River Thames

London’s greatest public space is a living artery which reveals the breath-taking panorama of London’s cityscape and skyline

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The Thames is where the history and dynamism of London’s architecture comes to life. From the ancient spires of Westminster to the futuristic nodules of the London Eye, the River Thames stiches the various strands of London history together to unfurl a mesmerising panorama of permanence and change. This panorama offers some of London’s most recognisable sights from Big Ben to St. Paul’s. But it also features lesser known buildings and structures that collectively make an enormous contribution to London’s cityscape and form. Amongst these is the striking set of bridges that span the river, each one conveying a vivid variety of engineering features and architectural styles. The Thames therefore provides one of the relatively few vantage points from which the city’s skyline and townscape can be assessed as a collective whole and an indelible image of the city’s overall appearance and character can be formed.

 

Highlights:

  • Victoria Embankment

  • Millennium Bridge

  • Somerset House

WALK START LOCATION:      Westminster tube station (Exit 1) / Map

WALK ENDS: Bankside

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ALL WALKS KEY:

STYLES / PERIODS Featured

GO   GOTHIC / PRE-

         MEDIEVAL

 CL    CLASSICAL

MO   MODERN /

        CONTEMPORARY

1   BIG BEN / PARLIAMENT

2   BRITISH MUSEUM

3   BUCKINGHAM PALACE

4   GHERKIN

5   LONDON EYE

6   OLYMPIC PARK

7   ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL

8   SHARD

9   TATE MODERN

10  TOWER OF LONDON /

      TOWER BRIDGE

11  TRAFALGAR SQUARE

12  WESTMINSTER ABBEY

LANDMARKS Featured