Attractions Near North Bank, London

Attractions Near North Bank, London
The North Bank of London refers to the northern shore of the Thames River, which flows through the middle of England's capital. When the city was settled in the 1300s, its inhabitants built the beginnings of the city on the north shore of the Thames.
The river splits the city, creating a natural boundary for tourists planning a sightseeing trip.

The Monument to the Great Fire of London

The Monument to the Great Fire of London was built in 1677, 11 years after the fire burned the city. The 202-foot memorial is the tallest stone column in the world. It has 311 steps inside, taking guests to the tower's observation deck and offering breathtaking views of the city.

The Monument to the Great Fire of London
Monument Street
London, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 207 626 2717
http://www.themonument.info/

London Bridge

The original London Bridge is gone. Completed in 1209, the wear of time and environmental damage has forced its replacement every 100 to 150 years. The current incarnation opened in 1973. A charitable trust has worked since 2000 to raise money for a museum, with a planned opening to coincide with the 2012 Olympic Games.

London Bridge
King William Street at Upper Thames Street
London, United Kingdom
http://www.oldlondonbridge.com

Tower of London

One of London's historical palaces, the Tower of London was the original fortress tower built to protect the city. William the Conqueror began construction of the tower in the late 11th century. Today, the tower is a tourist attraction that lends its name to a nearby bridge. Tours of the tower are self-guided, but docents are on hand to answer questions.

The Tower of London
Tower Bridge Road at St. Katharine's Way
London EC3N 4AB
United Kingdom 
Tel: +44 (0)20 3166 6000 (International)

Tower Bridge

The Tower Bridge is one of the nation's engineering marvels. It was built in the late 1800s as the second Thames River crossing, serving residents of the city's East End. Its most unusual feature is a hydraulic-powered lift that raises and lowers the crossing on a set schedule.

Tower Bridge Exhibition
Tower Bridge Road
London SE1 2UP
United Kingdom
Tel: Phone: +44 (0) 20 7403 3761
http://www.towerbridge.org.uk

Article Written By Jared Paventi

Jared Paventi is the communications director for a disease-related nonprofit in the Northeast. He holds a master's degree from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication and a bachelor's degree from St. Bonaventure University. He also writes a food appreciation blog: Al Dente.

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