If you’re planning a visit to London, then the chances are quite high that it’ll at some point involve the river Thames.The famous river is a crucial part of the city – and without it, London as we know it today undoubtedly wouldn’t exist.Thames cruises offer visitors to the city a chance to see many of the sights it has to offer – and in comfort and style, too.If you’ve got nuptials on the horizon, then there are a number of locations along the river which would serve excellently as a London wedding reception venue.
Let’s take a look at some of the places along the river that’re sure to catch your attention.
Around this pier you’ll find the most historically significant parts of London.Naturally, the centrepiece of the area is the houses of parliament, complete with the legendary clock tower commonly referred to by the name of its largest bell, Big Ben.But there are other sites of interest in the area, including Whitehall and the Churchill war rooms, along with Westminster Abbey – where just about every state wedding and funeral for the past few decades has been held.It’s also the site of every coronation since the Normans invaded in 1066 – and thus it’s a place of huge significance for England and her history.
London Eye Pier
This pier, as you might expect, is dominated by the London Eye itself, which is an enormous Ferris wheel that provides spectacular views out over the capital.The eye itself takes a couple of hours to fully rotate, during which time you’ll be able to take in the rooftops from on high.Each carriage is a glass pod that provides unrestricted vision in all directions,and which can hold two-dozen people (provided that their combined weight doesn’t exceed ten tonnes).
As well as the London eye itself, the pier is lined with great places to grab a bite to eat and drink while enjoying the riverside.There’s the London Aquarium to consider, and the Houses of Parliament are just a short walk away.
The tower of London is among the most popular tourist destinations in the capital, attracting millions of visitors each year.This is a little bit troubling, given the tower’s especially gruesome history, but it’s also perhaps unsurprising given that so much of that history is drenched in scandal and intrigue, as well as blood.A short trip around the Tower of London’s museum will provide you with all you could ever wish to learn about how thoroughly dreadful the kings and queens of England were to anyone they didn’t like.
Also near tower pier you’ll find Tower Bridge, which is among the most famous and popular destinations in the capital.Built in the late 19th century, this spectacular piece of Victorian engineering is synonymous with all that’s great about London.It’s owned by the bridge house estates, a charity whose work is overseen by the City of London Corporation.
This area is famous for the creation of the world’s time zones, but it’s also heavily married to Britain’s maritime history in a number of other respects.Greenwich pier is home to the National Maritime Museum, making it an essential stop for anyone with the remotest interest in our nation’s seafaring history.If you’d like to learn about boats and boating, this is certainly the place to be!
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
This complex sits on the banks of the Thames, and houses a reconstruction of the famous Globe Theatre used during Shakespeare’s day to perform the vast majority of his plays.The recreation apes much of the design features of the original, including its donut-shape, thatched roof and wite exterior.
The original globe was destroyed by fire shortly after it was created towards the end of the Tudor period.The new one is based on research from the period – which is more difficult than one might suspect, given that there are no photographs available of the original globe.It’s thought that more than three-thousand spectators crammed in to see the works of the bard, but this isn’t possible in the modern era thanks to safety requirements.
If you haven’t the time to spend an evening watching a play, then the globe is still a worthwhile stopping-off point.You’ll find a museum exhibition dedicated to Shakespeare’s life and work, and guided tours of both the main globe and the smaller Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, named after the man largely responsible for the new globe’s construction.