Discover some of the riverside secrets

Date: February 25, 2016 By: Gemma Heath in River Thames News
Discover some of the riverside secrets

The Thames Path, which runs for 184 miles, is Europe’s longest riverside walkway. The section of it passing through the heart of London has some fascinating sights that you might never have noticed.

Next time you’re walking by the river or on board a Thames boat charter, spend some time looking for those landmarks that are less famous than the London Eye or the Houses of Parliament. You might be surprised at what you can see and they will make great conversation starters.

Queenhithe Dock

As you pass by this small inlet situated in the city, it doesn’t look like much and you could easily miss it. But it’s actually the only Saxon dock that has survived in the country and the last inlet left in the city. Classified as a Scheduled Ancient Monument, the Victorian warehouses that were once present have, unfortunately, long since been demolished.

Tower Lifeboat Station

Life on the river can be extremely pleasurable most of the time, but there are also risks involved. Large amounts of freight and consumer traffic, including London wedding boats, navigate the river every day. The RNLI lifeboat station at Victoria Embankment is the busiest in Britain but is still easy to pass without taking in the enormity of it.

Bomb damage to the embankment

If you look closely when passing sections of the embankment at Westminster, you can make out those that were bombed during the World War Two air raids. Repairs to the walls and the remains of the damage lying at the river’s edge may not be easy to spot. However, the fact that the defences held firm throughout the bombing saved the city from catastrophic floods.