One of the best things about living in London is having so much culture right on your doorstep.
There's something new and interesting to do everyday. You can go back to the same place one hundred times and always have a unique experience.
Now that we have James, we love taking him on walks around the city and showing him the sights! Having a child helps you to see the beauty and wonder in things that you may have stopped noticing.
A walk along The Thames is probably one of our favourite things to do. If you're planning a trip to London I would definitely suggest scheduling it in.
As you stroll along, you will see so many contrasting buildings from different periods of time. The architecture sits beautifully together to create a fascinating landscape.
If you start your walk from The Houses of Parliament and head east towards Tower Bridge you will pass many of London's most iconic landmarks:
Just after Tower Bridge you have St Katherine's Dock on the north side of the river. Since the docks closed in 1968, it has become a lively marina with lots of restaurants and the famous Dickens Inn - a uniquely styled pub inside an 18th century warehouse.
Butler's Wharf on the south side of the river, is also worth a visit. Old Victorian warehouses were converted into trendy apartments in the 1980's and beneath them there are lots of lovely restaurants to eat in, many of which overlook The Thames. There's Chop House if you like fine dining or All Bar One if you'd prefer a relaxed drink and a bite to eat.
Parts of the walk are lovely and peaceful, as there are very few tourists. You can stand and look out at the river as the boats pass by without the noise and chaos that invades the busy attractions. The waves crashing against the river walls brings a sense of calm you don't often find in London.
...but turn a corner and you're right back in the hectic and energetic city; bustling with people, buses and taxis!
You won't regret it.
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