What a day!

On Saturday we took the plunge and headed out on the tidal Thames to travel from Limehouse Basin up to Teddington. We’d actually originally intended to go on Sunday, leaving us an extra day in London, but Bertha changed our minds. Nobody knew exactly how ferocious she was going to be or when and where she would hit so we decided to move our plans forward to avoid tangling with her. There’s not a lot to be said about the trip under Tower Bridge, past the Houses of Parliament and through all the other iconic London bridges, except perhaps WOW! It was exhilarating, exciting, just a tiny smidgen dangerous and altogether amounted to one of the best day’s boating possible. I’ll leave the photographs to tell the story.

ByeByeLimehouse

Last sight of Limehouse Lock

OntoTheThames

Out onto The Thames and staying out of the way of the ferries

ABitChoppy

It’s a bit choppy

FirstViewTowerBridge

First sight of Tower Bridge

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Aiming for the centre arch

TowerBridgeBoats

Faster boats beat us to it so we headed for the right hand span

TowerBridgeShard

It’s so impressive!

LondonEye

The London Eye

HousesOfParliament

Approaching Westminster Bridge

BigBenWestminsterBridge

Big Ben

WestminsterPalaceDuck

Being followed by a Duck Boat

ApproachingVauxhall

Approaching Vauxhall Bridge

RubbishBarge

Gordon thought the rubbish barges wouldn’t run at the weekend – he was wrong! The wake wasn’t actually as bad as we’d feared.

BatterseaPowerStation

Battersea Power Station

VauxhallBridge

Blackfriars Bridge

 

DazzleShip

The Dazzle Ship where we had a drink on Friday afternoon

AlbertBridge

The elegant Albert Bridge

BrentfordTurnoff

The turnoff to Brentford and back into more familiar territory

Would we do it again? Hell yeah – it was brilliant!

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