During the summer much activity happens along the shores of The Thames when the tide is low. You never know what you will come across while walking along the Southbank like the flamethrowers shown in the video. Other times you’ll see the creative sand sculptor working his magic on the south bank of the Thames.
Festivals take place all along the Southbank, a sand castle builder holds court near Butler’s Wharf and you might even find fire on the Thames. London is great at entertaining Londoners and visitors alike. “Street Entertainment” is part of the reason so many fall in love with the city during a visit.
Buskers play music, dancers do their dance, mimes delight the young ones and some entertainers seem to do the physically impossible. There is never a dull moment and there is always a feast for the eyes.
One of the best activities for anyone visiting London is to walk the Queen’s Walk, Southbank and Riverside from Westminster Bridge all the way to Tower Bridge. I’ve done this walk countless times in both directions and right back into Belgravia. The scenes are remarkable and quintessentially London. You’ll see almost every essential sight one is supposed to see when visiting London including: Big Ben, Palace of Westminster, the London Eye, Royal Festival Hall, the Royal National Theatre, Oxo Tower, the Savoy Hotel, St Paul’s Cathedral, the City of London, the Shard, Hays Galleria, London City Hall, HMS Belfast, a slight glance of the Monument to the Great Fire of London, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge.
If you have the time, cross each bridge to the north then cross back over to continue your walk. The bridges you’ll encounter include Westminster Bridge, Golden Jubilee Bridges, Waterloo Bridge, Blackfriars Bridge, London Bridge, the Millennium Bridge, and of course, Tower Bridge. Each of the bridges spanning the Thames River is unique and each offers a different view of London.
Always pack a camera, a cool drink and maybe some snacks. The walk is not a race but a leisurely stroll that will allow you to experience London in one of the best ways possible.