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London moving with the rhythm of the waves

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London moving with the rhythm of the waves

London, the Thames, its canals, its history, are all elements that put water at the heart of Londoners' life. Between a trip on the Waterbus and visits that plunge you into English maritime memories, let's take a little dive in London's waters.

Want to discover London by water? Stroll through the British capital to the rhythm of the Thames and its canals. First head to Camden Town and Little Venice. A journey that will take you through sites such as the London Zoo or the banks of the canals with you can take aWaterbus, for a bucolic moment. Several private boat companies operate services here and are developing a new business. These services operate along the waters of North West London and are open to the public. They offer both leisure cruises and regular schedules for Londoners.

Historic boats for a picturesque cruise

The Regents' Canal opened in 1820 linking the grand union canal at Little Venice and the River Thames at Limehouse, providing a once very important industrial transport route. Today, the canal is a leisurely corridor navigated by leisure boats, and houseboats. But it was with Jason’s Trip - a boat - that it all began between April and November 1951. The London Waterbus Company has a fleet of four traditional canal vessels, which have been converted to carry passengers as a water bus service. Two of them are very interesting because they have a national historic interest and are noted on the National Register of Historic Ships. Along the Regent's Canal, it is possible to find different kind of boats lined on the canal bank, like a bookshop or fortune-teller boats.

Using boats : a typical London experience

Waterbuses are not the only way to spend time on the water. Indeed, taking one of the boats or river shuttles on the Thames is a pleasant way to discover London. Flowing through the centre of the city, the River Thames is the perfect vantage point from which to view some of London's most iconic landmarks such as Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, Big Ben, the London Eye, and many others.

You may be familiar with Uber. London has more than one string to its bow when it comes to navigation. With Uber Boats, you can leave the city centre for Greenwich and the maritime area. For an even more unique experience, it is possible to take dinner cruises, an exceptional moment. Choose from a freshly prepared dinner, an elegant tea time or a hearty Sunday lunch. Take in the panoramic views from the river, while enjoying live entertainment and musicians.

London : the British maritime capital

Finally, for those with a passion for ships and sailing, there are several museums available to view some of the greatest masterpieces in English maritime history. For example, The National Maritime Museum in London is Britain's most important maritime museum and one of the most important in the world. It is located in Greenwich, a suburb of south-east London, in the buildings of Queen's House and the Old Royal Naval College (now Greenwich Hospital). While it is particularly famous, other smaller structures remain equally attractive. Perhaps the most unusual visit is to HMS Belfast, a floating museum moored between Tower Bridge and London Bridge. It is actually a famous former warship that played a significant role in some of the nation's greatest battles. The museum provides an insight into this special ship from a historical perspective. London is full of places to discover, especially from a maritime point of view!

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