Tour London's landmarks beside the Thames

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21 October 2016 | Location

Over time, it's easy to start taking the beauty of the city for granted.

So why not take time out for a walk along the Thames this weekend and enjoy some of London's most famous sights.

Tower Bridge

One of London's most iconic landmarks, there's also plenty to do to while away an afternoon at Tower Bridge.

Take in the impressive views from 42 metres above the Thames from the bridge's new glass floor walkway - if you dare! 

You can also learn about the bridge's history during your visit.

Did you know? It takes 61 seconds to open Tower Bridge, and it opens about 1,000 times a year.

Tube: Tower Hill (Circle and District lines)

Shakespeare’s Globe

This year marks the 400 year anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, so celebrate the Bard's life at The Globe Theatre.

Tickets can now be booked for this year’s winter season, which includes productions of Othello, The White Devil and Comus.

But there’s more to The Globe than just plays - visitors can also enjoy exhibitions and fascinating tours.

Did you know? The Globe received special permission to build a thatched roof, as there has been a ban on thatched roofs in London since the Great Fire in 1666.

Tube: Blackfriars or Mansion House (both District and Circle lines), or London Bridge (Northern and Jubilee lines)

The London Eye

One of the most recognisable landmarks in London, The London Eye offers breathtaking views of up to 40km on a clear day.

Since the Eye first opened in 2000, more than 60,000,000 visitors have taken a ride on it, and on average the London Eye receives more visitors than the Taj Mahal and the Great Pyramids of Giza.

The first rotation begins at 10am and visitors are encouraged to book in advance to avoid long queues.  

Did you know? The 32 capsules on the London Eye represent the 32 London boroughs.

Tube: Waterloo (Jubilee/Northern/Bakerloo/Waterloo & City lines)

Houses of Parliament

You've probably passed by the home of the country's government numerous times - but did you know it's possible to arrange a tour?

Book a slot and an expert guide will spend 90 minutes showing you around the House of Lords and the House of Commons.

Special family guided tours will also take place throughout November.

Did you know? Constitutionally, no monarch is allowed to enter the House of Commons – instead they open Parliament in the House of Lords.

Tube: Westminster (Jubilee/Circle/District lines)

O2 Arena

Take a walk over the iconic dome of the former Millenium Dome with Up at the O2.

During the 90 minute walk, participants are guided over a fabric walkway which is suspended 2m above the surface of the roof.

When you reach the top you'll be able to take in the striking views from the observation platform. 

Did you know? The 23,000-seat arena is the largest fabric structure in the world.

Tube: North Greenwich (Jubilee line)

 

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