Many people take the Eurostar from Paris to London or vice-versa and don’t seem too concerned that the prices can get quite high. Unless of course you book up to 6 months in advance, which can be difficult to arrange.
So the Ferries 2 France team recently got one over on the Eurostar, taking a cheap train from the French capital up to Calais. From there we caught a cheap, quick ferry to the South coast of England from which we were able to get to London.
Our journey began in the inner-city district south of the river that is Battersea. The day started with some lovely warm weather, surprising for October, and this was one of the most peaceful parts of our journey before we would head to the jam-packed centre of the city.
Battersea has a well-known Park, Power Station and is a very nice area, not far from Chelsea Football Club.
Perhaps it was because we arrived early in the morning at the park that it was relatively peaceful and quiet, giving us the opportunity to sit down and relax for a short while whilst the sun touched our skin.
Battersea Park is very clean, has a little zoo, and plenty of areas to sit down and take in both the natural beauty and sun rays.
From here you’re also adjacent to the Thames, from which there were several boats sailing even in the morning.
Exiting the park, we crossed the Vauxhall Bridge nearby and headed towards Westminster. Upon arrival we immediately knew it was going to be crowded by tourists like ourselves stopping to take in and take photos of all the historic landmarks in this area.
Included in our snaps were Westminster Abbey, Big Ben:
and the London Eye on London’s Southbank.
The photos above do justice to how crowded this part of London is. Regardless, we were in awe of what London had to offer – such amazing architecture and famous landmarks right in front of us!
Crossing Westminster Bridge got us up close to the London Eye, not before passing the London Aquarium and Dungeons.
As we continued walking alongside the Thames, ducking and diving between fellow tourists, we passed other noticeable attractions such as the Southbank Centre, Embankment and a number of popular fast food vendors.
There was so much to see and do here, it was little surprise that this is one of the most popular attractions for tourists, and that London itself is one of the most popular cities in the world, if not top of that list.
We continued our journey by heading past Blackfriars Bridge and Bankside Gallery before coming to the Millennium Bridge. Crossing this took us up close to St Paul’s Cathedral, immediately on the other side.
Heading back on ourselves allowed us to see Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, the OXO Tower, London Bridge, the Shard, City Hall and other attractions on what appeared to be the much busier side of the Thames.
To replicate this tour, all you need is a comfortable pair of shoes. A tube ticket may be purchased to save additional time and walking, but otherwise there are no costs to view each of these points. However, to get on board the likes of the HMS Belfast, or go inside St Paul’s Cathedral etc., there is a price.
We certainly recommend to London tourists that they give this self-made tour along the Thames a go, on a nice sunny day. It’s a fabulous trek across the capital with numerous landmarks along the way.
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