Dolphin Square SW1

See London by river…

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With the weather suddenly taking a turn for the spring-like it’s time to emerge from the underground and explore the other modes of transport in London. The River Bus service along the Thames offers commuters and sightseers a swift ride along some of the best spots in London without the hustle and bustle or maddening traffic.

For Commuters:

Jump on the Thames Clipper, at St George’s Wharf (a short 15-minute walk from Dolphin Square) and arrive at Canary Wharf in less than 30 minutes. The service runs twice a morning arriving at 06:57 or 08:52 perfect for city types who need to be at their desks bright and early.

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The arts and media professionals can hop on the RB2 and be at Embankment pier in a mere seven minutes ready to slip away into, Soho, Covent Garden, The Southbank and Waterloo. Students can be at Blackfriars in 12minutes for quick access to King’s College London and London School of Economics. 

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There are many great reasons to commute by river including:

– 10% off fares for oyster card users

– The route stops at all major piers every 20 mins (Canary Wharf, Tower Hill, London Bridge, Embankment and Waterloo)

– You never get stuck in traffic

– Access to wifi

– You won’t be crammed in like sardines

It’s a much more relaxed way to start the day. Sit back with a cup of coffee (there are a range of refreshments available on board), check your emails and prepare for the day as London glides past you.

For The Weekenders:

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When there’s time to spare and fun to be had, a hop-on-hop-off ticket means you can make the most of the handy river routes by enjoying the sights while nipping off for shopping, theatre and tasty treats whenever you want.

Alight at Embankment pier for a saunter round Covent Garden Market for unique trinkets and a taste of performance art from one of the skilled buskers, actors and entertainers in the square.

Cross the bridge for a leisurely stroll down the Southbank stopping for a classic or unknown gem at the Book Market or a juicy burger at the award-winning Bleecker St Burger pop-up food truck.

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Back on the boat for a rest and digest and then its onto Bankside for a wander around Matisse’s mesmerizing cutouts and countless masterpieces by Picasso, Dali, Kandinsky and Pollock at Tate Modern.

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Complete your day with romance, laughter or tragedy at Shakespeare’s Globe before a late dinner and drinks at Skylon.

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After a 10minute taxi ride you can be back at Dolphin Square for a final nightcap in the bar.

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A single ticket costs £5.40 for Oyster Card holders or a hop-on-hop-off costs £14.


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