It is now the home of 'The London Dungeon'
Behind the wall on the left is St Thomas' Hospital. This hospital was first established in Southwark 800 years ago but moved to this site in the 1860s
With a ship seemingly emerging from the door this could only be the home of the International Maritime Organisation. An agency of the United Nations whose members meet here to dicuss matters maritime.
This is part of the headquarters of the London Fire Brigade where training as well as the coordination of the service takes place.
Fire fighters would launch the boats to fight any fire on the Thames from here.
This next bridge is Vauxhall bridge
Each of the piers is decorated with a bronze female statue making eight statues in total. They each represent a different area such as engineering, the arts, science and so forth.
My first heron sighting of the day.
The detour also takes me around Battersea power station which ceased generating electricity in 1983. Since then it has been used as a backdrop for numerous films and record albums but has had no real function until now. Finally it has been bought by a Malaysian consortium and will be converted into apartments and leisure facilities. Good job there was a small gap in the huge fence so I could squeeze the camera through!
After passing the dog's home I turned right back towards the river.
As I reach Chelsea bridge it is time to make my way home. This time I need to get a bus to Sloane Square where I can pick up the underground which will take me to Charing Cross railway station and the train home. I have stopped so often on today's walk to look and photograph places of interest that it has been a long day. In reality I have not covered that many miles, it just feels like it.