Welcome to The Tower of London and Tower Bridge
Tower Hill to London Bridge
Approximately 2.5 Miles / 4KM
Fast fitness walk around 45 minutes.
Filmed on a beautiful morning in January
Start: Tower Hill. District, Circle, DLR. (Green, Yellow, Turquoise - On the tube map) End: London Bridge. Jubilee & Northern Lines (Grey & Black)
Landmarks Include: London Wall, The Tower of London, St. Katharine Docks, Tower Bridge, Butler’s Wharf, City Hall, HMS Belfast, Hay’s Wharf & Galleria, The London Bridge Experience.
A: Tower Hill Tube Station
Exit the station, walk up the steps and you’re presented with an excellent view of the Tower of London. You are standing on one of the best-preserved sections of London’s Roman wall. It’s known as London Wall and it was built around 200 AD.
B: Tower Of London Ticket Office
The Tower of London is one of the capital’s top attractions. The Tower is one of the best-preserved medieval castles in the world and it’s a fantastic history experience! To avoid the crowds my two tips are: 1) try to book your tickets in advance, you can collect them quickly at the ticket office. 2) Go to the most popular attraction, The Crown Jewels, first, before the main tour parties start arrive at 10am. The Tower opens at 9.00am Tuesday to Saturday and 10am on Sunday and Monday.
I always enjoy The Wall Walk, The White Tower, and The Armoury. In good weather there are spectacular views of Tower Bridge as the sun is setting in the afternoon. www.hrp.org.uk/tower-of-london
Walk East under tower bridge and you will come to David Wynn's magnificent sculpture Girl with a Dolphin. David's work excels when he combines humans and animals. This sculpture is the fraternal twin to Boy With a Dolphin. (See 1 Minute Walks - Sloane Sq to South Kensington)
C: St Katherine Docks
This is a great place to wander around, relax, people watch, admire the luxury yachts and enjoy the cafes and restaurants. It’s fun at night as well.
D: Tower Bridge
This is London’s most famous and photographed bridge. I have a passion for engineering - the engines that raise the bridge are a wonderful sight. The glass walkway is also very popular.
Walk onto the south east path.
E: Butler’s Wharf
Don’t miss Shad Thames; this street was once teaming warehouses interconnected by bridges. Standing here I find it easy to imagine what life was like 120 years ago in the world’s busiest port. Today, Butler’s Wharf has been beautifully restored into very desirable cafes, shops and apartments.
Head back towards Tower Bridge
F: City Hall & HMS Belfast
City Hall is the workplace of Sadiq Khan, The Mayor of London. It was built in 2002.
Experience the life of a Royal Navy sailor from WWII to 1963. HMS Belfast is a must see for maritime and history enthusiasts. During WWII the ship protected merchant convoys from Nazi submarines and played a significant role in the D Day landings. The audio tour is recommended. Warning! The ship is a maze of steep ladders narrow corridors and stairs.
G: Hay’s Wharf & Galleria
This restored Wharf is definitely worth a visit for David Kemp’s magnificent sculpture alone. The 60’ (18m) structure is a kinetic and hypnotic collection of moving water jets and fountains. The traditional craft market is also very popular for its quality products.
Walk west and follow the signs.
H: The London Bridge Experience
Billed as “The UK’s Scariest Attraction”. The London Bridge Experience celebrates the gruesome side of London’s history. Not recommended for young children.
I: The London Bridge Tube Station
The end of the walk
The small red circle on the map contains: Southwark Cathedral, The Golden Hinde, Clink Prison and Borough Market. If you haven’t seen these attractions look at 1 Minute Walks - Waterloo To St. Paul’s for more information.
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