South and east
Look at a map of London. You
will soon discover that the river Thames is dividing the whole city center and
all its famous attractions from the south and east bank of the river. The famous
attractions, the famous parks and exclusive shopping and residential areas are
all situated on the north and west side of Thames. So is there anything to see
on the south? We took a London bus and the districts a few blocks from the river
didn't look too exciting, but on the immediate vicinity to the southbank of
the river, there are nowadays attractions like the world's tallest ferris wheel
London Eye, sculptures of Dalí, the London Dungeon and County Hall, plus
new modern buildings like City Hall that have been built the latest years. The
southbank also has its own highrise skyline and London's tallest proposed building,
the London Bridge Tower, is planned to be built on the southbank. Southwark, Lambeth and Vauxhall are some of the districts just south of Thames.
Greenwich, the beautiful district with the 0 degree meridian and the giant Millennium
Dome, is also situated on the south of Thames, but it has its own section.
The Eye, Shell Centre
and County Hall oppsite from the Houses of Parliament. At 135m The Eye is currently
the world's most visited tourist attraction and the tallest ferris wheel in
County Hall. Transformed
from the home of London's government to a leisure center, the County
Hall was designed by Ralph Knott in 1911, but could not be completed until
1958 because of the 2 world wars. There is a Salvador Dalí musuem (Dali
Universe), London Aquarium with an underwater restaurant, Saatchi Gallery, a
computer games arena, a ticket/information center, a Marriott Hotel and another
hotel, clubs, a letting company and a Manga Café inside.
Outside County Hall and The Eye are these famous sculptures by Dalí,
like the elephant and the melting clock.
Shell Centre, or Upstream Building, from 1961 is one of the tallest buildings
on the south bank. 107m, 26 floors. The photos is taken from The Eye, that is
actually 28m taller than the skyscraper! The huge station in the background
is London Bridge Station.
Kings Reach Tower, now 111m, will have a new design for its facaded and have
4 floors added.
London Eye and Big Ben from a bridge above Thames where we are going from the
south side to the north.
A modern office building with "hanging gardens" near one of the southern
end of one of the bridges at Thames.
The new 10-story City Hall by Norman Foster is situated on the south bank of
Thames, situated opposite The Tower. It was completed as late as in 2002.
The new City Hall with the huge robot sculpture "Weeman" made of trash
and Guys Hospital to the left.
Guy´s Hospital (center) is the tallest hospital in the world (143m, 34
floors) since 1974, mainly because hospitals aren't usually built tall. To the
left is Southwark Towers, the future site for London Bridge Tower that will
be UK:s tallest building. In the background is the skyline of Docklands.
Skyline of the south bank with City Hall.
A brandnew apartment complex with green windows, part of the Vauxhall
district. Behind it is Canary Wharf's skyline.
Battersea Power Station, the famous marble factory from 1955 that was the front
cover of Pink Floyd's 1977 album Animals and a nice brandnew apartment complex
that reminded me a bit of Dubai with its courtyard pounds. The intersting thing
is that I was thinking that the power station reminded me of the cover of this
album, but I didn't know it actually was.