London River Taxis: Exploring London by Boat

 
 

London skyline on the River Thames © Duncan/Flickr Staying at The Rubens at the Palace but want to see the city from a different perspective? Then look no further than London’s super speedy river taxi service. With the hotel within easy reach of Westminster’s piers and London river taxis, it’s a base from

 

19th May 2014

The Rubens at the Palace

London skyline on the River Thames © Duncan/Flickr

Staying at The Rubens at the Palace but want to see the city from a different perspective? Then look no further than London’s super speedy river taxi service. With the hotel within easy reach of Westminster’s piers and London river taxis, it’s a base from which to explore on of the capital’s most captivating attractions: the river Thames.

London Eye and County Hall from the river © Thinkstock

These days river travel couldn’t be easier and has fast become a popular mode of transport for Londoners and tourists alike. The service offers plenty of advantages and remains one of the most economical, convenient and environmentally friendly options, not to mention far more picturesque than being stuck on a dark and dingy London Underground tube.

Using London river taxis also means you’ll be guaranteed a seat, and most fleets come equipped with top facilities including on-board toilettes and cafes. With plenty of flexible travel options available, you can also hire one to take you on a small trip across the waters or make numerous stop offs at your leisure on one of the regular Transport for London routes. So why not book a water taxi and hit some of London’s biggest attractions along the river?

Westminster © Songquan Deng/iStock/Thinkstock

If you plan on checking out some of the plush areas around the capital, head west along the river. There are plenty of routes that cater to London’s swankiest neighbourhoods, and with piers dotted along the river from Westminster towards Chelsea, visitors won’t have any problem finding luxurious stop offs. The Chelsea Harbour is your gateway to a cosmopolitan marina, where visitors can get creative inspiration from the Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, visit the stunning Royal Albert Hall, or simply hit the shops on nearby Kings Road.

If staying in and around central London is more what you’re after, there are a number of conveniently placed piers that are within easy reach of the biggest and best landmarks and attractions, making it easier than ever to hop on and off for a fun day of sightseeing. By Embankment pier you can access the Southbank Centre, which houses the Royal Festival Hall as well as numerous eateries and cafes to stop for a bite to eat. From the northern side of the riverbank, access to London’s Trafalgar Square couldn’t be closer, and art fans should definitely make a beeline for the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery.

The Thames Clippers offer a handy Tate to Tate route, between St George’s Wharf in Vauxhall and Bankside, perfect for culture vultures looking to explore some of the world’s top museums and the latest exhibitions to hit the capital.  The handy family travel ticket options will also make it a fuss free day out.

Southwark landmarks along the river © pcruciatti/iStock/Thinkstock

Head eastbound and take a trip to London Bridge. Whilst in the area, take in the expansive views offered by The Shard, pick up some lunch at nearby Borough Market, or take a stroll along Riverside Walkway to the mighty OXO Tower. By the Tower Millennium Pier visitors can explore the iconic Tower Bridge and Tower of London where London’s rich history is on full display.

Stunning nighttime view on the River Thames © Oxo Tower Wharf

In East London the numerous stop offs towards Greenwich are ideal for visiting the Cutty Sark, home of the capital’s fascinating maritime history. And of course the day wouldn’t be complete without seeing the 02, one of the world’s best music venues. Make it even more memorable by taking the brave expedition across its famous roof at Up at the 02.

The O2 © Mike Boyland/istock/Thinkstock

Come nighttime, there is simply nothing better than taking a ride along the river at dusk to watch the sunset and the vibrant city transform in the twilight.

 

 

 

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