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






City Hall and Shard from Tower Bridge


The Tower


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