Down the Thames to Greenwich - Graeme's Photos

Down the Thames to Greenwich

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We were visiting London in March 2014 to see our son and decided that, as it was lovely day, we would take a boat trip to Greenwich. We did not regret this - it was a great way to see well known and forgotten parts of London from an unusual angle. The extract from Google Earth shows our route and various places of interest.


Boat trip to Greenwich

Embankment Wharf, where we started, with Charing Cross Station behind.

Boat trip to Greenwich

Heading downstream in the spring sunshine.

Blackfriars Road Bridge with the rail bridge and its station behind. And, dominating all, the City behind. The "Cheesegrater" half hides "The Gherkin" and the "Walkie-Talkie" has its cranes on top.


Boat trip to Greenwich

St Paul's Cathedral. Until 1962, just over 50 years ago, it was the tallest building in London.

Boat trip to Greenwich

Currently the tallest building in London - and Europe - is "The Shard". The Millenium Bridge spans the river here.

Boat trip to Greenwich

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre - a reconstruction near the original site. The southern bank of the Thames was out-with the city of London and therefore was not subject to the rules concerning such disreputable activities as theatrical performances. 

Boat trip to Greenwich

The Tower of London. Note Traitors Gate on the right. The promenade with all the people is a recent addition. Previously boats could get into the tower at high tide.

Boat trip to Greenwich

Tower Bridge. High Victorian Engineering. The Gothic stonework conceals a steel framework. Magnificent!!

Boat trip to Greenwich

Tower Bridge and the Shard. We got off this boat here and waited for another to take us on to Greenwich.

Boat trip to Greenwich

The Church of St Mary the Virgin, Rotherhithe. This is where the captain of the Mayflower worshipped. It is unclear whether any of the Pilgrim Fathers worshipped here. They probably joined the ship at Southampton. I can't imagine that Puritans would be all that keen on "St Mary the Virgin"!

Boat trip to Greenwich

The Grapes pub, Limehouse. Part owned by Gandalph (Sir Ian McKellen). Note Anthony Gormley's naked man sculpture on the plinth on the left.

Boat trip to Greenwich

Canary Wharf. The eastern outpost / rival of the City of London. 

Boat trip to Greenwich

Approaching Greenwich. A modern block of flats indicates galloping gentrification of the area.

Greenwich Park and Museum

The Queen's House, the Royal Hospital and Canary Wharf. Royalty, Charity and Avarice. What more is needed in a photograph?

Greenwich Park and Museum

View of from whence we came - The Shard, St Paul's, The Walkie-Talkie, The Cheesegrater and the Gherkin.

Greenwich Park and Museum

The Greenwich Observatory

Greenwich Park and Museum

At the Queen's House

Greenwich Park and Museum

Canary Wharf glimpsed between the domes of the Royal Hospital

Greenwich Park and Museum

A ship in a bottle - just the thing for a Maritime Museum!

Greenwich Park and Museum
Greenwich Park and Museum

Some figureheads at the National Maritime Museum.

These are magnificent - I suspect that until the Renaissance most sculpture was painted and was therefore much improved.

Greenwich Park and Museum

The figureheads of HMS's Ajax and Bulldog. 

On their own these make a trip to Greenwich worthwhile!


After the Maritime Museum we headed for the Railway Station and caught the train to London Bridge. Faster than the boat but not as nice.