Over the last 3 week’s I’ve been sharing my 2012 Olympic mascot trail pictures with you in the form of a suggested 4 day London itinerary for Day 1, 2 and 3. These pictures were taken on a pop up sculpture trail during the 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic games. Today’s post is the final day of my suggested London itinerary and covers the south bank of the River Thames near Tower Bridge to the Brick Lane area.
Grab a map book or check Google maps to work out this route. This route is about 4,3km. Please click on the links that I’ve provided on each attraction name for more information.
Exit London Bridge station onto Tooley Street and head towards More London Riverside which takes you to the south bank of the River Thames. As you walk along the narrow passageway between the buildings, you are greeted with the sight of my favourite fairy tale bridge Tower Bridge. Stop, turn around and admire the view of the Shard building behind you. Turn back and continue walking past the restaurants and office buildings until you reach City Hall.
This is also another interesting shaped building to be admired. Head for the walkway along the river and stop to admire the most beautiful bridge in London. Tower Bridge was built in 1886–1894 and has become an iconic symbol for London. You can also enjoy a tour of Tower Bridge and the tickets usually cost about £9 http://www.towerbridge.org.uk//plan/
Once you’ve finished visiting and admiring Tower Bridge, walk over the bridge to the Tower of London.
If you’re interested in visiting the Tower you can also book your tickets in advance here: http://www.hrp.org.uk/tower-of-london/visit-us/
From the Tower of London, we shall now head in the direction of Tower Gateway DLR station located on Minories Road. Continue straight on Minories Road until you reach Aldgate High Street. Turn right on to Aldgate High Street. Aldgate station will now be on your left. Walk for another 450m until you reach Osborn Street. Turn left into this street and Osborn Street will become Brick Lane.
Here you will find a large flea market, shops, galleries, bars, restaurants and street art. If these things are of interest to you then this is where you can spend the rest of the day.
If you’re interested in street art and are keen to check it out then read my post on London street art for more info.
We have now reached the end of this walk. If you love Indian food you will find many curry houses on this road to try. Check out Tripadvisor for reviews if you’re unsure which restaurant to try and are just overwhelmed by the vast choice: https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/RestaurantsNear-g186338-d187544-Brick_Lane-London_England.html
I hope you’ve enjoyed my suggested 4 day London itinerary series as well as the last of the Wenlock and Mandeville pictures that I took along this route.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments. Have you walked along this route? Please feel free to share your comments with me.