The Jubilee Walkway - Walk 3
The Eastern Loop
Today was another walk on The Jubilee Walkway - this time the Eastern Loop, starting and finishing at Mansion House.
Heading down towards the Thames you pass the College of Arms on Queen Victoria Street, which is a self-funded part of the Royal Household and acts on behalf of the Queen in all matters of heraldry, granting new coats of arms, genealogical research and recording of pedigrees. They are also the official body responsible for matters relating to the flying of flags on land and maintains the official register of flags and other national symbols.
You cross the Thames via the Millennium Bridge which opened in 2000 but closed shortly after opening due to an unexpected swaying motion. It reopened in 2002 after modification but never really shook the nickname 'The Wobbly Bridge'.
On the south side of the river you pass the Tate Modern, based in the former Bankside Power Station, which is Britain's national gallery of international modern art and Shakespeare's Globe which is a reconstruction of the Globe Theatre, an Elizabethan playhouse.
Further east you pass by St Mary Overie's Dock where a replica of the Golden Hinde can be found. Next to this is Southwark Cathedral which is the oldest gothic building in London - it has been a place of worship for over 1,000 years starting as a covent before becoming a priory, a parish church and finally a cathedral in 1905.
On the Thames you will find HMS Belfast which served throughout WWII and was in service with the Royal Navy until 1965. It was saved for the nation in 1971 and is now a museum operated by the Imperial War Museum.
You cross back over the Thames using Tower Bridge and into St. Katherine Docks, a former commercial dock and now home to some rather fancy boats.
Next to the docks is the Tower of London which has been a fortress, royal palace, a prison and a zoo. It is now a top visitor attraction and houses the crown jewels.
Heading back to Mansion House you pass by The Monument which commemorates the 1666 Great Fire of London, the Bank of England and the Royal Exchange.
Distance: around 3.5 miles.