'A General View of the City of London, next the River Thames' by Thomas Bowles, 1751. Bird’s-eye view taken from a point which today would be somewhere above Tower Bridge. Looking westward, to the right are the Tower, the Monument, city churches (including St. Paul’s), and in the far distance Westminster Abbey. London Bridge is shown before the removal of the houses - later views by this artist show the same view, but with the buildings removed. Click through for mega-close-up.