Francie Stoutamire Photography | London - Cruising the Thames River to Hampton Court Palace
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A four hour boat ride. Each bridge we went under was distinct and unique, as were the various homes and other buildings along the River. Hampton Court Palace was stunningly beautiful! We returned to our B&B in London by train and tube, which were great experiences also.

The London Eye, as seen from the dock where we boarded the boat for the ride on the Thames River to Hampton Court Palace.

The London Eye, as seen from the dock where we boarded the boat for the ride on the Thames River to Hampton Court Palace.

County Hall, which houses the London Sea Life Aquarium.

County Hall, which houses the London Sea Life Aquarium.

The Palace of Westminster, Big Ben, and the Westminster Bridge which opened in May 1862. It is painted predominately green for the Commons benches of the Houses of Parliament.

The Palace of Westminster, Big Ben, and the Westminster Bridge which opened in May 1862.  It is painted predominately green for the Commons benches of the Houses of Parliament.

Battersea Bridge, London. This one opened July 1890. Original bridge replaced a ferry service that had operated near the site since at least the middle of the 16th century.

Battersea Bridge, London.  This one opened July 1890.  Original bridge replaced a ferry service that had operated near the site since at least the middle of the 16th century.

Putney Bridge, London. Famous as the starting point of the annual Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race, this version was opened by the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1886.

Putney Bridge, London. Famous as the starting point of the annual Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race, this version was opened by the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1886.

Hammersmith Bridge, London. Opened in 1887, the wrought-iron framework on the towers and cross-beams was clad in ornamental cast-iron casings to give the appearance of arches.

Hammersmith Bridge, London. Opened in 1887, the wrought-iron framework on the towers and cross-beams was clad in ornamental cast-iron casings to give the appearance of arches.

Houses along the Thames, the chimneys are now just for looks. After smog killed over 4,000 people in 1953, pollution legislation was enacted.

Houses along the Thames, the chimneys are now just for looks. After smog killed over 4,000 people in 1953, pollution legislation was enacted.

Crew rowing on the Thames.

Crew rowing on the Thames.

Kew Railroad Bridge. Opened in 1869, many thought that it overwhelmed the hamlet of Strand on the Green. Today, the elegant lattice girder bridge is considered more attractive than modern structures.

Kew Railroad Bridge. Opened in 1869, many thought that it overwhelmed the hamlet of Strand on the Green.  Today, the elegant lattice girder bridge is considered more attractive than modern structures.

Kew Bridge. Constructed with concrete foundations & piers & granite from Aberdeen & Cornwall, it has three arches & is decorated with the coats of arms of the two counties. Opened in 1903.

Kew Bridge. Constructed with concrete foundations & piers & granite from Aberdeen & Cornwall, it has three arches & is decorated with the coats of arms of the two counties.  Opened in 1903.

Interesting structure at riverside along the Thames.

Interesting structure at riverside along the Thames.

Richmond Lock and pedestrian footbridge on the Thames River.

Richmond Lock and pedestrian footbridge on the Thames River.

Interesting floating house.

Interesting floating house.

One of the many interesting buildings along the Thames.

One of the many interesting buildings along the Thames.

Another unique structure.

Another unique structure.

Many different kinds of architecture along the Thames.

Many different kinds of architecture along the Thames.

Radnor House Independent School in Twickenham.

Radnor House Independent School in Twickenham.

Teddington Lock on the Thames.

Teddington Lock on the Thames.

Sailing class just upstream from Teddington Lock.

Sailing class just upstream from Teddington Lock.

Traditional style canal boat.

Traditional style canal boat.