South Bank Walk, London, England
HMS Belfast, another thing to do on the South Bank.
HMS Belfast is a World War II warship (Cruiser Class) that saw action protecting Arctic convoys, was part of the attack on the German battleship Tirpitz in 1944 and supported the D-Day landing in 1945. Her last action was seen during the Korean War in 1952.
Pay to enter. Tours are free for children under 15.
Opening hours: 10am-6pm in summer, 10am-5pm in winter.
Official website: HMS Belfast
A circular Thames River walk
The North Bank of the Thames runs beside the river but also alongside busy traffic for much of the way so that’s not a pleasant option for tourists who are looking for a round-trip hike down the South Bank and up the North, or vice versa.
However, one option after walking down the south side and crossing Tower Bridge is to head past/around the Tower of London and walk a block or two away from the Thames through the City of London. There are some worthwhile sights which will eventually lead you back to Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square etc. See our City of London pictures of the area.
There is a professionally designed route (with markers) called the Jubilee Walkway that goes along the South Bank and back along the north side but we found the website over-complex and confusing.
South Bank walk, getting there or back
Upstream – tube/underground at Westminster or boat at Westminster Pier (both are beside Westminster Bridge); or from Waterloo tube and main rail line.
Downstream – tube and main line at London Bridge station, on the way; for a tube at the end you have to cross Tower Bridge onto the North Bank and head straight up to Tower Hill (or Tower Gateway for the limited destinations of the DLR light rail service).