Taking the boat from Chelsea Embankment to Cadogan Pier

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.

Taking the boat from Embankment to Cadogan Pier

But one habit that hasn’t changed over the years has been the way I travel from Chelsea to Embankment – until now. I always take the district line back. This time however, my journey home changed.Taking the boat from Embankment to Cadogan Pier

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.

Taking the boat from Embankment to Cadogan Pier

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. 😉Taking the boat from Embankment to Cadogan Pier

I love the water and so heading home this way was pure bliss for me.
Taking the boat from Embankment to Cadogan Pier

Battersea Power Station up ahead.Taking the boat from Embankment to Cadogan Pier

Passing boats.Taking the boat from Embankment to Cadogan Pier

Approaching Chelsea Embankment.
Taking the boat from Embankment to Cadogan Pier

And Cadogan Pier, perfectly positioned just by my favourite bridge.Taking the boat from Embankment to Cadogan Pier

It beats the endless escalators on the underground any day.

Taking the boat from Embankment to Cadogan Pier

And the views are a lot better. Taking the boat from Embankment to Cadogan Pier

Stepping out of the station is picturesque … Taking the boat from Embankment to Cadogan Pier

… just beautiful.
Taking the boat from Embankment to Cadogan Pier

And then it was just a stroll along Chelsea Embankment as we made our way home.Taking the boat from Embankment to Cadogan Pier

For more details on travelling by river in London, here’s TFL’s link. I’m definitely doing it again!

Chelsea Girl

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