Thames Path : Westminster to Tower Bridge

A week after returning from my father’s 80th birthday celebration, the weather was again pretty nice, allowing me to return to the Thames in central London and complete a missing section of the Thames Path – from Westminster to Tower Bridge. Also today there was a military flypast for the Queen so I positioned myself on Westminster bridge and awaited the planes approaching the Mall. However a camera malfunction meant I only got a few poor shots and since they don’t really concern the river, I have omitted them.

 

This walk takes in a fair section of the South Bank, arcing away from Westminster and heading round a bend in the river, along past Tate Modern, St Pauls, a small beach (!) and finally past the Golden Hind, HMS Belfast and on to the new building of the Shard and City Hall which are south west of Tower Bridge.

London Eye

 

London Eye from Westminster Bridge

 

View towards Charing Cross station

 

Hungerford Bridge

 

Cafes near the Royal Festival Hall

 

Tower atop QE Hall

 

Southbank looking eastwards

 

Across to St Pauls

 

A classic view

 

South bank beach – sand on the Thames!

 

Bridge restoration

 

Bridge restoration

 

View from Tate Modern to St Pauls

 

Tate Modern view down to the river and across to St Pauls

 

St Pauls from Tate Modern

 

Modern and classical

 

The Globe

 

The Shard nearing completion

 

Clink Street

 

The Shard contrasts with the Winchester Palace ruins

 

Golden Hind and the Gherkin

 

Worshipful Companies

 

Modern sculpture

 

HMS Belfast and Tower Bridge

 

City Hall

 

The Shard, viewed down More London Place

 

Shard and Statue

 

Reflections

 

Decision

 

City Hall and Shard from Tower Bridge

 

The Tower

 

Live scrollable/zoomable map of the walk:

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