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Our Top Ten Stops Along the River Thames
Published: 13 Aug 18
What better way to spend a day than on the banks of the River Thames? You’d be surprised how many famous sites you could visit just by walking from the Tower of London to Big Ben. Here’s a quick summary of 10 riverside attractions you can stop in on during your walk:
1. Tower of London
See Beefeaters patrol the grounds of The Tower of London, home to the world-famous Crown Jewels. One of London’s premier attractions tells the tales of its history as a prison, armoury, royal palace and even a zoo, and invites you to learn about the legends of the iconic fortress.
2. Tower Bridge
Walk across one of London’s most iconic landmarks, which has stood over the River Thames since 1894. With high level glass floor walkways and spectacular panoramic views over the river, Tower Bridge is an impressive structure that you can’t miss. It continues to be a working bridge to this day, and if you time it just right you’ll be able to see the bridges lift to allow boats to pass through.
3. The Shard
The View from the Shard offers unobstructed 360 degree, 40 mile views across the London skyline. At almost twice the height of any other London viewing platform, the 72nd floor offers a different experience with every visit – whether it’s sunny, raining, day or night, the views are unforgettable (and think of the Instagram pictures).
4. The London Bridge Experience
Officially the scariest attraction in London, the London Bridge Experience will enrich you with the history of a gruesome, gory Britain. With interactive experiences, animations and real-life actors, dare to explore the underground tombs of London Bridge and its haunting history, at your own risk of course.
5. Shakespeare’s Globe
A reconstruction of the famous Globe Theatre stands only a few hundred yards from the original site. Take a tip back in time via a range of interactive displays, exhibitions and demonstrations of Shakespeare’s world in the 1500’s, or book in a seat at one of his iconic productions.
6. Tate Modern
Based in the former Bankside Power Station, the Tate Modern is London’s free national museum of modern and contemporary art. Attracting more than 5 million visitors a year, the Tate Modern holds the national collection of British and international art from 1900 to the present day.
7. OXO Tower
The rooftop restaurant boasts stunning views across the Thames and the City of London, hosting an impressive cocktail list and mouthwatering British dishes. The eighth floor accommodates three dynamic venues plus a garden terrace. The OXO Tower is the ideal place to have dinner with live music, a cocktail after class or a relaxed lunch with friends.
8. Coca-Cola London Eye
The world’s tallest observation wheel rotates over the River Thames, opposite the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. The half hour rotation offers plenty of picture perfect moments, giving you the chance to see the rest of the city without moving from your pod. For an even more spectacular experience, ride the wheel at night and see London illuminated.
9. SEA LIFE London Aquarium
Home to one of the largest collections of global marine life in Europe, SEA LIFE invites you to discover a magical underwater world. Walk through ocean tunnels surrounded by majestic sea creatures, or across a glass shark walk with seven species of shark swimming below. Get as close as you can without getting wet!
10. Big Ben, Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey
Just on the other side of Westminster Bridge stand three of the most famous buildings in the UK – Big Ben, Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Big Ben might be impressive to look at from the river, but the other two attractions are definitely worth looking at from the inside. Take a guided tour and explore the interiors and history of these stunning landmarks.