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4 Nights By the Thames in London

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A June 2012 trip to London by Joy S

Park Plaza County Hall Photo, London, England More Photos
Quote: We stayed on the Southbank of the Thames, just a couple of minutes walk from the London Eye - there are so many interesting sights if you stroll along the Southbank. This journal covers some of those.

Park Plaza County Hall

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Hotel | "Park Plaza County Hall Hotel"

Park Plaza County Hall Photo, London, England
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We found this hotel on the internet several months ago, when looking for somewhere conveniently located for our trip to London. It is on the south side of the River Thames, we were absolutely thrilled when we got there and saw just how conveniently located it really was. It was just steps away from the London Eye, less than 5 minutes walk from the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben and just about 5 minutes walk to Waterloo Station. So, you could walk to a lot of places, but it was not far from the underground if you wanted to venture further afield. We also walked back to the hotel one evening after a night at the theatre in the West End. It took us about 20 minutes, but it was a delightful walk, c...Read More

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Park Plaza County Hall
1 Addington Street
Lambeth, London
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A Walk Along the Southbank - Part 1

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Palace of Westminster Photo, London, England
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As we were staying so close to the Thames on the Southbank, we decided we had to have a walk along this wonderful river. We had watched the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the river the weekend prior to our trip to London, so this inspired us even further to try and explore the banks of the Thames and the wonderful sights there are to see.The River Thames has always been important to London and has affected the growth and character of this great city all through the ages. London actually began as a small Roman settlement built next to the Thames and the first London Bridge. Now, 2,000 years later, the river is still important to this massive city. There are a lot more bridges but the river ...Read More

A Walk Along the Southbank - Part 2

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Southbank graffitti Photo, London, England
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There are a lot of cultural buildings and things to see on the Southbank - the Southbank Centre is here, which houses a series of art galleries and theatres.The Hayward Gallery is the first of these you come to. It is a art gallery focussed on modern artworks, but most interesting for children, is that it also has a neon tower that changes colour in the wind - look out for this. It has a nice big, bright foyer where they have lots of touch screens, which you can use to look at videos of the artists.The Royal Festival Hall is also part of this complex. It was built for the 1951 Festival of Britain and is the only building that remains from this. It has a very modernist style...Read More

A Walk Along the Southbank - Part 3

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St Pauls Cathedral from the Southbank Photo, London, England
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As you walk further along the Southbank, the sights and things to see get no less interesting. Quite the opposite - there is literally some iconic thing to see absolutely every step of the way.The Tate Modern is very impressive. It was originally built to be a power station and is made entirely of bricks - 4 million of them in total. It has a huge chimney that goes up 100 metres into the sky. It was converted to a modern art gallery in the late 1990's - there is a model of the inside of the human body and all its organs by the entrance, which is a little unusual.Right beside the Tate Modern is the Millennium Bridge. It features on a lot of television programmes in the UK a...Read More

Shakespeare's Globe

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Attraction | "Shakespeare's Globe Theatre"

Shakespeare's Globe Photo, London, England
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The theatre is easy to find on the Southbank of the Thames, not far from the Millennium Bridge and the Tate Modern. It is good for adults and children alike to get a glimpse of Elizabethan London. The theatre was recently reconstructed and built with materials and techniques from that time.It is open every day between 10am and 5pm. In winter, guided tours are offered every day. From May to September, which is their theatre season, tours are only available in the mornings. The entrance, which includes the tour costs £13.50 for adults and £8.00 for children. It is not really suitable for very young children - at 8, I think our son was as young as I would go for this.The t...Read More

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Shakespeare's Globe
21 New Globe Walk, Bankside
London, England SE1 9DT
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