London Wanderings

Wednesday Wanderings – Fulham Reach

There was recently a petition here in West London to save a tree that stands next to the river by Fulham Reach. We won for now and the developers backed down – they wanted to fell it because it apparently got in the way of the view from the luxury investment flats they were putting up. Ugh.

I’d never actually seen the tree, so I went for a walk along the river a few days ago to meet it.


The Thames Path is one of my favourite places to go in London. This is the Harrods Furniture Depository, which naturally has now been made into flats, but it’s retained a lot of its original features, including the sign.

I spent some time leaning on the wall and watching the water fowl. You may not be able to see very clearly, but in this picture there is a heron in the centre. It stood very still for a while and then took off, impressive wing span beating the air over the river.

I like how desolate these things look – I’m not sure what they’re called or what they’re for, but I think they might be used to moor boats? Can anyone enlighten me?

There were cormorants perched on some of them but I couldn’t get a good shot.

I love stopping every so often and looking out along the river. You see London in a whole different way when you view it from the Thames.

I found the tree! I am glad we saved it.

And I also found this rather beautiful pub. I was there at the wrong time of day for lunch or dinner, but I may have to go back and sample their food because the menu sounded good.

Fulham Reach isn’t my favourite part of the Thames Path – so far that’s Chiswick / Barnes / Kew – but it was a pleasant wander along the banks and I’m glad I went to view the tree we saved. I hope the developers don’t try to sneak in more planning permissions, though realistically I doubt the battle is over yet.

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Wednesday Wanderings: Oxford’s Canal

I used to live in Oxfordshire, so I have several friends who still live in and around the city. I don’t see them as often as I’d like, so last week I got on the Oxford Tube and headed over there to catch up with one of them.

The friend in question lives on a canal boat, which is one of those things that seems romantic and lovely but is probably quite difficult in reality. A few of my Oxford friends live in boats moored along its waterways, and from time to time one of them will try to persuade me that I’d enjoy it too. But I grew up in a caravan and I know that life doesn’t often reflect romantic ideals. I have had quite enough experience of emptying my own toilet, and these days I much prefer being connected to the London sewer system.  Continue reading “Wednesday Wanderings: Oxford’s Canal”