The lock keeper was ready at 7.30 as arranged and the gates were open ready for us to go into the lock taking us out on the Thames.
The river was calm, the sky was blue and not much breeze today. Perfect for a trip on the tideway. I took loads of photos, so again enjoy the trip with us.
Not sure what this building is. There was another on the south bank too. Could be something to do with Rotherhithe Tunnel? I'm sure someone will know.
Wharf development, with foreshore even at high tide.
Too early for the trip boats they were all moored up. You can see how still the water is.
Police boats at the Met pier.
Nice to see some old buildings amongst the new. Mostly pubs.
Getting closer to those well known sights. Tower Bridge is dwarved by the Shard.
Tower Bridge, not opening for us today.
Old and New Towers
Entrance to St. Katherines Dock, the first to be rejuvenated in the 1970's.
Tower Bridge again!
City Hall, home of the London Assembly and Mayor of London.
Tower of London
The Shard again!
Elegance of Hay's Galleria. Once Hay's Wharf known as the Larder of London beacuse of the amount of food stuffs brought in through their dock.
Sir Christopher Wren's Momument to the Great Fire of London in 1666
The Golden Hinde is a full-sized reconstruction of the Tudor warship in which Sir Francis Drake circumnavigated the globe in 1577 – 1580.
Shakespeare's Globe is a reconstruction of the Globe Theatre
Busy people crossing the Millennium Footbridge.St Paul's Cathedral squeezed in between modern buildings. Wonder what Wren would have thought.
Tate Modern Gallery
Charing Cross Station
Coming up to the Houses of Parliament
London EyeCounty Hall, once home to the GLC, where Ian started work, a looong time ago.
Clock Tower of Palace of Westminster, home of Big Ben.
Millbank Tower, home of the Labour Party
Tate Gallery, home of the National Art Collection.
MI6 building, home of the SIS.
Battersea Power Station is for sale, could be your home!
Waterside homes in Chiswick
Harrods Depository was built in 1894 as a storage centre for the larger items that could not be taken into Knightsbridge to the world famous department store.Opposite Kew Gardens is where the River Brent joins the Thames (Brentford) and takes us back on to the Grand Union Canal.
Well done if you lasted the journey, an epic post today, I took 140 photos in all, you have been spared.
This wasn't the end of the day for us though. We got through to Brentford at about 10.30 and have been up to Bull's Bridge and back too. Save that story for another day.