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