I’ve lived in London for a long, long time but, for some reason, I’ve never been on the Thames Clipper…
… until today.
I thought it would be a fun way to travel for a toddler (as well as her parents and little sister). And it was. If, by any chance, you’re as uninitiated as me into one of the more exciting forms of public transport, here’s what I learned today.
You can use your Oyster card
Children under five travel free, but grown ups can use their Oyster card to get the cheapest price. You can check out the prices here, but an adult single to travel all zones costs £7.20 with an Oyster card (January 2017). If you’re planning on hopping on and off during the course of a day it might be worth buying the River Roamer ticket which is cheaper if you get it beforehand online (currently £16.30). But if you just want to entertain a toddler a shorter hop in the east zone costs a more affordable £3.90 – just touch in and out with your Oyster card.
You can buy a tea or a coffee onboard
And you can’t do that on the tube.
Tower to Greenwich
We travelled from the pier close to the Tower of London down to Greenwich on the RB1 route. It takes less than 20 minutes and it flew by. I think we would have all been happy to stay on longer as there was plenty to see out of the window and, importantly on a winter’s day, we were warm, dry and comfy. But our destination was Greenwich…
As previously blogged about, there’s loads to do with a toddler in Greenwich, including visiting the child-friendly Cutty Sark, the Observatory, the Planetarium, the park and the National Maritime Museum. We thought we’d try something new and visit the Painted Hall, not realising it was closed in preparation for a refurbishment. Instead, we put our heads round the door of the chapel that’s part of the Old Royal Naval College and decided to explore. The interior is stunning, especially this beautiful ceiling and our toddler was happy enough to take a look too.
Then it was off to the National Maritime Museum for a run around the map.
We’ll definitely be jumping on board the Thames Clipper again – perhaps heading down the river to show our toddler a few more of the sites of London.