Riverboat Tour to Greenwich

Riverboat Tour to Greenwich

I've spent much of the semester telling you about all of the festivals that London has to offer.  But if you want to check out something a little different, give the riverboat tour to Greenwich a try.  Get on at Westminster Pier and spend an hour taking in panoramic views of all the different parts of the city that were only previously viewed as you visit each location.  You will have a wonderful experience on the Thames River and even get a slight history lesson along the way.  Here are a few of the places we saw.


Starting at Westminster Pier


Our tour begins at Westminster Pier, right across the bridge from Westminster Palace.  No matter how many times I have seen this place, I still can not shake the sight of this building.  It really is a beautiful sight.  Although tours are available often to the public, I'm one of few that had an opportunity to sit in a gallery in the House of the Lords.



Next stop, the London Eye.  I didn't have the chance to take a ride, but a few of my classmates took the opportunity when we first arrived.  You will get a wonderful view of the entire city from the top of the eye.  Have fun!



Like marine life? Don't forget to visit the London Aquarium.  I usually make every effort to visit aquariums in new places, but somehow time got away from me.  Besides, I have yet to visit one better than Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.  Maybe its this one...



Tower of London Castle and Tower Hill Bridge.  These sights are even more beautiful at night.  And if you catch the bridge when its open, be sure to snap a shot.  I did have this opportunity when I was wandering on a different bridge one night, but it may have been better if I was able to catch a pic from right under the bridge.



This was an interesting find.  The HMS Belfast is a museum ship operated by the Imperial War Museum.  Originally, it was a Royal Navy light cruiser.  It was the first Royal Navy ship to be named after the Irish capital and was officially launched on St. Patty's Day, 1938.  Another one of London's many, many, many, many museums.



Its the Gherkin... a.k.a. the Swiss Re building.  And this, ladies and gentlemen, represents the heart of the city - the City of London.  Probably the smallest of the 32 buroughs, but none the less the most significant.  The City of London is home to the first financial district known to the city.  Not the greatest view from the river, but it is definitely a must see.



Anyone want to guess what this place is named after?  It was from this area of the river where the Pilgrims set sail for America to flee religious persecution.  The original pub located on this site was called "The Shippe."  Then named "The Spread Eagle," then the "Crown."  In 1957, it was renamed to rightfully adopt its historic significance.  Just another great spot on the Thames.



This is the city's second financial district, which is the site of a huge development boom as we speak.  Canary Wharf!  As you can tell, it looks much more modernized than other parts of the city.  This is a part of that "new" that London is so proud to showcase.  Not too bad, eh?



FINAL STOP! University of Greenwich.  Looks like classes just let out for the day.  But the University sits in Greenwich Park where the Greenwich castle and observatory can also be found.  After we made it to Greenwich pier, we walked to the Greenwich market and bought a few cool trinkets.  My favorite find was a set of handmade marbelized coasters.  Greenwich is great for shopping and smaller indie-style events.  Not really sure about nightlife, but the few times I did go, were great days with lots of fun!

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