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Walking Tower Bridge to Tate Modern

Tower Bridge walkway Photo, London, England

There is a lot to look at on a walk from the Tower of London, across the Thames River then to Tate Modern museum.

From the Tower, we walked across Tower Bridge and along the walk which borders the south bank of the Thames River. From there, you get fantastic views of the Tower from across the river. Right near the end of the Tower Bridge is the new City Council Chambers, a very modern building designed by Sir Norman Foster. It has some funny nicknames comparing it to an egg, onion and testicle.

We walked through the area of the old London gaol and Vinopolis, a wine shop and restaurant where we ate when we visited in 2002. We continued along the walkway along the south bank of the Thames to the New Globe Theatre shop to see if they had the t-shirts we saw a few years ago that listed all of Shakespeare’s plays – they didn’t. You can take a tour of the Globe, but we done that before.

Instead, we went practically next door into Tate Modern. Much of the museum was closed for the installation of a new exhibit, but we were able to visit the Rothko room, which is one of my favourites. The Rothko room is a permanent exhibit of American abstract artist Mark Rothko. We also looked at the new installation in Turbine Hall, the huge open area on the main floor. It was Doris Salcedo’s Shibboleth, which consisted of a large crack in the concrete floor.

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