Hot homes: houseboats on the Thames
It is the perfect summer for houseboat living. The best way to stay cool in the capital is to take to the water, become a houseboat resident and enjoy long, idyllic evenings from dockside sun decks and riverside roof terraces.
The Thames is London’s biggest open space, and floating homes make great pieds-à-terre for City workers, or fantastic studios and office spaces for artists and creatives.
as we take a look inside a millionaire's barge on the Thames, and a quirky and compact fishing boat rented for only £480 a month.
"Enquiries tend to increase in late spring and are always steady throughout the summer months," says Patrick Boakye of waterside property specialists River Homes. He says that although the need for cash purchases does limit this niche market, cash-rich buyers recognise they are getting good value for money in terms of location and price per square foot.
We take a property tour of the capital’s most sought-after waterside villages, from Docklands and Canary Wharf to celeb-favourite Cheyne Wharf in Chelsea, to discover sleek Dutch barges, charming narrow boats and floating island homes.