Beat the Tube strike: commute by river bus

As London faces Tube strike chaos again, the city's most scenic commuting option is busily adding extra morning and evening rush-hour services. During July's Underground walkout, Thames Clipper river buses saw a 72 per cent jump in passenger numbers.

Record numbers of Londoners are already choosing to commute by boat along the capital's 'forgotten highway' from homes alongside the central section of the Thames. Three services an hour whisk commuters from Woolwich, in travel Zone 4, to Canary Wharf within 30 minutes, while London Bridge City Pier is a 40-minute commute by river run.

Beat the next Tube strike and join our tour of hot homes with easy river commutes, from Wandsworth to Woolwich.

​Hot homes: London homes for £250,000 or less

You may not be able to buy in prime central London for under £250,000 anymore, but cast your net a little wider and there are still affordable homes to be had in the capital - from a one-bedroom flat with good transport links for £175,000, to a two-bedroom maisonette with a conservatory for £229,950 plus shared-ownership new-build homes from £40,000. Join us on a property tour across London, from Wandsworth to Hackney and Lewisham, in search of good-value homes. 

Renting guide: Wandsworth

Family houses are the renting stars of Wandsworth and there is huge demand for the large properties between the commons.

Image gallery: spotlight on Wandsworth

Wandsworth is now a neighbourhood of two halves: the period and the new. There are roads of fine Victorian and Edwardian detached, semi-detached and terrace houses and cottages and new riverside flats in the former industrial areas on the Thames riverbank. 

Property search: Wandsworth, Essex or Devon?

With a budget in the region of £600k, would you choose a smart garden flat in leafy SW London, an old village house with swimming pool and summerhouse or a country property with great views, a detached building to let, stables and five acres?

Battersea spotlight

This area of London has changed more than most but hasn’t lost its strong sense of community

A triumph in Wandsworth

Their builder went bankrupt, they had no roof, it was winter and their children were in the middle of GCSEs. But this Wandsworth couple turned disaster into a design triumph

Wandsworth spotlight

Property expert Anthea Masey follows newlyweds as they migrate across the river in search of spacious family homes