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"A Guide to Summer 2024: Exploring the River Thames"


Pubs Along the River Thames We recommend



1. The Magpie & The Phoenix: Located in the historic town of Sunbury-on-Thames, The Magpie & The Phoenix is a charming riverside pub known for its cozy atmosphere and delicious pub grub. Relax by the fireplace or soak up the sun in the beer garden overlooking the Thames.



2. The Boaters Inn: Located in the quaint village of Kingston upon Thames, The Boaters Inn is a hidden gem along the riverbank. With its tranquil setting and riverside seating, it's the perfect spot to enjoy a refreshing drink after a day of exploring the Thames.



3. The Olde Swan: Nestled along the river in Thames Ditton, The Olde Swan is a traditional English pub with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Stop by for a pint of ale or indulge in a classic pub meal while admiring the scenic views of the Thames.



4. The Albany: Situated in the heart of Thames Ditton, The Albany is a historic pub dating back to the 18th century. With its riverside location and charming outdoor seating area, it's a popular spot for locals and visitors alike to enjoy a drink by the Thames.



Scenic Views:



- Molesey: As you journey along the River Thames, don't miss the scenic views in Molesey. Marvel at the tranquil waters framed by lush greenery, and catch glimpses of charming riverside cottages and boats bobbing gently in the breeze.



- Sunbury: Further along the river, Sunbury offers picturesque views of the Thames with its wide expanse and peaceful surroundings. Enjoy the sight of swans gliding gracefully on the water and the occasional rowboat drifting by as you soak in the natural beauty of the river.


Hampton Court Palace: One of the highlights of cruising along the River Thames is the magnificent view of Hampton Court Palace. This historic royal residence, originally built for Cardinal Wolsey in the early 16th century and later expanded by King Henry VIII, boasts stunning Tudor and Baroque architecture. As you approach the palace from the river, you'll be captivated by its grandeur and beauty, with its iconic red-brick façade and picturesque gardens stretching along the riverbank. It's truly a sight to behold and offers a glimpse into England's rich history and royal heritage.


Nature


1. Swans: The River Thames is famous for its population of elegant swans, including both mute swans and occasionally other species such as whooper swans during migration season.



2. Ducks and Geese: You'll likely spot various species of ducks and geese paddling along the river, including mallards, tufted ducks, and Canada geese.



3. Cormorants: These sleek black birds can often be seen perched on rocks or branches along the riverbanks, or swimming and diving for fish in the water.



4. Herons: With their long legs and sharp beaks, herons are a common sight along the River Thames, particularly in shallower areas where they hunt for fish and other small prey.



5. Kingfishers: While they can be elusive, lucky passengers might catch a glimpse of these brilliantly colored birds darting along the river's edge in search of fish.



6. Mammals: Although less common to spot from the boat, the River Thames is home to various mammals, including otters, seals (particularly in the estuarine areas), and even the occasional dolphin or porpoise.



7. Fish: While not visible from the surface, the River Thames supports a diverse array of fish species, including roach, perch, pike, chub, and even the occasional trout or salmon.



8. Invertebrates: Beneath the surface, the river is teeming with life, including various freshwater invertebrates such as crayfish, freshwater mussels, and insect larvae, which play a crucial role in the river's ecosystem.



These are just a few examples of the rich diversity of wildlife you might encounter while cruising along the River Thames. Keep an eye out for these fascinating creatures as you enjoy your charter service!



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