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Voyage Up The Thames – Westminster to Hampton Court

Need a day out of the city? The most relaxing, entertaining way to get from central London to Hampton Court Palace is on a Thames Riverboat from Westminster Pier. Catch the tube to Westminster Station, walk towards the river and look to the left, you’ll see the ticket booths and the pier there.

Check online for sailing times by clicking here. As the River Thames is tidal, the boat only goes all the way up to Hampton Court if the tide is high enough up river.

The trip takes about 3 hours and you will be entertained the whole way with the commentary from a local Londoner who points out all the places of interest, as well as telling stories about all the things you see along the way. There is a fully licensed bar on board – sipping on a G&T watching the world go by has got to be one of the pleasures of life!

When the boat sets off there is so much to see, I found myself in a bit of a spin taking photos on both sides of the river, and listening to the commentary. It all starts off with safety briefing, (even that was entertaining!), as the boat goes under Westminster Bridge, then make sure you have your camera ready as the sites come thick and fast. It all calms down the further out of the city you go.

The Palace of Westminster, or Houses of Parliament, on the north side of the Thames and over on the south side is St Thomas’s Hospital. Then after passing under Lambeth Bridge Tamesis Dock was sitting high and dry waiting for the tide to come in. Tamesis Dock is a pub on a converted 1930s Dutch Barge moored on the Thames River.

Before you get the Chelsea Bridge, you pass under the Grosvenor Bridge, also known as the Victoria Railway Bridge, the River Guide was quite excited about the long train that was crossing it at the time.




The Peace Pagoda sits on the edge of the river at Battersea Park, a gift from, Guruji, the founder of the Japanese Buddhist movement in 1984. He stated that ‘Civilisation is not to kill human beings, not to destroy things, nor make war; civilisation is to hold mutual affection and to respect one another’. Following the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, he pledged to build pagodas worldwide as shrines to peace. The Battersea pagoda was constructed by nuns, monks and other followers of the sect and was completed in 1985 just weeks after Guruji died at the grand old age of 100.

The next Bridge to come into view is the Albert Suspension Bridge, originally built in 1873, but was found to be structurally unsound, so this was corrected the following decade. Then 100 years later it was painted a lighter colour to make it more conspicuous in poor visibility, and avoid being damaged by various vessels on the river.

Just before Battersea Bridge is Crosby Moran Hall. The Great Hall was built in 1466 and was moved here from the original site in Bishopsgate in 1910, now a private residence. This is the only example of a medieval city merchant house surviving in London.

After passing all the house boats that surround the northern end of Battersea Bridge, you start heading into ugly, modern, super expensive residential territory. Even London Heliport is here on the south side of the river. The apartments here are prohibitively expensive, they would need some good double glazing to keep out the noise of helicopters landing and taking off.

After Putney Bridge, the almost country side scenery starts to develop. Before going under Hammersmith Bridge, the old Harrod’s Furniture Depository building is on the left, once considered to be so far out of the city it was a good place for a warehouse, now I believe, converted to luxury apartments.

Eventually, after winding our way further up river, past Kew Gardens, we had to go into Richmond Lock, so we could be raised up to the higher river level for the last part of our voyage.

We slowly enter the lock under Richmond Footbridge, the gates close behind us, then the water starts flooding in from the other end to raise out boat up, now this is a mechanical process with the flicking of a few switches, but once all done by hand. They must have been very strong men to fight with the weight of the water.

Then we pass by beautiful Richmond-on-Thames, past lovely riverside homes, under Kingston Bridge and into Teddington Lock, where we do it all again to get us up to the right river level to make the final bend on our trip!

Finally Hampton Court Palace comes into view…….

After visiting the Palace you can then return to London on the River Boat, or catch the train back to Waterloo from Hampton Court Station, just across the river on Hampton Court Bridge.

While in London you might like to visit the beautiful Kew Gardens, or be part of London’s amazing history at the Tower of London.

Walking along the old tow path beside Regent’s Canal from Camden Town to Little Venice near Paddington is a lovely way to see the quiet side of London. Or take a longer walk through history ending up in a 800 year old pub.

At the right time of year, usually in May, the Chelsea Flower Show is a must see, even for a non-gardener like me!

Have a read of some of the shorter “PostCards” I have written while in London for more stories and pictures of this incredible city.

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Itinerary for my Trip Over to London

Flew from Sydney to London Heathrow via Singapore, with Qantas on QF1, then QF2 to come home.

Stayed at the Royal Overseas League in St James’s.

Picked up at Heathrow by Naz from Black Lane Limos.

Travelled around London using a Visitor Oyster Card.

Continuing my walk, around the corner from London Museum on London Wall (that's the name of the street) they have uncovered a section of the original Roman Wall and this adornment from when it was called Londinium. See the map of my walk and read the story by clicking the link in the bio. . . #londonwall #romanlondon #romanlondinium #londontravel #londontrip #londonhistory #londonwalks #londoncalling #londonisalwaysagoodidea #londonstreets #london #oldlondon #whereitallbegan #seekandyoushallfind #seetheworldthroughmyeyes #historygeek #solotravelinlondon #solotravel #neverstopexploring
This what you do with your reinforced concrete columns left from your building site, plant a climbing plant in them and put them in the building foyer. . . #concretedesign #concretedecor #concretepots #climbingplant #darlingparksydney #darlingpark #interestingdecor #sydneycbd #sydneylife #sydneyaustralia #lunchtimewalks #explorethecityyoulivein #myhometown #seetheworldthroughmylens
Walking around the north side of Sydney Harbour - no storms today!! Yet....... All blue sky and sunshine 🌞 🌞🌞🌞🌞 . . . #sydneyharbour #sydneyharbourbridge #sydneyharbourwalks #rockpools #sydneyinsummertime #myhometown #outinthesunshine #blueskyandsubshine #sydneywalks #seetheworldthroughmyeyes #seeeverythingdoeverything #travellerau #seekandyoushallfind
David Jones Elizabeth Street Store, Sydney Spring Flower Show always attracts attention. . . . #davidjonesflowershow #davidjones #elizabethstreet #orchids #roses #pinkflowers #yellowflowers #purpleflowers #whiteflowers #sydneycbd #sydneylife #sydneyshopping #sydney #sydneyaustralia #sydneylocal #sydneyinspring #neverstopexploring #seekandyoushallfind #seetheworldthroughmyeyes
Looking down Barrack St, peeking between the Burberry Building and the old Sydney GPO, now the Fullerton Hotel, at Martin Place getting set up for the Christmas markets. . . . #christmastree #christmasmarket #martinplace #barrackstreet #martinplacechristmastree #starontop #sydneycbd #sydneychristmas #sydneylife #sydneyshopping #sydney #sydneyaustralia #sydneylocal #sydneyhistoricalbuildings #seetheworldthroughmylens #australianflag #explorethecityyoulivein
The Martin Place Christmas tree is set up, but I am so over seeing it every year with the red and green beach ball look, surely we can have something different occasionally. Looks great for visitors, but if you live here........same old, same old...... . . . #martinplace #martinplacechristmastree #sydneycbd #sydneylife #sydney #sydneyhistoricalbuildings #sydneylocal #christmasinsydney #christmasiscoming #sydneylunchtime #fullertonhotelsydney #seetheworldthroughmylens
St Bartholomew the Great church founded in 1123, London's oldest surviving church. It survived the Great Fire and both World wars. See more photos and read about all the places I discovered on my walk around the south west area of the East End by clicking the link to my website in the bio. . #stbartholomewthegreat #clothfair #historicchurch #historicbuildingsenrichourlives #londontravel #londontrip #londonlife #london #londonhistory #londonwalks #londoncalling #londonsoldestchurch #traveltheworldwithme #seekandyoushallfind #seetheworldthroughmylens
Sydney Harbour Bridge doing it's thing!!🥂 . . #happynewyear #bringon2024 #sydneyharbourbridge #sydneyharbour
Postman's Park, just up St Martin's le Grand from St Paul's Cathedral, was a lovely diversion on my long rambling walk through London's south west east end! It was previously the London GPO, and burial grounds of some of the surrounding churches. It is now home to the Memorial to Heroic Self-Sacrifice, remembering people who died saving others. Read more about this and the rest of my walk by clicking the link to my website in the bio. . . . #postmanspark #postmansparklondon #postmansparkmemorial #londonwalk #walkinthepark #parkbench #historiclondon #london #londonlife #londoncalling #londonhistory #londonparks #londonsights #londontimes #londontravel #londontrip #seetheworldthroughmyeyes #seekandyoushallfind #seetheworldthroughmylens #londonisalwaysagoodidea
Merry Christmas🎄🎄🎄🥂!! . . #sydneychristmas #merrychristmas🎄
Even this Azalea bush in my front garden wants to get in on the festive Christmas look!! . . . . #azalea #redazalea #redazaleaflowers #festiveplants #christmasinsydney #flowersinthestreets #christmasiscoming #sydneystreets #sydneysuburbs #sydneylocal #myhometown #sydneylife #onthecommute #walktowork #seetheworldthroughmylens
The Christmas tree in the QVB is in place rising up into the dome. . . . . #qvb #queenvictoriabuilding #christmastree #christmasdecorations #christmasdecorationseverywhere #sydneylife #sydneyaustralia #sydneycbd #sydneyhistoricalbuildings #sydneychristmas #shoppinginsydney #christmasready #sydney #sydneylocal #seekandyoushallfind
The Alfresco Emporium at the QVB, all Christmas ready 🎄!! . . . . #alfrescoemporium #alfrescoemporiumqvb #alfrescoemporiumchristmas #queenvictoriabuilding #christmastrees #christmasinsydney #christmasdecorations #shoppinginsydney #windowshopping #sydneyaustralia #sydneylocal #sydney #sydneylife #seetheworldthroughmylens
All Christmas ready in the Strand Arcade in Sydney!! . . . #strandarcade #strandarcadesydney #christmasinsydney #christmasdecorationseverywhere #christmasdecorations #christmasiscoming #startingtolookalotlikechristmas #shoppinginsydney #sydneyhistoricalbuildings #sydneylocal #myhometown #sydneylife #sydneyaustralia #sydneycbd #sydneyshopping #sydney #sydney_insta #seekandyoushallfind
On the harbour side walkway near Luna Park looking at all the Sydney icons, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and Sydney Ferries. . . . #sydneyharbourbridge #sydneyoperahouse #sydneyferries #milsonspoint #sydneyharbourwalks #sydneynorthshore #sydneyharbour #sydney #sydneyaustralia #sydneyweekend #sydneybythesea #sydneylocal #sydneylife #traveltheworldwithme #traveladdict #travellerau #seetheworldthroughmylens
Merry Christmas! . . . #merrychristmas🎄 #martinplacechristmastree #sydneychristmas
Walking around Kirribilli on the north shore of Sydney Harbour, between storms!! What's going on with the weather these days??? . . . #kirribilli #milsonspoint #sydneyoperahouse #sydneyoperahouseaustralia #sydneyharbour #sydneyharbourwalks #palmtrees #sydneybythesea #sydneylife #northsydneylife #sydneyaustralia #sydneylocal #myhometown #seetheworldthroughmylens #traveltheworldwithme
Happy New Year Sydney!!🥂 . . . #happynewyear #sydneyharbourbridge #sydneyharbour #bringon2024
Bronze sculpture of Maktao, an orphaned elephant, by Gillie and Marc. He's playing with the rest of his herd at Spitalfields Market in London. Click on my website link in the bio to find out about all my finds on my long walk in London. . . . #maktao #theherdofhope #herdofhope #herdofhopelondon #londonwalks #spitalfields #spitalfieldsmarket #london #londonlife #ifoundparadise #londontravel #londontrip #londonhistory #londoncalling #londonisalwaysagoodidea #londonstreets #londonsbest #seekandyoushallfind #seetheworldthroughmyeyes #traveltheworldwithme
The dome of St Paul's Cathedral in London, this was the starting point for my walk that went slightly off piste!! I kept getting side-tracked by more points of interested until I realised I had been wandering around exploring for 7 hours!!! Read all about it and see more pictures by clicking the link in the bio, I've included a map so you can do it too🌞 . . #stpaulscathedral #stpaulsdome #londonwalks #londonhistory #historicbuildingsenrichourlives #oldbuildingsmakemehappy #londontravel #londontrip #londonpics #londonsights #london #londonsbest #londontimes #londonarchitecture #londondiaries #londoncalling #seeeverythingdoeverything #seetheworldthroughmylens #traveladdict #traveltheworldwithme #solotravelinlondon
One of the beautiful gardens on the harbourside walk around Cremorne Point. . . . #cremornepointwalk #cremornepoint #palm #palmtree #australiannativeplants #rockwall #gardenideas #federationhousesofaustralia #harboursidewalks #sydneyweekend #sydneynorthshore #sydneybythesea #sydneylocal #sydneylife #sydneyaustralia #sydney #sydneyinsummertime #sydneyharbourwalks #seekandyoushallfind #seetheworldthroughmyeyes
Looking across Sydney Harbour from Cremorne Point on Sydney's North Shore. . . #sydneynorthshore #sydneyharbour #sydneyharbourwalks #sydneyferries #sydneyoperahouse #sydneyharbourbridge #fortdenison #sydneycbd #sydneyweekend #sydneybythesea #sydneylocal #sydneyinsummertime #sydney #sydneywalks #cremornepointwalk #cremornepoint
Merry Christmas 🥂🎄🥂!!! . . #merrychristmas🎄 #sydneychristmas #christmastree
This looks like it is upside down, but no, these flowers are all hanging from the ceiling in David Jones Elizabeth Street store at the Spring Flower Show. . . #davidjonesflowershow #davidjones #elizabethstreetstore #flowersontheceiling #whiteflowers #pinkflowers #sydneylife #sydney #sydneyshopping #sydneylocal #sydneyinspring #sydneylunchtime #springflowershow #sydneycbd #seetheworldthroughmylens
An old gnarly tangled mess of tree roots on a tree along the walk around Cremorne Point on Sydney's North Shore. . . . #cremornepointwalk #cremornepoint #gnarlytreesarethebest #gnarlytrees #treerootsgonewild #sydneylife #sydney #sydneylocal #sydneywalks #sydneyharbourwalks #walkinthepark #sydneynorthshore #sydneybythesea #sydneyinsummertime #seekandyoushallfind
The newest cruise ship to come into Sydney Harbour, Richard Branson's latest venture, The Resilient Lady, moored off Cremorne Point. It makes the ferry look like a toy boat! . . #resilientlady #resilientladyvirginvoyages #virginvoyages #richardbranson #sydneyharbour #cremornepoint #sydneyharbour #sydneyharbourwalks #sydneynorthshore #sydneybythesea #sydneylocal #myhometown #blueskyandsunshine #walkinthesun #seetheworldthroughmylens #sydneyferries
A floral curtain at the David Jones Spring Flower Show. . . #davidjonesflowershow #davidjones #springflowershow #notthechelseaflowershow #elizabethstreetstore #sydneylife #sydneyaustralia #sydneycbd #sydneyshopping #sydneylocal #pinkflowers #whiteflowers #yellowflowers
Westfield is rolling out Christmas to get everyone in the mood...... . . . . #christmasinsydney #christmasdecorationseverywhere #christmasdecoratingideas #christmasiscoming #christmastrees #christmaslights #christmaslightseverywhere #shoppinginsydney #sydneyshopping #sydneylocal #sydneylunchtime #sydneylife #sydney
Another of my favourites at this year's Sculpture by the Sea, nice and calming on a day of torrential rain, followed by wild winds, but as it was the last weekend of the exhibition I had to brave it! . . #sculpturebythesea #sculptureart #sculptureinthepark #artinpublicplaces #arttherapy #artinstallation #artinsydney #sydneybeaches #sydneyweekend #sydneybythesea #sydneylife #sydney #sydneylocal #sydneywalks #seeeverythingdoeverything #seetheworldthroughmylens #travellerau #traveladdict #traveltheworldwithme
The next place I came across was London Museum, but sadly it was "temporarily closed", but this horse sculpture was outside. Oh well, keep walking to see what's around the next corner.....see the map of my walk and read about all the places I found along the way by clicking the link in the bio. . . . #londontravel #londonmuseum #london #londonwalks #londonlife #londontrip #londoncalling #horsesculpture #artinpublicspaces #neverstopexploring #solotravelinlondon #solotravel #londonart #seekandyoushallfind #seeeverythingdoeverything #seetheworldthroughmyeyes #traveladdict #travellerau #traveltheworldwithme

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