Video: What's It Like Taking An MBNA Thames Clipper?

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Video: What's It Like Taking An MBNA Thames Clipper?

This is a sponsored article on behalf of MBNA Thames Clippers

If you've never been on an MBNA Thames Clipper you're missing out. It's not just a peaceful way to commute (so much better than a packed tube), but a really cheap way of seeing the sights.

You can use your Oyster, and travel from Putney to Woolwich (you'll have to change), gliding along the river — and with a guaranteed seat.

Watch what happened when we took a trip:

Boats leave every 20 minutes from key central London piers. There's a licensed coffee bar on board, so you can grab a cuppa on your way into work, and maybe have a drink on the way home.

Add the fact you can take your bike, pram or wheelchair, and it makes for a much more comfortable trip than the tube.

Find out more on the MBNA Thames Clippers website.

Last Updated 20 May 2016


Great video Geoff! Like the scenario, boat manoeuvring shots, signage and piers.

Giles Cudmore

If you travel at certain times you don;t have to change to get to/from Woolwich. Love the clipper, just annoyed by other people using it and getting in the way on the view. And if you use it around Xmas time look out for a massive inflateable santa on the Isle of Dogs.

Hobart Calling

Really enjoyed that video, Geoff. It is a very civilised way to travel and who does not enjoy messing about in boats? I could not help but notice that the Neptune was built right here in Hobart at Incat's Shipyards which are located on the Derwent River approximately 4 kilometers from the Hobart CBD. So, those ferries have come a long long way to start their lives on the famous Thames. I know a few people locally who have worked on those boats and are very proud of them.

Generi Ctitle

While on the commute home on Thursday, my chosen regular service picked someone up at an unannounced stop. There in the middle of the river doing a floundering backstroke, was a young chap with very little in the way of practical apparel for wild swimming. He had decided that jumping off Wandsworth bridge was better than continuing his life at that point. After 10 minutes in the Thames bio-hazard soup, he had definitively changed his mind and looked very much like he wanted to live. Fortunately the Thames Clipper crews are well trained and quite experienced in this field. There is also a high chance that they will enlist 'able bodied' passengers to assist in an emergency. After all the coordinated rescue and commotion was concluded I asked the crew how many they had pulled out over the years. Between the skipper and the 1st mate it was more than 10 and most other crews have similar stats. Which means there is an average of 20 - 30 people leaping into the Thames every year. The Port of London Authority liken this activity to rambling on the M25, which does not put off the more determined self harmers. Unfortunately for the them, the penalty for swimming in the Thames anywhere between Woolwich and Putney is £1000. just what you need after a sectioning and medicated evaluation.