The Handbook
The Handbook

As the worst of the pandemic slowly recedes, London life is starting to return to normal. Covent Garden has commuters stumbling over its cobblestones, Leicester Square pigeons are once again scoring direct hits on passers by and that man with the bagpipes is back annoying people on Westminster Bridge.

But you know London’s really moving again when the river is filled with passengers gliding past on that most familiar of London sights, an Uber Boat by Thames Clippers catamaran, also known as London’s River Bus. The slick service has restarted, operating Covid-safely up and down the Thames, which means the capital really is back in business.

What’s more, the River Bus service is probably the safest form of public transport, socially-distanced to the point where you can even travel outside on the deck, or indoors with fresh air allowed to pass through the cabin.

All of which makes this the perfect way to see London’s beautiful green spaces this spring.

The river bus service is probably the safest form of public transport...

Why not start with Greenwich, that beautiful sweeping green space bordering the Thames? Alight at Greenwich Pier and explore Greenwich Park, famous for its far-reaching London views and its buildings, which include Ranger’s House (AKA the Bridgerton family’s home in the Netflix series).

Back on board the boat and it’s a short but stunning trip, beneath Tower Bridge and past iconic London sights like the Tower of London, the Shard and St Pauls toward another green space that’s perfect for a socially-distanced picnic or just a wander, St James’s park.

Another green space that's perfect for a socially distanced picnic, St James's park...

A short meander from Westminster Pier, pass the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey before entering the park and enjoy hanging out with the pelicans and highly Instagrammable views of Buckingham Palace.

Then jump back on an Uber Boat by Thames Clippers’ vessel and we’re off to Battersea Park!

Alight at Battersea Power Station Pier and enjoy one of London’s largest green spaces, replete with its own pagoda, petting zoo and an adventure playground that children will love (there’s even a Go Ape if you’ve a head for heights).

There's never been a better moment to travel with Uber Boat by Thames Clippers...

If you don’t fancy picnicking on the park’s lawns then wander through the newly transformed Battersea Power Station next door and grab takeaway or, from 12th April, eat outdoors at one of the many fabulous restaurants.

Uber Boat by Thames Clippers restarted on Monday 29 March and are running a bespoke RB1 service between Woolwich (Royal Arsenal) and Battersea Power Station piers.  The boats operate a 20-minute frequency during the weekday peak and at weekends.

The boats are undergoing regular and enhanced cleaning, while the piers and vessels are all socially-distanced in line with the government guidelines. Just don’t forget your mask!

There’s never been a better moment to travel with Uber Boat by Thames Clippers.

Prices from £4.60, book your tickets now or just turn up at one of the piers with your Oyster or contactless card to pay-as-you-go…

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