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Float & fly in a London you've never seen before!

cablecarI have visited London MANY times in my life, including living there for a while, but this time was very different. A new watery side of London was opened up to me and I had a completely new experience. Its a bit of a trek from Central London but a very pleasant one.

Close to London City Airport and Greenwich, it is possible to stay in a waterside hotel in the Sunborn Yacht at the Royal Victoria Dock. More stately than quirky to be honest, but a unique experience none the less. Another interesting accommodation option in this area is Good Hotel - floating on a platform with chic and modern industrial design. In this bit of hidden waterway there is the chance to partake in watersports from a small beach - including Flyboarding, something out of a Bond movie where jet pack boots lift you out of the water.

To get further afield take the Emirates Air Line - a cable car joy ride which is part of the London transport system and gives you fantastic views across this part of the city - a spectacular way to travel. It drops you at North Greenwich by the O2 - so this part of the city is definately the place to be if you are going to an event there. If looking for more adventure you could join the Emirates Aviation Experience at this point where you have the chance to pilot a A380 or B777 plane (in a flight simulator).

From here is it possible to join a ferry ride into Central London....or closer by, get distracted into Greenwich itself. Looking out we could see The Cutty Sark (legendary sailing ship not visited since distant school days) and the impressive Old Royal Naval College buildings, greenwbut Greenwich market is also tucked away behind these. A historic World Heritage Site and area bursting with boutiquey shops and independent stalls as well as restaurants, cafes, bars. Look at this site for events and studios that may be happening when you are passing by.

There are many floating restaurants, cruises and party boats you could book to take to the Thames, but travelling on the public transport ferry is a worthwhile and lower-budget option to take in the city this way.

On this day I had a special family celebration at the OXO Tower Restaurant so we stayed on board the ferry for a very pleasant ride watching the changing skyline until the Embankment, where we crossed the Waterloo Bridge on foot and took a stroll in the glorious sunshine riverside back to experience possibly the best meal of my life so far.

Whether you are a first time visitor or returning to London for the Umpteenth time....experience a different side of this diverse city.

 

OTHER WAYS TO SLEEP ON WATER IN LONDON

bbargesBoutique Barges in Little Venice

Art Deco Barge - for hosted cruising

And just outside the city close to Hampton Court there are 3 options sleeping between 2-6 -

Luxury Motor Yacht Eucala / Luxury Sport Cruiser Baboo / Bluebird Luxury Floating Home