London, one of the most densely populated cities in Europe, has a history spanning back two millennia. Once home to Romans, Tudors and even Saxon invaders, the city has grown around its iconic river. The reason for this is its use as a trading route and paved path all the way to the North of the country. There are canal routes you can follow which take you from Camden to Birmingham! We don’t expect you to make such a long trip, especially away from the comfort of the Montcalm Hotel London City, but you can see the sites of the Thames in next to no time at all..
It’s not just the river which attracts tourists, it’s the sites which have been built up around it, making the views from Waterloo And Tower Bridge some of the most dazzling in the country. Below are some of our favourite sites to visit in and around the River Thames.
Located on the Thames bankside, the Tate Modern is one of the most popular art museums in the city. Whether you’re visiting to see some of the renowned contemporary art exhibitions or for a drink at their edgy terrace bar, the Tate Modern is well known for championing the best in international art, not only in its permanent exhibits, but in its retrospectives and international premieres as well. What’s more, the permanent exhibits are all free to visit!
Based on London’s South Bank, the London Eye is perfect for anyone visiting the city for the first time who want to orientate themselves on the sheer scale of London. The 32 ovoidal capsules can hold up to 25 people each and take half an hour to make one full revolution of the 135 metre wheel. During this time, you’ll be able to see stunning vistas across the city, and the full extent of the winding River Thames.
Thames boat tours
The adrenaline fuelled RIB motorboat tours of the River Thames are one of the most exciting ways to see the city. Taking you through the city centre, you’ll be able to see the city sites from a new and exciting angle whilst also getting that heart pumping. If you’re after something a little more relaxing, then take the clipper tours with a commentary by a professional tour guide.
The South Bank is one of the most popular bankside spots due to the wide range of venues and sites concentrated around there. If the London Eye doesn’t float your boat, and you’re looking for something a little more cultured, the National Theatre and the British Film Institute are right next to each other and show the best the country has in – you guessed it – film and theatre.
This incredible food market on the banks of London Bridge is one of the most historic markets in the city, and brings a range of independent and wholesale vendors to the streets of the city. You’d be mad to miss the selections of cheeses, street foods and organic produce cooking up a storm in Borough.