On arriving at our hotel: The Tower Hotel, we got settled in an enjoyed the Olympic spirit starting to permeate London (we arrived a week and a half before the Olympics began). Outside our hotel window is an amazing view of the Tower Bridge, adorned with the Olympic rings in honor of the London Olympic games. I wanted to go on a boat tour down the river Thames, and so my first day to explore I went on a ride down the river with City Cruises. These cruises are not truly “tours” as the guide makes it clear that he is not a tour guide, but part of the ship’s crew. Nevertheless, it is a tour in that the guide will point out the sights as we past by them on the river, and I enjoyed seeing the London riverside.
I traveled down to Westminster Abbey to start my trip down the river. The complete trip I made was from the Westminster Pier to Greenwich. I got off and walked around Greenwich, then traveled back to Westminster to see the other side of the river for photographs, then I rode back to Tower Pier to my hotel again.
Bridges of London
There were many interesting sights to see from the river, I’ll highlight a few of them. Please enjoy all my photographs in the gallery at the end of the post.
After floating down the river, I stopped in the village of Greenwich. Unfortunately, the observatory and where the GMT line is was closed to visitors in preparation for the Olympics, so I couldn’t see it. I did go by the Old Royal Naval College and into the museum. It was free and had some interesting things in it. Then I went back to the boat again and started for my temporary home.
All the Photos