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The Secrets Of The North Bank; London

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36 mins

1.2 km

By Brian Cookson

The North Bank of the Thames here used to be overlooked by imposing mansions belonging to great Lords and Bishops. All are long gone or radically changed. We will explore their history and discover surprising remains as well as dramatic views of later buildings. Highlights include Somerset House, an imposing building in the classical style, which houses one of London's finest art collections - the Courtauld gallery,and Waterloo Bridge. You will also pass the Savoy, one of London's most famous hotels, and see London's oldest monument, Cleopatra's Needle, before ending up at York Watergate where you discover how far the Thames stretched before the nineteenth century embankments were built.

8 stops

36 mins

1.2 km

London

Thames

  • 1
    Brunel statue
    Statue of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who built the first pedestrian bridge over the Thames.
  • 2
    Somerset House
    Somerset House
  • 3
    Michael Faraday Statue
    Statue of Michael Faraday, who would make the top five of British greatest scientists.
  • 4
    Savoy Chapel
    Late Gothic chapel. Henry VII had the palace rebuilt in 1505 as a hospital for the poor.
  • 5
    Arthur Sullivan Statue
    Memorial to the composer Sir Arthur Sullivan
  • 6
    Cleopatras Needle
    Cleopatra's Needle was a gift to Britain from the Turkish viceroy of Egypt, erected here in 1878.
  • 7
    York Watergate
    This stone construction used to be the Watergate of York House, stretching down to the Thames.
  • 8
    Golden Jubilee Bridge
    Golden Jubilee Bridge

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