The Thames is one of the most instantly recognisable rivers in the world, partly because it appears in the opening sequence of Eastenders and partly because its banks are lined with some of London’s most famous landmarks.
Having once served as the city’s lifeblood, providing vital transport and trade links to the rest of the world, the river now marks out a fantastic route for tourists to follow when discovering the capital’s highlights.
And while many of the buildings and monuments that line the river are the stars of the show, the bridges that enable pedestrians to criss-cross the river are also major attractions in their own right.
Westminster Bridge, for example, runs from the doorstep of the Houses of Parliament on the northern shore of the Thames to the foot of the London Eye on the South Bank, and is a fantastic vantage point from which to appreciate Big Ben and other nearby sites.
Heading eastwards along the river, you’ll soon come to Waterloo Bridge, which connects the famous Southbank Centre – comprised of the Royal Albert Hall, the British Film Institute and more – to Aldwych, where you’ll find attractions like Somerset House. This bridge is generally considered to be one of the best spots from which to gaze across the Thames and appreciate all of central London’s major landmarks.
Continuing east, you’ll find the Millennium Bridge, which lines up perfectly with St Paul’s Cathedral, meaning pedestrians have an excellent view of this highly popular attraction as they cross the river. At the other end of the bridge is the Tate Modern, one of London’s top art galleries.
Further east still is London Bridge, which needs no introduction and is overlooked by the Shard, while the famous Borough Market can be found just a stone’s throw away.
Finally, Tower Bridge is the jewel in the Thames’s crown, and is certainly not to be missed when you’re next in the capital.