Last week I headed over to South Bank for a gorgeous afternoon. I love this part of London and have done so ever since discovering the Royal National Theatre and the National Film Theatre. Since my first experiences of Robert Lepage on stage and discovering classic movies on the big screen, South Bank has changed so much. The amount of food on offer is impressive. You don’t have to wander down to Gabriel’s Wharf to find a pizza or a burger. There’s plenty of choice from the restaurants and the food market. It’s amazing.
It’s all down to a certain Little Man who wanted to go on a boat. Excited at the sight of the river and already speaking so clearly (he’s not known for being the quiet one at nursery. ;), I found myself looking for a way to go home on a boat.
In fact, it’s so easy at the right time of day – thanks to TFL who run riverboats during peak hours and in both directions: towards Putney and towards Canary Wharf. In cities such as Sydney, travelling by river is the norm. But in London, I think our autopilot is simply switched on to bus, tube or if in a hurry cab.
It wasn’t until we boarded the boat that I realised river travel was something some folks did regularly. And what a great way to get home. You sit in a comfy seat, open a gin and tonic (which they serve on the boat) and you watch the world go by. On our vessel everyone was a city worker. Most were kicking back and talking to each other whilst others were on their phones or laptops. You can imagine how lively an excited two year old was for them. They seemed to enjoy Little Man’s presence. 😉
It beats the endless escalators on the underground any day.
For more details on travelling by river in London, here’s TFL’s link. I’m definitely doing it again!