Thames Journey (1)

Posted: November 18, 2014 in London, UK
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The posts over the coming week are the result of a journey along the River Thames from the city to Greenwich that Sue and I took a couple of weeks ago. We started from London Bridge. This one which replaced the old Bridge in 1973 but is still referred to by many as the new bridge. The bridge it replaced (built 1824-5) was sold and now resides in Arizona USA where I understand it spans a canal.

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The modern London Bridge

London Bridge, Lake Havasu City
The 19th century London bridge in Lake Havasu, Arizona
Phot by cobalt123 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/cobalt/)

One of the more notable buildings at London Bridge is the Shard, opened 2 years ago. It is possible to travel to almost the top and get fantastic views of London from an observation deck.

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The Shard

Shard Selfie
photo by Nate Edwards (https://www.flickr.com/photos/nate2009/)
The viewing gallery

Hays wharf which stands on southern the river side is a reminder that this part of the river was once a thriving port. It specialised in provisions and tea and earned the nickname ‘London’s larder’. With the movement of the shipping trade to ports on the estuary and coast, this area was redeveloped in 1980s to include shops, restaurants and flats.

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One of the lovely things about walking in London is you never really know what you are going to find. This unique set of benches on the north bank by London bridge was designed as part of a competition and carved by apprentice stonemasons.

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Comments
  1. sed30 says:

    Reblogged this on sed30's Blog and commented:
    Think we got the rough end of the stick with London Bridge but London is full of beautiful buildings

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