tonic travel / Sample London Itinerary
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If you prefer to skip the trip, keep strolling east alongside the river and you’ll pass gardens, the Royal National Theatre and several performance halls. We love this perspective of the city across the river. This area has come alive in recent years with both Gabriel’s Wharf (56 Upper Ground) and Oxo Tower Wharf (Bargehouse Street) now housing many interesting designers of clothing, artwork, home accessories, jewelry, pottery etc. We love the bright clothing of Henrietta Park (henriettapark.co.uk) in Gabriel’s Wharf as well as the quirky and innovative home and fashion designs at Fusion Design (studiofusion.co.uk) on the 2nd floor at Oxo Tower. The last time we were in we bought a few of the fun and practical magnetic tea towels. Be sure to stop in at another favourite in the Oxo Tower, Bodo Sperlein found on the 1st floor. Their contemporary bone china and home accessories are all handmade in the UK (bodosperlein.com).
This is certainly a great area for a leisurely stroll or you may want to grab a pint or a coffee from one of the many pubs and cafés that dot this walk. If you skipped lunch in Richmond and are now feeling a bit peckish we recommend the extensive menu, not to mention the many wines by the glass, at the new tamesa@oxo restaurant. It’s perfect for a casual bite to eat while you watch the boats float up and down the river. 2nd floor of the Oxo Tower, 020 7633 0088.
Further along the river promenade you’ll hit the Tate Modern, housed in a former power station. It is always worth a visit for its impressive permanent collection showcasing
art from the last century.
Don’t miss the Mark Rothko paintings, originally destined for
the Four Seasons restaurant in New York.
Admission is by donation, but please give
interested you can this exhibit is £10. architecture books
either book tickets ahead of time or buy them on site. The cost for The impressive gallery shop has an extensive selection of art and as you would expect, but it also has a quality children’s section for
unique gifts to take back home. Bankside, A brochure and floor plan are enclosed.
You’re also close to the reconstructed Globe Theatre where open-air performances of Shakespeare’s plays take place. This may be something to consider for another day and we’ve enclosed this season’s programme.
After your gallery visit, head directly out front for a stroll over the once wobbly Millennium Bridge. We never quite make it to the bridge without a soft ice cream from the ever- present truck en route. Once on the north side of the river walk up to the grand St. Paul’s Cathedral where Diana gave her first ‘Princess’ wave from the top of the steps. Depending on the hour, and your interest, you may wish to take a guided or audio tour to admire the work of Sir Christopher Wren. Or, if you’re up for a 250-stair climb, you will be rewarded with a magnificent view from the Whispering Gallery. stpauls.co.uk, open 8:30am-4pm, 020 7236 4128, £9 (+ £3 for a tour).
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