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Without the Thames, there would be no London. Simple as that.
But the river is much more than a water source. The Thames is the city's lifeblood, bringing it prosperity, security... and deadly disease. Over the centuries it has acted as a motorway, a burial ground, a frozen playground, and the setting for some of London's finest buildings.
The guided walk will begin outside the City Information Centre (opposite St. Paul's Cathedral), and take to see some of the best river buildings nearby. You'll look at the re-constructed Globe Theatre (a replica of Shakespeare's Elizabethan playhouse), the re-purposed Tate Modern (an old power station on Bankside), and Norman Foster's Millennium Bridge (where young couples snap padlocks to signify their love).
If you like the sound of this river walk, then how about something even better... an open-top boat from Big Ben to Greenwich? There are two boat companies that Craig recommends: City Cruises and TRS (Thames River Services). You can read Craig's review of City Cruises and his TRS review on his blog before you go (TRS is slightly better, because the boats are usually a lot less busy).
You might like to try our self-guided walk along the Southbank as well. It starts off in Parliament Square, goes across Westminster Bridge, and then two hours later you'll be crossing over the centre of Tower Bridge.
JerrySmith – “I'm not a fan of all this new stuff being built. Why can't they build things like they used to? What are the chances of something like Tower Bridge being built ever again? I will tell you.... the chances are zero because it's all about money these days. They don't want to spend any money on anything. That is why we get rubbish like this being built because it doesn't use much materials and so won't cost them much money. If the Houses of Parliament ever fell down then i guarantee that we will end up with a cheap steel and glass construction, or that concrete monstrosity that is the Scottish Parliament. I was interested to hear that Boris Johnson favours rebuilding London Bridge again, complete with shops and houses on it and big gatehouses. That would be a great idea, absolutely fantastic. But it's never going to happen because it costs too much money. All we get these days is things like the Millennium Bridge.”
Walk in the footsteps of Jack the Ripper – Every day – Walk the streets of Whitechapel and try and discover the identity of the Victorian murderer Jack the Ripper - if you dare!
The Original Tour — Open-top sightseeing bus – Every day – The Original Tour is one of London's most popular sightseeing buses, and it's also a great way to travel around the capital.
London Bus Tour — open-top sightseeing bus – Every day – This traditional open-top bus tour will take in all the best landmarks and attractions, with a free river cruise and guided walk.
TRS river cruise, from Big Ben to Greenwich – Every day – Spend a leisurely afternoon on a TRS river cruise from Big Ben to Greenwich, and see some of the sights along the river.
Boat trip down the Thames, with City Cruises – Every day – City Cruises offer one-way, return or all-day boat trips between Westminster and Greenwich, stopping off at Tower Bridge.
Roar down the Thames in a speeding boat! – Every day – A trip on a Thames Rocket is something you'll never forget, speeding down the river underneath the London's bridges.
Ghost Bus Tour, around London’s dark past – Every day – The Ghost Bus Tour will take you on a journey through London's gruesome past, and into the dark heart of the capital.
If you enjoy Millennium Bridge then you might like to visit London Bridge (you can walk it 10 mins), St. Paul’s Cathedral (you can walk it in 6 mins), Tate Modern (you can walk it in 4 mins), Tower Bridge (walk it in 22 mins or catch the tube from Blackfriars to Tower Bridge) and Westminster Bridge (walk it in 24 mins or catch the tube from Blackfriars to Westminster Bridge)
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