Thursday, 7 August 2014
There have been plans for boat tours of the Olympics Park for a long time .. and now they have come to fruition. You can see proof above, with a substantial passenger boat passing by the Aquatic Centre which had been used for the 2012 Olympics swimming and diving events.
For the most part the boats will be travelling up the Waterworks River, which extends from south of the Aquatics Centre, northwards to the Velodrome and on to the Broadcasting and Media Centre. Sights along the way will include the Olympic Stadium, the Orbit, and Copper Box.
Both sides of the river are lined with a wide range of attractive greenery, with a particular feature being the reed beds. These have encouraged occupation by a variety of birds including herons, coots and swans. If you are lucky you might be able to spot a cormorant.
The boat tours last around 45 minutes, and run three to five times a day. Cost for adults is £8, and children £4. At present the tours are expected to run until the end of August, although I'm sure there will be some demand from passengers after that date. It would be great if some boats could come up all the way from the Limehouse Basin, immediately adjacent to the Thames, as was originally planned.
These boat tours are another welcome addition to the range of activities available in London, and will help build visitor numbers to the city still further. Apart from anything else, there will be plenty of excellent photograph opportunities, and friends and relatives are sure to be impressed by the images.