A stroll through London: Many of the fascinating London landmarks are within walking distance of one another. If the weather is nice it is definitely recommended to explore the city on foot.
Our stroll through London started at the tube Station Bank and firstly lead us through the financial district.
Impressive high risers were built here over the last few years and construction work is still ongoing.
We stumbled on a little passage in the middle of it all by accident. Wonderfully old and traditional right next to new and modern. What a contrast.
Our way led us past The Monument to the Great Fire of London, or just The Monument for short, which commemorates the Great Fire of London in 1666. It is a 61 metres high doric column with a viewing platform.
The thought of getting to the top of the column with an elevator and the fact that admission is free with the London Pass lured us in. But unfortunately, there is no elevator!
What there is instead are 311 steps up a narrow winding staircase. Not very roomy, especially when people are coming from the other direction. But it is certainly worth the effort. The view is perfect and once back down you are even handed a certificate that you made it all the way up.
We crossed over the London Bridge and followed the Thames to the Millennium Bridge. Directly next to the bridge at the embankment of the Thames is the Tate Museum. Before we crossed the river again we had a look inside this huge factory building. Just a short look, we came back another day to see the pictures inside. Admission is free. Visits to the special exhibitions in an area of the museum that is particularly reserved and closed off for them need to be paid for.
Now it was time to cross the Thames again using the famous Millennium Bridge. A remarkable construction that bridge is. The Millennium Bridge is fully pedestrianised.
The view of both sides of the Thames is great from the middle of the bridge. Our next aim on the other side was the St. Paul’s Cathedral. St. Paul’s Cathedral is one of London’s biggest cathedrals and together with Westminster Abbey certainly one of the most well-known ones. We did not visit the interior of the church but we heard that it is worthwhile.