Britain 09 - Day 38
Greenwich and the Thames Barrier was the objective for this day. I had been to Greenwich before, but not to the Barrier, so I knew that the ferry trip down the Thames was a good was to see a lot of the city. Therer was some confusion around which ferry boats went where and when but we purchased return tickets and were shepherded onto a boat. It did take us to Greenwich but without the usual commentary. We grabbed a coffee at Greenwich (actually the only good one we had in London) and then boarded the next ferry (the one we should have been on) to take us to the Barrier. Then it was back to Greenwich to walk up to the Old Observatory and see Harrison's Clocks, and to watch the timeball drop at 1300. It was not until we had returned to the hotel that we realised that sitting on the ferry for the afternoon had given us a problem - we were sunburnt!! Yes, sunburnt in London in late October must be evidence of global warming.....
Westminster to the Thames Barrier
We boarded the Thames ferry at Westminster Pier and headed downstream past the tall buildings of central London, the banking sector at canary Wharf and then all the fashionalbe apartments. From Greenwich we rounded the bend past the Millenium Dome, (now the O2 Arena) and eventually reached the Thames Flood Barrier.
Greenwich and the Royal Observatory
At Greenwich we walked through the large park and up to the Royal Observatory on the top of the hill. We timed our arrival, nicely, getting there a few minutes before the timeball made its climb up the pole ready to drop at exactly 1300. After that momentous event, overlooked by most of the people present, we walked through the museum of Time, finishing with Harrison's clocks - three extraordinary objects that still fascinate me. Then it was back down to the ferry wharf and the trip back up the Thames.
A look at the Tower
We travelled back up the Thames and alighted at Tower Wharf to look over Tower Bridge and the outside of The Tower. Coffee and cake was provided by Paul (of course), watched by the very clever starlings who extracted food from even the most callous souls. The ferry took us back to Westminster so we could walk back to the Strand Palace. That night we walked up Bow Street past the theatres and pubs and dined at Pasta Brown - one of the better meals we had in London.
Last updated: 16/06/2017