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St Paul’s Cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral is a famous part of London’s Skyline. You can see the iconic dome from the Thames, and it offers a great view of London after you climb the 271 steps to the galleries. In the whisper gallery, a whisper on one side can be heard clearly 100 feet away.

Note, golden galleries closed for maintenance, 9 January – 2 April 2012

Near St Paul’s Station.
Tickets are £14.50 (£12.50 online)
Mon – Sat 08:30 ~ 16:00 (galleries from 09:30)

London Bridge (You mean Tower Bridge)

London Bridge is not what you think it is. Many people believe the beautiful blue-and-white bridge with the two towers is London bridge. It’s not. That is actually Tower Bridge.

Located next to the Tower of London, with two towers connected by walkways, Tower Bridge officially opened on 30 June 1894, and the lower road section can be raised to allow large ships through. The walkways were closed off to the public in 1910 and re-opened in 1982 as part of the Tower Bridge Exhibition, offering great views in London. The walkways are fully sealed, with a roof and windows so it is not open to the elements at all. In this case they should really open it later, it would be great to get some night shots over London City. Currently the walkways are under refurbishment, but you can still visit, use one of the walkways, and see the engine room that controls the bridge.

FYI, London Bridge is the next bridge West of Tower Bridge. While very plain in comparison, it does have an interesting history. Known previously as Rennie’s Bridge, in 1968 it was falling apart, and sold to Missourian entrepreneur Robert P. McCulloch for US$2,460,000. He denies he thought he was actually buying Tower Bridge, dismantled it, re-constructed it back in Arizona, and it became the area’s second biggest tourist attraction!

Tower Hill Tube Station is the closest or simply walk along the Thames River banks from other nearby sights and stations. You can walk across the road section of the bridge any time, but the upper walkways are only open during the day. Entry discounted to £6.00 while only one of the walkways is accessible.

Summer Opening Hours
April – September 10:00 ~ 18:30 (last admission 17:30)
Winter Opening Hours
October – March 09:30 ~ 18:00 (last admission 17:00)

The London Eye

The London Eye is, dare I say, a giant Ferris Wheel on London’s South Bank. It has become an iconic piece of London’s skyline, the centre point for London’s New Years Eve fireworks, and is very popular. It costs about £17 for a standard ticket, which is for a specific date and time, and it takes about 30min for a complete “ride”. If you do luck out and get good weather you will get a great view over london, but you could also go up Monument Tower or simply walk along and across the Thames to get good views of London. And if the weather is bad (it is London remember) you will be stuck inside a capsule watching the rain for 30min.

I have been on it once, and after 10min the rain started, and the view is only really good in the top 3rd of the circle, so I just got bored by the end of it. Personally I think they should have made it twice the speed and half the price. 15min at £8 is far more suitable.

Waterloo, Westminster and Embankment are the closest Tube Stations. It’s slightly cheaper if you buy online, and you will guarantee your spot. £17 standard ticket (specific time), £20 flexi ticket (one day, any time), and there are more expensive options including fast track and cruise combo.

Open Daily
Jan – March – 10:00am~8.30pm
April – June – 10:00am~9.00pm
July – Aug – 10:00am~9.30pm
Sep – Dec – 10:00am~8.30pm

Monument Tower

The Monument, or Monument Tower, “was built between 1671 and 1677 to commemorate the Great Fire of London and to celebrate the rebuilding of the City”. For £3.00 you can walk up 311 steps to the top of the tower and get a good view over Central London. You even get a little certificate when you come back down!

Next to Monument Station.

Daily 09:30~17.30