Old Father Thames
Without the Thames, there would be no London. It was a major shipping artery from pre-Roman times until the 1960s. However, after the docks closed and industry declined, the river has become cleaner and so more of a leisure resource. Along its banks are galleries, a nature reserve, parks, restaurants and riverside pubs. A large proportion of the South Bank is taken up by paths that are open to cyclists and pedestrians, making an ideal car-free route: as it’s along the river there are no hills to climb either.