Experiencing the sights of London, by boat

When choosing apartment accommodation for your stay in London, location is everything. One of the most appealing aspects of Marlyn Lodge is its easy access to London’s visitor attractions and being so close to transport links.


But when considering getting around this great city, it is easy to think only of using the tube, buses or taxis. It is easy to overlook the superb River Bus services and fascinating River Tours that operate along the Thames.


And Marlyn Lodge gives guests easy access to these efficient and reliable river services at the nearby Tower Millennium Pier; just a short 5 minute walk away from your apartment.


Easy access to river bus and river tours

Operated by MBNA Thames Clippers, the Route 1 (RB1) River Bus service runs every 20 minutes, travelling both eastwards and westwards along the river from the nearby Tower Millennium Pier. Information on routes and fares can be found online. It is worth noting that the river bus service accepts Oyster card for payment of fares.


For a more comprehensive and informative cruise along the Thames, consider taking a river tour from Tower Pier. Operated by City Cruises (call 020 7740 0400 for details), these include a 45-minute round trip to Westminster which provides stunning views of some of London’s greatest landmarks; including the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, and travelling under the spectacular Tower Bridge. Longer 1 ½ hour cruises are also available from Tower Pier which include either lunch or afternoon tea on board.


If you are looking for a more high-octane experience, the Thames RIB experience provides thrilling high-speed boat trips from Tower Millennium Pier.


Stunning Views of London’s greatest landmarks

Travelling west along the Thames from the nearby Tower Millennium Pier will give you breath-taking views of the impressive Shard, HMS Belfast, Southwark and St Paul’s Cathedrals, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the Tate Modern, The National Theatre and Southbank, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben and the London Eye. And you’ll be travelling under some of London’s most famous bridges too.


But if you’re travelling east along the river, you’ll be treated to impressive views of the Tower of London and nearby St Katherine’s Dock, the majestic modern architecture of the Canary Wharf and Docklands area, the beautiful classic architecture of the Royal Naval College, National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory, the elegant Cutty Sark, and the unforgettable O2 stadium. And you certainly won’t forget the experience of travelling under the iconic structure of Tower Bridge.


Travelling by boat along the Thames is an appealing alternative to the hustle and bustle of travelling by tube or bus. And seeing London’s world famous landmarks as you cruise leisurely along the river can give you a refreshing new perspective on the city.


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