River Thames Tower Bridge

In collaboration with Discount London 

Did I mention that London is one of my favourite cities in Europe? There are so many things to do in London that even you will never get tired of this city – even by living here :). If you just have a short holiday in London, it can be quite overwhelming with so many attractions to choose from.. Here a little help :)

Top Things to Do Along the River In London

1. Tower Bridge

My absolute top place along the river in London is the Tower Bridge. I instantly fell in love with its architecture the first time I came in London around 10 years ago. I now live super close to Tower Bridge and often come down to sit in one of the pretty cafes that are south of the bridge on the river.

Tower Bridge London

London Thames Tower Bridge

2. Tower of London

The Tower of London is one of the most important historical sites in London. It was built in the 11th century and was mainly used as protection and as a prison. It also served as a place of execution with Anne Boleyn being one of the most famous people who were executed in the Tower of London. Nowadays the Crown Jewels are kept in the Tower of London and it is a museum.

Tower of London at Night

3. The Shard

The Gong bar in The Shard is one of my favourite cocktail places in London. Not only do they have serve amazing cocktails, you also have the most perfect view of London at night. With almost 310 m in height, The Shard is the tallest building the UK and the fourth tallest building in Europe. Apart from cocktail bars, there are also great restaurants for dinner and afternoon tea – all with a perfect view of the river. If you are just coming for the view, go straight up to the 68th floor for The View From The Shard.

The Shard Cocktail Bar View

4. London Eye

Apart from taking a helicopter tour of London and The View From The Shard, there is no better way to see London from above than the London Eye – a 135 m tall ferris wheel. One rotation takes around 30 mins and gives you a breathtaking, 360° view of London – it’s not surprising that the London Eye is one of the most popular attractions in London. There are even capsules that can be rented for private events and romantic occasions (with champagne!).

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5. Tate Modern

Tate Modern is one of London’s top museums and the perfect treat for lovers of modern art. The museum is home to the national collection of British art from 1900 to the present day as well as to international contemporary art. Even if you don’t have a full day to spend at Tate Modern, with no general admission charge the museum is worth visiting even for just a short visit.

6. Shakespeare’s Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe is a must-see for fans of classic literature and theatre. The building was constructed circa 230 m from the site of the original Globe Theatre, the Elizabethan playhouse associated with Shakespeare built in 1599. There are regular performances and exhibitions, so make sure to check what’s on and book your tickets.

7. Borough Market & Maltby Street Market

Borough Market and Maltby Market are street food markets located in Borough/London Bridge and Bermondsey, respectively. Whilst Borough Market has been very popular for a while with lots of international visitors nowadays, Maltby Street Market is a more ‘secret’ food market. It’s a bit smaller than Borough Market and therefore has a more cosy ambiance. There are also lovely wine and tapas bars as well as breweries :)

8. Boat Tours Along the River

There are plenty of boat tours along the river Thames. From sightseeing tours to high speed rides on the Thames, there is definitely a boat tour for everyone :). My favourite cruises along the river are the afternoon tea cruise and the jazz dinner cruise. Before you book your tickets for the Thames cruises or sightseeing tours, have a look online for special discounts and deals. Online retailers such as Discount London, for instance, have lots of tickets at reduced prices and packages if you plan to visit two or more of London’s main attractions. For almost any attraction in London, booking online will save you money and queuing (!) time.

London River Thames St. Pauls

9. Walking Tour Along the River

As I live in just under 10 mins walking distance from Tower Bridge, I frequently go for Sunday walks along the river. Walking from Tower Bridge to South Bank takes around 30 mins and is super pleasant. You will pass by plenty of cafes and restaurants with beautiful views. If the weather is good enough, you can just grab a coffee to go and find a lovely little spot outside overlooking the river. In summer there are also lots of activities and performances around South Bank, so make sure you pass by and have a pint in the sun :)

London RIver Thames South Bank

And last but not least….

10. HMS Belfast

Quite a popular tourist attraction and a must-see for people interested in the history of the WW2: The HMS Belfast is a museum ship that is located between London Bridge and Tower Bridge. The ship was originally a light cruiser built for the Royal Navy. Nowadays it serves as a museum that enables visitors to explore what life was like during the war at sea. Tickets are £14.50 per person.

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The City of London View from the River Thames

What are your favourite places along the river? Let me know in the comments :)

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Top 10 Things to Do On the River Thames in London

If you are looking for some alternative things to do in London, visit the Highgate Cemetery in North London. The cemetery is said to have some of the finest funerary architecture in the country and is a must-see of lovers of the history of London. The Highgate Cemetery opened in 1839 and was the authorities’ response to London’s growing population. Before being buried in official cemeteries, graveyards and burial grounds were scattered throughout the city wherever was space. Often this meant that bodies were buried between taverns, shops and houses.

In early 1800 London’s population had grown to around one million which caused an ever increasing lack of burial space. By 1830 health reasons caused the authorities to find a solution and to create space for the dead. Subsequently a number of private cemeteries were opened in the countryside around London. Overlooking London, the location of the Highgate Cemetery and its distinct architecture attracted investments of wealthy individuals. The first person buried in Highgate Cemetery was Elizabeth Jackson, a 36 year old spinster of Golden Square in Soho on 26 May 1839.

In 1854 the eastern part of the cemetery was opened. There are now more than 170,000 people buried in 53,000 graves. The most notable person buried in the Highgate Cemetery is probably Karl Marx. Both, the West and the East Cemetery can be visited.

East Cemetery

The East Cemetery can be visited daily for an admission fee of £4 for adults. The East Cemetery is home to Karl Marx’s grave which you cannot miss due to its large size.

West Cemetery

Admission to the Highgate West Cemetery is by guided tour only. Don’t leave Highgate Cemetery without having visited the West Cemetery which is home to the most impressive architecture of the Highgate Cemetery. The tour lasts around 70min and is £12 for adults. Tours run several times per day. Check out Highgate Cemetery’s homepage for more information.  I love this part of the cemetery as it has some really spooky atmosphere. Too bad you can only visit by guided tour. Would be the ideal location for telling scary ghost stories :)

Some Architectural Beauty in North London..

On the way to Highgate Cemetery you will come across this beautiful building just on the corner of Chester Road and Swain’s Lane. Beautiful North London :)

Finally the few weeks of summer in London have come and we are able to view movies outdoors. A beautiful venue to do that is Somerset House which features a number of movies every summer. This year the Film4 Summer event is on from 4 – 17 August. The ticket price is £16 per person which covers the entrance to view the movie. But as you are watching the movie outdoors, there are a number of things you have to bring. Most of the essentials are probably London specific. Or let’s say London weather specific.

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The doors open at 6.30pm and the viewing starts after sunset around 9pm. As you might have guessed, there is no reserved seating in the courtyard, so don’t just show up at 8.45pm or you will find yourself at the end of the ‘seating area’ at a less preferable spot.

5 Essentials to Bring to Film4 Summer at Somerset House:

1. A blanket or rug to sit on

You will be sitting in the courtyard on paved floor, not on grass. Make sure you blanket or rug is comfy. My friend has a really comfy, luxurious rug from BAZAAR VELVET at her house but I told her not to bring it in case it got dirty!! A cheap, comfy rug is what you need. You can also bring a yoga mat. Chairs etc are not allowed. So bring something you can sit on for at least 3 hours.

2. Umbrellas and/or a raincoat

It’s London, what do you expect. There is always the chance of rain. So be prepared! You don’t want to miss a fun movie night in such a beautiful venue just because it’s raining again. If you do forget your rain preps, you can buy plastic ponchos for £1. But don’t rely on that as they may be sold out. And don’t only bring ONE umbrella. You might want to save yourself plus your blanket, food and drinks once it starts pouring down.

A warm jumper and a blanket

And again. You are watching a movie outdoors. At night. In London. There are barely warm summer nights in this city. So make sure you bring a few layers of clothes and a cosy blanket.

Food and Drinks (no glass!)

You probably have to get there by 7pm / 7.30pm to reserve a good seat. That means the whole outdoor cinema event will take around 4-5 hours. Of course you might want to have some nibbles, chocolate, popcorn and beer or wine. You can bring whatever you can carry but no glass.

Pillows

That’s for the super prepared movie fans. Rather than enjoying the movie while sitting upright, you may as well watch it lying down on your super comfy rug, a warm blanket wrapped around you and your head resting on some cosy pillows :)

 

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We watched Dracula in Somerset House last week. The only thing I brought was chips, wine, a jumper and a towel. So we had to buy plastic poncho at it started raining a bit in the beginning. Towards the end of the movie we wrapped the ponchos around us to keep warm. So don’t make the mistakes. Bring all that’s on the list :)

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