Public Transport

Today wasn’t a fantastic day weather wise it was cloudy all day with occasional bouts of drizzle. The temperature was quite good up around 18 degrees. It was time to try our hand at using public transport and go into London. The nearest station is around a 20 minute walk from the accommodation. The trains from here will take you to London Bridge Station. Traveling on public transport is quite easy as you can use any contactless credit or debit card to pay your fare. Just make sure you use a card in pounds as your bank may charge a foreign currency transfer fee. We have Qantas Money card and that works a treat every where we go. With your card you just tap on and off just like the local Oyster card. Train journeys are £2.80.

The train takes 15 minutes to get to the city from Forest Hill. We arrived just as a train pulled in so our timing was spot on. The journey home took a little longer at London Bridge as the platform information wasn’t available till 5 minutes before the train was due to leave.

London Bridge Station is in an old and new section of the South Bank. The dominate structure is the Shard the tallest building in London and the tallest building in Western Europe.

The Shard

From this point you can see Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and HMS Belfast.

Tower Bridge
Tower of London
HMS Belfast

After dinning in Hornimans Bar we boarded a Thames Clipper which is a ferry service up and down the Thames. This service took us up to Greenwich.
The Royal Observatory is where all time is measured from. This is also the site of the Old Royal Navy College. Here also rests the Cutty Sark

Lamp on the Royal Navy College
Gates from the Thames
Entrance to the Greenwich Foot Tunnel

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