Just type in your starting point and your destination and it will give you a list of choices with journey times. It will show the fastest journey, how long it will take using buses only (useful if you are claustrophobic and don’t like going underground), how long it will take to cycle, how to avoid steps and lots more. If you select the cycle or walking options, you can click on a link to ‘street view’. Very useful if you get a little disorientated. However, there is one way of getting around that TFL will not tell you about and that is using the river Thames.
The MBNA Thames Clipper offers a fast and frequent ferry service along the Thames, from Putney in the west to Woolwich (Royal Arsenal) in the east, with a fleet of 17 catamarans.
The MBNA Thames Clipper are a great way to get around London and are not just for sightseeing, although you can see a lot of fascinating sights from the river, whether that is quirky sculptures or the more traditional landmarks.
There are plenty of places to hop on an off and paying is easy, you just tap in and out with an Oyster card or a contactless debit or credit card. There are ticket machines on the piers if you do not have a contactless card. On board there are comfortable seats inside (great in the cold weather) and seating outside to enjoy in the sunshine. Much better than being hot and sweaty in a train carriage. There is also a bar serving tea and coffee or, if you prefer, there is a range of soft and alcoholic drinks available. And, if you don’t want to look at the views, complimentary newspapers are provided.
If you book hotel or Airbnb accommodation close to the river Thames, you can travel in comfort into the centre of London for your business meeting or sightseeing trip.
There is a special service that operates when there are events at the O2 Arena, leaving from and returning to the London eye. It is a great way to travel to and from events and on a summer’s night the views and the sound of the water just add to the magic of the evening’s entertainment.
Details of routes, timetables and all the other information you may need can be found on Thamesclippers.com.
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