Summer – the season full of sunshine and joy is undoubtedly the best part of the year. And what else is better than to enjoy some ice cream to cool you down in the hot weather? Especially during the summer months, London is the perfect address to get your hands on some free ice cream treats, just think about the Ben & Jerry’s annual tour where you can enjoy free scoops of their delicious ice cream.
I can enjoy mine best when I walk along the south bankside of London. The walk from the West part of the city (Westminster) to the East side (Tower Bridge) is very relaxing and has so much to offer. Start at The Houses of Parliament (Tube: Westminster), then cross Westminster Bridge, pass the London Dungeons and the Eye and continue the walk. At low tide, there's a little plaza and beach section just after the National Theatre. There will always be an artist there to craft something out of the sand. One artist formed a Homer Simpson into the sand. The plaza is a popular spot for the ice cream van so watch out for some free treats here. When you continue, you'll also pass the former Tudor red light district (around the crime museum), see a replica of Francis Drake's ship, feel the vibes around the Globe theatre and discover some wonderful restaurants.
After Southwark Cathedral and London Bridge, you can go shopping at Hay's Gallery, an open planned mall, discover the HMS Belfast or simply enjoy the view on Tower Bridge. I finish the walk crossing Tower Bridge and then take the tube at Tower Hill. London is a never resting place and there will always be a fantastic ice cream opportunity around. Last year, Ben & Jerry's stopped by for their free ice cream cone tour and I've got a plastic shovel spoon that will always remind me of that day. I know some having a walk along the Thames is very ordinary and a Londoner can have the experience every day. There is so much to see and to discover when you explore Central, so to me, walking along with some ice cream is connected to having a wonderful time and it creates a unique memory of every trip down to London.