“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.”
Norman Foster's Millennium Bridge changed South Bank, linking its hedonistic pleasures with St. Paul's and the City. In the 12th century the Bishops of Winchester had their palace here at Southwark Cathedral, complete with private prison (the Clink) and outlying properties used as brothels. Since then, the Dickensian wharfs from the Millennium Pier to London Bridge have been bombed-out and re-imagined many times. Modern landmarks include Denys Lasdun's brutalist Southbank Centre and National Theatre, Oxo Tower Brasserie (featuring eighth-floor views over St. Paul's) and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Most famous of all is Herzog and de Meuron's transformation of a post-war power station into the Tate Modern museum. On Friday and Saturday, hop a river taxi at any of the piers and disembark at Bankside to browse Borough Market, London's legendary open-air shopping experience.