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Tour the Thames River, London England

Updated on June 18, 2012

There are many unique ways to see many parts of the world. One way that I have discovered that is not as well known about in London England is a boat ride up the Thames. During the early 1960s the thymes river was very active commercially for London. Most of the vessels stayed to the north of the Tower Bridge. The Thames is no small river though stretching as far back as the Cotswold’s and ending in the open sea Essex. The themes remained many cities along the way life blood for trade and goods for many centuries. History of the river goes back to roman times as they built there first major settlement on the edge of the Thames in 35 AD. Then as the century’s progress and more cities and attractions were added the Thames is alive with activity.

Taking a boat trip up the Thames is a unique way to see London. There are many companies that operate tours up and down the river. Some run for as little as 30 min and continue through several hours. Altogether they cover about 30 miles of River and many historical places that are a must see in London. From Hampton court west of the t Thames River to the barrier in the east. The most popular boat tour runs from the west minister all the way to the tower bridge. As you travel along this historic river you will begin to see how strategically it really is.

London Bridge
London Bridge
Thames River
Thames River

. At the begging and end point of your tour and along the route you will see the house of parliament and the William the Conquers tower of London. The high price of water front property has been a continued choice of royalty and those rich enough to afford it. There is also the London cathedral along with the Lambeth of Winchester which unfortunately has been reduced to mere ruins. You will also experience first had the Somerset house along with homes of the duke of Somerset, Elizabeth the first and many other historic locations along the Thames.

Additional highlights you don’t want to miss are the views of Christopher Wren's St Paul's, Giles Gilbert Scott's Bank side Tate and Norman Foster's Swiss Re building, as well as his City Hall and reconstructed Shakespeare's Globe. Of course you will not miss the wonderful architectural feats of London’s bridges. If you have additional time then go on further to Greenwich and admire the historic Victorian houses where the nerve center of Britain’s mighty trading empire once blossomed. This is a chance to see London different then how most people see it which will lead you to welcome the beauty and history of this great city.


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