Along the River Thames

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We always seemed to end up by the River Thames in London, since a lot of attractions are located on the banks: the London Eye, the Tower of London, the Tate Modern, St Paul’s Cathedral… While I certainly wouldn’t swim in it (I don’t think you can anyway) it has its charm.

The many bridges crossing the River Thames are all different. The Millennium Bridge is a modern footbridge steel suspension bridge leading to the Tate Modern, while the Tower Bridge, with its two massive towers, leads to the Tower of London. The architecture of the London Bridge is more straightforward but it is interesting to watch all the throng of office workers making their way from The City to London Bridge Station at the end of the day.

The River Thames is navigable to large ocean-going ships as far upstream as the Pool of London and London Bridge, where the HMS Belfast is moored. I was impressed by the number of boats on the river at times, it almost matched road rush-hour traffic!

You can follow our trip to the U.K here on Flickr: United Kingdom.

Kids Playing at the Fountain

Detail of a Lamp Post

The Queen's Walk (by the Tower Bridge)

The Tower Bridge

By the London Eye

Her Majesty's Battleship

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

A Crown on a Lamp Post

The Thames

The Millennium Bridge and St Paul's Cathedral


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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.


  1. I still think Paris has got the most charming riverbank scenes! Even though I haven’t been there before. I’m biased, cos I’ve nvr liked London (or England in that matter), but I certainly wouldn’t mind an all-expense-paid trip! 😛

  2. Beautiful architecture design for different bridges! I would spend a long time just by watching the details. What’s the temperature there? Saw the kids playing at the fountain there..

  3. Right next to Tower Bridge, there’s an picturesque wharf called St Katharine Docks.
    There’s a century old pub, The Dickens Inn there. Apparently, Charles Dickens enjoyed a few pints there too.

  4. I kind of feel like an idiot for repeating myself all the time, but it’s always true. I love looking at your pictures! They capture the place and mood so well.

  5. @kyh – Paris has really nice skyline views from the Seine but I like London’s bridges better.

    @micki – It was very hot in London. Not as hot as in France and a bit cooler at night, but still well above 25C.

    @London Caller – Really? I love London’s pubs, they all seem to have some kind of history… and stories!

    @khengsiong – It’s pretty hot in Europe right now. It cooled down a bit the last couple of days but early July was like a heat wave.

    @Soleil – Nah, I can always take more praise 🙂

    @Linguist-in-Waiting – Isn’t it! I just wish these rivers were a bit cleaner…

  6. Je viens de lire tous tes posts antĂ©rieurs. Quelle chance d’ĂȘtre Ă  Londres pour le Canada Day. Moi, je n’ai jamais mangĂ© de poutine – c’est bon? Mais les crĂšpes, cela j’aime ça, et quand je vais en France ma cousine m’en fait Ă  chaque fois. Ce qui me manques aussi ce sont tous les fromages, ceux qui ne sont pas exportĂ©s, et aussi le bon cidre. La vue du London Eye doit ĂȘtre “imprenable” Quand je suis allĂ©e Ă  Londres la derniĂšre fois c’était en DĂ©cembre et il y avait trop de brouillard. Tu sais je suis allĂ©e Ă  l’école en Angleterre et je suis une vraie Anglophone. J’aime beaucoup le tube, je devais le prendre pour mes cours d’anglais specialisĂ©s pour passer l’examen de Cambridge, et c’était loin, mais j’aimais regarder tous les gens. De regarder tes posts cela me rend vraiment nostalgique pour Londres. Quand j’allais en France voir ma mĂšre je prenais souvent un avion d’Atlanta qui s’arrĂȘtait Ă  Londres, et j’y restais 2 ou 3 jours. Merci pour toutes ces belles photos.

  7. Great photographs. The river looks very very busy with boats and such. Lots of stuff to see. One of your photographs has a modern building that looks like a pineapple. That’s intriguing.

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