My friend D. Alves is full of bright ideas. Together, we have undertaken to explore London, even though he has lived here for most of his life, there’s still a lot even he hasn’t seen. He recently suggested that we take a Thames Clipper from South Bank to Greenwich. I’ve never taken a boat ride through London, so I was sold on the idea and, on a Thursday afternoon, we ventured out.
As we both live in West London, and we are both avid, amateur photographers, D and I hopped onto the 94 bus to the West End, our Canon cameras hanging from our necks. As is always the norm with us, we were side-tracked by several photography opportunities during our walk to South Bank, including window shopping at Osprey, and checking out the Household Cavalry. Anyway, despite unpredictable weather patterns, (sunny one moment, raining the next) and several detours, we were finally on the Thames Clipper.
Sitting outside at the back of the boat provides you with the most opportunistic shots. However, and this is just a warning, D and I were drenched by a massive wave that slammed onto the deck from behind us and ended up moving inside the boat. The interior actually reminds me of Hovercrafts that used to transport passengers between Dover and Dunkirk in the 80s, (oh, how old am I?!). The ride takes about 20 minutes and one way costs about £8. Word of warning to Oyster card users, please ensure that you have enough cash on your card as there is no way to top up at the boat sales office as I found out.
D and I did not take the boat back, but we spent an hour strolling through Greenwich University taking in the sights, before stopping for a slice of honeycomb cake and coffee at Costa. All in all, it was another great day exploring London.
Featured Image Photo Credit: www.visitlondon.com