I was milling around during lunch when I decided to explore a bit further than my usual route around Tower of London. Boy, was I glad.
It didn't come as a surprise that most tourists (in fact most Londoners as well) who came to visit the Tower of London and Tower Bridge stopped short of going beyond the underside of the bridge. Unknown to many, less than a hundred metres away lies St. Katharine's Dock, which is a haven for those who wish to avoid the tourist crowds.
St. Katherine's Dock function as a dock for the yachts of London's wealthy. A stone throw away from the Square Mile, it allows them to hop over for a short cruise out in the Thames. For the rest of us, there are pubs, boutique shops and Starbucks (why am I not surprised?).
The next time you're in the area, instead of following the crowd, which is likely to head towards the Tower, take the opposite direction instead. You'll be thrilled by how calming the Dock can be. Well, It worked for me, especially after a tired day in the office.
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