Tuesday 15th July – 24th meeting of 2014
Today a really lovely day was had by us Freedom Ladies! A river cruise on the Thames from Westminster Pier to Hampton Court on a beautiful hot and sunny day.
Once we met we quickly went into M & S to get a sandwich and drink to take with us. A bit of confusion caused at the tills with who was paying for what! Then off to Westminster Pier to get our tickets £7.50 single for Freedom Pass holders, that’s us, and told to go to Pier 5 for the 11 o’clock sailing. The trip takes three and a half hours to reach Hampton Court.
Once on board we decided to sit at the back on top deck on what turned out to be not very comfortable benches!! We left at 11.15 with quite a few passengers. First bridge we went under was Westminster but in all we went under 15. To see the bridges of London from the Thames is the best way as they are so lovely. All so different, so powerful and majestic. My personal favourites Vauxhall and Albert.
Once sailing we were given a full commentary from the Captain. He was full of stories of London and told of the history of all the buildings we passed on route. The first wonderful sight was Palace of Westminster with Big Ben shining in the sun. Superb. The London Eye, Lambeth Palace, Battersea Power Station and Chelsea Harbour just a few of the majestic buildings along the river front. London has a mixture of old and new architecture and very interesting to view from the river.
We tucked into our sandwiches at about 12 o’clock and were throughly enjoying our riverboat ride. The sites as we sailed along were lovely. As we approached Kew the buildings changed to beautiful houses, boat houses and lots of activity. We stopped at Kew Pier where many got off for the Botanical Gardens then onto Richmond Pier passing some really lovely houseboats and riverside homes. After a stop at Richmond Pier we sailed onto Hampton Court passing through Richmond Lock and also Teddington Lock.
At Hampton Court Pier we disembarked and after an almost four-hour trip we felt as if we needed food and drink! So we walked to the High Street and found a lovely little Italian cafe with a beautiful shady garden and enjoyed tea and cake!
We then made our way to the station and got a train to Embankment and then main line trains home after a fabulous day on the river!