My post on Tuesday of my daughter's and my wander along the River Thames in London was getting rather lengthy, so here is the final chapter.
Having viewed London from the top of Tower Bridge, we came down the stairs and passed one of the interestingly-shaped windows through which, you could see the traffic crossing the bridge way down below us.
Once out into the open again, we walked along to the other tower and this time, went down (instead of up) to visit the engine rooms. The machinery gleamed and looked very impressive. The steam engines are no longer used to raise and lower the bridge to allow tall ships through the bridge. I believe the last time was in the 1970s.
The staircase in itself was interesting as it spiralled away from us.
One of the boilers
Which is big enough to consume one small human being in the shape of my daughter (sorry SPD but this picture is included for reasons of comparison for size).
And one of the wheels
We walked a little further east coming across this rather strange sculpture
and an area that once was a wharf to serve the shipping of the Thames - much more attractive to me.
Now retracing our steps towards our final destination and seeing Tower Bridge from the east
This cobbled street fascinated us with it's walkways stretched between and linking the two buildings. Butlers Wharf, now residential buildings, sports potted palms along it's joining walkways.
Having walked along the cobbled street we came out into the Piazza with
a rather unusual centre piece fountain!
and more glass and buildings reflected
This was the larger of two ball sculptures - and it did move very slightly when pushed - so we stopped pushing as soon as we discovered this!!
Hayes Galleria which is a shopping centre is quite an experience to enjoy in terms of its architecture.
And the centre piece is this "Heath Robinson" type sculpture of a ship with moving parts.
and back where we started - outside the Tate Modern
and finally a backward glance to the east as we neared Waterloo train station.
Having reached the station and as a wait for our train was necessary, we indulged in hot chocolate (with cream!) before heading off home.
A great day out in excellent company; thanks SPD :D
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