Southwark and Bankside, London
This 'egg' is where the HQ of the Greater London Authority is situated. It is brand new and can join the millennium landmarks in architectural style. It looks fantastic and is wort a little stop over before you get to the Tower Bridge!
This dragon can be found on the south side of the Thames right before you go onto the London Bridge. It marks the entrance to the 'City' of London. I really like the details on this dragon, it looks so cool.
Other then this I harldy know anything about this dragon. Supposedly there are two other dragons that mark the entrance into the 'City'. If anyoneone knows more about these ones, and where they are located please let me know.
The Golden Hinde is a full size operational replica of the ship that was sailing the oceans from 1577-80. Sir Francis Drake circumnavigated the globe in the original craft. When this replica was created in 1974 it was done again, sailing more than 140,000 miles and visiting over 300 ports.
If you want you can take a look aboard the ship for only 2,75, children pay less.
if you are walking on south bank by the river, this is a great place to stop for either some food, a drink, or for gift shopping.
This place is really lively in the summer time as you can see some open-air events.
I went for a meal a few time at the pizzeria at the left entrance of the place, food is ok with great view on the Thames.
It s situated between waterloo and london bridge on the south bank.
The Golden Hinde is an accurate reconstruction of Sir Francis Dake galleon which sailed around the world in 1577-80.
It was built in 1973 and has itself navigated around the world.
It has a living history program and museum.
You can also hire the boat as a venue.
Easily overlooked due to the concentration of ugly 1960s concrete structures housing such things as the Royal Festival Hall and the National Theatre, if it's a nice sunny day a walk along the South Bank can be very pleasant, and there's a lot to discover. One of the newest landmarks is the still-under-construction home of the new London Assembly, just down river from the reconstructed Globe Theatre, of Shakespeare fame (pictured).
This 11,500-ton battlecruiser was built in 1938; she played a leading role in the destruction of the German battle cruiser Scharnhorst during the Battle of North Cape, the Normandy invasion and supported UN forces in Koreas before being decommissioned in 1965. Since 1971, the cruiser has been used as a floating museum.
Displays on the cruiser recreate life aboard during the Second World War and examine the history of the Royal Navy. Kids of all ages love exploring the seven decks, boiler and engine rooms and massive gun turrets.
OPEN: 10:00-18:00 daily
ADMISSION: £6.00; under 16 free
In 2002 the new city hall of London was opened. The mayor and the London Assembly found a new home in a beautiful new building at the south bank of the Thames close to Tower Bridge.
Guess who designed the building? Yes, of course it was Foster and Partners, Britains leading architects.
There are quite a few nice restaurants in these old warehouses from the 1870s. I love warehouses everywhere I go and the street with the bridges (see picture) must be one of the nicest piece of warehouse architecture there is!
The Design museum is located here. Unfortunately I didn't have time to visit this time. Oh well, maybe next time!
During World War II, this was one of the most successful British battleships.
It was involved to the sinking of the German battle ship Scharnhorst in 1943 and played an important role during the landing of the allies in Normandy in 1944.
Since 1963 it is a museum ship.
This modern building is situated on the South bank of the Thames.
This glass building is the working place for the employees of the Greater London Authority.
On the top floor there are viewing platforms. On the ground floor there is a library, a cafe and a visitor centre.
Recently they have built a large shop, hall and restaurant with attractive courtyard, adding to the complex, with doors on which are engraved the names of all institutions and streets which surround the Cathedral.
Visit Southwark Cathedral. Shakespeare would have known this place, so walk where he walked!
The earliest parts date to the 12th Century. It has fine Gothic vaulting and has recently been cleaned. The tomb of the early English poet, John Gower, is here as is the brother of William Shakespeare, and there is the Harvard Chapel, dedicated to John Harvard who was born in the local Borough High Street.
The George is London's only surviving galleried coaching inn. It stands on the south side of the River Thames near London Bridge, for centuries this was the only bridge across the river.
The George was rebuilt in 1676, after a devastating fire swept Southwark.
It was one of many such inns in the area, perhaps the most famous being the Tabard, where Chaucer began his Canterbury Tales in 1388.
They shoot films around here because it's so atmospheric. (Tom Cruise has a pint here in Mission Impossible). A walk around the narrow streets gives you an idea of how things used to be at the Anchor.
It was from this pub that Samuel Pepys witnessed the awesome destruction of the Great Fire of London in 1666. The Anchor was rebuilt in 1676 after fire devastated the area. The old part of this pub is reserved for private parties. The barman was nice enough to let me see it.