The River Trip
To cruise the Thames in SW London captures a different experience to what you would see on a boat trip in central London.
Each destination is vibrant with nature and architectural and historical interest, from the Tudors to Dunkirk to rock royalty.
Each riverside destination has a cosmopolitan mix of bars and restaurants, making for a relaxed day out.
What to see:
Leaving from Richmond
Richmond pier is next to a delightful old pub The White Cross and sits along a bustling riverside.
The start of the cruise passes through through the Grade 1 listed Richmond Bridge before cruising along the natural curve of the river as captured in the iconic Turner’s landscape painting.
Unfolding views along the towpath see a rural riverside landscape blend with pictoral views of Richmond Hill including the elegant Petersham Hotel and Star and Garter building – formerly a retirement home for the military.
Beautiful greenery sees this trip blessed with nature. It is not unusual to spot a mischievous seal pop his head out along this stretch!
Rock Royalty at Eel Pie Island
Soon, Eel Pie comes into view where rock royalty such as the Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart and Eric Clapton recorded and resided.
This is one of the quirkiest, artistic islands and our river cruise gives you a good glimpse of its unique homes, all different in design, from painted 1960’s hippy huts to contemporary glass shapes.
During 2019 the comedy Hold the Sunset was filmed all along the Richmond / Twickenham stretch of Thames – see if you can spot the garden on Eel Pie Island where John Cleese and Jason Watkins sat and chatted!
On to Teddington Lock
You are then cruising to Teddington Lock where the Dunkirk Memorial sits as this was the assembly point where 100’s of little ships set sail from, to help evacuate troops from Dunkirk. Each September there is a memorial day where the remaining little ships gather here.
Passing through the lock, the boats are fully stable, many passengers love this point of river tradition, kids in particular are fascinated.
On to Kingston
You are then on wider water as we head towards Kingston. Sailing boats, rowing boats, motor boats, all add to a natural riverside scene. The Thames pathway running alongside is home to many listed trees.
As we arrive towards Kingston, you have the pretty Canbury Gardens on one side and some stunning homes and gardens on the other.
Once at Kingston Riverside, you have an eclectic choice of riverside restaurants just a couple of minutes walk away.
Kingston to Hampton Court
There is always a holiday style buzz leaving Kingston with all the riverside restaurants and activity on the water with motor cruisers, sailing boats, kayaks, paddleboards.
As the stretch of river opens out towards Hampton Court Palace, passing by Ravens Ait, you will see so many beautiful riverside homes.
Gradually the historic magnificence of the gold plated gates and skyline of the Hampton Court Palace chimneys come into view.
As seen from the river – this the most stunning and all encompassing view of Hampton Court Palace you may see. The leisurely pace of our boat cruise gives plenty of opportunities for photographs.
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