My friend Cookie2697 challenged me recently to walk to the Southbank from Waterloo station to the Tower Bridge so other night I went out and did just that (taking pictures along the way of course!)
I got off the bus by Waterloo station and the stop is just down the road from the “Royal Festival Hall”.
From there I walked toward the river, and one of the first things I saw was the london eye, all lit up:
I walked along the river from there, taking my time and pausing to look at things of interest, and to take some video of the view from the river (since any attempts at pictures of this area failed miserably).
Sadly I can’t seem to be able to embed video clips, but I did take about 5 short clips of different sections of the Thames. If you’d like to see them, you can find them here:
The pedestrian section of the Hungerford Bridge (which is right by the London Eye):
Quite a bit further down the bank, I took this lovely picture of St Paul’s Cathederal in the distance (I’m zoomed in):
A side street off the water – all the shops were closed, but I’ll go back during the day sometime to check them out.
My FAVOURITE bit of the walk, just past the Tate Modern Museum, (which I went into on Sunday… and learned that I really, really don’t *get* modern art)… The GLOBE theatre! Of course it’s been rebuilt since Shakespeare’s time but still, this is a huge piece of history, right there:
They’re doing construction to several of the underground stations right now, and as a result there was a long diversion not far from the Globe that took me down and around some streets before eventually bringing me back the the water. When I got there, I was near the Tower of London…
From the bridge I found the bus stop and made my way home. I quite enjoyed the walk. In total I think it took me close to 2 hours, although I was stopping quite a bit to take pictures. Sadly, many of them didn’t turn out well because it was night. I’ve since been back to sections of it (mainly the Southwark area near the Globe) and I have a few daytime pictures but haven’t yet had a chance to upload them. As soon as I do, I’ll add them to the album and you’ll be able to see them.
In other news, I move into my new apartment on Wednesday August 11th. I can’t wait. I’ll be SO glad to not be living out of a suitcase any longer.
PS – I have to take my computer in for repairs tomorrow and will likely be without it for several days so if you don’t hear from me in that time, don’t panic, I’m here and I’m safe and I’ll post again as soon as I’m able.