When I like something, I have the habit of going back for it many times it’s borderline ridiculous.
I have visited Copenhagen, London and Stockholm countless times, when I could have spent my money and time exploring new cities and countries. I always went for the same super spicy noodle at the same small Thai restaurant in Berkeley. I go for the same hoisin duck wrap every time I visit any Pret-A-Manger chain for lunch. I would have gone for the same chocolate chunk cookies too every time I’m there, but they always tend to run out of that particular flavour it breaks my heart.
And there is something else that I realised recently have made it to the list of things I will never get tired of doing: strolling along the River Thames at South Bank.
I have seriously lost count on how many times I have done the walk over the past few times I have been in London. It is very touristy, yes, but somehow the charm is never lost even when thousands of other people are flocking the place at the same time.
For those of you not in the know, South Bank is a riverside walkway that stretches along the south side of the River Thames. It is London’s biggest cultural hub where you can walk through it while getting a magnificent view of many of London’s world-famous landmarks, including the Houses of Parliament.
Previously, I have always visited the South Bank from Waterloo station, starting from the most touristy bit where the London Eye is and down towards Blackfriars Bridge. But due to London’s infamous tube suspension last Tuesday, I was forced to go to South Bank through a different route, starting from London Bridge and walking towards Waterloo Station. I have to clarify that I did not discover this route by myself, but I was lucky to be in the company of someone with a much better sense of direction than me.
I like the new route so much that I decided to retrace it last night. Also, because I was too stuffed from a Diwali dinner that I just had to take a post-dinner walk to prevent myself from exploding.
It was only when I started walking down the route that I realised how much detail I had missed because I was so absorbed in the conversation that I was having the first time I was there.
I vaguely remember this, but I did not realise it was so beautifully gothic.
But I completely did not realise that I walked past this LED tunnel.
Just around the corner from there, the magnificent river view started for about 2 miles.
When you go further down, you will walk past some of the most iconic landmarks here such as the Shakespeare’s Globe..
And the Tate Modern museum. It happened to be the first night of the Tate Late and I decided to go inside to find the most bizarre art display.
Even the walkway itself was beautiful.
And often times there will be buskers who add even more atmosphere to your walk.
I could go on for hours and show you every single thing that I saw throughout, but the point of South Bank is that you have to walk it. There is nothing quite like following the river and taking in all the views without the fear of getting lost.
So I’m going to leave you with these wise words by William Shakespeare that I thought perfectly sum up how I feel about the place.