Monday, 4 August 2014

Making the Most of the River Thames in London

For a long time Londoners almost did as much as they could to ignore the Thames.  It was associated with pollution, mud, and gritty port areas.  They would cross the river over the many bridges, hardly looking upstream or downstream.

Over the past couple of decades the Thames has become much more popular, and is now very much valued, particularly by visitors to London.  It still looks very dirty: the continual rising and falling of the river levels due to the tides mean the bottom of the river is continually being stirred up.  However the water now has little pollution and a wide variety of fish and other water life occupy the river.

The Thames is being increasingly used for transport.  There have always been rather tatty cruise boats to take tourists for outings on the river.  However over the past decade or so there has also been a fast growing river transport business for professional people travelling to and fro work.  This business is likely to continue to grow over the coming years.

Also large numbers of people are now wanting to live in accommodation, mainly upmarket apartments, which have direct views of the river.  Major developments are coming about from around the Brentford area, over the river from Kew Gardens, as far to the east as Woolwich.  The latest major, and very expensive residential development is around the Battersea Power Station: it is very easy to pay one or two million pounds to a luxury apartment there.

But the river is being made much more accessible to everyday Londoners and visitors as well.  These days you can walk virtually beside the river from its origin west of Oxford all the way to Woolwich and beyond.  There are many attractive sights along the way including beautiful countryside, Windsor Castle and Hampton Court.

I would encourage anyone to see and enjoy as much of the Thames as you can, although I have to admit that I don't walk alongside it often enough myself.  This video will give you some idea of what the Thames has to offer you in London.

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