Exploring London’s Waterways offers some fascinating insights into the history and life of this vibrant city. And it is not just the River Thames – there are a host of smaller waterways that hold untold delights for visitors, staying in Aparthotels London. Even strolling down streets like Fleet Street involves watery links since this was the site of the legendary Fleet River and what was once a loathsome, smelly ditch!
The River Thames is the greatest artery passing through the breadth of the city. This is a tidal river, and can rise as much as 26 feet between tides. It is a very clean river even though back in the nineteenth century it smelt so bad that it was named as the cause of ‘the Great Stink’. Although you may see people on the waters edge at low tide, it is best not to join them as the tide can come in very, very quickly. Many of these people using the river edge are mudlarks, who know the vagaries of this river.
There are many boats taking tourists along the river which include guides identifying the different buildings that can be seen. You can also get cruises which include dancing, music and dining. Many of these start at Westminster Pier, close to the Houses of Parliament and a short stroll from many serviced apartments London. The River Bus service is popular with tourists and locals alike, providing access all the way from Putney to the Royal Woolwich Arsenal. Popular stops include Tower Millennium Pier for the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, London Eye Pier for Sea Life London Aquarium, the London Dungeon and the London Eye, and Greenwich Pier for Greenwich and the Royal Observatory where you can stand on time.
Stroll around Docklands – the area east of Tower Bridge – to discover the wharfs and docks that brought in ships from all over the world. These have now been turned into residential and office accommodation, but still offer brilliant views of the river as well as providing places to sit and relax such as St Katherine’s Dock or Canary Wharf.
Regent’s Canal is another popular waterway. Stretching from Limehouse in Docklands all the way to Paddington, this 9-mile canal includes the pretty area known as Little Venice. This is where many traditionally decorated barges and long canal boats (often known as narrowboats) can be seen. Try taking a narrowboat ride up to Camden Lock Market, and discover the history of the canals at the London Canal Museum. Enjoy a puppet show on the Puppet Barge, while cricket fans will be drawn by the attractions of the famous Lord’s Cricket Ground which is hardly 5 mins drive from Presidential Marylebone Mayfair and its museum.