“… London Bridge is falling down, My fair lady”. That song was the first thing that came to my mind when we stepped off the platform and took to the streets of London Bridge. For such a monumental structure, you can expect to see a lot of tourists from all over the world. We definitely felt like one walking up the stairs to have a closer look at the Twin Towers.
On arrival, we noticed quite a number of stores, pop-up carts, and souvenir shops, and for the experience to be complete, you have to indulge in one or all. I had a delicious hot dog and a Magnum Ice cream.
We visited the Hays Galleria which has been restored to its original glory, telling the tale of ships that came in through the Larder Wharf. Of all the ships that docked at the wharf, history has it that the tea clippers from India and China were the most beautiful. Walking into the Galleria, you are welcomed with the warm natural light, shining through the clear curved glass that serves as a roof for the Galleria. Right at the center is an immobile ship that was used centuries ago.
Coming out of the Galleria, you see the river Thames holding a number of docked ships. Walking a bit further, and heading towards St. Katherine’s Dock, you are greeted with more buildings, including a theatre. On the walkway beside the river, there’s an iron cast of the map of the whole area which you can use in identifying where you are or where you want to go. With lots of fast-food restaurants, you have a variety of places to replenish your energy while visiting London Bridge and its surrounding structures.
It was definitely a fun day for me and would recommend it as one of the places to visit when in London.
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