had to do part of the trail during a downpour we still had a whale of a time and snapped 10 benches (plus the one I accidentally found in Waterloo Station).

The World’s Biggest Flipbook by Jeremy Banx

Shakespeare’s London by Lucy Dalzell

Please look after this bear. Thank you. by Michelle Heron (featuring Em in the background)

Great Expectations by Ivan Liotchev

From the Gruffalo to Scarecrows: The World of Alex Scheffler and Julia Donaldson by Alex Scheffler

The Librarian by Paul Kidby

Clarice Bean by Lauren Child (original illustrations) created by Jane Headford

Dr Seuss by Theodore Seuss Griesel

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell (original illustrations) created by Gerard Strong

Through the Looking Glass by Ralph Steadman

War Horse by Rae Smith (original illustration) created by Gerard Strong


  1. Aaah, so cool! The one with the bear is really cute but Shakespeare was my favorite 🙂

    1. Abbi

      Paddington? I loved the books when I was a little girl and there is actually a permanent statue at Paddington Station, which is where he was found in the books. The Shakespeare one is very cool and it is outside his traditional theatre on the South Bank. You can go there and watch plays done in their original format for only £5. It’s one of my favourite things to do in the summer.

        1. Abbi

          Even in the rain it was fun!

  2. Didn’t know about this! Utterly fabulous! xxx

    1. Abbi

      We had such fun hunting for them. You kids would probably really enjoy it. You can download a quiz for them to do for each trail from the website and then enter a competition to win children’s books. There were lots of families doing it.

      1. How brilliant! They would LOVE that! thank you xxxxx

  3. I ❤ the Ralph Steadman one!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

    These are really cool.

    1. Abbi

      It was really creepy up close but very cool. We had to kick people off the bench in the rain to take it. I don’t think they loved us.

      1. Yeah, I don’t think you were very popular. 😛 Steadman has some of the most amazing artwork, truly a fan.

      2. Also, that Dr Seuss bench ❤

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