Back again on the DLR our train was headed for Bank but we wanted Tower Gateway so we had to change at Shadwell. This meant that we got off the train on to the platform to wait for a train to Tower Gateway which happened to be the next one along and we must have had to wait at least two minutes.  :grin: Tower Gateway was a very short ride being the next station.

Emerging from the station we didn't really need to orientate ourselves as the Tower of London was pretty obvious so we headed in that direction.

Just beyond the right-hand corner of the Tower you may notice a dome shaped modern building which is City Hall and close up it looks like a blancmange that's had a nasty accident.  We walked past the side of the Tower in the picture above until we reached the River Thames and this is the view looking east along the river.

It's Tower Bridge of course although a lot of overseas visitors mistakenly call it London Bridge which it isn't. London Bridge is the next bridge going westward. I was waiting for the right opportunity to photograph Tower Bridge when a young woman came up to me and asked me if I would photograph her and her friend with Tower Bridge in the background. I was quite happy to oblige and, in fact, I did the same for another two people later on the other side of the river. There were plenty of river cruise boats and water buses going up and down the river but they were all too small to make Tower Bridge open up – pity really. We walked along the river bank to Tower Bridge and crossed to the other side where we saw, in gory closeup, the aforementioned blancmange.

There was a good view of the Tower from over here but two of the towers which form part of the White Tower were covered in scaffolding and plastic sheet which rather spoiled a photographic opportunity. Ah well – next time.

Just before we turned to go back across the river we saw Shad Thames, that's the name of the street, with old warehouses converted into living accommodation, restaurants and shops. It looks rather interesting and we shall have to have a better look round another time.

We made our way back across Tower Bridge and turned into St. Catherine's Dock; another of London's old docks turned into a rather picturesque area. There were five old Thames barges moored here of which these are two.

Unlike Canary Wharf there are lots of boats moored here with access to the Thames. We wandered along the docksides crossing a footbridge before arriving at our farthest point looking across another footbidge to the Dickens Inn.

The Dickens Inn was an 18th century warehouse which has been converted to a pub and restaurant. It was originally marked for demolition until an interesting timber framed shell concealed inside the drab exterior skin of brick was discovered. It could not however stay on its original site because that had been earmarked for housing under the St Katharine's dockland development scheme so the 120 ton timber shell was moved some 70 yards and erected on its present site. The original timbers, tailboards and ironwork were used in the restoration of the building reconstructed in the style of a three storey balconied inn of the 18th century.

So it's not a genuine inn but a converted warehouse and doesn't really have any connection with Dickens but it looks nice.

We were now running out of time and so, after finding Tower Hill Station on the Circle Line, we made our way back to Liverpool Street Station to catch a train home. We'll be back!