Offering some of the greatest views of the city, Waterloo Bridge crosses the River Thames from Southbank to Embankment, set in an excellent position for exploring the heart of central London.
In 1967 Ray Davies wrote ‘Waterloo Sunset’ about two lovers passing on Waterloo Bridge. Since then the bridge has been immortalised as one of London’s most beautiful locations. For a concrete box-girder bridge that might seem like an overstatement, but cross Waterloo Bridge at sunset and the whole River Thames is lit up with light, making it seem as if the water has been turned to gold.
Cross Waterloo Bridge to the south and you’ll find yourself right opposite the Southbank Centre, one of London’s main cultural centres boasting a wide range of theatre, live music and visual art in venues ranging from The Hayward Gallery to the Royal Festival Hall. Amble beside the River Thames to the west and you’ll find the London Eye or head to the east and you’ll be at the Tate Modern in no time at all. After gorging on all that art, head to one of the many nearby restaurants to treat your tastebuds.
Head to the north side of the River Thames and you’ll hit The Strand, leading from Aldwych to Trafalgar Square. Cross over and you’ll soon be in Covent Garden, one of London’s most popular destinations for tourists. Whether you’re looking to stroll around the market stalls, lounge with a glass of white wine on the terrace or watch some live street performance, there’re plenty of shops, bars, restaurants and cafés to keep you busy in the area.
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