Cruising the Thames is the latest way to get to work in London
Few parts of the average London commuter’s daily life are more miserable or frustrating than standing (or sitting- if you’re lucky) on a crowded tube train, but many of us spend hours every week doing exactly that. The tube is cramped, dirty and often smelly- a breeding ground for all those nasty flu bugs that crop up relentlessly at this time of year. It’s come as a welcome relief then that London’s river transport service is expanding in 2017. 11 new piers are due to open along the Thames, bringing a welcome breath of fresh air to anyone who’s spent even one minute breathing in another passenger’s pong at close proximity. “Travelling by boat is one of the best ways to see London” says Westminster estate agent, Andrew Reeves, “and it makes going to and from work a pleasure rather than a dreaded chore.”
There are some major developments taking place along the Thames, and the new South Quay Plaza is just one of them. This exclusive development includes a spa, gym and swimming pool, and with flats starting at £742,000 it’s proving extremely popular with investors and commuters alike. People are flocking from all over the world to invest in one of the city’s exclusive riverside developments, and it’s not difficult to see why.
In the past year alone, Thames Clippers made over 4 million journeys and that’s expected to soar in 2017. Westminster Pier has been subject to a major regeneration, and those at the Embankment and Blackfriars have also seen major improvements. Several more will be popping up soon, including one next door to the O2 Arena. It may be a little draughty in the winter but if you wrap up you’ll be a lot more comfortable than you would be on the tube- not to mention being far less likely to catch a nasty bug. As LDG says, “It’s fast, too- the average journey to central London takes just thirty minutes and you can even buy a cup of coffee on board to add to the experience.”
But it’s probably during summer time that this new way of commuting is really going to take off. Imagine relaxing on deck on the way home from work with a glass of Pimm’s in hand and a view of the Thames, sparkling in the late afternoon sun. The Thames has already played host to countless tourists and corporate teams on days out for years, but these new improved transport links will change the way we think about getting to and from work for the better. London is not and never has been one of the most affordable places to live, but when you consider you could be doing your daily commute on a boat it’s another tick on the city’s list of good points.
“Lots of exciting things are happening to London at the moment- it’s becoming cleaner, more environmentally conscious and easier to get around. The option to get to work on a boat certainly beats sweating away with everyone else in the rat race” says Fulham estate agent, Lawsons & Daughters.