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.

New modern flats in up-and-coming Woolwich

Woolwich is an up-and-coming area of south-east London with thousands of new homes in development and a new Crossrail station coming in 2018. While the area is only starting to be regenerated, there's plenty of opportunities for first-time buyers.

10 hot homes: Crossrail

We take a property tour along the new Crossrail route, due to open in 2018, starting from Southall in the west, heading through the city towards Woolwich in the east, and find homes to suit earlybird buyers on a budget

Woolwich spotlight

Regeneration and the Olympics are bringing new life and prosperity to this historic and proud riverside district