Cruising the Thames
On our recent trip to London, we spent one glorious day enjoying a "hop on - hop off" cruise on the Thames. The cruise was one of the attractions included with our London Pass as well as a "hop on - hop off" bus tour. (The bus tour was interesting, but for most of the trip we were inching along in traffic, waiting to see something. The cruise was much more relaxing.) Above you see the Tower Clock, lovingly known as "Big Ben" at the Westminster Pier where we began our journey. The City Cruise boats departed about every thirty minutes from each of the four stops on the cruise.
Our first stop was the London Eye Pier across the river on the south bank. We were quite happy to view the great cantilevered 443 foot observation wheel from our boat. Not wishing to endure a panic attack at the top, we wisely chose to cruise on down the river.
The Tower Pier was our hop off destination for the day to explore the Tower of London. We tramped about the grounds, attended quite a fascinating talk by one of the Yeoman Warders outside the White Tower, visited the armory and had a delightful lunch and later, tea in the New Armouries Restaurant. But I'll share more about the Tower in another blog. It was well worth the visit.
Our last stop was the Greenwich Pier before our return trip to the Westminster Pier. We'll have to save the Cutty Sark sailing ship, National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory (home of Greenwich Mean Time) for the next trip, because alas, our day was coming to an end. These attractions could fill an entire day in themselves.
What a wonderful day!