Whether it's the view of Tower Bridge from the South Bank or the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben from Westminster Bridge, the backdrops along the River Thames are some of the most instantly recognisable in the world. The Thames was the obvious focal point for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations and a look back through history shows that it has played an essential role in London life for many centuries. As a regular visitor to London I thought I'd share a few of my photos taken along, above and even under the Thames. Many will be instantly familiar, others (such as this first photo) may be unknown even to a few Londoners.
This post is written by Andy Jarosz who owns the 501 Places travel blog. All images are copyright of Andy Jarosz and may not be reproduced with his permission.