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Trip List by emmesse2010

A weekend of sights between London and Tower Bridge

1 Sep 2010  12 years in London, I cross the river each day to go to work. I know the riverside well.
4.5 of 5 stars based on 2 votes

A circular tour of things to see and do between London Bridge and Tower Bridge. Walk quickly and see everything in an hour or explore each attraction and fill a whole weekend.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: London
  • Category: Walking tour
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Families with teenagers, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Tower Bridge
    Tower Bridge, London, England

    Start the walking tour on the North side of Tower Bridge, closest tube station is Tower Hill. One of the most famous bridges in the world, Tower Bridge was for many years the last bridge on the Thames before the sea. Walk over the bridge on the Western side (same side as Tower of London) and you'll be in the right place to enter the Exhibition at the bottom of the first tower. The story of the bridge is inside along with views up and down the river from the high level walkways which were used by the public to cross the river when the bridge was raised. If you time your visit correctly, you'll see the bridge open for a ship to pass through - check the lifting schedule on this website: http://bit.ly/ORWMj You will leave Tower Bridge through the South East tower. Follow the blue line in the road to reach the final part of the exhibition, about the engine rooms.

  • 2. City Hall
    City Hall, London, England

    Turn left out of the Engine rooms and walk along the riverside, with Tower Bridge behind you. You will now be able to see City Hall, the office of the Mayor Of London and meeting place of the Greater London Assembly. The cafe on the ground floor usually contains an exhibition and is open to the public during weekdays. On certain occasions, the top floor which has outdoor viewing galleries (London's Living Room) is open to the public. Next dates are 18th and 19th September 2010.

  • 3. Strada - More London
    Strada - Riverside (More London), London, England

    Around City Hall, there are several bars and restaurants. Strada is an Italian restaurant with a decent selection of dishes. It also has the best views of Tower Bridge and plenty of outdoor seating.

  • 4. HMS Belfast
    HMS Belfast, London, England

    Turn left out of Strada and you'll see HMS Belfast, a cruiser from the second world war and now a fascinating museum. You can spend many hours exploring the decks and learning about life onboard the ship as well as how it was saved from being scrapped. Note that there are many steps and ladders on board so be prepared for some climbing!

  • 5. Hay's Galleria
    Hay's Galleria, London, England

    Turn right on exiting HMS Belfast and walk for a few minutes upstream. You'll find Hay's Galleria on the left. This is a former wharf, now with shops and cafes and a good place to buy some London souvenirs. Follow the river upstream to London bridge and climb the stairs onto the bridge.

  • 6. London Bridge

    The current London Bridge was built in 1971 but there has been a bridge on this site since Roman times. The previous London Bridge is now in Arizona in the USA. Walk halfway across the bridge and admire the view downstream to Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast that you have already visited. Turn back to see the progress of the Shard, which will be London's tallest building when it opens in 2012.

  • 7. The Monument
    The Monument, London, England

    On the North side of Tower Bridge, take a right down Fish Street Hill and in front of you is The Monument, built to commemorate The Great Fire of London. You can climb the spiral staircase to the top of The Monument for views over the City of London. When finished, retrace your steps as if to cross London Bridge, but look for the stairs on the left just past the entrance to Adelaide House. It is signposted "Thames Path" Go down the stairs and turn left at the bottom onto the riverside walkway.

  • 8. Thames Path - North Side between London and Tower Bridges

    This section of the Thames Path gives good views of the attractions already visited on the walk and also passes some interesting buildings. It will take around 15 minutes to reach the Tower of London. On the left, the blue glass building contains the offices of a bank. Of more interest is Old Billingsgate Market, for many years London's fish market. Look at the fish weather vane and motifs in the ironwork above the windows. Next on the left is Custom House, where taxes had to be paid on cargo brought to London by boat.

  • 9. Tower of London
    Tower of London, London, England

    The Tower of London is steeped in history and has been at various times a palace, prison, armory and place of execution. Join one of the Beefeaters on a tour and hear all the gory details.