Playing Tourist

Mike’s mom is visiting London for the first time in over 30 years, so we took the opportunity to play tourist a little bit. I bought hop on hop off tickets for the Thames Clipper riverboat.

This is primarily a commuter service, but the hop on hop off boat hits many attractions along the bank and is a great way to see the city. You can get off at as little or as many stops as you would like and boats depart from each pier every 20 minutes.

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We started at the London Eye Pier where you can of course see the London Eye as well as the London Aquarium.

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Once on the boat we made our way west towards Embankment Pier. We caught a good glimpse of Big Ben and the House of Parliament.

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This stop is convenient to see Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery and Covent Garden. We stayed on the boat and chose to get off at the next pier, Bankside. We walked along the Southbank taking in Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Then we stopped at Borough Market and picked up some treats for lunch. We kept walking along the riverbank to the next pier, London Bridge. We got back on the boat and as it took off we got some great views of the Shard, the Gherkin, London Bridge, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.

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We passed Canary Wharf and ended up at Greenwich where we got off. Greenwich was very quiet and tranquil. We walked along the well-manicured lawns and took in the gorgeous buildings.

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One of them was a music conservatory, so we could hear people practicing various musical instruments inside.

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We took in the Cutty Sark, which is a nineteenth century sailing ship that was the fastest and greatest of her time. We also saw the National Maritime Museum and Old Royal Naval College.

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We did not make it to the Royal Observatory, which is the home of Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian. I would like to go back to Greenwich again to explore further and visit the Royal Observatory. We then hopped back on the boat and made our way back to where we started.

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By then, we had built up our appetite for some delicious fish and chips!

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