views from a river boat

February 22, 2013  in my london

London landscape by Sania Pell

As a continuation of my ‘through the window‘ photo series that I thought I would share a day trip with you we took as a family, from Wesminster to Greenwich by boat on the River Thames. Our goal was to see the Cutty Sark, restored and open to the public once more, as we had taken our son when he was a toddler before it closed for the renovation and it was almost lost to the terrible fire. As usual I had the camera with me and I abstracted the views through the window while we all took in the amazing views. It was an extremely dark and rainy winter day, but in the boat it was cosy and fine.

Abstract photograph by Sania Pell

Abstract London by Sania Pell

Abstract photo by Sania Pell

We hopped on a Thames Clipper at Embankment pier and the half an hour boat trip took us past so many of London’s landmarks. We travelled past the Millennium wheel, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, the South Bank, past the Gherkin, the Globe theatre, the Tower of London, under Tower Bridge and on past Canary Wharf to Greenwich. There are so many historic sights on either side from the middle of the river.

Abstract London by Sania Pell

Abstract London landscape by Sania Pell

Abstract London skyline by Sania Pell

Canary Wharf, London from the Thames by Sania Pell

We had a long look around the Cutty Sark and made our way to the Ansel Adams exhibition a short stroll away in the National Maritime Museum. Walking back we had a wander through the crafty weekend market and pressed our noses up against the windows of the traditional old pie and eel shops, and admired the Georgian architecture. Greenwich is rather beautiful, even on a grey, rainy day.

London at night – abstract photograph by Sania Pell

By the time we reached the pier to wait for our Clipper, the sky had turned an extremely dramatic dark blue-grey and the lights of Canary Wharf and the City glowed like jewels under its weight.

I would highly recommend a trip down the Thames by boat, come rain or shine.


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  1. carla says:

    Hi Sonia,

    I love your way of telling at your blog.
    And I even love London more, I have visited a couple of times, last year was the recent visit and it was so warm for the time of the year.Not the weather you are telling about. My next trip to london will include a rite with a boat over the theems. We never done that so who knows what the weather will be like.
    I do hope to read about your town and to learn more because London is with Barcelona( to bad I do not speak Spanish) and Antwerpen my favorite town.
    have a great weekend, love from a cold but shiny Noordwijk( at the sea) in Holland.

  2. carla says:

    Hi again,Sania.

    Now that I have my reading glasses on I can see that I spelled your name the wrong way. I am so sorry.Next time I start by putting my glasses on.

  3. I do love London! It is such a wonderful city.
    Beautiful pictures, especially like the colours in the last one 🙂

  4. Veronica says:

    These shots are wonderful. I recently walked around the area with a Lensbaby and got some great photographs. Thanks for the Thames tour idea. We’ve been here 2 months but are leaving soon. Maybe we will try it on a warm day.

  5. Cheoy Lee says:

    These are beautiful pictures, I really like the stormy, rainy quality to it, I think you can often get some very alternative and interesting shots from boats, not your typical tourist pictures!

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Sania Pell freelance interior stylist London.

Sania Pell is a freelance interior stylist, art/creative director and consultant based in London. She is a Contributing Stylist at Elle Decoration magazine, with whom she has worked for over 20 years, and is well known for bringing a unique aspect to photographic shoots for national publications, leading international brands and retailers as well as style consultancy for architects and property developers. She is the author of best-selling book The Homemade Home and The Homemade Home for Children. A trained, former textile designer, Sania is also involved in many multi-disciplinary creative projects.

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