This is a view of the River Thames from my hotel. I was really surprised by how tidal the river is. Here the tide is up. When the tide is down, this plank to the ferry descends at more than a 45 degree angle down.
This is a famous pub in London. You may have seen it recently on a commercial for the iPad. This area was famous for its whaling trade during the 18th century. Ships would return here from Greenland to process whale bone and blubber.