About this listing
BEAUTIFUL BOAT in a quiet haven, full of natural light in central London. A wonderful opportunity to experience a part of London on the river that you would never normally get to see. Perfect for exploring London, walking distance to Big Ben & the Southbank.
Truly a unique holiday destination. Enjoy everything London has to offer, and return home to the tranquility and beauty of this floating home. Watch the world sail by as you have a glass of wine and watch the sun set over the water.
Perfect for exploring London from the main artery of the city, the majestic River Thames. Just a 20 minute stroll along the river to Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, The London eye, and on to Tower of London, National Theater, Shakespeare's Globe Theater and much more...
Situated between Vauxhall & Chelsea bridge off Nine Elms lane, this beautiful boat is in a wonderful spot on the river with views down to Chelsea and up towards Westminster. The swans & geese will pass by to say hi. It is one of the most unique places to live in London, and part of a friendly river community. There are 3 flats in total and they are on a recently designed luxury two story houseboat, with solar and photovoltaic panels. There is an apartment upstairs and across the atrium.
I am renting my 2 double bedroom flat (furnished with double beds, wardrobes and shelves). It is a beautiful 2 bed flat with open plan living room and fully fitted kitchen dishwasher included, with power shower, central heating, and wifi available 24 hours a day, all mod cons (oven, dishwasher, washer, fridge freezer, and wifi internet).
Huge floor to ceiling windows giving an epic view onto the river. A beautiful deck leads out from the living room right onto the river for morning coffees. There is also a small communal outdoor swimming pool (sometimes useable for swimming sometimes not) on the pier overlooking the river Thames, which is used in summer for relaxing and sun bathing if the English weather permits! The deck has the most spectacular views in London (see sunset photos!)
The large concrete pier that the boat is on is unfortunately not very well maintained so it's not very aesthetically pleasing to the eye. This is the responsibility of the people that own the pier so I cannot do anything about it.
The area to the South of the pier is the largest regeneration area of London, including the new American embassy, Battersea power stations transformation and new luxury riverside apartments. There will be some building work going on at the West end of the pier (opposite end to us) over the next 12 months.
In order to find the boats you will walk in-between the big glass apartment buildings. I will send you out detailed instructions of how to get to the boat on arrival. There is a great new pub that does wonderful food and local ales right in front of the pier called the Nine Elms Tavern. A great place to grab a drink if you arrive early and I am not there yet.
Close enough to cycle or walk into central London, you can sometimes hear Big Ben chiming at night. 10 minutes walk to Vauxhall tube (zone 1), where there are many buses into Oxford street and Soho which is a short 20 minute ride into town. Bikes to rent 2 minutes away by the large apartment block.
Also nearby the site of the famous Chelsea Flower show.
I look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to London :)
Guests will have access to the whole apartment, and my front deck which leads out onto the river Thames. There is also a small outdoor swimming pool on top of the pier that is used in the summer.
Interaction with guests
I will meet and greet you to show you around the boat and then leave you to it, but I am always available on my mobile if you have any questions about anything :)
Other things to note
The River Thames has one of the highest tidal changes in Europe, every 6 hours we go up or down 25ft, it's a gentle transition but one that allows you to feel totally connected to the river and natures cycle. When we are at low tide the boat is on a slight slant as it rests on the river bed. This happens every 12 hours, one of those times is normally in the middle of the night so you won't notice.
It's not a household full of rules, just treat it as you would your own home :) Be considerate and thoughtful. Also please be aware about coming home late and being loud as I have neighbours.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
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I am a photographer & documentary film maker. I live in a beautiful 2 bedroom apartment on a 2 storey houseboat, friends live upstairs, next door and on neighbouring boats, it's a wonderful and unique community. I thought I'd make some extra cash to support my creative work and share my unique home with travelers who get to have a different taste of London than usual. If you'd like to see some of my work just look up Kashfi Halford online.
I love being so close to nature in the center of London, one of the most exciting capital cities in the world! I'm relaxed and very tidy :)