25 Terrific Things To Do Along The Thames

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The Thames Path is a 180 mile stretch from Gloucestershire to East London but, since we’re all about London, we’ve cut the trek down to a *relatively* short journey from Richmond to Greenwich, crossing various bridges and stopping at some great spots along the way — including art galleries, touristy hangouts, bars, pubs, and garden oases. We are by no means suggesting that you tackle this all in one day… you couldn’t possibly squeeze it all in. But chop it up into parts, and you’ll have some jolly good days up your sleeve.

 

1. Kew Gardens

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2. Dine at Banyon on the Thames

Banyon on the Thames is a wonderful riverside restaurant with a fantastic choice of food. And if you book ahead with our friends at Fever, you can enjoy a 3-course meal for just £20.

3. Battersea Park and Peace Pagoda

4. Putt in the Park

While you’re in the park, why not try out your putting skills in a game of crazy golf. Grab a mate or a date and head on over to Fever to book 2 tickets for £17.

Cross over Chelsea Bridge

 

5. Glance over at Battersea Power Station

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Now tainted with cranes, Battersea Power Station is soon (well, in 2020) going to be home to Apple’s new offices.

6. Visit the Tate Britain

Ogle at some fine art in the Tate Britain, sister to the Tate Modern. And if you’re an art buff, there’s a David Hockney exhibition starting next month!

7. Wander through Victoria Tower Gardens

 

8. Explore Westminster

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Do the typical tourist thing and take some snaps with Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, etc.

Cross Westminster Bridge

 

9. Stroll along the Southbank

Past the London Eye, the aquarium, the London dungeons, etc.

Cross over at Golden Jubilee Bridge, and walk along Victoria Embankment.

 

10. Somerset House

Wonky

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Cross over Waterloo Bridge

 

11. Stroll along past the National Theatre and the OXO Tower

 

12. Stop for a cocktail at the Rumpus Room at The Mondrian

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13. Marvel at some modern art at the Tate Modern

(Find the best restaurants near Tate Modern.)

 

14. Immerse yourself in history at Shakespeare’s Globe

 

15. Scare yourself silly at the Clink Prison Museum

 

16. Scoff your face at Borough Market

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Cross over London Bridge

 

17. Make a slight detour to the Sky Garden and take in the magnificent views

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18. Explore the stunning St Dunstan’s in the East

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19. Walk along the river to the Tower of London…

 

20. …and take some classic snaps of Tower Bridge

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21. Take some time wandering around St Katharine Docks

Have a pint at The Dicken’s Inn or head to a Medieval Banquet (yes, you heard). Find out more and book your tickets here.

22. Grab (another) pint at The Prospect of Whitby in Wapping, one of the oldest pubs in London

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23. Get away from the buzz and bustle at Crossrail Place Roof Garden

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24. Take a ride on the Emirates Airline (because someone needs to).

Whatever happened to it getting an alcohol allowance?

25. Farmopolis

Why not try out some yoga on a floating garden oasis? The ultimate serenity!

Feature Image: Flickr/Chris Chabot

Georgie Hoole

Georgie Hoole

Georgie is Deputy Editor at Secret London. She loves a trendy café and is all too familiar with the extortionate price of a coffee in the capital. She enjoys the finer things in life (like red wine on a school night and eating Ben and Jerry's straight from the tub) and hasn't quite grasped the concept of adulthood yet.